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Need a bunch of parts for my 1941 120
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So, here's the deal. I bought this 1941 not really sure what I wanted to do with it. A lot is missing from the dash area. I'm not an expert on these cars, so I have no idea what all is needed to piece it back together. Does anyone have a complete dash with all the switches, gauges, radio, trim, etc?? I still have the cluster. It's seen better days, but will probably clean up decently.

I'm also missing the inside trim that holds the windshield in place. I definitely need that.

The chrome trim is missing on the exterior between the two windshield panes.

The rear finish panel is missing.

Chrome pieces for the running boards are missing.

The 3 chrome bars that go above the bumper area are missing.

I also have a crack on the intake/exhaust and could use one of those if it is totally crack-free.

Oh, and does anyone know the availability on suspension bushings/ball joints/etc..? Kanter does not list them for a 1941 non-clipper, non-super..

I'm not concerned at all with originality at this point. I'm just curious what I can find, how much it will be, and then need to decide what route I'm going to go with getting the car on the road.

Thanks for looking!

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Posted on: 2023/11/26 14:53
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Re: Just bought a 1941 Packard 120 - Considering a frame off resto
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It runs! Quite well actually. The engine is super smooth and quiet. Oil pressure was about 25psi.

I ran it 4-5 times for only maybe 2 minutes total. Hard to keep it going with starter fluid, and the smoke rolling off the engine was incredible!

It was pretty awesome. I should have setup some cameras and filmed it better.

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Posted on: 2023/11/22 0:31
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Re: Just bought a 1941 Packard 120 - Considering a frame off resto
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Quite a bit of rust inside my plug wires. Are there any I can find off the shelf at a normal auto parts store?

Edit: I would guess a set for a later Buick straight 8 should be pretty close..

Posted on: 2023/11/21 19:56
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Re: Just bought a 1941 Packard 120 - Considering a frame off resto
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Owen_Dyneto wrote:
AutoLite 3136, readily available at most any decent auto parts outlet.


10-4

Napa was able to order me the UY6 / 842 plugs. Should have them tomorrow.

Tomorrow is looking a bit busier, so may be Wednesday before I can try to start it.

Posted on: 2023/11/20 23:31
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Re: Just bought a 1941 Packard 120 - Considering a frame off resto
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Starter works! Going to try to fire it off tomorrow.

Does anyone know of a common spark plug I can use in this thing? The ones I pulled off are Champion "UY6" Doesn't look like those are very common. I'd like to run the parts store and throw fresh plugs in it before I fire it...

Posted on: 2023/11/20 18:53
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Re: Just bought a 1941 Packard 120 - Considering a frame off resto
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Sounds like a plan!

Posted on: 2023/11/19 23:40
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Re: Just bought a 1941 Packard 120 - Considering a frame off resto
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Got the engine free! Was just stiff on one of the cylinders. Got a little looser as I cranked it back and forth. Could hear the rust come free and fluid shot out of the spark plug hole. One valve stuck when I was cranking it, but I was able to pop it back down. All seems to be working fine now. The intake has a couple hairline cracks. Fluid I poured down the spark plug holes was leaking badly from either the intake/exhaust manifold gasket.

Will still try to fire it in the next couple days! Assuming the starter even works lol.

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Posted on: 2023/11/19 21:43
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Re: Just bought a 1941 Packard 120 - Considering a frame off resto
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That doesn't look too bad in the pictures. Original grease, some surface rust, but pretty solid including areas under the running boards that are often badly rotted. I'd drive it. A member posted some pictures of a seriously rusted frame and under body a few weeks back. Look those pics up and compare. Your car looks well above average for a 1941 model that's never been cleaned up or painted over. The bolts on the inner fender may surprise you, or they may be hopelessly stuck, I'd apply penetrant and then try removing them the next day. A little heat may help. My '37 has a number of small bolts at the top of the panel, maybe 6, and 2 down lower. The panel is made to be easily removable to service the engine.

Your engine may have stuck valves or some rust in one or more cylinders. It takes VERY little rust to jam an engine.
Taking the valve covers off and spraying the stems may help.
I'd add some more oil to the cylinders and leave the plugs out, then rock it back and forth with the ratchet from one tight place back to the other. That will usually allow more and more movement until the engine can turn freely. Leaving the plugs out will relive any compression and will also keep the engine from hydro locking if too much oil is in one or more cylinders.


Yes, I had the plugs out when I was turning it.

The car definitely isn't super rusty, but I'd like to get it all cleaned up and properly painted/coated if possible...but I'd still like to get it running first (and maybe driving).

Posted on: 2023/11/19 17:57
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Re: Just bought a 1941 Packard 120 - Considering a frame off resto
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Here is a photo of inside the pass side fender. You can tell it's a bit rust and has some bondo on the bottom. I imagine I'll have to cut all the bolts off holding it on. I know I don't have to do that to get the valve cover off, but wanted to include some photos of the underside to better show the condition of the car.

You can also see the ratchet I put on the crank... I have not applied any pressure to it when it stops at either direction. I'll pull the head and see what's going on before I put any muscle into it. If any valves are bent etc, it won't be because of me lol

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Posted on: 2023/11/19 13:40
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Re: Just bought a 1941 Packard 120 - Considering a frame off resto
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You don't need to take the fenders off to access the valves. Take off the right front wheel and remove the inner fender panel. It's fairly easy to get it off and back on, and removing it will give access to the valve covers, the fuel pump, and the manifold heat valve.


10-4.. I'll probably fool around with it some more tomorrow. I'll start with the valve covers, but imagine I'll also need to remove the head. Then, I can clearly see what's going on. I'm guessing it's pretty freaking heavy and a hoist might be needed to remove it, which means I need to get the hood off.

I think I discovered why the last restoration attempt ended.. lol

Posted on: 2023/11/19 12:39
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