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WTB - V8 bearings and pistons
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Got one or more sets on the shelf you've been saving for a project that's never going to happen? If so, shoot me the details and a price.

jack vines

Posted on: 8/28 7:28:45
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Anyone going to want a rebuilt 320" in the near future?
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We've got one set of 320" .040" pistons on the shelf and aren't likely to see another. Before I let them go, thought I'd ask if anyone is contemplating having a 320" rebuilt. Now would be the time.

jack vines

Posted on: 8/7 9:34:47
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Re: Anyone remember Marc Auto Restoration, Highland Park, IL ??
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Good memory, Don.

I found this address:

Marc Auto Restorations
3232 Skokie Valley Road
Highland Park, IL 60035

and thought someone might have known him there.

jack vines

Posted on: 7/22 13:42:25
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Anyone remember Marc Auto Restoration, Highland Park, IL ??
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Someone was asking me about this shop and I've never known the guy or when he was into Packards.

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Posted on: 7/21 15:57:43
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Re: 320 v8 pistons and valves.
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It's probable your piston and valve damage was caused by the valve spring retainers. Packard Engineering learned through failure analysis the retainers were too soft and the keepers would pull through the retainer, dropping the valve into the cylinder.

Later retainers are hardened, so replace all of yours with hardened versions.

Are you going to replace all the valves or only the damaged ones? New valves have gotten really spendy, so if you only need a couple of used valves, some of us here can probably come up with them for you.

Some claim to have bored the 320" to 4" and used 352" pistons, but I've never done it. Again, I could come up with a used set of 352" pistons for cheap.

jack vines

Posted on: 7/16 13:39:57
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WTB - V8 .010" main bearings
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Please PM me with what you've got and how much.

jack vines

Posted on: 7/10 10:16:20
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Re: Randy Malcom Berger
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Wow! a double-dose of unwelcome news. I hadn't known Ole Book was no longer with us until I read this about Randy Berger. Two of the best gone from the family.

jack vines

Posted on: 7/5 9:03:07
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Re: At a Loss - Valve Washer Broke
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Hi, James,

I just was on the website preparing to place a parts order and didn't see the valve spring retainers listed. Maybe they're there and I just overlooked them, but they didn't seem to be with the valves and springs.

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Posted on: 6/8 14:36:31
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Re: At a Loss - Valve Washer Broke
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Many old Packard V8s have a sixty-five-year-old rattlesnake living under the hood. It will bite the owner sooner or later.

The valve spring retainers were too soft and eventually will pull the keeper through and drop the valve into the cylinder. Hard running makes it happen sooner. Slow driving makes it happen in 2020.

You'll have to change the other fifteen retainers, as they'll do the same thing eventually. It can be done without pulling the head on the side which didn't fail.

jack vines

P.S.- I did learn something from reading the Service Bulletin; that Packard was installing the hardened retainers only on the intake valves and using up the soft junk on the exhausts. I mean, a retainer is a five cent item; cheaping out on a part which if it fails can destroy an engine.

Wonder if they ever used up the old stock and began using hardened retainers on exhausts as well.

Posted on: 6/7 17:24:29
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WTB - V8 engine bearings and other hard parts
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Doing an inventory, I discovered a set of .010" rod bearings missing one. Anyone else got a partial set?

While you're going through the parts you'll never get around to using, let me know what you'd like to get off the shelf. We'll buy NOS pistons, bearings, exhaust valves, timing gears and whatever else looks to be a bargain.

jack vines

Posted on: 4/22 15:16:45
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