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Barry W21/12/2010 06:46:28
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I saw this video on another forum and thought some folks may be interested in seeing it. It shows the RR factory where the Merlin engine s were made and a brief description of the manufacturing processes in the 1940s RR Engine
 
I have tried the method to inset a link for the first time as recommended by Timbo so I hope it works
David Ashby - Moderator21/12/2010 07:44:56
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You just need the embed code (copy and paste) Barry then the little YouTube link box at the far end of the tools above, past the code in the yellow box and hit 'insert' - hey presto.......
 

Edited By David Ashby - RCME Administrator on 21/12/2010 07:45:40

Richard V-D21/12/2010 08:24:52
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It's all so labour intensive!  Certainly is a work of art though.
 
 
Peter Miller21/12/2010 08:58:46
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I have been told that the Packard Merlin was actually better than the RR version!
 
Stand back and fit ear defenders for the screams of fury!
Stefan Hafner21/12/2010 09:04:35
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Came across this while doing researchfor my Mustang
 
Now we all want these for our planes
Doug Ireland21/12/2010 09:14:39
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Posted by Peter Miller on 21/12/2010 08:58:46:
I have been told that the Packard Merlin was actually better than the RR version!
 
Stand back and fit ear defenders for the screams of fury!
 
 
I'd heard that when Packard were approached by RR they were asked if they could produce the Merlin in the US. They (Packard) replied, "yes, but not at such loose tolerances"
 
 
...running for cover!
Peter Miller21/12/2010 10:56:48
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I heard that the Packard Merlin was to closer tolerances as well. I couldn't remember when I was posting my first comment.
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator21/12/2010 13:43:36
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Smashing video Barry - great find.
 
BEB
 
PS Peter wash your mouth out with soap and water
Stephen Grigg21/12/2010 17:14:36
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Very interesting video really enjoyed it .
Danny Fenton21/12/2010 17:32:54
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Fab video Barry, really enjoyed that
 
Cheers
Danny
Stephen Grigg21/12/2010 17:45:16
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It interesting how I ve gone from Barrys video and finished up on a report on The Beast with a merlin engine to Top Gear and a Cornishe.Its a bit like going through that wardrobe in Nardia to a new world,only just got back
Erfolg21/12/2010 17:59:15
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When i started work at Metro Vicks, it was commonly acknowledged that the "Ford" built Merlin engine was a better motor than the RR version. In that it was cheaper to make, and produced more power.
 
Ford apparently re-engineered the engine, in essence productionizing and introducing interchangeability that was limited from RR products at the time, relying on hand fitting to achieve acceptable  products.
 
This factory was taken over my Massey Ferguson, making farming machinery.
 
Now the "Trafford Centre" occupies part of the site.
 
I was always troubled that MV had to sell (Ministry of Supply dictat) to Armstrong Whitworths. This was to leave the way clear for both RR and AW to dominate the jet industry. Our jets were more powerful, fuel efficient than the then current RR jets. So is politics.
 
 
Peter Miller21/12/2010 18:10:08
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BEB I refuse to wash my mouth out.
Doug Ireland21/12/2010 18:24:46
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Notice he didn't tell me to wash my mouth out, thats 'cos I was hiding in Stephen's wardrobe and he couldn't see me!
 
By the way Peter, did you notice the number of posts you've made? 2182, Marine distress frequency isn't it?

Edited By Doug Ireland on 21/12/2010 18:26:37

Josip Vrandecic -Mes22/12/2010 18:03:49
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This is the first time that I see my youthful love how it builds.Thanks Barry W.
p.s. Mr.Miller ....ok...forget . (lol)
Peter Miller22/12/2010 18:16:56
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Hi Doug. Sounds appropriate, I am usually in distress for one reason or another
Phil Claridge23/12/2010 10:46:05
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anyone seen the gorgeous griffon engine fitted to a TRACTOR for the pulling contests, i saw it some years ago at siverstone at the truck grand prix. there was another one fitted with an 18 cylinder aero engine, the sound of the griffon at full chat was something else
Stephen Grigg23/12/2010 10:51:25
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you use to be able to watch that on Eurosport,use to have all sorts of aero engines and multiple V8s was fascinating just to see and hear the engines.
Erfolg23/12/2010 11:07:09
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I have found this reference to Ford Merlins, not much considering the major contribution made.
 
 
 
There is also mention of the contribution by the Metro Vick company.
 
Yet it does not surprise me in some respects that popular fact, always seems to have some spin, the unglamourous are pushed to one side.
Broken Prop23/12/2010 11:12:21
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My old Dad worked at Napiers during the war, making the Sabre engine for the Typhoon. He said that when the shadow factory was set up, they had to wait 9 months for the machines to shipped over from the USA. What with Adolph regularly sending consignments to Davy Jones, it was a long time before they could get started. When they did, they had a lot of trouble maintaining tolerances because the machines were all old and worn out. It seems that the Americans shipped all their scrapped tooling over here under the Lend Lease arrangements.
 My Dad said that some of the milling machines were over 20 years old and they were supposed to be producing an engine that used no gaskets in its construction. He used to set his machine up, mill the engine block and if he needed to take off another 1or 2 thou, he hit the setting lever (which was locked up) with a hammer!
 
Perhaps some of those machines ended up at Rolls Royce, hence problems with tolerances.........

Edited By Mark Web Tech on 04/01/2011 10:13:01

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