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Re: 2019 Packard National Meet
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Do you happen to have the dates and location of the 2020 Event?

Posted on: 2019/8/20 17:10
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Re: Automatic Transmission Rebuild/Upgrade?
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Great thanks for the fast replies! Bill

Posted on: 2019/8/11 14:53
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Automatic Transmission Rebuild/Upgrade?
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I have a receintly purchased a 1954 Clipper that Shows 79k miles and leaks from the front seal of the trans. Does anyone have any advice of where I should take it to be overhauled? I am in the Chicago Area. I am planning to start with asking the local rebuilders and go from there. I had a bad (Expensive) experience with a 1958 Pontiac that I no longer own with a trans rebuild 20 years ago. Guess I did not learn from it since I bought an Older car than that one with an automatic. I see that there is an adapter out there for a 2 speed power glide Transmission, does anyone make an adapter for a GM 700R4? Would love to be able to go highway speeds and keep the RPM's to a reasonable level. It may not even be possible but just asking. Would love to have 4 forward gears. I have not driven my car due to bad tires and brakes. Looking for a treadle vac rebuilder as well. Thanks Bill

Posted on: 2019/8/11 13:17
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Re: New guy from Northern Illinois
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Too hot to work in the garage today so I spent the afternoon with this site. I have read Big Kev's blog and found how to add my car to the registry. The FAQ works great when you read it!!! Thanks for all your help. Bill

Posted on: 2019/8/8 14:59
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Re: New guy from Northern Illinois
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Thanks for the welcome. I went to the registry and have not yet figured out how to add my car. I have PM'ed Big Kev, seems that we live only a few miles apart. I will be sure to take a look at his blog. Now that I am retired I do not know how I had time to work!!! Thanks, I ran a compression test today and the news was good to me. Low of 115 and High of 130. Engine runs smooth as silk. Tires, Brakes and Trans are my priorities. Small Wish list. 1 or 2 headlight bezels, and one or both front turn signal lenses.
Now I have something to dig for at the swap meets. :)

Posted on: 2019/8/8 8:33
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Re: BRAKES: Easamatic Power Brakes aka Bendix Treadle-Vac--Change or Not??
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Thanks for all the responses as well as the info from home away from home. I am sure that I could rebuild my unit with a kit. My concern is that part of the rebuild price is the liability should there be a future failure and litigation that would certainly result from any loses.

Posted on: 2019/8/8 8:25
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New guy from Northern Illinois
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I looked and did not see an introduce yourself section so I will try and fit it in here. If I am in the wrong place please let me know.

After retiring last December, I have been looking for a "Project Car" as If I do not have anything else to do.
Well I dragged home a 1954 Clipper Panama a week ago. I am not new to Old cars and have owned a few over the years. I also have a 1966 Cadillac conv that I purchased in 1997.
This is the first time working on a car with the Availability of the world wide web to help with locating parts and priceless info and data like is available from good people and copied data on this site.
It runs, brakes are there but will be in for a rebuild, Trans leaks a lot from the front seal when running and will need a Rebuilt to be reliable. Has the 327 with a single bbl carter. I did an oil change and plan to do a compression test soon to try and see what I have. I was tempted to drop the pan and clean it out, I have on all my other new arrivals. It shows 79500 miles. I plan to keep it in as it left the factory (stock) condition unless I hit a brick wall. Thanks for having me. Bill

Posted on: 2019/8/7 16:43
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Re: BRAKES: Easamatic Power Brakes aka Bendix Treadle-Vac--Change or Not??
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I am not sure of the rules for adding a link to a post. This is the company that shows a booster/Master Cylinder as well as a front disc brake conversion using your spindles. Not cheap by any means but they say they have it.

https://www.classicdiscbrakes.com/51-5 ... -Master-cylinders_c25.htm

I have not purchased anything from them, nor do I have any connection what so ever with the company. Just passing along what I found. Bill

Posted on: 2019/8/7 16:28
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Re: BRAKES: Easamatic Power Brakes aka Bendix Treadle-Vac--Change or Not??
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Funny you mention NAPA. I go in our local store a lot and live just a few miles from a major Warehouse for Napa. I already had asked about brake parts and they had all the wheel cylinders available in the warehouse for less than 10 bucks each. Wish that they had the Bendix Treadle-Vac unit. they had a listing for just a master cylinder but not the Booster unit. I plan to rebuild the brakes as stock to make the car Stop for now.

Posted on: 2019/8/6 17:30
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Re: BRAKES: Easamatic Power Brakes aka Bendix Treadle-Vac--Change or Not??
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Thanks for all the responses. I agree that trying to do a conversion from parts would be costly and Still be a liability in the event of any failure. The system used by Packard was used in several makes of cars at the time and was engineered by Packard and I assume along with Bendix Corp. I agree that ALL of the brake components need to be replaced and that the E (parking) brake cables be working and the rear brakes kept in tight adjustment. Previous owner replaced wheel cylinders, hoses and lines but did not touch the Bendix treadle vac or the attached Master cylinder. I go to car shows and cruise nights see this system many many times. Hope to find a good rebuilder in the Chicago Area. I will look at Kanter as well. I have restored a couple cars in the last 35 years but this one is the first one that with just a few mouse clicks I can find parts and great information from groups like this. ( It has been quite a while. I will be asking Transmission questions as well.

Posted on: 2019/8/6 17:11
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