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Where does one get interior light bulbs?
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Another dumb question. Still messing about as time allows with the newly arrived '29. None of the instrument panel lights work and the dome light is dead. I am assuming as harsh as the car rides (I'll be adjusting shocks this weekend and hoping that helps) that the bulbs are broken.

Have a photo album of the car's resto, guy in Minnesota who smokes a pipe (if anyone knows who he is I'd love to know) did a ground-up on the car either 18 or 20 years ago, it was completely apart, cannot imagine they didn't rewire and redo all that, as the cigar lighter even works, but, it's very dark in that car once the sun starts going down! So, where does one go to find instrument panel bulbs and the dome light bulb?

Sorry to be a pest, and thanks very much!

Posted on: 9/24 9:12
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Re: 640 Battery
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Another vote for the Optima 6 volt dry cell battery here. I'm about to replace the battery in mine and that's what I'm going with. Have used them in several muscle cars before, fantastic batteries, and again, as stated, since they're dry-cell batteries, no corrosion issues, ever.

Also, on all my old cars I put a kill switch somewhere inline so that you can shut off the battery when they car's going to be parked for a few days. This will greatly extend the life of the battery and buy you a lot of peace of mind that you're not going to have an electrical meltdown due to something shorting out in the middle of the night. I had a 440 Six Pack Challenger convertible years ago, and hadn't driven it in days, got home one day decided to take it for a drive and everything was dead - all the wiring around the alternator going back to the firewall was fried - miracle the car hadn't caught fire. I've used those switches ever since!

Posted on: 9/21 9:11
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Re: A series of dumb questions about my
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Thanks a million. That does seem to work. I saw the gauge next to the engine, wasn't sure if that was the only way or how accurate it would be. Thanks guys!

Posted on: 9/20 20:01
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A series of dumb questions about my
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Okay, the car has finally arrived and I've spent the last two days just doing the early stages of sorting it out. It obviously hasn't been driven much in a few years, kind of a museum car kinda' thing. I've put about 30 miles on it, had to replace a fuel regulator (has an electric pump on it) because it started puking gas everywhere! Got the timing and coolant figured out so she's staying between 180 and 190 even with our 90+ degree weather.

Okay, dumb questions. Hard to start her cold, tends to flood and then start. Once warm, starts super easy. How do you check the oil in this thing? And dumb question biggie, how do you lock the doors? Passenger's front door is only one with a lock on it, so how does one lock the others? It's a 633 '29 Club Sedan, was tickled, got two trunks with it!

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Posted on: 9/20 17:09
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Re: Shock adjustment on the rear
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Quote:

Ross wrote:
My best guess: Those are supposed to tension shackles. I have noticed that when those early cars are lifted by the frame and the axle drops the shackles pull toward the front to an almost horizontal position. It would not take very much at all for them to flip over center as the car came down and voila, you now have compression shackles and the car is sitting very high in the back. You just need to jack it up and flip them back.


I think you're onto something! Thanks, that makes sense. As I said, in the older photos of the car, it was sitting normal, this high stance just occurred somewhere in the last ten years. I'll let ya' know once it gets here! Thanks!

Posted on: 8/25 8:00
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Re: Shock adjustment on the rear
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Still spit balling because the car isn't here yet, but, it appears to be the rear leaf spring shackles. Looked at the video of it I was sent today, again, and the rear shackles are pointing almost straight up and down.

Looking at other Packards of this vintage, the shackles slant well towards the rear, so, I suspect this is the problem, the shackles are pushing the rear springs too far forward and thus causing them to lift the car's rump. Although why anybody would've done this, is anybody's guess!

Posted on: 8/24 15:24
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Re: 1933 Super 8 Stainless steel acorn head nuts
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Strength of the steel has nothing to with it. Tighten them to factory specs.

Posted on: 8/23 19:51
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Re: Shock adjustment on the rear
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I don't know what's going on with it. I have photos of it from about ten years ago and it was sitting nice and level, and that was after the weird paint restoration it has. Now the rear end is way up in the air - I was figuring somebody just cranked up the shocks.

I suppose will figure it out when the car gets here, but, it was sitting nice and level, then, this happened for some reason. Weird. Thanks!

Posted on: 8/23 9:10
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Shock adjustment on the rear
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Okay, so the car's waiting on the transporter, should be here in two weeks. Got my reprint Packard service manual in today, not a word in that big phone book about adjusting the rear shocks.

Somebody cranked the rear shocks too stiff, car is sitting high in the rump almost like it has air shocks on it. Are these like Model A shocks where you just back off the center nut a little at a time until you get the ride and stance you want?

Sorry to ask such a dumb question. Thanks!

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Posted on: 8/21 19:27
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Re: Anybody have recomendations for a car transporter?
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Thanks for the input, tried Horseless Carraige as well, they're quite backed up too. I found one company, which, they say, can get the car to me in two to three weeks, a little pricey for the mileage, but, talked to half a dozen companies yesterday and they were all very pricey compared to just a year ago.

Seems the problem is a lack of drivers and diesel prices are much higher now. That's the story I got from more than one person, and honestly, I can see that. So, patience hopefully will pay off, but this is what I get for buying a 6'4" tall car and having a trailer with a 6' tall door on it!

Posted on: 8/19 9:00
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