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Questions on the 327
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I’m at a loss and I hope that some of you can suggest answers.
Years ago I was told by an old timer that placing a 288ci head on a 327 will up the compression ratio which must be true according to some of the blogs I’ve read on this site support his theory.
I acquired a 1949-50 Deluxe Eight Touring with three speed and overdrive from the original owner whose sir-name is Packard. She is in her late 90’s and does not remember many things about the car. The paperwork that came with the car gives me the impression that it was restored around 2010 at which time it was a show winner in a local car show. It’s a beautiful car, but by no means a show car. This is the third Packard that I have owned and realize that they are not hot rods, but I do enjoy a little extra umph (passing) on the highway as Idaho has a lot of busy two lane highways with 65 MPH speed limits.
I have questions:
1. PI states that it is a 1949 (2362-5) but it is titled as a 1950. Any suggestions as to why?
2. Car has been reengined with a 1954 327ci (M300190) 5 main bearing power plant. It does sport a 288ci head with no other markings and a two barrel Carter WGD728 carb. Now I’m assuming that the carburation on this 327ci engine was a four barrel from the factory??
3. Is it worthwhile to look for a four-barrel manifold and carb and correct sized filter?
4. Is the engine being choked down with the size of the single exhaust?
5. Can anyone tell me what the compression ratio is as it is presently set up?
Thanking you in advance for all of your imput……

Posted on: 12/8 1:23
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I have a M3 engine in my car also with a 288 head. That engine would have come in the 54 Clipper Deluxes and a 2bl Carter Carb is correct.

Posted on: 12/8 7:44
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Re: Questions on the 327
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The -5 indicates it is a 1950.

I find the 2bbl carb has a bitter tip-in than the 4 bbl and feels more lively in day to day driving. I am running the same powertrain in my '53 and it is very peppy and flexible. I seldom take it over 80 but it doesn't mind it a bit. Consumer Reports referred to that powertrain as "excessively powered" Yes please. Your compression ratio would have been 8:1 with the original '54 head. Your compression ratio would roughly be 327/288 x CR of the 288 head. Those came in various flavors over the years--look for a cast date near the thermostat housing. Generally speaking flatheads with a lot of compression become fussy, harsh, and don't add as much fun as one hopes. Your car will have the same size exhaust the '54 did. Check the front runner of the intake manifold, it should have 327 cast into it as the runners were a small shade larger than the intakes used on the 288s.

In any event, running 65 in an overdrive car is not remotely a problem.

Posted on: 12/8 8:20
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Here is an article from the July, 1950 Service Counselor on raising compression ratios by combining various heads. Based on the article I would guess your current ratio is around 7.8 to 1.

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Posted on: 12/8 10:04
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This chart on this website lists all the possible head/block combinations and the resulting compression ratios.

compression ratios for postwar head/block combos

Posted on: 12/8 10:26
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Thanks everyone for your input. Just a few more things to do like pull the water distribution tube before I start the car.
How many of you acquired an auto without hearing it run? Well, in this case I may be a glutton for punishment.

Posted on: 12/9 17:34
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I invite you to include your '50 Deluxe Eight Touring in the Packard Vehicle Registry.

Posted on: 12/9 17:47
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I don’t think I ever heard any of my Packards run before purchasing them! I had heard my 1956 Clipper run only because I had bought it from a good friend and had worked on it for him over the years but all of the others - and there were many - were purchased without having heard them.

Posted on: 12/9 18:22
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A four barrel might not be a bad idea. I'm looking to upgrade the carb on my 359. Speedway sells an adapter plate for the WCFB that came on it so that you can use an Edelbrock 1404, which at 500 CFM shouldn't be overkill and should be a nice addition.


Of course, if you have the carb starter switch gizmo, you'll have to rethink something on that. I'm thinking old school starter button.

Posted on: 12/10 21:25
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If you want the starter switch in the 4-barrel carburetor it would have to be a 1953 carb. 1954 didn't use it.

Posted on: 12/11 3:02
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