View Full Version : Historic film: Elco PT Boat Production

02-09-2010, 01:10 PM
This is an interesting video copy of a film produced during WW2.

"Giant Killers" is a thirty-minute color film showing production of the 80' PT boats at Elco Navy Division. This video is in three parts.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Morgan Volunteer
02-09-2010, 02:10 PM
That was interesting. I forwarded your message to all my gear head friends. Mystic Seaport is restoring an experimental PT boat engine. It is a Hall Scott engine that turned out to not have enough power so the Packard became the engine of choice.


02-09-2010, 02:10 PM

Thanks, very enjoyable... its wondrous what can be created with the resources of the Government.


02-09-2010, 02:33 PM
Nothing like a blank check.

I loved seeing the guy finish the keel with an adze.

I've seen and heard some of the supercharged V-12 Parkard engines installed in wooden boats on Lake Tahoe. These are very impressive machines that burn aviation gasoline. There are a couple of PT boats in running condition in my neck of the woods. I went aboard a Higgins AR (air rescue) boat a few years ago. They are similar to the 80' PTs but are equipped like an ambulance.