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Re: Headliner
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Kanter outsources their headliners and his and most of those you find from the usual aftermarket suppliers will be a cotton material. I don't know if SMS offers wool headliners but worth a try. If not, when I did my 47 Custom Hirsch had the proper thin grade wool broadcloth in the proper tan color but the price for fabric only was almost 3 times the price of the ready to install Kanter item. At the time and maybe still Hirsch did not do the sewing. You needed to find an upholsterer to make the headliner so an additional cost.

I ordered the lower cost Kanter item because I knew I was going to cut extra holes for roof AC vents and did not want to do that to a very expensive wool item. While the color of the cotton material is good the texture is not the same and is noticeable to a purist.

Posted on: Today 11:04
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Re: 359 CID Blocks Prone to Cracking?
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The 359 on a Pacific I did had a crack in #6 over toward the exhaust port but was not very deep and was able to be fixed with a sleeve.

Posted on: Yesterday 18:27
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Re: Locating Missing 1953 Clipper
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To add a bit more info, last I heard the car was on a farm somewhere around Macon, GA but that was a good 10-12 years ago. I know personally when it left CA it was running and looking good with lots of miles driven in the Santa Monica area.

Owner took it with him when he moved to GA and from what I was told, after being there a few months he had a falling out with part of his family. That rift caused him to leave the car and before he could retrieve it the car was supposedly used for target practice. If that is the case it is very sad because the car had been gone thru and was really in good condition.

Posted on: Yesterday 13:33
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Re: Trico Vacuum Wiper Motor question
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It does look like the motors are reversed side to side but if the hose connection is fixed and that motor is constructed like later motors I can't think of anything you could have done internally to change the way the motor works.

Typically the way the later wipers work is when the wiper is turned on a slide valve moves so vacuum is connected to a passage which goes to the middle port in the shuttle valve mechanism in the center of the motor. On variable speed motors the working passage under the supply valve is in the form of a tapered slit so the more the valve moves, a wider area of the slit is uncovered to allow more vacuum being admitted so the faster the motor goes. As the paddle moves side to side, an overcenter spring mechanism flips the shuttle valve back and forth to connect the center source passage to passages going to each side of the paddle. The spring mechanism flips the shuttle valve a few degrees before the end of the sweep so it can reverse the center connection and connect to the other side passage to pull the paddle in the opposite direction.

When turning the motor off the slide valve is moved to a position where vacuum is cut off to the shuttle valve or working port but is then connected to another passage in the lid which goes to the designated park side of the motor. Vacuum will pull the paddle all the way to that side usually past the point where the shuttle valve flips. There is probably a small seal on the side of the paddle that will touch the park passage outlet in the lid so vacuum will hold the paddle solidly against the park passage to lock it in place and prevent vacuum leaking into the regular running passage that is going to the shuttle valve.

Posted on: 3/4 20:04
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Re: Old Owner, Needing info
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Unfortunately his Panther site registration expired a week ago and the notice says unless site is renewed the content will be deleted. I would imagine without his passwords and estate permission there is no way for anyone to renew and save the content.

Posted on: 3/3 21:17
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Re: Spark plug wires, Packard 440 or Packard 330 or?
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The publication "Copper Nerves" by GM's Packard Electric Co https://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/downloads/CopperNerves.pdf has a copyright date of 1938 and mentions Packard 440 as being the preferred wire over the older lacquered wires. I don't know for sure if Packard Motor Car Co used it in 42 since they did have a shiny black lacquered cover wire at least thru 47. I would imagine 440 was available for 42 though and Packard Motor may have had a different and lacquered outer covering over the wire instead of the softer dull all rubber that is usually found on todays 440. Since it is a proven product available at the time and easily available today I would probably go with that.

I didn't find a ready spec reference to Packard 330 wire so wonder where it falls in the lineup. The Steelductor box says it is used on 40-42 Packards but as I recall factory photos show the 42s with black wires.

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Posted on: 3/2 16:52
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Re: RIk
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Packard headlight switch photos for Riki.

What I call a protect plate is actually metal and not a phenolic disc that the grounded wiper rides on. The disc provides a smooth surface and keeps the wiper separated so it cannot touch against the dash light and power in terminals. It also has small notches a bump on the wiper falls into. That action forms sort of a detent feel for the knob at the courtesy, off and rheostat positions. The end of the grounded wiper passing into the notched out area of the plate and touching the wire terminal is what turns the courtesy lights on.

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Posted on: 3/2 14:43
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Re: 1956 400 Ultramatic Transmission Questions
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You absolutely need to put at least 7 quarts in before starting the engine. That will be enough so the fluid can start circulating and lubricating various bushings and seals.

Here is a bit from taken from page 51 of the Twin Ultramatic section in the 55-6 service manual. The Packard specified type A fluid is obsolete so use the type fluid recommended by the rebuilder or else use type F or modern Dexron III if nothing else was specified.

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Posted on: 2/27 15:45
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Re: 1956 400 Ultramatic Transmission Questions
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The lever in the photo resembles the revised 55 lever as shown in the illustration accompanying the report of the rod issue in Service Counselor Vol 30 #1. The lever in the parts book plate 33 identifies the trans as a 56 and typical of 55. It shows a slight curve to the lever. Being there is a different part number for 56 Leeedy is correct -- there is a difference in levers and for that I apologize for not paying more attention to the differences and catching that.

The question would be did the entire column and linkage get transferred from a 56 parts car to make the conversion or was it pieced together. If you have a 56 column then everything might have been transferred intact except for the lever which might be sitting on on of the other transmissions if an extra came with the car. If parts are intermixed then I would agree with Leeedy that it can be a problem to adjust things. With the change in angle between the revised 55 and the 56 levers appearing to be fairly small there might be enough adjustment to firmly get in all gear positions. Does the lever move in equal steps with a distinct detent felt at each gear position N,H,D,L,R when going from neutral to reverse and back again?

Once you verify the trans is going into each selection completely you might be able to adjust the indicator to read properly by moving the clamp for the pointer which is under the rubber cover on the column. If you cannot get it to read properly then most likely an adjustment is at an extreme probably because of a mismatch in linkage.

Posted on: 2/25 20:37
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Re: 1956 400 Ultramatic Transmission Questions
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The lever looks like the correct item but unless there is something I am not seeing with photo orientation it does not look like the car is in park -- more like in reverse. As I recall, when in park the lever and rod end should be pulled toward the front of the car.

That park position was the whole issue in needing to revise the arrangement. When the old lever was pulled into park position the end was almost straight with the rod or even landed below horizontal. The rod could not push the end of the lever to have it start moving toward the other selections.

Posted on: 2/25 12:49
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