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Re: Dad's 56
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I had that happen on my truck. In my case the bolt was apparently the wrong size and over time the motion of the bolt slapping up and down in the mounting hole enlarged it. Mine wasn't as bad, so it was an easy fix.

Perhaps in your case you could weld a piece of steel with the correct diameter hole on either side, then just use a long shock bolt.

-Kevin

Posted on: Yesterday 10:43
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Well, shoot... you're right. When I looked through the parts book it only had #443638 listed for the 5411 (Panama). Normally it lists all models with that part number. 2611 was listed separately.

-Kevin

Posted on: 5/5 13:32
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Thanks guys. It should work, though I know it's not ideal. But good to know that drums can sometimes be salvaged. Just another trick to keep in mind.

Don - the drums are 12". According the parts list, the drums for the Panama are one year, Panama-only. Not sure if other drums would fit. I'm in touch with a guy in California and he might have a drum. I'll see how this one does first, but probably wouldn't be a bad idea to pick up a spare.

-Kevin

Posted on: 5/5 12:57
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Re: KPack
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Found a (probably temporary) solution to my warped rear drum. An old car guy came over and we heated the steel part of the drum up with a torch, then carefully hammered the warped areas until they were close to back in spec.

The metal between the hub and cast iron ring where the shoes ride is steel, so it can be bent. We had the drum on the axle so that it could be centered while we checked and hammered. No force was transferred to the axle that I could tell....I had my hand on the opposite axle while we did a couple test hits and not a thing was felt.

After eyeballing on the axle, I took the drum down to NAPA and they were able to turn it. There was a decent groove worn in from the old shoes rubbing on the warped drum in the past. Not ideal, I know, but I'm going to roll with it for a while.

Axle tested out okay.

-Kevin

Posted on: 5/4 22:30
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Re: KPack
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Not much to report here. Just trying to get things together to get wheels back on the car and the car off the lift.

I got the wheels painted and ready for tires. Primed with Eastwood epoxy primer, then painted with PPG single stage urethane. I used the same paint code that body was painted in (got it from thy previous owner). If these weren't wheels I would have done a lot of sanding and filler primer before painting....the finish isn't great. But since only the outer 3/4" will be the only part seen, I'm not too broken up about it.

Checked the color versus the car....looks a bit different, but that may be because the car is dirty and hasn't been washed or polished in a long while.

Replaced my diff gear oil with 85W-140 based on what others have done here. Also picked up a bunch of brake fluid to begin bleeding the system after I get the warped drum figured out.

Tires show up on Friday. Hope to have the car off the lift on Saturday, one way or the other.

-Kevin

Posted on: 5/4 9:15
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Re: 1954 327 with 3 bbl carb
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The 1954 Panama's have a 327 with 2 barrel carburetor. Of course, lots of stuff about the 1954 Clipper Supers seemed to have been carried over from '53.

Kevin

Posted on: 5/3 7:56
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Re: KPack
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Had a few minutes tonight so I swapped the warped rotor over to the other side to check to see if it is the drum or axle that is warped. It's definitely the drum. I took a video showing it, then put the good drum back on the same axle and spun it to show the difference.

Also put the NAPA shoes on the fronts, even though the old shoes were still pretty thick. Figured I spent money on new shoes so why not?

Adjusted the fronts using Ross's method for eccentric adjustment. I'm thinking I should turn the front drums....they have sticky spots in the video. I'll dial in all the adjustments when I get the tires on.

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Posted on: 4/29 22:38
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Re: KPack
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It's definitely possible that both the axle and drum are bent. Could be related to whatever incident blew out the driver's front shock. We'll be checking both tonight.

Last night I had an hour to work, so I pulled the drums off and compared my shiny new Kanter shoes to the NAPA ones. The lining is thinner on the Kanter shoes, and the webbing thickness is the same as my original shoes. I noted that the hole that the parking brake lever mounts through is not large enough on the Kanter shoe to allow the pin to go through. I had to drill out the hole a bit larger. After that I reassembled everything in a few minutes....I'm getting really good at removing and reassembling these brakes.

Plenty of room for adjustment now on the rear. I'm going to pull the drums off the front tonight and try the NAPA shoes on the front to see if they will fit. If so, I'll run with those.

Just need to figure out the drum/axle. And wait to see if the tires ever arrive.

-Kevin

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Posted on: 4/29 10:09
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Re: 53 Clipper Brake Line
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I'm not sure if the distribution block is a Packard-only thing, or if those can be found at NAPA. It would need to have 3 outlets (2 front, 1 back) and a spot for a brake light switch.

On the brake line, just pick up a pre-made length from NAPA. Use a rope and measure out what length you think you need (go longer) and pick up the corresponding length at NAPA. The ends are already flared and the fittings already installed. They are polymer coated to prevent rust, and they can easily be bent into shape with your thumbs. I think it's like $7 for a tube.

-Kevin

Posted on: 4/28 15:25
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Re: Ken's 1937 120 Touring Sedan
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That's good to know regarding excessive carbon. Is there a simple way to clean it off besides removing the head and physically removing it? I know my car is going to have this problem.

-Kevin

Posted on: 4/28 12:08
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