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    Looking for good books on the Packard Merlin engines. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    This book has a lot of great info on the Merlin and it's modifications for air racing.
    "Lighten Up Francis....."

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    Quote Originally Posted by invader28 View Post
    Looking for good books on the Packard Merlin engines. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    This excellent book covers the whole Rolls-Royce Merlin development, not just the Packard version used in Mustangs. It includes the early single stage blower Mwelins, the early accessory drive failures, and a lot of interesting things. I believe it is the book that has the quote from a stoic Brit pilot when asked what happened when the gear train failed: " well, things went bloody quiet."

    https://www.amazon.com/Merlin-Perspe.../dp/1872922066

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    Perfect! both of these books is what I'm looking for. Thanks boomtown and 440 magnum.

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    There was a series of articles in a Packard enthusiast magazine (the Packard cars) back in the 80's that detailed all of the changes Packard made to the Merlin to fit American production methods and increase reliability. A friend into Packards gave me the issues a long time ago. Totally written for gear heads. Not sure which box they are in! You might be able to get back issues.

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