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Re: Remove the Speedometer cable
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I used white Lubriplate on my '39 a couple years ago and lubed the speedo while I had the dash out for woodgraining and it was easy to get to the speedometer.

Runs dead quiet.

If you want a small amount of powdered graphite, PM your mailing address and I'll send you some. Years ago the company I worked for scrapped a (very) old tanker and before it went to the knackers I picked up a 5 lb. can of powdered graphite, about three lifetimes supply. I can spare enough to lube a few speedometer cables.

Jim/KB1MCV

Posted on: 10/23 18:39:10
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Re: 1938 Packard engine parts enquiry
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Ernie, my Packard experience is a bit limited, but what I gather from 'internet research' and from talking to experts, the Flackmaster for instance, the preferred engine replacement for the '38-'39 Super Eight was/is the 23-24th series 327 cid straight eight.

I believe there is a PMCC service letter to this effect.

If I recall correctly it should be almost a drop-in, some slight reworking of the firewall, I think.

Actually my '39 firewall looks to have been altered at one time, I'm assuming for the later engine. The rework is hidden by the '39 engine I installed. I guess I should have taken some pictures when the engine was out.

I get the impression very few of the '38-'39 320 engines appear to be driven to any great extent currently.

Best,
Jim

Posted on: 9/19 9:42:10
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Re: 1938 Super 8 1605 - adventures with a newbie
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Good for you and your Dad, Kevin.
Thanks for the update, I was wondering where (and how) your '38 project was coming along.

Marks to both of you for staying with it.

Please keep the forum posted.

Jim

Posted on: 9/17 11:31:35
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Re: 1938 Packard engine parts enquiry
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Simon, you may want to do some research on your project. There are some things that are one year only on your 1938 320" Super Eight engine.
Before you get too deeply into the project I suggest reading this link to Kevin's adventures with his '38 S8'
Be sure to read the ending.

http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... =&topic_id=22327&forum=10

The most important thing I would verify on your engine is the cast iron cylinder block's condition as they seem to be prone to cracking.

The engine lower ends also require some specialized parts and procedures.

Dave Flack (the Flackmaster)was a tremendous source of
help with my 39 Super Eight.

Best of luck.

Jim

Posted on: 9/16 13:25:56
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Re: Simple solution for tunes in the Packard
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This is a subject interesting to me.

My '39 is a radio deleted model, not surprising given it formal original use.

I think a prior owner may have had a radio in the glove compartment given there is a antenna mounted.

I really don't care to have a AM radio in this car, which may be strange given my amateur radio hobby.


Is there some way I can download tunes to my android phone and install a dedicated receiver and speakers (and amplifier?) of some kind to play music of my choice underway?

The car is still 6v. positive ground and will remain that way but I can install a small 12v. motorcycle-type battery and charge it via a wall-socket charger for a power supply. The installation would be insulated and fuse or breaker protected of course.

Please try to word any suggestions simply because my tech savy pretty much ended with vacuum tubes. I still haven't fully come to grips with my phone.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Jim

Posted on: 8/28 8:38:48
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Re: Packard Trips
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A week or so ago I took the '39 on a day trip to the New Hampshire White Mountains. The distance covered was just under 200 miles.
At a overlook rest area in North Conway I was talking to a gentleman (another geezer like me) and after the usual old car back and forth I found he had been acquainted with the previous owner. Small world.
From North Conway the route is uphill to Gorham and lunch at J's Corner Restaurant and Lounge. I recommend the clam chowder.
A few miles east of Gorham on Rt.2 I took the Evans Notch road back into the White Mountain National Forest. The road weaves in and out of Maine And New Hampshire and is about a lane and a half wide which makes oncoming traffic interesting.
From there country roads to Fryeburg ME. and back into southern Maine.
The only other prewar car I spotted was a ~39 Mercury as I was leaving the Evans Notch road.
The Super Eight has been delivering 14 to 16 MPG all summer since I installed the EE23 carb I rebuilt winter before last. I have to confess to being a fan of the BW overdrive.
Jim

Posted on: 8/27 6:04:02
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VJ Day 1945
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Seventy-five years ago today there was much celebration.
Here is some footage of the celebrations in Hawaii.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Tg5Jy ... LxTXZLGPZd3dS66yXz60qhMpI

Posted on: 8/14 13:31:18
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Re: engine bay covers
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Thanks for the suggestion, Wesley.

I have tried renaming the file with no luck.
I also tried posting pics on an alternative browser.
I am able to post pics on the Packard Classics site and on the AACA forum. Also on the Studebaker Drivers Club site, pics post with no problem.

Kind of frustrating.

Jim

Posted on: 8/4 14:40:16
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Re: engine bay covers
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Welcome, Steve

For some reason I can't seem to get a photo to attach to show how the inner fender panels are arranged on my 39 S-8.
I don't think you can get them on backwards because I have struggled to do just that.
The panels ( I think ) are arranged to let hot air out, the scoops in the panels are on the outside, towards the tire.
I don't think I have described this very well, I do have a picture and if you want to PM with your e-mail I can e-mail it to you.

Jim

Posted on: 8/4 7:46:26
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Re: No spark 54 Patrician
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Brian, the above is excellent advice and more clearly explained than I would be able.

There are several books which will help you getting the car sorted out if you don't already have them.

An owner's manual for your specific car, reprints are available, check e-bay or I think on this site.

"Keep Your Packard Rolling" by Neal Donovan, Packard Books, Inc. 83 Quaker Lane, Fairfield, Ct. 06430-4511. Probably out of print but last time I checked it was available on Amazon.

A Motors Manual covering your year. These books are available on e-bay and through used book dealers. They really are a basic course in pre-computer automotive repair and maintenance.

Good luck.

Posted on: 7/5 13:44:28
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