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Re: FUBAR eBay listing for Packard V8 rod bearings
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Agree; in the end one's money is refunded, but the waste of time cannot be gotten back.

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Posted on: 11/11 11:33
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FUBAR eBay listing for Packard V8 rod bearings
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An eBay listing for King Racing Packard V8 rod bearings will result in receiving Ford FE bearings.

When I pointed it out for a refund, "We get all our info from the eBay data base and they say it's for Packards."

BTW, I seldom to never buy off eBay for those reasons, but a Packard friend forwarded the listing to me and because of that, I didn't look as closely as I should have; I know King never made Packard V8 rod bearings, fer gosh sakes!

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Posted on: 11/10 17:41
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Re: 320 v8 pistons and valves.
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Since he's in Sweden, accessibility of parts is several levels more expensive and more difficult.

When an overseas member asks to buy parts, we try to do them the favor, even though by the time we're done with the hassle of securely packaging, customs forms, overseas shipping, it's not a profitable exchange.

Here in the US, we routinely turn down offers of 320" core engines. There's little demand for them and they cost the same to build as a 352".

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Posted on: 11/4 10:47
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Re: Lifter noise on passenger side
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Hi, Ernie,

That's typical of most original Packard V8s.

What oil are you using and what is the hot oil pressure?

In the summer, use 15-40, but in fall, use at least 10-40 and overfill by 1/2qt. This should help the problem.

However, once it starts, it only gets worse. Back in the day, some Service Departments patched the problem by replacing the main bearings.

Today, you can replace your worn oil pump with a kit developed on this forum which uses a new Oldsmobile V8 pump. This often solves the problem for most owners. PM me if you are interested.

jack vines

Posted on: 10/2 10:21
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Source for the coolant distribution tube?
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A friend is building a 327" and needs a coolant distribution tube. Naturally, Kanter and Egge don't have them.

Any suggestions?

jack vines

Posted on: 7/15 10:47
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Re: Just for interest
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Six years old news now and discussed here many times. Most of that long block was mine; Arias forged pistons, Iskenderian roller cam. The intake was done at Portland Engine.

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Posted on: 7/9 15:30
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Oil pan front and rear cork seals
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I have three loose cork front/rear oil pan seals which may or may not be for the Packard V8; all are .400" wide and from .205" to .220" thick.

7" long unmarked
7.375" long C9215
7.75" long C9214

Any info appreciated.

jack vines

p.s. - while on the subject of pan seals, I've noticed the current production pan seals in the Best gasket sets to be .250", considerably thicker than the old stock I have. This makes them a huge PITA to get positioned and pulled down evenly.

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Posted on: 6/22 15:58
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Re: 1955-'56 senior Packards available with manual transmission?
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Very unusual production order for sure:

No clue provided as to what the "Special Production Request" entailed

Seller mentions rare single color, but the build sheet shows, "TuTone Paint ($23) and a black horizontal stripe.

Why would a 2x4-bbl engine be ordered with "Export Low-Compression Head Gaskets"?

Why a northern CA car ordered with "Speedometer in Km/Hr, 6-ply tires, Heavy Duty Suspension"?

In any case, the buyer wanted something beyond the already relatively rare 400 hardtop.

jack vines

Posted on: 3/26 17:47
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1955-'56 senior Packards available with manual transmission?
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This has probably been answered here before, but a quick search did not find the definitive answer.

All I've ever seen with manuals were conversions and the late Steve Williams had a Caribbean the Earl C. Anthony dealership had converted to manual transmission, but can anyone substantiate a senior car built with a manual trans?

There's a eBay offering of a '56 400 with 2x4 carbs and manual delivered to Earl C. Anthony. The seller never states he has documentation as to the originality of the car, only that it's "unusual."

1956 Packard 400

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Posted on: 3/26 11:35
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Re: Packard 374 Big block
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There may be low mileage originals out there; we just never get to see them.

FWIW, a turn-key engine is a very expensive proposition and we no longer offer them that way.

It involves rebuilding not only the engine, but rebuilding all the accessories; carburetor, distributor, water pump, starter, generator. An owner may take a chance on a used part, but they always expect new from a shop.

Then, cleaning the rocker and valley covers, oil pan, timing cover, installing all the gaskets and guaranteeing there are no oil leaks. Again, getting everything clean enough to hold paint externally and oil internally is very labor intensive, but unless one has had to do it himself, he doesn't see the value added.

A rebuilt Packard V8 long block starts at $4,000 today, but we won't even quote a price on a turn-key.

jack vines

Posted on: 3/18 11:20
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