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Heater Core
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Any tips for removing the heater core on a '48? I'm getting windshield moisture and suspect a leak.
Is it easier to remove the entire box first or to remove all the screws for the cover? If the latter, does the blower have to be removed first?

Posted on: 2011/11/20 16:53
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Re: '48 Packard Exhaust Pipe
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I found the right combination. The header pipe does fit through the frame from the rear despite the large flange. The steering idler arm has to be disconnected from the frame and dropped down out of the way. That provides just enough clearance, barely, to snake the pipe into position.


Now to reinstall the manifold. Any tips to ensure a good long-term seal?

Posted on: 2011/10/30 16:21
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Re: draining coolant
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I believe they are referring to the aft freeze plug, which is necessary to drain all the fluid if the engine is to be left without any fluid that may freeze, e.g., long term storage.

To just change fluid, drain the radiator and flush the system with a flush kit that attaches a garden hose to your heater hose. Then drain and refill with coolant, either premix or concentrate diluted with distilled water.

You don't want to mess with the freeze plug.

Posted on: 2011/10/30 7:27
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Re: '48 Packard Exhaust Pipe
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I had to cut the old header pipe out, which wasn't original. What was in there was smaller diameter (same as the aft exhaust pipe with a non-stock muffler) and had been installed in two pieces rather than one. Even though it was smaller diameter I couldn't remove it without cutting it ahead of the frame. I do have the manifolds off to replace the gaskets (exhaust leaks prompted this little project), but that doesn't seem to help.

BTW, the manifold gaskets that were there were the flat sheet type and what I am going to install are the individual circular ring type. Any tips? I'm assuming the ring type are original on the 356ci and the flat ones were aftermarket. Is that correct?

Posted on: 2011/10/30 7:20
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'48 Packard Exhaust Pipe
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I have preformed replacement exhaust system for my 1948 Packard Custom. Does anyone know the trick to getting the front section of pipe (header pipe) installed through the frame? It seems the engine has to be out of the way, which is a bit extreme.

Posted on: 2011/10/29 17:40
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'48 Packard Heat Riser
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I don't have a manifold off to look inside, so can someone tell me which direction is open & closed on the heat riser, looking from the rear (counterweight side) for a '48 Packard Custom 356ci?

Posted on: 2011/8/12 19:10
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Re: Trans/OD install, 48 Custom
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It's been quite a few years since I installed the trans in my '48 Packard Custom, but I had to do it twice -- once to replace the clutch and a second time to remedy a trans+OD problem I wasn't aware of when replacing the clutch. Both times I did it myself with nothing more than a floor jack and jack stands -- being 6'2" and all of 157 lbs. soaking wet. As you probably already know it's much easier to install if the clutch has not been disturbed. Otherwise a dummy pilot shaft is needed to align the friction plate beforehand.

As I recall there was not much needed in the way of moving the engine from normal elevation and the floor of the passenger compartment was not open. I recommend cutting the heads off some long bolts and thread a couple of them into the bell housing as guide pins to support the trans. while moving it into place. Once a couple of real mount bolts are installed the pins can be removed.

I also bench pressed the differential into place myself but I can tell you that took just about everything I had...

Scott

Posted on: 2011/8/7 21:07
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'48 Door Sill Mats
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Any recommendations on repo door sill mats for a 1948 Packard Custom 4-door (not limo)?

Posted on: 2011/8/7 17:15
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