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Re: 31 headlight connector
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Turns out I don't have all the parts. It seems, for some reason, a prior owner probably lost the brass bits that fit in the headlight plug and cut the wire to the parking light. Does anyone have the little brass screw, cup and wire loops, or know where I can get it? I need two sets, ie two screws, two cups, two loops. Thanks!

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Posted on: 2021/6/24 16:39
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Re: 1938 Packard Six smoke and strong smell of gas coming from exhaust
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Doubt you have liquid gasoline coming out of the tailpipe. Gasoline is a hydrocarbon so the liquid your seeing drip out of the tailpipe is condensate water formed as a byproduct of the combustion process. A little white smoke at startup is normal, but a lot is not. 1. Pull a spark plug and see the color. If it is dry, black and sooty, the carb is too rich. Adjust the mixture valve on the carb to a leaner state. Oily and black would indicate piston ring problems. Plugs should be a tan/grayish color. 2. If plugs look fine and you're blowing lots of white smoke (think mosquito fumigator) then you likely have a headgasket issue where coolant is entering the combustion chamber as Mr. Dyneto indicates.

Posted on: 2021/6/19 4:58
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Re: 31 headlight connector
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Ahhh, yes, that makes sense. It's all coming into focus, pun intended. I'm coming to the conclusion that at some point or another, a prior owner lost the little brass screws/hardware in the plug and instead of trying to locate replacements, just cut wire and disabled the parking light.

Posted on: 2021/6/6 16:42
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Re: 31 headlight connector
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Thanks Owen, I'll give that a try. I found an illustration of the headlamp that indicates the triangular coil spring fits between the back end of the reflector and housing, where the two screw together.

Posted on: 2021/6/6 8:17
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Re: 31 headlight connector
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Also, does anyone have a picture of how the W-clips hold the lens in place? Finally, my parts include a triangular coil spring that's about an inch tall - what's its purpose?

Posted on: 2021/6/6 6:26
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31 headlight connector
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So, the job today is clean up the headlights and electrically connect them to the harness. Fortunately, I have all the parts and pieces including the connectors and tiny brass screws and bits to make the connections, but what I'm not sure is how to connect the harness to the connector.

The harness has 4 wires - ground, low beam, high beam, and parking light. The ground wire gets soldered to a cupped shaped piece of brass that seems to contact the inside of the connector housing to ground the whole light. Now the connector has three holes marked 1, 2, and 3. But I have the old connectors and it looks like only two of the holes were used for the low beam and high beam-- the lead for the parking light is cut. Does anyone know how this connector should be wired?

Posted on: 2021/6/5 11:19
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Re: Locating a short circuit
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I'd have to agree that if you disconnect the ground cable from the battery and if you hook a voltmeter on the battery ground and the ground cable, and you have voltage then you have a short somewhere or what is referred to as a parasitic draw/leak. But the question is where, and how do you isolate it? Most importantly though is heat generation and whether the short could cause a fire.

Ordinarily, if you have a fuse box and turn everything off, you can pull fuses until the voltage goes to zero, then at least you can figure out what circuit is involved. You might not have a fuse box though to work with.

How many volts are present when everything is off?

Posted on: 2021/4/20 16:43
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Re: 1931 shutter spring
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Thanks very much. I was able to remove the shell, and the location of the spring was apparent (along the top of the shutter assembly were two grooved posts.) For the reference of any future searches, the distance between the spring posts was about 5.25 inches when the shutters are closed and about 6.25 inches when open. I was able to source a suitable spring from the local Ace Hardware, and after extending the spring a tad and mounting it, was able to achieve just enough pull to help close the shutters. A bit of lubrication on the linkage helped too.

Posted on: 2021/4/12 6:02
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1931 shutter spring
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I've got pull my radiator/shutters apart as I apparently don't have a spring to assist closing the shutters. Am I correct that the tension of the spring should be just enough to pull the shutters closed? Or is the tension even less than that?

Also, are the shutters attached to the radiator shell or the radiator itself?

Posted on: 2021/4/11 8:14
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Re: 1928 Gas Cap
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I searched high and low for a gas cap for my 31. I was thrilled to find one with Henry Yeska at Hershey 2019. His was a nice cast bronze version with great chrome. Originals look like they were made of pot metal. I think I saw that he had the locking bail wire too. I have a business card with his number on it (as of 2019) -- 484-764-6351

Posted on: 2021/4/11 8:09
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