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Re: 1954 Packard Pacific 359 L8 radiator / blueprints #455036 and #446509
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7 psi was the postwar standard up until 53. At that time due to more reports of coolant being lost thru the overflow after a high speed run they went to a 12 and also made those retrofittable to the 51 and 52 models if needed. From 53 on it was mostly the 12 and 13 psi caps although a 7 was still available until 55.

They also changed thermostats with the change to the 12 psi cap going from the bellows type to the capsule type. It was found that as radiator pressure increased the bellows type did not open completely or even reliably at the stated temp. A larger diameter fan was also made available for warm climates or cars which had the coolant overflow problems. A larger radiator, multibladed fan, and a 12 or 13 psi cap was standard on AC cars.

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Re: Easamatic Rebuild Question
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I would wonder if the lube used on the power piston assy was too heavy or the leather seal is damaged, or out of position. The recommended lube for the leather seal and vacuum canister is vacuum cylinder oil so a fairly light material. Is the condition of the canister interior smooth with no trace of any brake fluid that might have leaked in and gotten gummy. Anyl of those situations would cause a lot of drag on the piston the return spring might not be strong enough to overcome.

Posted on: 11/22 17:18:33
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Re: spotlight
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Essentially the same style hand held light as 53 was offered thru 55 so while not in the 56 accessory catalog undoubtedly it could still be bought at the dealer for 56. They did officially offer another style combination trunk and hand held utility light for 56.

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Posted on: 11/22 16:35:25
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Re: 1950 Packard color
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Is there any trace of what might be an original color visible -- maybe under a tail light housing or some overspray under a door upholstery panel or under something else that might have been masked and not removed during a repaint.

You might also see if by some miracle a build sheet might have survived. Some have found them taped to the top of the glovebox and others have been found tightly folded up and stuck between the gas fill pipe and vent tube at the rear of the car. A few have been found in a door cavity or under the rear seat. The build sheet is a narrow strip of paper with one or two short lines of printed letters and numerals and maybe a short handwritten notation. If you do find it be advised it will be very brittle and easily damaged.

S is Coronet Blue Metallic and a valid color choice for a convertible. According to Bob Neal's book Packard -- 1948 to 1950, which is a comprehensive book on the production of the 48-50 models, that color was introduced in July 48 and dropped in Feb 50. B, A, or M was not offered on convertibles or in any combination.

The 22nd series color chart in the literature section of this site and the book says convertibles were only available in single color schemes -- S being one of them. Neal's book also says the convertible schemes were in effect from "July 48 to end" but it is unclear if he means end is the end of 22nd series production in mid 49 or the end of the entire 22-23 series body style and model production in 50. Other than some colors mentioned that were not available at all on 23rd series convertibles nothing is mentioned in the book about whether the 22nd series choices carried over to the 23rd series unchanged.

It does mention that the 2379 convertibles had only 4 trim sets available. Code 624, 626, 724 and 726.

You can download the INTRO section of the 48-54 parts manual. Other than Neal's book it gives the most comprehensive rundown of paint color and combos as well as the upholstery combos and what the fabric or leather colors and types were. http://www.packardinfo.com/xoops/html ... slist4854/48-54_Intro.pdf

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Re: Bijur Tube Union Nut
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If no one on the forum has what you need have you tried what is left of Classic and Exotic to see if they might still have anything? They are selling off their remaining parts inventory and list a few Bijur items. https://straight-eight.com/product-cat ... bijur-chassis-lubricator/

Posted on: 11/21 18:15:05
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Re: Neutral Safety Switch
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For Packard made cars there is not but your 57 is in all respects except name and a few 55-6 trim items chosen from the leftover parts stocks a facelifted Studebaker President with Stude mechanical parts. For a better answer than I could provide you might post your question on the Stude Forum https://forum.studebakerdriversclub.co ... tudebaker-forum/tech-talk

You might also inquire at some of the Stude vendors and see what they say. http://www.studebakervendors.com

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Re: Engine Backfired blewout muffler & resonator
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A sudden and intermittent loss of power to the coil could cause engine stumbling and a backfire. I remember back in the days of my misspent youth someone wanting to make a statement with a lot of noise could do a quick turn off and on of the ign switch to cause a backfire.

There could be a loose wire connection somewhere but 55-6 ign switches are somewhat overstressed and are known to have exhibited some strange failures or suddenly acted up. Since the coil is powered from its own terminal off the switch if vibration made that terminal suddenly lose its electrical connection then regain it that could be a cause. A switch problem might not be very evident because the rest of the car power comes off a separate terminal so you would not see lights go out or the radio quit if only the IGN terminal was faulty. Ballast resistors have also been known to become intermittent but usually once those fail it becomes permanent. Still worth checking though.

If the car has a push button trans then if it still has the auto park relay and there is no sign of the trans trying to shift into park when the problem occurs then neither item is as likely a cause. Even if the Ign switch or ballast resistor is ruled out coils have been known to intermittently fail and it could have developed a loose connection inside.

If you replaced the cloth covered wire in the dist with another of the same extremely flexible type and made sure the routing was correct so it could not get pinched and shorted then probably not an issue but replacing with ordinary hookup wire could cause some problems. Ordinary wire is not flexible enough so it can fatigue and break relatively quickly with the constant advance movement. Not sure if an intermittent connection there would cause a backfire but it could cause engine stumbling or even kill the engine if there is a break or a short and the condition lasted very long.

Posted on: 11/20 20:44:36
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Re: 1950 Packard color
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The photo of the data plate didn't come thru so make sure it is a format the website accepts. Those are listed under the attach file section. If larger than 10 megs you might need to resize it. The site accepts a fairly generous size so rather than a size change it might need a change of title to get rid of a wrong character. You also need to click the attach file button after you choose the photo to post.

The code you mention does not sound like an authentic Packard paint or trim code so without seeing the data plate not much to go on. The 12-3-49 might be the date it was sold but the other letters are not very helpful. Paint code was usually a single letter or maybe 2 letters if the car was a two tone and the trim code was usually 2 or 3 numbers.

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Re: 6 Volt Electric Fuel Pump
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Many of us run an electric fuel pump mounted near the tank that can be switched on and off as needed. When the car has sat for awhile, a few seconds running the electric does help in replacing fuel that has evaporated or percolated in getting thru the pump and into the carb without a lot of cranking time. A secondary benefit is turning it on during vapor lock situations will place the suction line under a small amount of pressure which can help that issue. Modern gas is quite volatile and it has been suggested that vapor lock actually occurs in the suction side of the pump where the reduced pressure will allow the volatile bubbles to more easily escape and form a large air lock which the mechanical pump finds difficult to pull thru.

There are two type pumps. For the most part rotary pumps are quiet but mechanical pumps sometimes find it difficult to pull fuel thru them. Usually a check valve and bypass plumbing around the rotary pump is needed so the stock pump can pull fuel. Carter makes a 6v unit that some have used. A solenoid type pump has valves similar to what is already in the mechanical pump and when that style is turned off the mechanical pumps can pull fuel thru with only a minimal amount more effort. As long as the electric pump has pressure output suitable for the situation there is not much danger in overpowering the carb float valve. If you are really concerned then a pressure regulator could be added but many of the inexpensive regulators do not really do much good at such low pressures.

Airtex makes a couple of solenoid style pumps suitable for our use. Both are 6v, can be wired for positive or negative ground and sized for 5/16 line. They do have a small filter attached and both will install with minimal effort. Because the small pump filter is attached many add a larger capacity filter which has a removable element that can be serviced in the line before the pump so it traps debris from the tank before the one that comes with the pump.

The E8011 has an output of 5-8 psi and when mounted near the tank the line length and fuel being pushed thru the mechanical pump and any optional filters is usually enough to lower the pressure at the carb to an amount almost equal to what the mechanical pump would normally output. The E8902 has a lower output at 2.5 - 4.5 psi and could also be used if you wanted one that more closely matches the mechanical pump. It would be the better choice if the the mechanical pump was removed or if the standard screen mesh in the pump is the only filter and there are no fine pore filters such as the ceramic option Packard offered. Amazon sells the Airtex brand as does many parts stores.

Posted on: 11/20 8:55:34
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Re: 1956 Packard Caribbean Coupé paint codes
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Check out the 56 dealer color and upholstery book. http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... icle/view.article.php?166 It has all the stock color combos as well as some samples of upholstery. Those codes you list are not stock but Caribbeans have been known to have special paint on occasion

Posted on: 11/19 13:03:59
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