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Posted on: 2009/6/29 13:18
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Re: Clunkers for cash passes US House
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Posted on: 2009/6/10 12:54
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Re: hubcap problem
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This started happening on my car when I went from bias ply tires to radial tires. My guess is that the wheel/tire dynamics with the radials are different than with the bias plys. That is, there is a little more acceleration and jerk caused by the different tire construction. I'm going to try bending the tabs on my hubcaps and see if it helps stop the hubcap rotation.
Do you have Radials or Bias ply tires? I'm curions.
-Mike

Posted on: 2009/6/7 8:07
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Re: Funny things said to you while driving your Packard
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I like it when I drive people standing on the sidewalk, and you hear 'mumble mumble oh, Paaaackaaard' With a touch of doppler effect accenting the packard...Having the name of the car written on the side helps most people identify it.
Also good,
Q:What kind of car is that?
A: Packard.
Q: No, what kind of car, what company?
A: Packard...
In Germany almost everybody then asks how much gas it consumes.

Posted on: 2009/5/19 13:15
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Re: 12 voly conversion lessons learned
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My 53 clipper was converted to 12V negative ground (before I got it), but still uses a generator and external regulator, so besides the battery and ballast resistor for the distributor it looks period correct. That's kind of a half step towards modernization others might consider. The voltage regulator/generator has been pretty reliable...ok, perhaps less reliable than a modern alternator, but acceptable for a hobby car.
I like having 12v for a radio, nav system, and cell charger when needed.
Cheers, Mike.

Posted on: 2009/5/17 10:08
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Re: Grounding a gas tank?
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I used a clamp and ran a ground...Might drill a little hole at a later date....After running my ground and about a 1/2 tank I was reading a half tank, Great! Then filled the car up, and now it reads empty grrrr. I am getting about 120 Ohms reading from the sender...New sender/float is on the way.
(I measured tank-to-ground resistance, and it was 'nichts', so the ground must be OK)
Perhaps it will start working again when I get below a full tank. Hope to test it out next weekend!
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Posted on: 2009/4/6 10:10
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Re: Grounding a gas tank?
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Just ran a provisionary ground and got a reading on the dashboard, now just have to make 'somewhat proper' ground.

What about the sealing area where the upper and lower halves of the tank are joined? Is there enough sealed area to drill a small hole there and insert a screw?

-I should remove my my avatar....I'm embarrassed.

Posted on: 2009/3/30 12:46
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Grounding a gas tank?
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Posted on: 2009/3/30 11:42
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Re: Mike's 53 Clipper
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Got a chance to get under the hood of the car again take parts from the parts boxes and put them on the car where they can do some good -when the warmer weather gets here.

Took off the old spring from the exhaust manifold and replaced it.
A piece of old spring was stuck inside the slot on the hinge part, so I was using a hacksaw blade to cut it out and make room for the new spring to hook in. After installing the spring (1/2 rotation holding the door in the closed position) I put on a clip to keep the whole thing from falling of somewhere down the road.
Hope my warm up time is reduced a little bit!

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Posted on: 2009/3/24 15:37
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Re: Thief-Proof Numbers (body serial numbers)
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Ah, I thought for a second that 54 pat could have been Col. Jesse G. Vincent's car (5452-2469) but not the right number....was just reading about it in 'The Packard Cormorant'

Posted on: 2009/3/20 3:18
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