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Re: KPack
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I had some time over the weekend and was able to change the oil on the Panama. I ended up not throwing anything in the oil before I changed it. The old oil came out pretty black....definitely time for a change. I got a new filter, Fram C-4, and refilled with 7 quarts of Shell Rotella 15W-40. I used 10W-30 last time. With the 15W-40 my oil pressure seems better at idle, and is steady at 33-35 PSI at normal driving speeds.

The engine sounds nice and smooth. The more I drive it, the better the engine seems to get. When it's warmed up to operating temp there is no shudder or movement of the block, and it's nearly silent. The only thing that drives me nuts is my vacuum pump/fuel pump making that annoying hollow noise.

I have lots of work to do on the interior. Once it warms up here I will pull off the interior trim, sand it down, prime and repaint. Then I'm going to try my hand at doing door panels. Lastly, I'm going to have to do something about the rear seat. The top of it is disintegrating and is flapping around in the breeze while I drive. It's incredibly annoying.

-Kevin

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Posted on: 6/13 14:55
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Re: Ken's 1937 120 Touring Sedan
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Beautiful scenery and pictures. And that's a great outing with your son.

Sorry I can't help much with the alignment issues. I just pretend that everything is good on mine because I don't have the guts yet to dive into rebuilding the front end.

-Kevin

Posted on: 6/13 11:00
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Re: Mike P 1955 400 Slow Resto Thread!
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Congrats!! Car looks GREAT! I'm amazed at how good the interior is. The seats, headliner, and door panels are exceptional. A little cleaning here and there, and eventually replace the carpet. But you won't have to do much to the inside at all. So nice.

Going to your plan of attack:
1.) I never rebuilt a carb until I did it on my Packard. It's not as hard as I thought. It's intimidating, but I just took pictures of everything as I disassembled it, and labeled and bagged all the parts. I also picked up a Motors manual of Ebay that covers my year, and the information in there was very helpful in setting the carb back up when I rebuilt it. I highly recommend getting a manual for your year. Rebuilding the carb will teach you a ton about the car and give you much more confidence in it.

2.) Classic Exhaust makes complete replacement systems for our cars. I purchased my system through Kanter, who gets it from Classic Exhaust. The whole thing was about $400. I had a local shop install it for $150 and it's fantastic. Alternatively you could have an exhaust shop look at what you have now and see if they can patch up what you have. Obviously you'll need to get the car running first.

3.) If you can get the car on jack stands, I would drain the trans fluid first, then drop the pan and inspect/clean it out. You'll need a new gasket when you reinstall. Olson's gaskets is a good place, or any of the Packard distributors will have it. I'm not sure on the 55's, but the Ultramatics before that use Type F trans fluid.

A note about the glass. The side glass shouldn't be too bad to replace and is readily available from multiple sources. My driver's window is cracked, but I drive 99% of the time with my windows down so I haven't bothered to replace it. The Service Manual for 55-56 does a great job at showing the whole process for glass replacement including the windshield. The windshield will be a bit tougher to find, but should be much more common than what I had to deal with. It is a pain replacing it, especially with putting the trim back in. You'll need a new gasket for that as well. Steele has them (get it through Max Merritt), plan on about $300 for the gasket. I recommend getting in with a local car club. You'll probably find a guy there that has experience with replacing curved glass like this. Have him come over and give you a hand when the time comes. Honestly, I would just drive it like it is right, even with the cracked glass. Eventually you'll want that windshield replaced, but don't let that keep you from getting the car up and running.

You have a fantastic car to start with. And with an interior like that you'll be saving $15-20K by not having to replace it.

-Kevin


***BTW, this thread would be best located in the Project Blogs area of the forum. It'll get lost in the V-8 section. Maybe BigKev can move it?

Posted on: 6/12 23:35
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Re: Intake gasket
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I agree that rebuilding the carburetor is not that difficult. I rebuilt two myself, without having any prior experience. And I mean zero....before I dove into rebuilding them, I couldn't even tell you what a carburetor did. The rebuild kits are inexpensive, and some have instructions. I just disassembled the carb, took pictures as I went, put parts in labeled baggies, then dumped the main pieces into a can of carb cleaner. Lots of scrubbing and cleaning. Then reassemble in reverse order with the new parts from the rebuild kit.

If I can rebuild a carb, anyone can. Seriously. It just takes some basic hand tools and some time. If you get stuck, I'll bet there are plenty of guys around you (local car club?) that will gladly jump in and help.

I wouldn't be surprised if rebuilding the carb solves most of the running issues.

-Kevin

Posted on: 6/8 13:50
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Thanks Joe. I have run MMO and Seafoam in the gas and that has helped quiet down the valves some. It does tend to smoke more when I do that. I'm running Shell Rotella 15W-40 and from what I can tell it's been doing fine.

Nobody has put either additive into the crankcase? Just wondering if anyone has had any experiences positive or negative when adding to the oil.

-Kevin

Posted on: 6/7 11:00
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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The Panama has been running great. Not getting hot at all while driving, and once the engine is warmed up to operating temp it really feels smooth and quiet.

I'm getting ready to do the yearly oil change and want to know if anyone has/recommends dumping Seafoam or Marvel Mystery Oil into the crankcase before I change it. I believe after using Seafoam the oil needs to be changed soon after. I'm not sure if MMO can stay in there or not. I'd like to do a little something extra to help clean the deposits on the inside of the engine, as well as provide a bit of extra lubrication to the valves. I still have one that's a bit noisy sometimes.

-Kevin

Posted on: 6/6 17:02
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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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My axles had anti-seize all over the tapers when I first pulled the axles off. I was advised to remove it all, which I did, and the drums went back on clean and dry axles.

Posted on: 6/6 16:56
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Re: Various CL Pickings
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1955 400

I feel like I saw this car on another listing, maybe from the same seller. It's cleaner now (if it's the same car). Brakes and fuel system redone. Paint is not great but not bad. Interior looks surprisingly good, apart from the carpet.

Price is right. $8500

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/754038732285248/

Posted on: 6/1 17:28
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Re: The Duchess Project: 1940 Super 8 Convertible Sedan
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That fuel tank looks awesome. I'm glad that's an available part. Nice work on the install.

Posted on: 5/31 18:41
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Re: Resurrecting a 1951 Henney-Packard Parts Car
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Good call on the Lutron lighting system. I used Lutron Vive Powpaks in my shop, which means I didn't have to do any wiring to switches. I can add as many remote switches as I want and all I have to do it push a button. And the switches mount inside either standard faceplates or you can buy wall-mounted faceplates. It made things so much easier for me.

-Kevin

Posted on: 5/31 17:30
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