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Re: 1956 Packard 400 Wire Wheels
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IMHO based on my Jaguar experience, they both take the same effort to clean and polish, so I say there's nothing like that blue dazzle of chrome in sunlight. Polished stainless can look good but the color tends toward warmer steel like aluminum instead of the blue flash and reflective ability of chrome. I had knock-off hubs, so I cleaned them flat one at a time, first with kerosene, then Meguiars Carnuba wax. Chrome that's cleaned can last for decades. I used wooden chop sticks with small rag remnants to get in all the crevices.
Dwight's look pretty easy.

Posted on: 5/18 12:44
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Re: 1942 Trunk paint, tar or?
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Once the rust was cut out of mine and new trunk pan welded in, I coated everything with a high solids black paint like POR-15. Then my trunk was over finished bu the upholstery shop that did the seats and top. I decided not to cover the oak boot box. It was a masterpiece by Gary Martin, with 4-in dove tails in 10 sections and interesting to younger generations because it’s wood in a car instead of plastic. We gave it a coat of marine varnish and left the trunk side exposed. The interior is covered with fiber board and leather.

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Posted on: 5/16 8:00
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Re: Packard Trips
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Yesterday was a weird morning. Got up and went to the Exxon service station in Potomac Village that my Gas Buddy app said had gas. Got there, but they ran out 10 minutes ago, attendant said. Went across the street to BP station. Two big lines, one for each island. 15 minutes later I was angling for My pump when some woman blew her horn. She had cut in behind me while I was backing into position, a very dangerous thing to do because my visibility is low. Been thinking about a rear camera, wireless bluetooth from Home Depot. Anyway, she was supposed to go straight and replace the guy in front of her, but he was taking too long for her, I guess. Disaster averted. The attendant came over and told her to back up and wait for that slow poke to finish.
I got my tank full and headed to the Fairfax VA City Hall for an Antique Car Show. Most of the gatherings around here are muscle cars and race cars. Very few classics, so this looked interesting. Chuck, who sends out the cruiser notices on Wednesday sent the address etc, so I went, a half-hour drive in beautiful sunny 70-degree weather, top down. There is a lot of highway construction on the beltway and especially around the Fairfax exit. At the offramp signal into Fairfax, a dump truck, speeding, ran the red light. Had I gone with the signal, the Duchess and I would have been gone, too.
Fairfax has a lovely City hall. The problem was, no one was around. I emailed Chuck. While I was waiting for a response, I checked the special events section of the Fairfax website. Postponed until 2022, so it was a lonely show at the Fairfax City Hall this year. See attached.
On the Beltway, with a stretch of gridlock going home, a huge boat-like 1972 white Cadillac convertible, top down, beautifully restored, pulled alongside. “This isn’t a convertible. THAT’S a convertible,” he yelled. It was almost a direct quote from Crocodile Dundee or “The Last Convertible” by Tony Myrer.

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Posted on: 5/16 6:44
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Re: KPack
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Kevin, your car looks fantabulous. There’s nothing like actually driving your car to shake out the bugs. You bought a new battery, right? So after you figure out why it’s not getting charged, if you don’t have a trickle charger, you might get one. Mine is wired to the battery terminals and stays in the car, so when it’s in the garage, I just plug the ac cord into a short extension cord for that purpose. You’ll get there. She looks great just don’t back into anything yet.

Posted on: 5/16 6:28
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Re: Packard bumper guard identity
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1940 Senior, Super 8 160 and 180.

The cross bars are not correct. They should fill the shape of the holes in the guards. It is missing the hexagon bolts that attach it to the bumper. It may also be missing the internal spacer and backing plate. So basically you have 2 guards.

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Posted on: 5/16 5:37
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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I have 16" Diamondback Radials at 50 lbs.

Posted on: 5/14 11:20
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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This probably too obvious, but if the front AND rear blinkers don't work on the driver's side, the common wire on the flasher unit may be loose or need to be reconnected. As Don advises, be sure both ends, front and rear, are well grounded. If just the rear or the front is working, it could be the other end needs a new bulb or the socket needs a good cleaning to make contact with the bulb.

I would just add the pipe extension.

Yesterday I watched a Chasing Classic Cars. Wayne brought a '54 Studebaker Commander Starliner to Pebble Beach as an all original car preservation class car. Before the show they gave it some prep and when they ran the engine it smoked. It had been sitting for years. It only had a few thousand miles on it. They drove it, the smoke got worse, then subsided completely. They concluded it was carbon that needed to burn out.

Posted on: 5/11 9:50
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Nice going, Kevin. Looks great. Maybe Try it without the hubcaps. See if it still squeaks. That style can flex and squeak.

Posted on: 5/9 21:45
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Re: Voltage Regulator 1947
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I have modern gel batteries. They went bad, so kept demanding juice from the generator via the VR, which burned it out. This is less likely with acid batteries.

Also the VR needs a strong ground. If the ground screw to the cowl is loose or not metal on metal, painted or rusted surfaces, that causes VR problems, too.

Posted on: 5/8 16:43
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Re: Looking for a Mechanic/Shop in Davis/Weber/Salt Lake County Utah
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It's likely. Acquaint yourself with the job of replacing it and where to get the seal by doing a Search in the upper right on this site for "rear main seal." There was a long thread on this this year, with some references to older threads, with photos.

If oil gets on your clutch, which it did on mine, the clutch will start slipping. I needed to be able to drive about 1,000 miles right away, so I dropped the bell housing, propped the clutch pedal, and sprayed brake cleaner. That was like 2013. I didn't wear a proper industrial mask and just about passed out. Dumb. But it worked.

Sounds more like your oil leak is just annoying and hasn't started to mess up your clutch. (You'd see oil coming out of the bottom of the bell housing if oil was getting in there.

If you join the PAC Club, you may be able to get a list of members in Utah for local shop recommendation.

Good luck and welcome.

Posted on: 5/8 16:37
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