Saturday, May 2, 2020

Packard Engines

There's some footage from the factory, inside and out, mixed in with the boats and planes and the engines that drove them. This, as much as anything I've posted in the last week, tells the story of what we were capable of. Details of the factory floor, film of the operation from forging to final engine testing runs, even some short introductions of a few workers.

I'll see you in 20 minutes.


drjim said...

RR was very skeptical of Packard's ability to mass produce the Merlin, so they let Packard do a pilot run. RR was astounded at how well finished the parts made by Packard were, and that they were completely interchangeable.

So very very sad to see these capabilities thrown away in later years.

libertyman said...

The narrator of those films always sounds the same, probably there were just a few making lots of films.

A great story, and a remarkable feat of manufacturing. I liked how he mentioned the draftsmen had to convert "left hand" drawings. The Brits used first angle projection then as now, we use third angle here. I never heard them referred to as "left hand".

Nevertheless we made the engine so that it was able to be manufactured without all the hand fitting the Rolls people were using.

Old NFO said...

Great story and showed what John/Jane Q. Public were capable of in America when it was needed.

B said...

There is a machine shop here that specializes in rebuilding Merlin engines and the like.

While they will do the RR engines, they prefer the Packards. They tend to be as spec'd and ALL THE SAME. Not so with the RR engines.

Plus, my understanding is that the fit and finish is better, and the castings are not as rough on the Packard built engines.

Unknown said...

Packard also dramatically reduced manufacturing time and cost for those engines.

Don in Oregon