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Re: Packard Live Chat
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JD in KC
I get the beep using Firefox on a Dell laptop.

Posted on: 2007/11/7 7:14
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Re: Test Your Skill!
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JD in KC
I squeaked out an 86. Thirty years working with mainframe programming and applications doesn't make one a great mechanical engineer; but... I can follow the rotation of gears using my finger!

Posted on: 2007/10/28 8:09
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Re: Packard Engineer drawings of tools and jacks
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JD in KC
Since I am in the market for a jack to go with my '50 custom, I have been watching for one on Ebay and elsewhere. I can top your $300.00+ non-functioning jack:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBa ... iewItem&item=120155339605
Of course, this one works! The jack currently on Ebay isn't the same (square upright as opposed to what I think should be a triangular one and a very different bumper hook that doesn't conform to the Packard bathtub bumper). I figure Packard provided well over 100,000 jacks to go with the '48-'50 models so I'll just keep on lookin' for one I can afford!

Posted on: 2007/10/23 8:07
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Re: 49 club coupe owner here
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JD in KC
Adam,
Motor's and Chilton's books are great, but there is an owner's manual available for download on this website: http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... ticle/view.article.php?29
There are also numerous other manuals, parts lists, and various publications essential to the restoration of your Packard available in the Articles section. I can't recommend it highly enough (and the price is definitely right ).

Posted on: 2007/10/4 11:24
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Re: Which Engine Oil?
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JD in KC
I dropped the oil pan on my '50 custom 3 weeks ago, and cleaned it out (wasn't bad maybe an 1/8 inch of sludge). Checked out the engine block interior and although there was some dark discoloration over everything there was no heavy goo buildup anywhere at all. Since I'm trying to nail down hydraulic lifter noise, I re-filled the engine with 10-30w Shell Rotella and 8oz of Seafoam. I plan to put about 500 miles on the car with the 10-30w and additive to see if anything changes with the noise. I still think I have a worn hydraulic lifter and not a stuck one but this is just the first (relatively inexpensive) step. In the first 100 miles I haven't had any oil leaks using Shell Rotella. I ultimately plan to use Rotella 15-40w. Since I don't expect to burn up the interstates or put more than 1000 miles a year on the car, I'm not going to get too excited over the zinc issue (but that's just me).

Posted on: 2007/10/4 0:22
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Re: 23rd Series 356 Engine Noise
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JD in KC
Ok, I've got the oil pan off, cleaned out and ready to be re-installed. Now, can someone give me the magic incantation to get the pitman arm ball and idler arm ball out of the steering cross-rod assembly? In the past, I've disassembled the cross-rod on my '41 limousine without any problem. The ball is in a keyhole shaped slot so when the adjusting plug is removed, the ball slides to the larger opening and comes right out.

On the '50 however, after removing the adjusting plug and the outside half of the ball seat, the ball stays in the cross-rod no matter how much I push, pull, squeeze, wiggle, rotate, twist, and swear. It isn't critical that I get it all disassembled, but I would really like to get the 57 years worth of black goo out and replace it with clean grease.

Posted on: 2007/8/8 10:20
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Re: Packard Gray Engine Paint
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JD in KC
BigKev,

This is a photo of a '49 356 currently on eBAY (item #150145377593). Supposedly it is 'new', with 0 miles on it, stored 50 years ago in a barn. I realize that the color will vary based on camera, camera setting, lighting, and my monitor settings but if this is original factory paint... it looks dark gray to me. Whatever the shade of gray should be, I think your engine looks great and hope mine looks as good when I get around to painting it!

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Posted on: 2007/7/26 21:28
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Re: 23rd Series 356 Engine Noise
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JD in KC
I still think I've got a worn plunger/cylinder on the #1 exhaust valve lifter but... It does make sense to drive the car a while to make sure. I've only driven it on to/off of the trailer and once around the block. Soooo, I'll put the valve covers back on, drop the oil pan and clean out the sludge, install an oil filter, re-fill the car with light weight oil and maybe some detergent product and gently drive it a few hundred miles. This will also give me a chance to see if it overheats or has some other things that may need taking care of. If the 'clack' doesn't go away then I'll pop the head myself and test the lifters replacing any that don't pass muster.

The 41-49 Engine Service Manual on this website has been an enormous help in seeing what the hydraulic lifters look like out of the engine and the methods used to check them out.

Posted on: 2007/7/25 11:45
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Re: 23rd Series 356 Engine Noise
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JD in KC
RedRon,
You have a sharp eye. I hadn't noticed the difference but you are correct. The intake valves have their springs attached closer to the lifter than do the exhaust valves.

I'm currently debating whether to bite the bullet and pop the head to pull all the lifters out of the engine in order to clean them and verify that they maintain oil pressure, or wait till I can get an appointment with a mechanic and spend $90 an hour to let him do it.

I haven't taken the head off a flathead engine since I was 16 but I am leaning more towards doing it myself since I could re-direct the $90 per hour towards new hydraulic plungers where needed. The darn things run $60-$75 apiece. Well... nobody ever said this hobby was cheap.

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Posted on: 2007/7/21 22:37
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Re: 23rd Series 356 Engine Noise
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JD in KC
It clacks hot or cold. There are no broken springs and all the valves appear to be opening and closing. I think I'll see if I can find some tubing to isolate the location of the noise as you suggest.

Posted on: 2007/7/16 22:14
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