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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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Here's what the Trouble shooting guide says to check.
Wes

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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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Uh, the gentleman's problem is slow cranking, a common problem with that starter. I am not a fan.

Andy, how about I bring you some nice oh, '53 starter to Frederick to try out?

Posted on: 4/18 17:59:58
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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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I had a hot start problem on my 47 Clipper and found it was the ignition switch.

Posted on: 4/19 4:03:37
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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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The ignition switch/key seems like original Packard. Everything is as you describe with aa additional button on the left.

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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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Ross, I'll take you up on a starter at Frederick.

Posted on: 4/19 16:00:48
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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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Gentlemen, I wanted to give an update to the 1954 Pacific that wouldnt start when hot.

In early May I met up with Ross Miller, with his advice I checked the timing, it was advanced. Sparking before the piston was a TDC which led the car to fight against itself, I never thought of that but once he explained it , it all made sense.

He also supplied me with an Auto Lite starter from an earlier Packard. Un like the Delco that was on it the shape differs, instead of one big cylinder, it necks down toward the back where it bolts on, it made for easier assembly. BUT the good news is it made for MUCH easier starting. I really coundnt belive the difference. As far as I know the Delco starter was still healthy being only 18 months since rebuilt. The Auto Lite is just better.

It's been on the car for three weeks and about 100 miles and it hasnt left me sit yet!

Thanks Ross, and thanks to all of you who gave your input. Much appreciated.

Andy

Posted on: 5/31 5:02:06
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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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Posted on: 5/31 6:58:29
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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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Really delighted to hear it. Never did care for that particular Delco starter they used on the 359s. You owe me a bunch of Tee shirts dude.

Posted on: 5/31 7:15:25
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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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Thanks for the update!
Wes

Posted on: 5/31 7:56:21
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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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Another job well done - Bravo!!!

Steve

Posted on: 6/2 12:29:20
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