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Old 23rd February 2008, 18:08   #1
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The Minerva AL,
One mother of an engine, 6 ˝ litre sleeve valve
Once it was all cleaned up it needed new piston rings and removal of oxidation from the white metal bearings and replacement of the timing chains and the cylinder block core plugs, which had rusted through.
Engine gearbox weighs 600KG!!!!!
Had to hire a crane truck to load it on a tempo. This was about 1996.
I think the work on this car and the weight of its components were what caused the slipped discs in my back.


The crankshaft

On the left are the other 2 crankshafts that raise and lower the sleeves.

The cylinder heads with the water manifold removed.

Lovely monster of a car.

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Wow 600 kilos! That's almost the weight of a Maruti 800.

What is a sleeve valve engine? Does it have any advantages over a poppet valve engine to be used in that particular car?
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Look here:
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They are very quiet but burn oil.
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What a magnificent engine. I can imagine the weight of the monster. When I finished a Packard engine 15 people couldn't lift it. Eventually had to buy a chain block and ended up loading it singlehandedly!

Have hosted all the pictures on Zorpia: Deepak's Homepage for viewing pleasure. Do check them out when you have the time
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Dude, while all the stuff that you are posting is awesome, pls refrain from making a new thread for every thing. Make a thread like Karl has done for all the cars u have. Looking forward to more stuff from u!
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Look here:
Sleeve valve - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
They are very quiet but burn oil.
Thanks. That link was very informative.
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Have hosted all the pictures on Zorpia: Deepak's Homepage for viewing pleasure. Do check them out when you have the time
Hi Deepak, I had a look and it looks like you’re doing a great job. What is it? 90 or 100 or 120? (I’m getting rusty especially with American iron).

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Dude, while all the stuff that you are posting is awesome, pls refrain from making a new thread for every thing. Make a thread like Karl has done for all the cars u have. Looking forward to more stuff from u!
Hi JayD Very good point, I’m working on it. Work in progress

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Julian !!! I do remember the first time when the Minerva landed in Delhi from Lucknow.It was completely stripped on the farm and the chassis was sand blasted.Also remember taking the fully restored 20/25 RR for a spin.
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Hi Deepak, I had a look and it looks like you’re doing a great job. What is it?
Its a 1938 Packard Eight, originally with a 282 cu in inline eight. The original owner upgraded the engine to a 327 cu in Super 8 Packard engine which is the one you see in pictures

Interestingly many Packard owners had this peculiar habit of upgrading mechanicals while retaining the old body styles they preferred. At times even Packard dealers obliged with upgrades. However in this case this was done purely by the owner.
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Which state (Royal family) did this Minerva originate from?

And what about this one? Which state was she from, and where is she now? I think Vintageman had put up this photo and details earlier, I forget where.

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karl this is a Benaras car and still with the family.
my brother,s father in law used to own the kapurthala minerva, no idea where it went

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There's one Minerva in the Indore collection, does anyone know its history?
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Default Re: More Minerva AL pictures

Though not ALs, here is an interesting snippet from 1913:

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