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31 Generator Cleanup
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Does anyone have advice on steps to take to get my 31 generator up to optimal performance? I pulled the generator out without fouling the timing chain sprocket (whew), and pulled the cutout switch off and sent it off for a rebuild as I wasn't convinced it was working. I noticed the commutator looked a tad cruddy and third brush sufficiently worn. The wires leading to the cutout are frayed and could use replacing. I found a set of brushes on Ebay which are currently on the way. I"m thinking about pulling it apart, thoroughly cleaning, replacing brushes and the frayed wires, then seeing where I'm at after the cutout comes back. What should / shouldn't I do?

Posted on: 8/1 5:25:06
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Re: 31 Generator Polarization
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Okay, just checked the fuse and it tested good. I pulled the rear cover off the generator -- is the adjusting screw attached to a small gear? The Service manual indicates that the rate of charge is 10 to 12 amps at 18 to 20 mph; but I did see your past post where you limit it to 5 amp for daytime driving, and a little more if your out at night and using other electrics.

Posted on: 6/24 14:01:24
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Re: 31 Generator Polarization
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Yes, the system is 6 volt and is positive grounded, and no I have not checked the fuse. You're referring to the fuse in the relay?

Posted on: 6/24 13:40:13
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31 Generator Polarization
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Good news -- I got my 31 started yesterday. After cleaning the carb and lubricating the air vanes and metering dish, it fired up!

Had great oil pressure, but one issue was the ammeter was reading a slight discharge as it was running. I think the issue is polarization of the generator. However I did notice the negative battery cable wasn't on too tight which might have something to do with it. Nontheless, how do I go about polarizing the generator? What I'm working with is an Owen Dyneto relay mounted on top of the generator, which has two leads -- one going to the ammeter/battery, and the other going to a sizeable fuse underneath. Is the volt regulator located in the same box?

Posted on: 6/24 11:46:06
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Re: 31 Spark Retard
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Great, thanks very much for your insight Ross.

Posted on: 6/23 9:31:58
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31 Spark Retard
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The question du jour is how much do I retard the spark at startup for a 31 Packard? The owner's manual doesn't mention retarding the spark at startup, only that it should be pulled out 1/4" if going 5 mph or so. My instinct tells me though I should retard it somewhat then go to full advance as the engine rumbles to life. Any thoughts?

Posted on: 6/22 8:48:36
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Re: Engine Ground Strap
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Thanks all -- Owen was correct; I was interested in the ground strap between the engine and the frame, not the battery cable.

Posted on: 6/15 14:54:16
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Engine Ground Strap
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Can anyone tell me how and where the engine ground straps are positioned on an early 30's Packard?

Posted on: 6/14 13:59:16
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Re: Stone Guard Mesh Supplier
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Thanks - I have a 31.

Yes, I saw many a supplier of decorative meshes, but haven't seen the Packard style. It looks like a square and diagonal design all woven together. Anyone know what that style is called?

Posted on: 5/31 5:35:25
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Stone Guard Mesh Supplier
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Does anyone know who supplies the highly decorative stone guard mesh used in early 30's Packard stone guards? With originals as scarce as hens' teeth and repros costing $1600, I'm in the mood to try to build one myself.

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