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Re: 1938 Packard engine parts enquiry
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Good Morning...Just as a question...If this 38 had been brought to a Packard dealer in 1950...what would they have suggested...perhaps using a current year replacement engine? If the car is to be a reliable driver...then perhaps a more modern Packard straight eight would be a good solution...Seems like a lot of work has happened and the result has not been good...Just a question...don't pretend to know the answer...Ernie in Arizona

Posted on: Today 8:10:27
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Re: 1924 and 1928 Belt
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Good Evening...You can contact Kanter 800-526-1096 or Max Merritt 800-472-2573 as well as other companies that specialize in parts for Packard Automobiles...both of these companies will have the information you seek...Ernie in Arizona

Posted on: Yesterday 17:32:44
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Good Morning...You might have a cracked distributor cap...or it may be warped so that the distance between the tip of the rotor and the tit on the distributor are not the correct distance apart...something around 25 thousanths is pretty normal...also, the two plug wires may not be fitting into the distributor cap properly...You are doing great work...Ernie in Arizona

Posted on: 9/16 9:18:35
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Re: Age related UK registration
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Hello Simon...Welcome to the tribe! I don't have the information you need, however others far more knowledgeable than I, will check in over the course of the day, who DO know what you need to know. If you can, a few photographs would be nice...Ernie in Arizona

Posted on: 9/10 7:45:33
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Re: 1948- 288 Fuel Pump Rebuild
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Good Morning...If you don't wish to do the work yourself, you should be able to order a rebuilt from Kanter 800-526-1096 or Max Merritt...800-472-2573. They will charge you a core fee and refund it after you send them back your old pump...Ernie in Arizona

Posted on: 9/10 7:37:33
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Re: Fuel Pump Problem?
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Hi Don...We've had her for eight years and in the beginning she was a bit on the grumpy side...slowly but surely we worked through her problems to include turning the entire damn driveway rust color, until she runs like a Packard should...If you are interested, look in the Owners Registry, I have listed everything we had to do to her on that page...Ernie in Arizona

Posted on: 9/8 20:37:01
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Re: Best way to start an engine after years of sitting
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Good Evening...You may receive many differing opinions...In addition to your check list, it is often a good idea to try to determine why the car was taken off the road...frequently it was because the owner was unhappy with it for some reason. Many machines that I have worked on that sat for a long time had all sorts of gick (technical term) in the oil pan and many had clogged up oil pumps. To me one should pull the pan and clean it out and remove and clean out the oil pump, look at the main and rod bearings, and then open the valve train and clean out that area as well. Definitely soak the rings prior to attempting to start the car. Check the wiring, check and replace or clean the points, clean the rotor, check the condenser and coil...if you can hand crank the oil girl to break the rings loose or just get her turning over gently...put her back together and with a fresh battery see if she will start. Before you try to move the car under its own power, check the transmission and rear end for oil and it is best to remove and clean and repack the wheel bearings...many a nice old car was badly damaged by the rush to start and drive it...do your home work, be gentle, and patient...then start and move it under its own power...Just my humble opinion...Ernie in Arizona

Posted on: 9/8 20:26:50
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Re: Fuel Pump Problem?
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Good afternoon...Here in the Arizona Desert, in the summer, if Miss Prudence sits for a week, she will start on the fourth four second crank every time...occasionally on the third crank. In the winter, when I drive her almost daily...she starts on the first four second crank...Ernie

Posted on: 9/7 11:49:05
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e: 55 Caribbean Over Heating
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Good afternoon...Kanter and or Max Merritt will have the correct head gaskets, I am sure...Would like to know where you obtained the incorrect ones, however understand if you don't wish to comment! Ernie in Arizona

Posted on: 9/6 13:37:30
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Re: Carburetor Heat Shield
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Good Morning...I have a 23rd series Deluxe 8 which is a 1949
Model. We run 87 grade gas which is enough for our engines and burns cooler than the higher grades, I have been told. If I am wrong, someone kindly correct me. We also purchased a carburetor shield for between the carburetor and the engine as well as a non-metal block that sits between the manifold and carburetor to help stop the heat transfer and also a fuel pump shield...these parts came from Max Merritt and I believe that they make them in their shop...they helped. Also we run Marvel Mystery Oil in our 87 gasoline...at 1.5 times the ratio on the bottle. It seems to keep the gas from bubbling (boiling) unless things really get out of hand. Miss Princess likes it. Just as a side note, we run the same Marvel Mystery Oil Mixture in our 1931 Model A...that engine is also happier with the Marvel Mystery Oil in the summer...and it gets plenty hot in the Arizona Desert in the summer...I will drive the cars in the morning in the summer...at sun up...and about 95 degrees...any more heat than that and I want my Air Conditioned Jeep! These are just our experiences...hope they help a bit...one other little thing, we keep a big magnet in the glass fuel bowl...it traps any tank rust and I can easily see what has been collected and clean out the bowl and wipe of the magnet...Enjoy your Packard, she may be a chubby chick, but she is a great car...Ernie in Arizona

Posted on: 9/4 8:10:21
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