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History Video: The Inside Story of the Packard Merlin

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bill McGuire, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. Magnus
    Joined: Apr 30, 2006
    Posts: 904

    from Sweden

  2. jimdillon
    Joined: Dec 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,117


    I see that the city received payment on the purchase of the Packard plant. That should be interesting to see progress, if nothing else.

    Pretty good little video. Glad to see they mention and show my Liberty based 299 racing engine (engine #1). Packard kept 299 engine #1 in their showroom area until they went out of business. Here is the engine today.-Jim

  3. ssffnomad
    Joined: Jul 23, 2008
    Posts: 682


    U.S.A.F Museum , Dayton Ohio.

  4. Very cool, thanks for sharing.
  5. Thank you for an important piece of our history with us.
  6. That was very interesting, thanks for sharing.
  7. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Good newsreel, thanks for posting.
  8. KIRK
    Joined: Nov 17, 2005
    Posts: 384


    Outstanding, thank you.
  9. 39 Ford
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,558

    39 Ford

    Back when America was great. Sad what we have become.
  10. GregCon
    Joined: Jun 18, 2012
    Posts: 689

    from Houston

    It's staggering to see what we used to be able to do. Today, if we had another Pearl Harbor attack, we would pretty much have a nation of people who could text each other about it.

    Oh well, I showed the video to my father who served in the Navy in WWII and he certainly enjoyed it so thanks.
  11. go-twichy
    Joined: Jul 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,650


    that was great.
  12. Can't wait to show the film to my dad.
    50scotbolt likes this.
  13. Great views of the exterior of the plant at around the 10:00 mark.
  14. RAMBLUR, just told me about this video today, as we were looking over a Packard V-12 carcass, from a '39 5 window coupe. ;)

    Truly amazing film. They were at the top of their game, back then. :cool::cool::cool:
    So what the hell happened??? Did the Jet-Age, eat them for lunch??:confused:
    The technology, within those walls, was state of the art for the day.

  15. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,252


    :D Thanks for the great video and history lesson.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  16. Sent this video, to a my former shop foreman. He said, Detroit was referred to as the "Arsenal of Democracy". :cool:
    Really crazy how the city comes alive once a year, for the Woodward dream Cruise, with everyone celebrating Detroit iron and almost living in denial about the state of affairs around them. UGH!!:confused:

    At least those of us, on this here crazy message board, does it's part to salvage and restore the products they created.:)

  17. There's a great new book called Arsenal of Democracy by Charles Hyde about the auto industry in WWII. Well worth the read.
  18. Vanessacole2
    Joined: Dec 23, 2013
    Posts: 1


    Interesting, Just want to say i'm new. Thanks
  19. spiders web
    Joined: Jan 16, 2011
    Posts: 384

    spiders web

    Cool video, I have 4 packard cars and the engines are phenomanol. We as a nation were awesome and now.......... well lets just say this countries best days are in the rear view mirror. Thanks for the memories.
  20. I want to believe our best days are not behind us but I understand the view, for sure.
  21. GaryB
    Joined: Dec 19, 2008
    Posts: 3,529

    from Reno,nv

    very good video really enjoyed that ,thanks for posting
  22. Ralphies54
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 750


    Not to belittle the Packard Merlin,but the Allison V12 was a pretty good engine also. In the early 60s I worked at Pratt and Whitney at the experimental test stand located at Bradley Field CT. Ours was modified to turn a large blower to create a crosswind at the inlet to what ever model Turbine we were testing at the time. When that v12 was humming on all cylinders what a wonderful sound it made even through earmuffs. It had short pipes about 16 inches long and they would glow red during the day and white hot at night. I imagine the Merlin was even sweeter and I'm sure the pilots could hear the sound and know that good ol american pride helped win the war. Ralphie
  23. The Allison was a very good engine with some interesting advantages over the Merlin, including lower component count, manufacturing cost, and longer service life. The Merlins used in unlimited air racing often run Allison rods.

    However, the Allison was hurt by politics in two key ways -- the Navy's decision to concentrate on air-cooled radials, and due to strategic shortages, the Allison lacked a high-altitude blower.
  24. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,672

    frank spittle

    More education of our past as usual. Thanks Bill. Unfortunately, I agree with those who believe our best days are behind us....unless a majority of us realize the path we on on to the future.
  25. Things are different today, we can sure agree about that.
  26. The Packard Merlin addition under construction in 1940. Sill in decent shape today.

  27. This is the marine engine building on East Grand Boulevard, across the Michigan Central railroard tracks from the main complex. Still in fair shape today.


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