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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Kevin,

To remove the distributor, it should just be two bolts - the two that go through the plate. I like to put my engine on No. 1 TDC and take a picture of the rotor position before I pull it, so I don't accidentally re-install it 180 out.

After you get that sorted out, I would give it a full tuneup:

https://www.packardclub.org/tuneup/1954tuneup-8cyl-1a.JPG

Vacuum: should be 15-18" at idle and steady. Maybe slightly different for your engine. I have an old motors manual (i.e. Chiltons) from the 1940s that I got online. It has a whole section on diagnosing engine condition based on vacuum readings. Hook to any port on the manifold - does your car have a port on the intake manifold for the windshield wipers? It would be going down to the vacuum pump. I got my gauge from OTC via Amazon. I like it because it has a case; any parts store should have one.

Gauges I'll let someone else weigh in - maybe Howard (HH56)? As far as the thermostat, I would run a 170 degree thermostat.

Good luck!

Edit: Lots of good, simple info at packardclub.org when you click on tech info and tech tips.

Posted on: 10/9 10:30:41
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Re: Which head gasket to use 37 115
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I don't have experience with the fiber type, but I've always been a fan of the all metal gaskets.

As far as install, I use the permatex copper spray. Heavy coat on each side, then torque the head down. I've had a little bit leak out each time, but it wipes up easily.

Posted on: 10/9 10:14:13
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Re: 1937 wooden transmission floor cover
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I was linked to him, then found him on Facebook.

Don Lampen in Holland, MI. His contact info:

donaldlampen@yahoo.com

(616) 392-6605

Posted on: 10/7 8:26:09
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Re: 1937 wooden transmission floor cover
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Mine was painted black from the factory. Agree with ensuring the edges are treated. Any sound deadening can go above the plywood, under either your new rubber floor mat (Don Lampen reproduces) or carpet.

Posted on: 10/7 5:27:24
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Kevin - I had a very, very rich running condition - clouds of black smoke, carbon dripping from the tailpipe, etc.

Fixing the heat riser fixed about 75% of the problem, and fixing a severely leaking exhaust manifold fixed the last 25%. My machinist took 0.030" out of it to get it flat, and I think the heavy leak was also heating up the intake and essentially acting as a hot box. I think that also led to the carbon I just cleaned out, although apparently those engines could build up carbon anyway (per the service letters). Good luck!

Hope the spring fixes it for you!

Posted on: 10/6 10:20:07
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Oh ho ho.... go back several pages in my blog, and read all about improper heat riser function! Can cause rich running, burnt valves, carbon buildup, etc. Max Merritt sells the spring if you want to make it right, or just wire it open and rely on the better gas...

Edit: link here: http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... id=213376#forumpost213376

Posted on: 10/6 4:27:39
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Re: Ken's 1937 120 Touring Sedan
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Brian, thanks! She drives a lot nicer now that I replaced a bad front shock and adjusted the steering!

Do you have pictures of how you mounted your seat belts? Iíve held off because I havenít wanted to drill a bunch of holes in my 83 year old car!

Posted on: 9/25 19:55:48
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Re: Ken's 1937 120 Touring Sedan
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Mission creep indeed!

I do have to be careful... I am prone to overdoing it. When I first discovered the engine had never been rebuilt, I was tempted to yank it and fully rebuild it. Then I had to remind myself that I only have a few more months before it will be stored for 6 months, and maybe 3.5 years!

So, we'll get it back to Packard green, and put enough miles on it that I know everything is properly broken in and sorted before it goes into storage in March.

Posted on: 9/24 10:38:00
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1937 115 1082 - Total basket case, partially restored (Sold Hershey 2015)

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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Looks good!

Posted on: 9/24 8:55:59
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Re: 1937 "120" Flywheel Bolts
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Iíll confirm next weekend when mine is out, assuming the hacks that worked on the car previously didnít mess something up! (Whoever worked on my car in the past replaced many of the original bolts with whatever happened to be at hand that fit in the hole. Kind of frustrating, and I find more problems the more I look)

If I remember correctly, there are six bolts that hold the flywheel to the crank, and a locking tab for each set of two bolts. I seem to remember they were a royal pain to bend once the flywheel was installed!

Edit: the parts book confirms, three lock plates, PN 300163.

Posted on: 9/22 19:18:21
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1937 115 1082 - Total basket case, partially restored (Sold Hershey 2015)

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