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Front Fenders '55 Caribbean
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I'm getting ready to replace the side chrome trim piece on the left front fender (P/N 461355 LH). The one I received to replace it is straight. The one that was on the fender was slightly curved and the fender itself curves outward over the wheel well maybe an inch.

Should the fender & trim piece be straight or not?

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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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Check your all your grounds and if any are not bright, shiny, & tight clean them up. Especially the battery to frame and the starter's ground connection. On the wire to the "coil" on the starter do you have 12 volts and is there a good clean connection?

Posted on: 7/14 15:13:18
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Re: Radio head fix nuts
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Buy a piece of hexagon brass the right size. With the right size drill make a hole in the center of the bar and then thread it. Use a hacksaw to cut it to the correct thickness. Just be careful to go straight in with the drill and when you threaded. Or better yet if you have a lathe to drill the hole and the put the tap in the lathes chuck

Posted on: 6/18 19:06:26
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Re: Convertible Top on a í55 Caribbean
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Hard to say. I do know that at the Annual 2019 PI meeting it rained cats & dogs with maybe 2 to 3 inches of rain and they left their car home. We drove the wife's '55 Caribbean the 70 or so miles there. We had no (or little) rain while traveling, but the car had a major windshield leak.

I know if the car sits for a week or more it does not like to start, but once she does it is easy starting.

BTW - since they left their car home, the wife's car finished with a first place in it's class. Proofing that behind every rain cloud there is some sunshine.

Posted on: 6/18 8:15:50
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Re: Convertible Top on a í55 Caribbean
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The wife & I were at the annual meeting of Packard International (Feb. 2019) and Bill & Kim Maya were there. He told the story about his experience with their í56 Caribbean at Pebble Beach. He had the car detailed and given the once over at Custom Auto Services (CAS) in Santa Ann prior to the show. Because he didnít want the car to get dirty he had a car hauler move it from Santa Ana to his home. He had the car trailered to Pebble Beach. Once it arrived several days in advance of the 17 mile drive, the car would not go into reverse and there it sat in the haulerís trailer as a multitude of mechanics tried to get it to back up. Robert Escalante at CSA had a part FedEx to him in Monterey. The part partially worked. From a fresh start it would go into reverse, but once you went forward, reverse would not work until the car was turned off. He missed being able to make the 17 Mile Drive, but did manage to get to the grounds for staging. However, on the short drive there, the brakes on the car quit working. Now he is in line waiting to be directed as to where the car is to be displayed knowing the brakes on the car donít work and reverse is very questionable. He is faced with driving down a inclining grassy hill knowing very well that if he misses the spot that he might not be able to stop there or backup to re-position may be impossible or worse yet hitting another car.

Bottom Line: The car, with help from a friend, was positioned correctly without over shooting the spot and both Bill & Kim had a great time.

Posted on: 6/18 1:35:54
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Re: 1948 288 coil
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FYI,

I have never used a Pertronix ignitor in my cars. I have several car guy friends that have used them and they do not speak very highly of them when it comes to reliability.

Posted on: 6/15 12:33:45
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Re: 1948 288 coil
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Old wire has a tendency to crack and die. Maybe one of them inside the distributor has given up the ghost and is shorted to ground. Also, check the other wires to and from the coil - distributor aren't grounding. Crimp on connectors are a good suspect for corrosion related issues. Sometimes on the face of the connector and sometimes between the wire and the connector where it is crimped.

Posted on: 6/11 0:45:07
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Re: Convertible Top on a í55 Caribbean
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Last weekend the with the parts in hand the whole ensemble of hydraulic cylinders (HC) and pump/reservoir was assembled on a bench. The cylinders were filled with hydraulic fluid before being connected to the pump. Fluid was added to the pump. With a battery charger as a 12V power supply the system was cycled about 6 or 7 times to remove any entrained air. Once it was leak checked, the system was placed in the trunk and HCs passed through into the rear seat compartment. It was connected to the top and everything worked great.

Posted on: 6/11 0:13:35
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Re: 1952 Packard pelican
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On pot metal and aluminum when I encounter a stripped threaded hole I use Muggy Weld (MW)Super Alloy for Pot Metal. Because of the low melting point of MW it will work on chromed parts without bothering the plating by be careful and only heating to MW's melting point.

Posted on: 6/6 16:36:51
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Re: Stone Guard Mesh Supplier
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Here's a before closeup picture of the mesh on my '32 901 and an after repaired & replated. I can't speak for it heritage over it's 90 years, but it came with the car when I bought it. The previous owner had it since the mid 1950's and did not appear to be some who would have dumped money into. To replace the screen wouldn't be a difficult task. Would need to ensure that the frame is good and clean before soldering in the new screen.

The screen on my stone guard was a basket case with many cracks in the mesh material with some sections missing short sections (`2 to 3") of material. I decided to try and fix the bad areas by silver soldering. Wasn't difficult, but a little time consuming taking about 10 to 12 hours making an estimated 50 or so repairs.

Before staring on the repair I had the chrome plating stripped from the frame giving a nice clean surface for silver soldering to. I used a propane torch with a fairly narrow flame tip to minimize the area where I was heating. On occasion, there would be a crack that did not want to "take the solder. These areas were scraped to provide a nice new area of metal to solder to. On those sections where the mesh was missing, I cut narrow strips of brass from sheeting that was about the correct thickness to replace the material.

There were several areas where the screen was coming loose from the frame. Those were repaired with lead based solder and acid flux. The area was gently heated to prevent heat from warping the frame

Almost all of the repairs are unnoticeable. Those that are require close examination and then you need to be very close.

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