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Re: 1928 Starter-Shorting Question
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I can't answer with 100% assurance for your specific year, but the Owen-Dyneto starters and generators were typically finished with crinkle-finish semigloss black paint.

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Re: 1956 Twin Traction Axle lubrication
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P/N 88128R. When ordering make sure it includes both the bearing itself and the locking ring. Lot's of no-name cheap crap out there, I suggest buying a quality name brand.

https://www.finditparts.com/products/2 ... n=SST%20%7C%20BPAC%201407(BSC)&utm_term=4580496721928917&utm_content=All%20Products

Posted on: 11/23 10:46:40
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Re: 1956 Twin Traction Axle lubrication
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Neither, if by "packed" you mean serviceable as in Packards 1955 and earlier. Axle ends for 1956, Twin Traction and conventional, Packard and Clipper, have permanently lubricated and sealed bearings. The 1956 units were outsourced to Dana, 1955 was the last of the Packard designed and built units.

Posted on: 11/22 13:48:17
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Re: 27 - 28 split rear bumper and dual rear tire mount pics.
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I'm sure I have close-up photos somewhere, but why not just contact the owner directly, I'm sure he'd be glad to discuss the details with you? That's Frank Wemple's 443 on a PAC Henry Joy tour.

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Posted on: 11/22 9:25:08
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Re: Engine Backfired blewout muffler & resonator
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I experienced the backfire and resultant blown muffler once with an in-line 8 and the cause was traced to a sloppily-fitting distributor rotor.

Posted on: 11/21 5:51:38
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Re: 1956 Packard Caribbean Coupé paint codes
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There is also a separate roster keeper just for the 1955-1956 Caribbeans. Why not contact both?

Posted on: 11/19 15:54:34
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Re: 55 400 small spring
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Here's some more detail from when I made a few spares some years back.

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Re: 55 400 small spring
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Parking brake, goes on the underhood toggle assembly and controls the release rotation and return of the handle.

Posted on: 11/14 9:28:26
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Re: 1934 1100 Timing
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Far too much to explain than I care to type, PM me your phone and a time to call. But for starters:

- #6 timing marks on the front pulley are for when the light is on cylinder 6. There are a separate set of timing marks for #1. Each sets timing for 4 cylinders, just keep in mind that you have what amounts to two separate 4-cylinder ignition systems coexisting in a single distributor body, only used 1933-34 on Eights and Super Eights. Fixed points fire 1, 2, 7 and 8; adjustable points fire 3, 4, 5 and 6.

- Resistance measurements are not a reliable way to test a coil, nearly useless. Either borrow a coil tester, or test by substituting a known good coil such as a NAPA generic.

- your distributor has a 4-lobe cam so if you wish to use a dwell meter, set dwell as for a 4-cylinder motor not an 8. Dwell was not in use in that era, I set the gap per the specs.

-You could time #1 by rotating the distributor body, lock it down and time #6 by rotating the set of points that are on a separate moveable breaker plate segment. But its trial and error and very little room under the hood to work. So simplist is to do it the way Packard recommended, remove the distributor and synchronize the two sets of pints to fire at the proper interval on a distributor test machine, or make a simple tool like the NorthEast synchronizer tool pictured in the service letters. You could also read my writeup on setting up this distributor on the Packard Club forum.

- With your current timing of 4 and 3 degrees, though not exactly on spec, is close enough, engine should perform well and your problem is almost certainly elsewhere.

- Not that it should matter, but your distributor has been modified to use modern Chrysler points, the OEM NorthEast points are beefier and much longer lasting, but alas have been hard to source even 20 years ago. Also though it shouldn't matter if properly selected, you have aftermarket coils.

- I'd suspect your engine performance problem is due to a vacuum leak, perhaps the brake booster system, chassis lubricator, vacuum booster pump, wipers or even (unlikely) the Stromberg automatic choke. Most likely are the brake booster cylinder or brake booster selector valve, especially if the still are using the original treated paper diaphragms. Classic & Exotic has replacements in neoprene. Have you checked the intake manifold to block studs and nuts for tightness? Intake manifold gaskets for leakage?

- The brass ring inside your distributor for the outer rotor carbon brush looks suspect. It looks granular or sandblasted while it should be bright and polished smooth to allow the 2nd carbon brush to make good contact. Id think the rough finish would rapidly wear the brush so check both rotor brushes and springs.

- The 4 screws equally spaced at the outer perimeter of the breaker plate hold the plate in place, you do NOT use them to adjust the timing of the points on the small moveable segment breaker plate, it has its own hold down screws for that purpose.

- To my knowledge Packard did not specify an idle speed in RPM, mine idles quite comfortably at about 375 rpm. At a compression ratio of 6:1, you should expect a compression test pressure of about 100 lbs though it depends on altitude above sea level, carbon buildup, and the particulars of how you conduct the test.

Check this: https://www.packardclub.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=864


EDIT: missed your note that point set #1 was firing at 4 deg BTDC and point set #2 at 3 deg. Ignore my comments about synchronizing the points, they are already quite adequately synchronized but you might set timing closer to 6 deg. BTDC.

Posted on: 11/13 16:01:26
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Re: Various CL Pickings
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With regard to the comment about the beige color on the LWB 8-passenger, I didn't see it as a comment about whether it was a correct available factory color as much as it was a comment about the unsuitability of that color on such a formal body style.

Posted on: 11/12 15:04:11
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