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Re: 374 intake valve head dia?
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Hi, Eric,

I would have thought 327" valves would be more common and less expensive than V8 valves. Let me know off list how much you want for the V8 valves. PackardV8@comcast.net

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Hello All,
New to this site, but have had my Packard for about a year, and am really just starting to get some work done on it. My biggest problem is that the car was disassembled when I purchased it and I am now up against the wall on a major decision. The vehicle is a 55 Constellation and has the 352 ci V8, but is missing the starter and generator. I purchased a starter a while back and just discovered that it is from a 56, and not a 55. I also need to replace the wiring harness and have decided on one of the EZ 21 circuit harnesses. My plans are to build a driver, not a show car, and to ultimately add AC (I live just outside of New Orleans), and maybe some other power options, so originality is not paramount.
What I'm asking is: Should I just pursue acquiring a stock starter and generator, or should I consider changing over from 12V positive ground to 12V negative ground? What impact on things like torsion level controls and motors, gauges, etc., would be encountered when changing from positive to negative ground?
TIA,
John

Posted on: 2008/3/1 15:42
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Re: Help: Timing Marks on 733
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The only place I could put a vacuum gauge without drilling any new holes appears to be where the vacuum line hooks in. Is there supposed to be another place I could put a gauge?

Thanks,

Tom

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Re: Help: Timing Marks on 733
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Your float may or may not be set too high, but the faltering when the vacuum tank fills suggests you've got a vacuum leak somewhere. Have you put a vacuum gauge on the intake manifold with the engine running? If so, what kind of readings do you get?

Posted on: 2008/3/1 15:27
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Re: Henry's 55 Constellation
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Hank,
It looks like you and I are in similar scenarios. I also have a 55 Constellation that I am restoring. Mine, however, was disassembled when I purchased it, and I am in the process of putting all the pieces back together again. Please let me know if you locate an alternate source for the windshield and rear window gaskets. I have heard rumors that the "Tri 5" Chevy windshield gasket is the same as the Packard, but I have not been able to verify that fact. I have a couple of friends with early Chevys (55 and 57) and am waiting for one of them to replace his windshield so I can get the old gasket, intact, to test fit in my Packard.
Please contact me via private messaging if you would like to chat about the rebuild process.
Thanks,
John

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Re: Electolytic Rust Removal
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Keegan -

Thanks for illustrating a very interesting process. I wish you had also included a pic of the part fresh out of the tank, before you brushed it clean and wiped it down with WD40.

I've heard of using molasses to passively derust small parts, but the process you've described might be similar to what the RediStrip franchises use to remove rust without damaging the remaining good steel. Best of all the "chemcials" are readily available and seem to be environmentally-friendly.

I'm thinking this process could be adopted to clean the rust out of old fuel tanks, prior to sealing them - if I can find a sealant that modern fuel blends won't attack. (Looks like it may be quite some time before I find someone making an authentic repro of the original fuel tank that suits me.)

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Re: Oil Pressure
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bernardi -

Gauges used in these Packards were such that the needle pointing straight up indicated normal operating condition. That was a brilliant, yet subtle, design feature that provides for great at-a-glance recognition - since the driver should keep his eyes on the road as much as possible. Today's vehicles (and their engineers) aren't nearly so accomodating.

That said, a gauge reading of only 1/4 of the sweep doesn't sound too alarming, but I agree that you need to install direct-reading gauge to watch for and help analyze any emerging issues.

I doubt that the use of 15W40 oil is a factor at these temperatures. I believe you'll find several Packard owners here who have had no problem using it - especially in the V8s.

The whole idea of multi-viscosity oil is to have the oil flow well on a cold start up, to minimze the cold dry running time (and cold wear), yet have sufficient viscosity to prevent wear when the engine is fully-warmed up. That is accomplished by viscosity-improving additives.

Now, I'm no petroleum engineer, but it's my understanding that such additives do NOT thin the oil when cold, but actually thicken the oil at higher temperatures. So, 15W-40 oil is SAE 15 viscosity at cold temps, but thickens up to SAE 40 at full operating temperature. While there are other additives that keep oil from getting thick in extremely low temps, I believe they are only combined with oils meant for use in artic climates.

However, these helpful viscosity-improving additives do break down with use (namely from high temperatures), and there comes a point where the oil becomes too thin at normal operating temps to provide sufficient protection against wear - even causes sludge to form. Yet, I suspect that most of us change our oil more than often enough in these fine old cars.

Posted on: 2008/3/1 13:18
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Re: Help: Timing Marks on 733
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Dear All,

I am still having this odd behavior. Any chance that my float is still set to high and I am getting extra fuel coming in to the intake when the vacuum tank kicks in (lower pressure on the intake leading to more fuel out the nozzle)?

Thanks,

Tom

Posted on: 2008/3/1 8:39
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Re: How many of you guy's (and gals) would buy this?
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You devilish computer savvy folks. I was trying to figure out what the heck you were talking about until I finally clicked on the words "Packard Patch"

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Re: Problem with Engine Knock
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You can install new rod and main bearings and rings with the engine in the car.Removing the head and pan.If no damage is found to the journals.
My engine only had 61k miles on it,but all the bearings showed signs of debri passing through them.
This was most likely caused from years of storage,and all the nasty stuff setteling in the pan.
Hope you don't have any major damage.

Posted on: 2008/3/1 8:33
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