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Re: 56 Caribbean with split pistons....
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Ross is a brand name of pistons. Are you familiar with Google? http://www.rosspistons.com/


From you? I'm surprised. You know that answer and you know that wasn't the question.

Obviously google will find the website (well, usually) and the website will tell me what the company wants me to hear. I want to know if these folks are reliable and what you think of their products. Beyond the fact that one of my grandmothers was a Ross, I have no experience with these folks.

Responding to others: this car has been driven on the road frequently and hardly pampered. Oil consumption was low. Perhaps a quart in say 800 miles, which includes drips. Owner says synthetic oil, probably Mobil 1. Weight is subject of some speculation.

Posted on: 2014/5/25 20:32
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Re: 56 Caribbean with split pistons....
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Thanks! Passing it all on!

Who is Ross pistons, and what are the advantages to forged pistons???

Posted on: 2014/5/25 15:28
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Re: Sprags?
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Good news! Have everything needed and possible extras! Several folks provided useful leads; I can't thank you enough!

Is the wave washer the bit that caused so many problems when these were new? Trans did not have it I'm informed.

One of our guys is getting married on the 31st; hopefully I can go in the car, as opposed to going in a car...

Posted on: 2014/5/25 15:22
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Sprags?
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My car is in the middle of a trans job. I am informed that the sprags or sprag plates need to be replaced and are hard to find.

If you have some you would consider parting with, please pm me!

The uissue is cracks....

56, if I recall right about the 1600th car produced....

Or is there an interchange? New ones somewhere?

Thank you

Posted on: 2014/5/24 12:08
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Re: 56 Caribbean with split pistons....
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I thought egge was the only game in town for our cars, short of finding a set of new PMC pistons, which seems unlikely....

Aren't custom made pistons prohibitively expensive? Who else is there?

EDIT: Here is what I found; not sure they help but it's a start....

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Posted on: 2014/5/23 19:25
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Re: 56 Caribbean with split pistons....
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Good point. Will see if they have anything or could take a snap or two....

Posted on: 2014/5/23 15:12
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Re: pinion seal
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Be nice if you added this to the X-ref data....

Posted on: 2014/5/23 15:09
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56 Caribbean with split pistons....
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Post for a friend who is currently unable to post.

His car is a 56 Caribbean, The original motor was completely rebuilt about 15 years (15,000 miles) ago. last summer it developed an ominous knock.

On teardown there was a lot of carbon present. When the pistons (egge's) were removed, two had cracks (correction: the cracks are in the skirts).

The rebuilder is a Packard specialist.

Any thoughts you would care to share will be useful in moving ahead. The carbon bothers him because there was so much more than was anticipated.

Posted on: 2014/5/22 14:03
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Unusual 51 on ebay
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Packard-Ultra ... 9830851&pt=US_Cars_Trucks

Noticed this pleasant appearing 51 on ebay.

Curious about two things: Whether the rear window is kosher and whether the upholstery is authentic.

Assuming both are "improvements" and wonder how this affects the desirability of the car. What else is different.

Obviously this car does not top the charts of dream cars, but it seems pleasant and clean.

Thoughts?

Posted on: 2014/5/19 13:47
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Re: Exploding Fans?
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SAFETY CONCERN!!!!....This is probably a good time to reiterate to Packard V8 'newbies' that if You are looking to buy one of these cars, check the condition of the factory fan blades before You go sticking Your head under the hood with the engine running. Packard had a serious safety issue going on during those years concerning engine cooling fan blades 'cracking'. (Hairline cracks, radiating from the fan's hub around the metal rivets that hold the two fan halves together.) Back in the day, many of these defective Packard V8 fans were replaced under warranty, but many more were not ever replaced. This safety concern includes '55-'56 Packards and Clippers, '56 Studebaker Golden Hawks, and '55-'56 Nash Hudson 'Senior' models. A fan blade could literally fly right off one of these engines as it is being reved up.


More here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.co ... ipper-Constellation-price

Posted on: 2014/5/18 16:46
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