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Re: '39 Packard Six Steering Box Removal
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I am some impressed with all of the info that people are willing to share; many thanks! In as much as this is a 2-way forum and others may be looking at it to glean info, I thought I would post a 'progress report' and add some of my findings: As far as I can tell, the steering box will not come out the bottom, through the cross member and steering linkage. I thought as I was disassembling everything that there was enough of a hole there to guide it through but now that I have it completely loose, it just doesn't fit. My only other option seems to be to free the steering column tube and back it into the vehicle cabin until it clears the shaft in the engine compartment, and then lift it out the top. That's where I am at now and will post the outcome in case anyone else is trying to do this. It is a fairly comprehensive task and were I to have a garage perform it, the bill would be quite high, so the DIY approach is economic providing one has the place to work and the tools/basic mechanical knowhow. A 77 year old vehicle sure presents some challenges with frozen nuts and bolts and fragile old parts though!!!

Posted on: 2016/4/4 13:02
'If you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right!' Henry Ford.
1939 Packard Six, Model 1700
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Re: '39 Packard Six Steering Box Removal
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Thank you Howard (Forum Ambassador) - I appreciate you taking the time, especially the photo. It answered another question as when I took the steering wheel off, The little stub pin and wire clip were floating around inside the column casing and I wasn't sure where they went. That picture shows it perfectly. My biggest problem seems to be, now that I have it all disassembled, the steering box will hit the floor before it clears the column casing. Another tow bill!!!

Posted on: 2016/4/3 13:49
'If you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right!' Henry Ford.
1939 Packard Six, Model 1700
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Re: '39 Packard Six Steering Box Removal
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Hi Ross, (Home Away From Home)
Thanks for the good info! The box is so bad that the steering actually locked up, luckily not while I was on the road, or it could have been a disaster. I have it on stands and have everything undone re the steering box, except the Pitman arm from the steering link (nut is off but am having trouble freeing the splined joint) and the steering column shaft. You say the two are integral and I presume to be able to get the box out with the shaft, I will have to have the car on a hoist? Is it possible to shore the front end up high enough to clear the shaft from the column tube, or am I stuck towing it back to a garage? (with the steering locked or undone, it is difficult to move it anywhere.
Thanks, Chris Goodfellow.

Posted on: 2016/4/3 12:23
'If you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right!' Henry Ford.
1939 Packard Six, Model 1700
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'39 Packard Six Steering Box Removal
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I have just purchased a '39 Packard Six that is in very good shape, other than the steering is atrocious. There is at least a half-steering-wheel-revolution of play. I had it in to a garage and they informed me that the steering box needs to be rebuilt or replaced and with the time gap in parts availability, they suggested I tackle the job myself. I have everything apart but cannot figure out how to disconnect the steering column shaft from the steering box. Can anybody help by walking me through the process? I also posted in the owners club, so if you see the same query there, it's mine. Really appreciate any help from someone who has fought with this. Also would like to know what the best approach is for repairing the unit once it is out. Are full rebuild kits available? Or would the box itself be too worn to make rebuilding viable? What does one look for to ascertain this?
Thanks in advance for any help.

Posted on: 2016/4/2 22:21
'If you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right!' Henry Ford.
1939 Packard Six, Model 1700
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Re: Matching numbers???
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Thanks to all who replied, furnishing all the invaluable info. I am amazed at the 'Packard infrastructure' out there and truly look forward to working on my car and rendering it as flawless and original as I can. Really appreciate your help.

Posted on: 2016/3/25 16:12
'If you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right!' Henry Ford.
1939 Packard Six, Model 1700
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Re: Matching numbers???
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Thank you so very kindly for the comprehensive reply. I can see that in comparing the numbers ranges that you provided, mine would appear sequential. One thing I am not aware of, is the anti-theft numbers. Where are they located? I presume that is what the '5' series numbers at the end are, correct?
And no, I was not aware of the font anomaly you mentioned re Packard's 1's looking like I's.... thanks for setting me straight on that.
Best regards,
Chris Goodfellow.

Posted on: 2016/3/25 1:12
'If you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right!' Henry Ford.
1939 Packard Six, Model 1700
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Matching numbers???
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I just purchased a 1939 110, VIN I282-I5760, Engine B23002A. I am told it is the original engine and I know the 'B' denoted '39, but how can I tell if the numbers 'match' as I understand Packard's numbers did not match exactly, but if they were 'close' it was likely an original engine. Can anybody help me here?? Thanks for your time to read and post an answer.

Posted on: 2016/3/24 21:09
'If you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right!' Henry Ford.
1939 Packard Six, Model 1700
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