1953 Sportster vs 1954 Special Engines

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1953 Sportster vs 1954 Special Engines

Post by jhansen251 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:02 am

Looking at purchasing two packards. A 54 Packard Clipper special and a 53 Packard Clipper Sportster.

The sportster has the body, and lower engine, the Special has the upper engine and can be used as parts.
Both appear to be a 288 V8 straight line. Trying to find out if the upper engine on the 54 will marry with the lower engine on the 53? Anyone with knowledge???

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Re: 1953 Sportster vs 1954 Special Engines

Post by Dave Czirr » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:19 am

Hi, and welcome.

First, neither is a V8, both are L-head or in-line 8 cylinder engines.

With a few exceptions like how the motor was mounted, water pump, compression ratio and carburetion, and some other very small details, all the 288s from 1948 thru 1954 were essentially the same. Not sure what you mean by upper engine, all that is "upper" is really the cylinder head and they all interchange and also interchange with the longer stroke 327 engine. Are you asking if a 54 288 cylinder head will fit a 53 288? Of so, the answer is yes.

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