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Re: Noisy Lifters even though they are new
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Don't these engines have an oil pressure cut off at 35 PSI? So would 40 PSI mean that the relief valve isn't functioning?

And if the dash light is blinking at 35 PSI, then that would mean the sending unit is bad, correct?

For reference, I installed a mechanical oil pressure gauge under my dash and it reads between 30-35 when first started, then will drop to 18-20 when warm at idle. When driving it's up around 25-33 depending on speed. I have mechanical tappets, running 15W-40 oil.

-Kevin

Posted on: 10/14 22:59
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Re: KPack
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I haven't done much to the car in the past week or two. All time to work on the car has pretty much evaporated with the building of a shop on the property. It's something we've been wanting for a long time, and started the process at the beginning of the year. It's finally gotten to the point of building, and it's been a mad rush to get all the prep work done and a bunch of side jobs. All my free time has been going to that. The crew building the structure should be done in a week or two, then it'll be a mad rush again to get concrete done before it gets too cold. Sometime next year I hope to have the shop finished enough for things to start moving into it, including the Panama.

But I have had a couple opportunities to drive the Panama with my wife and kids. She continues to run rather well, though maybe a bit more noisy on the engine that what I would like (is it normal to hear a brand new fuel pump all the time?).

Some really nice fall colors coming on, so I took all the kids around to admire some of the trees. The seatbelts really help to keep the young ones planted and not running around the rear cabin.

-Kevin

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Posted on: 10/10 22:06
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Re: Various CL Pickings
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Few more from the Northwest. A whole bunch of 55's

1955 Four Hundred, unknown miles, "non-running needs floors". Ugly green metallic paint. Looks like no engine in the car based on the ride height of the front. $2,495
https://portland.craigslist.org/clc/ct ... ct-trades/7384538698.html

1955 Four Hundred. Rose Quartz and White Jade...great color combo. Rough shape. Project, but definitely salvageable with work and money. Maybe a bit overpriced for condition. $5,500
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1503097930089228/

1955 Clipper Constellation. Some new stuff, some stuff non-op (gauges). Looks like exhaust routed to the side, rear bumper spray painted. Interior looks nice. Can't tell if the first pic shows the car as it is now, or as it was. Reasonable price $6,500
https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto ... 5-packard/7384766688.html

1955 Clipper Super Panama. Ready to enjoy. Nice paint and excellent interior. Looks to be restored close to original from what I can tell. A few oddities in the engine bay maybe, and some interesting trunk upholstery, but overall a gorgeous car. 9.5/10. Not cheap. $17,250
https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto ... er-panama/7390167028.html

Posted on: 10/10 21:20
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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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Mike - if you do end up going to "cut windshield" route, you should just be able to use your existing as an exact pattern to cut the new (once it's removed). Measure from the bottom. If your current windshield somehow breaks when removing, I could send a precise template of my old windshield that I still have.

-Kevin

Posted on: 10/7 16:11
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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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Ugh, sorry to hear about the windshield. I just went through the nightmare, and still managed to crack my replacement. I'm just letting it slide for now.

Windshields for 53-54 hardtops and convertibles are nearly impossible to find. Auto City Classic did make reproductions in the past, but they stopped making them and have no more available. I made dozens of calls to try and find NOS glass, and only found 4....one of which broke in transit to me, and the second of which is in my car, damaged.

What I did find out with this whole debacle is that sedan windshields can be used for hardtop/convertible cars if they are cut down. The windshield I have now is actually from a sedan. I didn't know that (and neither did Tucson Packard), and assumed it was from a hardtop. Long story short, someone in the past had taken a sedan windshield, cut off an inch or so off the top, and put it in a hardtop. It was removed from a hardtop and stored as what was believed to be original. When I went to install it, the glass was every so slightly too big from my opening, and very rough on the top edge (poor cut), which led to my cracks. A glass shop cleaned up the edge to the right dimensions and the install went fine after that....with the cracks already done.

Bottom line is, if you can't get your hands on a hardtop/convertible windshield, you can use a sedan windshield and cut the top edge down to the right dimensions. Potential for fracture is high, but sedan windshields are a lot easier to come across. If you can find a good glass shop or hot rod shop, they should be able to do it. But they won't want to take any responsibility for breaking the glass.

-Kevin

Posted on: 10/6 17:29
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Re: Packard Trips
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Been driving the Panama to and from work a day or two a week. Super relaxing and enjoyable. I'm trying to get as much driving in as I can before it gets too cold here and the car gets put away.

-Kevin

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Posted on: 10/1 18:16
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Re: KPack
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Thanks for the advice. I've been watching the leaks the past few times I've driven the car and they, for some reason, aren't nearly as bad at the moment. I'm not exactly sure why the transmission leak was so pronounced that one time. Now it's back to the small drip that it had before. Eventually (once I get a lift) I'll get under it and get everything leak free (hopefully).

I've been piddling around with different things on the car, when I have a few minutes to spare. I wanted to try cleaning up the door panels to see if any of the old vinyl could be salvaged. It would be nice to have SMS do new panels, but they aren't accepting orders right now, some people have been waiting well over a year to get theirs. So I'm exploring options to see what I can do.

I took the driver's front panel (best condition) and tried some stuff out. First I gently cleaned it with soft brush and mildly warm soapy water. Wiped off the water immediately so it wouldn't soak in. This step alone made a big difference.

The vinyl was still very stained on both the blue and the ivory. I assume it was mildew, grime, etc. It wouldn't come out with soap. I tried some leather cleaner for vehicle upholstery with mixed results. I switched to a stiffer brush because the soft brush wasn't doing anything. Still couldn't get everything out.

Found some stuff that has worked for other people...Zep All Around Oxy Cleaner (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M5BLHKW?p ... _yo2_dt_b_product_details). I sprayed it on, let it sit for a couple minutes, then used a stuff brush to gently scrub it in and work it around. Immediately wiped off with microfiber cloth. I used a toothbrush in the embossed areas to get what I could out.

The Zep did a great job and cleaned it up better than I had hoped. It took out almost all of the stains in the vinyl. Overall the panel came back looking fairly good. The backing board is a mess and some of the vinyl is ruined, but at least now I might be able to salvage a few of my door panels and buy some time. The passenger front panel though.....don't know if I can save that one.

-Kevin

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Posted on: 9/30 17:18
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Re: 53 Clipper Steering Wheel Removal
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If you happen to lose the dental floss to an unforeseen accident (as I did) it's still pretty easy to get the horn wire threaded back up. I used a long length of weedwhacker line, shoved it down the column, out the hole at the end, taped up the horn wire, and pulled it back up. Easy.

-Kevin

Posted on: 9/29 18:02
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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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Wow, that is gorgeous. Such a nice color and the car overall looks to be in good condition. I'm sad to see the Clipper go, but this is a worthy upgrade!

-Kevin

Posted on: 9/28 17:17
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Re: '55 Clipper with stripped bleed valve - replace brake wheel cylinder?
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If I can replace wheel cylinders, anyone can. But you could just get the cylinders and take the car to a brake place. Provide them the parts and they should be able to take care of things pretty easily.

-Kevin

Posted on: 9/26 22:28
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