The Packard V 8

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Re: The Packard V 8

Post by JackF » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:58 am

NP 317, did you ever go the the home machinists meetings held at the old Seattle Georgetown Steam Plant? If so maybe we saw each other. At another part of the plant some live steamers used to set up and demonstrate their wares.

Packard V8, is it true that the early Studebaker V8 was made from Cadillac castings?


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Re: The Packard V 8

Post by NP317 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:46 pm

I visited the Georgetown Steam Plant twice when live steam activities were going on.
It is an amazing historic facility! Too bad that vertical turbine will never get operated again.

Who knows: We might have crossed paths!.

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Re: The Packard V 8

Post by Packard V8 » Wed May 13, 2020 11:55 am

JackF wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:58 am
Packard V8, is it true that the early Studebaker V8 was made from Cadillac castings?
There are definite design similarities between the 1949 Cadillac V8 and the 1951 Studebaker V8. The most likely explanation was during WWII, automotive engineers were being moved all around between the various corporations as war production needs changed. Even though there was a prohibition against working on post-war civilian projects, GM supposedly did all the design for the Cadillac and Oldsmobile OHV8s on war production time and budgets under "high-compression aircraft engine development". Engineers who'd been in on the planning and design at GM moved over to Studebaker and used what they'd seen and learned to speed the Studebaker V8 into production.

FWIW, the early Cad intake manifold can be bolted onto the Studebaker V8. The only ones worth doing are the '55 Eldorado 2x4. The Studebaker V8 adjustable rocker arms were used when the Cad V8 racers switched to a solid lifter cam.

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Re: The Packard V 8

Post by Mr Ron » Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:27 pm

There were PT boats and bomb recovery boats from WWII that used V-12's. Way back after the war, I knew a news correspondent who bought a war surplus boat with 3 V-12's. He had it docked in the Hudson river. I once had the pleasure to take a ride on his boat. The thundering sound of those engines was something to behold. My father had a big old Packard around 1934; I can remember taking vacation in that car and getting my finger crushed in a car door. The Packard was the poor man's Deusenberg.
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