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Got off work early and spent the Day on the 658 the only fully restored and running PT Boat in the world. I helped in the restoration of the boat back in the late 90's. Here are some pics.

The rear Bofors fully articulates with the hand cranks.

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Doesn't she have two diesels in place of the three Packard's? Keeping the Packard's running would be a nightmare and the avgas would be prohibitively expensive though.

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Just now, BrushWolf said:

Doesn't she have two diesels in place of the three Packard's? Keeping the Packard's running would be a nightmare and the avgas would be prohibitively expensive though.

Nope fully restored to original 3 1,200 HP Packard's built in 1944 according to the data plates.

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Just now, IronMike11B4O said:

Nope fully restored to original 3 1,200 HP Packard's built in 1944 according to the data plates.

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Duh, skipped right over fully restored. There is another out there that has two diesels in place of the Packard's.

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15 minutes ago, BrushWolf said:

Duh, skipped right over fully restored. There is another out there that has two diesels in place of the Packard's.

That one is in Florida or NY I believe? The story was a bit confusing as to it's chain of ownerships.

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@BrushWolf here is a good shot of all 3 of those beautiful built American pieces of machinery. I was surprised at how spacious the engine room was.

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3 minutes ago, IronMike11B4O said:

@BrushWolf here is a good shot of all 3 of those beautiful built American pieces of machinery. I was surprised at how spacious the engine room was.

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More surprising is how compact the Packard's are.

E/S boat engine room.

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Those Packards are tough engines, though parts will be hard to come by now. 

 

Thanks, Mike !!

 

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1 minute ago, iDuckman said:

Those Packards are tough engines, though parts will be hard to come by now. 

 

Thanks, Mike !!

 

Believe it or not Pistons, rings heck the engine internals are very close to Modern Day Hemi. 

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1 minute ago, iDuckman said:

Those Packards are tough engines, though parts will be hard to come by now. 

 

Thanks, Mike !!

 

A good machinist will have no trouble recreating the parts. The one thing that will not easy will be the blocks.

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Bakelight drinking glasses and a bowl. You don't see much of those anymore. I have a Bakelight drinking glass, a coffee cup and 3 bowls that I got when I was working at Castle AFB CA in the mid 80s. They were going to get thrown out. I use them.

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I've been on a running PT boat, I think it was designated PT 728 and had been originally built for the Russians, that used to be based out of Key West. Been on two different tours of the island aboard her, and the crew were always really cool.

Those boats are fast and highly maneuverable.

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5Inch recoiless rockets and 37mm Auto Canon from a P-39 AirCobra "adapted for Navy usage"

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Thank You Mike the pictures are AWESOME. Your work with the restoration is invaluable and fully appreciated. 

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3 minutes ago, IronMike11B4O said:

5Inch recoiless rockets and 37mm Auto Canon from a P-39 AirCobra "adapted for Navy usage"

 

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One of my great-uncles was a Sea Bee machinist's mate in the Pacific, he had several stories about having PT boat crews coming to him for help adapting "borrowed" weapons for use on their boats. The ones I remember * were building a rack for FFAR rockets, a short barreled 75mm "jungle gun" howitzer, and an attempt to make a mortar into a short range direct fire barge buster.

"The only thing worse than the PT crews was this one bunch of nutjobs flying a Black Cat boat (PBY Catalina ), once a week they would come by, wanting help making sure their latest brainstorm didn't kill them. They were all complete loons, but they had beer..."

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*Its a 25 year old conversation to a 12 year old me, when he was already in his late 80s, so details may have been lost in translation, but I've got the gist of it right.

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45 minutes ago, mobryan said:

 

One of my great-uncles was a Sea Bee machinist's mate in the Pacific, he had several stories about having PT boat crews coming to him for help adapting "borrowed" weapons for use on their boats. The ones I remember * were building a rack for FFAR rockets, a short barreled 75mm "jungle gun" howitzer, and an attempt to make a mortar into a short range direct fire barge buster.

"The only thing worse than the PT crews was this one bunch of nutjobs flying a Black Cat boat (PBY Catalina ), once a week they would come by, wanting help making sure their latest brainstorm didn't kill them. They were all complete loons, but they had beer..."

Matt

*Its a 25 year old conversation to a 12 year old me, when he was already in his late 80s, so details may have been lost in translation, but I've got the gist of it right.

The stories were true :)

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1 hour ago, mobryan said:

a short barreled 75mm "jungle gun" howitzer,

IIRC, Kennedy mounted one on PT 109.

 

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Just now, iDuckman said:

IIRC, Kennedy mounted one on PT 109.

 

His was a 37mm anti-tank gun.

 

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2 minutes ago, mobryan said:

His was a 37mm anti-tank gun.

 

Thanks.  Can you say, "over-pen"?

 

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1 minute ago, iDuckman said:

Thanks.  Can you say, "over-pen"?

 

Yeah, AP rounds would have been large amounts of overkill, but the Marines used that same gun as a generic support weapon, so HE shells would have been in ready supply too.

 

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45 minutes ago, IronMike11B4O said:

The stories were true :)

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His version sounded a good bit larger than 60mm and more of a PITA to accomplish than just building some bracing and a recoil pad, but again, it's a second hand story from 75 years ago. History is being lost to the ages all the time, kudos to you and organizations like the PT Boat museum for saving what you can. :Smile_honoring:

 

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