Awesome Engine Rebuild: Bringing A Packard V-12 Back To Life In Big Time Detail


Awesome Engine Rebuild: Bringing A Packard V-12 Back To Life In Big Time Detail

If we started the day with a kind of strange engine in the form of that twin NSU home built project, we continue with one of the best engines ever. This video goes through every step of the rebuilding of a V12 Packard and it is amazing. Not just because we get to see this cool engine but because of how much care and precision goes into make it right and putting it back together properly. This engine shop has to undo some crummy work of a previous shop that tried and failed to get the engine right. We won’t give that secret away, you can see for yourself.

The funny thing to us is that when you see the equipment and ability that this restoration shop has, we want you to think about the factories and equipment used to build these engines. There is more badassery in the Rottler machine doing the valve job than there was in any part of the original assembly of that V12. In theory, the engine is actually far better than it ever was out of the box after going through what can only be described as a spa like rejuvenation at this amazing shop.

The engine made 436 lb-ft of torque and 190+ hp at their respective peaks. The torque number is awesome and the horsepower is highly impressive for the 1930s. Let’s be honest though, no one cares about those numbers in this car. It’s all about getting it right and boy do these guys ever!

Press play below to see a very detailed video on the rebuild of a V12 Packard –


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2 thoughts on “Awesome Engine Rebuild: Bringing A Packard V-12 Back To Life In Big Time Detail

  1. Bill Greenwood

    Decades ago, we toured the Briggs Cunningham museum. They were rebuilding a V12 Packard and actually had some new rods forged for it.
    It’s interesting to see that some of the modern “blueprint” maching methods were applied to this old workhorse. It only makes sense, especially on a high dollar build like this one. That, plus modern ring and bearing materials, better oil and fuels, has that rig making considerably more power than it did when it was new.

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