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Re: Polarity reversal
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When I got my '55 Caribbean the ground was backwards (see post). It ran fine with a neg. ground and everything worked great except the amp meter. When the lights went on it showed "Charge" and when it was rev'd up it showed "Discharge". At the time I assumed the meter was wired backwards until I read "Positive Ground".

When I discovered it, I switched back to a pos. ground and there were no issues. The amp meter now worked as it should. Then I wanted to update the radio while keeping the original look. I opt'd for radio from Aurora Designs which required a neg. ground to avoid additional cost(see post).

I have not switched the polarity on the amp meter because I don't want to take any changes with messing the wiring up by digging around in a tight space.

Posted on: 11/4 16:24:57
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Re: Various CL Pickings
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Commenting on R1Lark noteworthy comment. The statement you referrenced is in line with the "New Math" philosophy e.g. if you can present good logic that 2+2 = 5 then it is correct. It doesn't need to be correct.

Posted on: 10/25 15:37:56
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Re: Carb/Intake Gasket seal
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For a gasket solution on badly matching surfaces, read my post #27 on how I solved it on my 32 901 sedan.

Posted on: 10/5 12:02:18
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Re: Engine serial number
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I live in California and bought our '51 which came out of Iowa where the paperwork used the engine SN for an vin. Went to DMV and told them that I didn't want to use engine SN. They sent me to the California Highway Patrol. They said I could use the frame number or the anti-thief number or the model/car number combo. It took about 10 minutes at the CHP office and without any hassel.

Posted on: 10/5 11:42:57
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Re: 1956 Clipper Custom Engine Paint and Other Questions
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On my '55 Caribbean there were a few spots on the engine that needed some paint help. I sent them a bolt to have them match the color and they mixed me up a quart of engine single phase enamel paint. It cost $70 to match the color and then of course the cost of the paint.

Posted on: 9/1 11:58:35
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Re: 1941 SUN VISOR 120 Sedan
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I couldn't agree with you more. A friend, of a friend, of a friend was asking. It turns out the that car is a 120 4 door touring sedan, body # 1492-7119) on the tag if I recall and was sold in Waco Texas.

Posted on: 9/1 11:50:48
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1941 SUN VISOR 120 Sedan
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Was it possible to get sun visors on pre war Packards? Or is there an after market for them?

Posted on: 9/1 9:30:32
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Re: Steering wheel restoration
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I would call a firm (or 2) that restores SW's and ask them what they can do to cure the problem.

Also, there are paints that are formulated for plastics, which I'm assuming would be a little flexible, that might work out OK.

Posted on: 8/28 23:47:49
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Re: Valve adjustment - 1936 std 8
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Re-reading my post, #9, I see that I left the word "COLD" out. The first sentence should read as:

"I would remove both valve covers while the engine IS COLD and check the valve clearances.

Read the rest of #9 for suggestions and info on clearances.

Posted on: 8/3 15:24:03
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Re: Valve adjustment - 1936 std 8
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I would remove both valve covers while the engine and check the valve clearances. Since the gap will close about 0.001 to 0.002 when the engine is hot. This should tell you if there are any major issues. If 5 & 6 don't have any gap you know what your problem may be.

After ensuring that every valve has a ballpark correct clearance, run a compression check. If 5 & 6 are still bad, then you'll need to pull the head and examine their valves & seat. You can use Prussian Blue to get a good feel on how well they should be sealing.

If the compression check is A-OK, fire her up and recheck while running and readjust as necessary.

Good Luck & Keep us posted

Posted on: 7/31 0:30:30
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