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Re: New owner with lots of questions.
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On the starter the answer is no. Engine Vacuum keeps the metal ball suspended above the electrical contacts in the switch mounted on the carburetor. When the engine is shut off, the engine vacuum ceases and the ball drops down to make electrical contact for the next time car is started.

Packard designed this type of starter switch so the car could be quickly restarted if stalled out from using the clutch to soon.

Posted on: 2016/1/31 6:54
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Re: Today's Packard Mystery - Rear Defroster
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I suspect the one without the heater was a later model. I recall seeing a rear defroster on a GM car when I was young that just blew cabin air across the rear window to defrost it. Packard probably found it unnecessary to add the electrical load for a heater in their defroster to a 6 volt system.

Posted on: 2016/1/31 6:43
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replace vent wing glass 47 Custom Super Clipper
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The vent wing on the right front passenger door is cracked due to locksmith getting me into my locked car!! The manual does not explain how to get the glass out and the new glass in. Is this something an auto glass shop should do??

Glass will be here in 2 weeks!!

If a DIY project, I want to do it...

Thanks.

Posted on: 2016/1/20 22:46
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Best vendor for Packard glass
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After dinner tonight, I left the restaurant and attempted to unlock my 47 Clipper. The door handle would not rotate. I called a locksmith and he was finally able to get me into the car but the right front vent window got cracked.

Does anyone have a vendor for Packard glass they can recommend?

Many thanks..

Posted on: 2016/1/16 20:51
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1947 Clipper Fog light switch removal from center chrome panel
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Rscott77x wrote:
Dear Howard,
How do I remove a switch from the chrome panel above the radio?
Does the radio have to be removed? My rear courtesy lamps do not come on unless the fog light are on. The car was rewired and I think a minor "miswire" happened.
I think All I have to do to correct the courtesy lights being hooked up to the fog lights is to move the wire to the hot side of the fog light switch.
The switches can be removed with the radio in place but depending on what you need to do, access in pulling the switch and wire loom out away from the casting to work may be hindered with the radio in place. The loom goes over and may even be slightly in front of radio and is also probably going to be stiff.
Response from Howard:
To remove the switches, pull the knob all the way out. On the bottom is an allen setscrew which can be loosened to remove the knob from the shaft. Sometimes the knob below the one being worked on interferes with a good angle for inserting the allen wrench in the setscrew so if you have ball end allens it sometimes helps. Once the knob is off the shaft use a 1/2" deep socket or nut driver which can go over the shaft to reach in and unscrew the nut holding the switch to the casting. The socket or nut driver will not have much height clearance around the nut so thinner the wall the better. All switches mount the same but the map light and cigar lighter are a bit different.

There is a schematic of the courtesy lights which I posted over at the PAC forum. http://www.packardclub.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3806

Wiring can be done several ways but it does sound like yours is coming off the wrong place. You can either use the body feed fuse at rear of headlight switch to power the lamps if you want them on at any time or if you only want them on when headlights are on then they can be powered off the fuse feeding the tail light circuit which would be the feed coming off the rear of the instrument lamp switch. Which ever you use make sure the fuse is large enough since the cigarette lighter on front seat back comes off the same feed. Not sure which overall wiring diagram you have but there is one on site http://www.packardinfo.com/xoops/html ... 21stSeriesWireDiagram.pdf which was partially colored by another poster making it a bit easier to follow.

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Posted on: 2015/12/13 10:47
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1947 Custom Super Clipper Reading lamps bulb replacement.
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From HH56:
Rscott77x wrote:
How do I remove the reading lamp lenses to change the bulbs. I don't want to force anything.

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The glass lenses are held in the chrome bezel which makes it an assy and just presses into the lamp housing. The assy may be tight. The chrome and glass pull straight out as an assy but there are some slots and holes in tabs on the chrome part which fit over some small bumps in the housing. Same with the round lights under the dash and those assys can be even tighter.

Posted on: 2015/12/13 10:28
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Re: Correct Radiator Coolant- HELP
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Frequent changes are the key to saving those radiators. My 1981 Mercedes was my daily driver for many years. I replaced the coolant annually. It still has the original radiator! Now that it has moved to my tiny "collection", I do not change it as often as it does not get driven that often. So, for a collector car, 2-3 years seems reasonable.

Posted on: 2015/11/13 15:20
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Re: 1946 - 1651 Custom Super Clipper added to the corral
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Thank you for saving this jewel!

Posted on: 2015/11/13 15:15
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Re: Diameter of correct fuel line for the 1947 356 engine.
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Thanks Howard. This is really helpful.
Robert

Posted on: 2015/10/31 13:57
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Diameter of correct fuel line for the 1947 356 engine.
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I need to buy a coil of fuel line to replace the fuel line on my clipper. What is the correct fuel line diameter..inside diameter if known.
Many thanks to the great responses on this site.

Posted on: 2015/10/31 12:34
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