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Re: Fuel bowl draining …
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Gary49eight
Hi Everyone. Assuming there is nothing wrong with your fuel pump, could I suggest an electric pump in series? On my engine I also found the heat from the block and manifold simply evaporated the fuel from the pump and line. I got an electric pump from onlineautoparts, it is 6V and works with pos earth, and doesn't have to be on all the time. I use this for starting so I don't have to crank the battery to death getting fuel up from the opposite corner of the car.
Hope this helps.
Gary

Posted on: 9/14 4:47
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Re: Spark plugs
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Thanks very much for that. Now I can annoy some sales staff.
Gary

Posted on: 8/21 9:47
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Spark plugs
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The spark plugs in my 1949 288 look like typical plugs where visible, but the thread is 10mm about 4 threads long. No numbers, just a red band. Does anyone have a brand and part number? Thanks. Gary

Posted on: 8/21 7:12
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Re: Source for the coolant distribution tube?
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Hi Jack. I rebuilt my 288 about 10 years ago, and I cannot remember if I installed this coolant distributor tube.
There was nothing left of the original one. My engine can sit and idle all day and doesn't overheat. If I find I need one I will make one from brass or copper tube. It just has to fit the back of the water pump, and have a hole in the vicinity of each exhaust port. It can't be hard.
Gary

Posted on: 7/21 6:01
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Re: Leaf Spring Bushing Replacement
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Hello John.
A few years ago I changed the spring bushings on my 49. I found bushings for a Mazda utility are perfect, the part number was SPF0543K, can't remember the brand but I can find out if you want.

Gary

Posted on: 5/17 5:24
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Re: steering wheel installation
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Thanks everyone. I think the bearing is out of place. the meantime I have removed the hard spring, and the wheel will still not go fully home on the shaft, the splines are still only half engaged. I have looked for burrs on the splines and the unsplined part of the hub, as I said it goes part way and stops.
Gary

Posted on: 12/30 1:12
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steering wheel installation
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Greetings all. I removed the steering wheel from the project car (23rd series) and the parts car, but for some reason either wheel won't go on. It seems to stop about 3/8" short, the pins under the wheel do not engage the indicator cancel mechanism. I have tried cranking the nut as hard as I dare, tried the persuader, it won't move. Is there a trick to installing a wheel? Advice appreciated. Gary.

Posted on: 12/29 5:17
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Re: Several leakages in 1948 custom 8
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Hi there. A few years ago I put a new pinion seal in my old thing. They are available. The trick is to mark the nut before you remove it, and count the turns. Also mark the yoke to the shaft (so it goes back on the same spline). When you do it up, make sure your nut ends up back at its original starting position to get the preload right. To undo the nut you will need a 3/4 drive socket, and to hold the yoke the biggest shifter or pipe wrench you can find.
Gary

Posted on: 2020/11/2 4:17
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Re: leaf spring specs for 1950 Packard 8
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I have seen that on a lot of American cars, front coil springs slightly different heights. It compensates for the road camber. When the car arrives in Australia and gets converted to RHD, swapping springs is usually one thing forgotten. Some owners find they get an alignment and the car still pulls left or scrubs tyres. My Packard was a RHD export car, shipped in crates and someone had to put the pieces together. Often the people doing this assume front springs must be the same. Your car might have had rubber spacers on top of the (front) springs, these can fail (or just disappear) over time.
If you find the rear of the car causes the lean, check the shackle bushing rubbers. There might be nothing wrong with the springs, but flogged-out bushings can affect ride height.
Gary

Posted on: 2020/10/21 7:29
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Re: leaf spring specs for 1950 Packard 8
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Gary49eight
My 1949 had a lean to the left. Before you spend money on springs, try this:
Put a jack under the center of the front crossmember until the front wheels are off the ground. If it is level that eliminates the rear springs. If in doubt remove the rear springs and sit them on the ground. You will soon see if the curvature or height is different.
Lift the rear wheels with a jack under the diff center.
If it leans the problem is the front, as was my car.
I fixed mine by swapping the front springs left to right, it sits level now. Comparing the front springs out of the car, there was about half an inch height difference. Depending on which side of the road you drive on, the short spring goes on the drivers side. Hope this is useful.
If you plan on removing front springs, I can give you some tips.
Gary

Posted on: 2020/10/20 8:02
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