53 Packard Clipper Engine Swap?
I've pretty much given up the idea of trying to resuscitate the Straight 8 (327 c.i.d.) engine that's in this thing now. I intend to put a newer engine and transmission into it. I'd like to be able to use it as my second, everyday car. The engine the car came with develops 160 h.p.@3600 RPM measured by pre-1971 standards (the method used to measure HP beginning in 1971 and later would put this figure at 120 HP@3600 RPM). The torque is 295 ft./lbs. @ 2000 RPM. (these figures are from the shop manual that came with the car). The car weighs 4300 lbs., 1010 lbs. of which are engine and transmission (a 2 speed Ultramatic that gives me a 1:1 ratio in high gear). My "other" car, a 1995 Mercury Villager weighs 4050 lbs., dry. It's powered by a 3 liter Nissan engine. All of this information got me to thinking that I really don't NEED all 5 L (327 cid=5.3L) that is in the 2611 engine I have now to move my Clipper, and that someone, in the last 51 years has figured out how to get the torque I need out of a smaller engine (I'd like my "everyday" car to get more than 8 mpg.). What I'm trying to do, at this point, is find out which engine (or engine/trans. combo) would work in this thing. Does anyone out there (in here) have any suggestions? Everyone I've asked so far is trying to get me to put a GM 427 or 455 in the Packard. I'm looking for an alternative that will give me the dependability and fuel economy of a newer engine.
Last edited by 53packard; 09-20-2004 at 03:52 PM.