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Re: The Packard V 8

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:53 pm
by neanderman
I meant no disrespect whatsoever. Just pointing out that the Chevy small block V-8 was/is a versatile, highly respected engine.

Re: The Packard V 8

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:29 am
by spro
No problem. Most everyone I know has the same respect for the small block Chevys ( and larger).

Re: The Packard V 8

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:56 am
by Harold_V
spro wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:29 am
No problem. Most everyone I know has the same respect for the small block Chevys ( and larger).
I'm not a fan.
Buick "nail head". One of the prettiest and high torque engines to have been built without going to overhead cams.

H

Re: The Packard V 8

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:35 am
by NP317
My favorite automobile engine is still the Packard Straight Eight.
At the Hood River, OR, WAAAMuseum, there are several still being operated.
http://www.waaamuseum.org

LOVE the sound of those straight 8s!
(Radial aircraft engines are even better...)
~RN

Re: The Packard V 8

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:49 am
by neanderman
Thumbs up on the radial aircraft engine. Amazing technology.

Re: The Packard V 8

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:15 pm
by BigDumbDinosaur
Harold_V wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:56 am
Buick "nail head". One of the prettiest and high torque engines to have been built without going to overhead cams.
But, oh the agony of those tiny exhaust valves and lack of high RPM power. Also, the Buick V8's lower end was not the best.

While in high school, a buddy and I put a 401 CI Buick "nail head" engine (the term refers to the tiny valves fitted to the engine) in a Model A. The high torque was fun, but hot-rodding the engine proved to be mostly an exercise in futility, as the engine would be out of breath at 5500 RPM. For the same cost, a 350 CI Chevy small block could produce more power than the 401 Buick, with half the work, and could extend that power curve over a much wider RPM range.

Re: The Packard V 8

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:16 pm
by BigDumbDinosaur
neanderman wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:49 am
Thumbs up on the radial aircraft engine. Amazing technology.
...and they have a truly unique sound, especially when running at cruise RPM.

Re: The Packard V 8

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:40 pm
by spro
Straight 8's are huge different topic. When you look at the long hoods from the even 1940's those vehicles would take either. When I worked in a junk yard, I wondered about those grand long engines. Tremendous torque.
The Hudsons were something else and even the 6 -cyl were huge . I maybe saw one Hudson straight 8 and some guy got it out of there.
This place was running out of room and was crushing what they thought unproductive.
Can't hold everything old, ..they did for a while. Sometimes I told them it was too cool to smash.. I was a child and they had a business to operate. Seriously They had to get stuff out.

Re: The Packard V 8

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:33 pm
by neanderman
BigDumbDinosaur wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:16 pm
...and they have a truly unique sound, especially when running at cruise RPM.
I love it when a B-17, B-25, or B-29 comes to town.

Re: The Packard V 8

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:17 am
by spro
Oh freakin Yes. No comparison!

Re: The Packard V 8

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:06 am
by BigDumbDinosaur
neanderman wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:33 pm
BigDumbDinosaur wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:16 pm
...and they have a truly unique sound, especially when running at cruise RPM.
I love it when a B-17, B-25, or B-29 comes to town.
How about a DC-6 taking off? Four Pratt R2800s making lots of radial music. Here's another one, with all 72 cylinders firing hard.

Re: The Packard V 8

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:24 am
by Harold_V
Heh! Brings back memories of my youth, living in Utah. It wasn't uncommon to hear a B-36 flying overhead. One could rarely see it, but the sound was unmistakable. Deep, heavy droning.

H