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Re: Resurrecting a 1951 Henney-Packard Parts Car
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Could you use kerosine to flush the trans?
And wow, those are some heavy duty leaf springs!

Posted on: 5/15 23:39
1953 Clipper Delux Club Sedan, 1969 912, 1990 Miata, 2009 Ford S-Max.
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Re: Mike
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I would like to start a thread "Secrects of the Caribbean", but I will keep all my car related posts on this blog. It is interesting to see all of what is different than the clipper. For one thing, what are these holes in the inner rear fenders? Is that some sort of drain for the convertible top?
Here is also someting I never knew existed! There are little clips that go into the holes in the drums! Wow, I have 2, which is better tham my last packard that had none.
Third mystery for today. I found an extra wire not attached to anything. Black wire, thin gauge, and goes into the harness under the drivers fresh air vent. It has a round eye crimp on it now, but that does not look original. It does not have continuity to ground, but I did not do any other electircal tests on it. Could it be for the washer switch?

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Posted on: 5/8 15:42
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Re: Mike
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Allright, made some progress today. I removed all 4 drums and inspected the brakes. The rear drums didn't even put up a fight! I was supprised they came off with a few wacks on my drum puller. I guess having a quality puller paid off. All the brake hardware at the wheel ends looks good, so I will just do the parts that I have. Treadlevac, lines fittings, hoses and cylinders.
I got one front corner apart to replace the upper control arm bushings, and also got the coil spring out without killing myself. -I still get nervous removing coil springs!
The muffler also fits fine, so I am happy about that. New shocks from Rock Auto are on the way.
Happy Mother's Day!

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Posted on: 5/7 15:52
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Re: '54 359 oil question
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I would say if you cleaned the oil pan, then you could use any quality modern 10w30 or 10w40, but there are lots of opinions on oils.

Posted on: 5/7 15:45
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Re: The Duchess Project: 1940 Super 8 Convertible Sedan
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Is the lid of the master cylinder not vented? Can it really build up pressure just from fluid expasion?

Posted on: 5/5 23:41
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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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The muffler was really falling apart, but the pipes are still OK. They're rusty, but not rusted through like the muffler. I can still use them.
...well, let me trial fit the muffler with the other pipes before I do my happy dance. -Hope everything fits!

Posted on: 5/5 7:18
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Re: Mike
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Success! I got that old muffler out! It had a stovepipe wrapped around it covering the holes. I was hoping I could leave the downpipe on the manifold, and remove them as a unit, but that will not work. There is not enough room. Now I need to decide if I want to take more things apart, to make the ex manifold look new, or just put things back together....
I think I may just clean things up, seal with new gaskets, and try and get on the road sooner than later.

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Posted on: 5/4 15:14
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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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The stance of the car is actually quite normal with the spring helpers installed in the front springs. They are little blocks that go between 2 coils, and keep those coils from compressing.
The problem is, those things might not pass inspection here in Germany. I could just take them out and see if the front ride height is acceptable, but I see those spacers as kind of a band-aid and therefore would also like to have good springs that fit and don't need any help. In general having the springs with the correct stance and travel is the best situation. Right now, with the spacers, the stance is ok, but travel is going to be limited in extreme situations.

Posted on: 5/4 8:44
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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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Espo was very friendly, but doesn't have any springs for me. Maybe I should check with the two big names in packard parts supply.
I need to go over the other projects I have lined up, and tally up what other parts I will need in the near future. Then I may order a few things to combine shipping.

My owners manual and front turn Signal lenses arrived yesterday from the packard club. That was a fun easy project to replace the slightly cracked ones....now back to the hard Jobs.

Posted on: 5/3 15:49
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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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Thanks Kevin!
I sent an Email to them, let's see what they write back to me.

Posted on: 5/2 14:37
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