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Re: 50 Clipper Project - Fuel pump issue help needed
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I had my tank cleaned, but the shop did not check the pick up tube inside. It was rusted half way up and would not pump after 1/2 tank. I installed a filter and used the drain plug fitting for the pick up. Sold the car before the new tanks came on board.

Posted on: 2019/5/29 11:06
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Re: Happy Birthday Big Kev
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you have helped so many of us get our Packards road worthy. Thank You

Posted on: 2017/2/6 12:16
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Re: Converting BTV to manual brakes...
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I converted mine to manual brakes for future savings on repairs. Ross sent me a sketch on how to install the parts I purchased from him. There is no problem in removing and attaching the manual linkage,master cylinder and pedal. I have been using them for 3 years with no problem. Just some of the great information and people on this site. I could not have got my 1954 Packard Clipper road worthy without the help of all these great people and site.

Posted on: 2017/2/6 12:13
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Re: White smoke from road draft tube
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Thanks, covers a good list and I will check it out today. No smoke from the exhaust pipe, I already had checked that. It may be from setting and is just getting rid of condensation. I hope that is all. Will take a long drive and see if the smoke is still coming out, hadn't done that before.

Posted on: 2016/5/29 10:06
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White smoke from road draft tube
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I get white smoke from my road draft tube when running the clipper(1954 288) in the garage. None from the exhaust pipe. It appears to be continuous. Where should I look for a water leak first?

Posted on: 2016/5/28 15:49
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Re: Tire Shopping for a '54 Clipper
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That sounds good, accumulating cash to get the final part of the Clipper finished.
My wife and I did the interior, all but the headliner. We were very close to trying to do that, but found a local guy and a good price including insulation.
I did all the mechanical myself, with a lot of help from these same guys you are hearing from now. I could not have done it without this web site and all of their help.
That is why just about everyone who brings a Packard back to life on this web site is ready to help the next person, as much as they can with their new knowledge.
I think the two neighbor boys enjoy just sitting in the car and enjoying it as much as I do(7 and 10). They watched and waited while I got the car drivable. There is something about doing the work on a car yourself over a period of time that makes the car feel like it is a part of you. We cruise at least once a week. More as the weather gets better.

Posted on: 2016/3/21 21:22
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Re: Tire Shopping for a '54 Clipper
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The original color was the same blue that Kevin has on his 54 Clipper. They painted everything, but did not take of the voltage regulator. When I removed it, as I was going to 12 volts, I found that it was the blue underneath. That would be my favorite color. If I can ever afford the body work and new paint. For now, I am having fun driving and talking old cars at the cruises and car shows.

Posted on: 2016/3/21 10:50
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Re: Tire Shopping for a '54 Clipper
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I got Hankook H724' s they are 225/75r/15's , made a big difference from the bias plys that were on it. They were Kokers, but were 20+ years old and very cracked and hard.

I tried to match the grey on the car with Packard colors listed on the dealer samples, but none matched and I don't have any access to what the owner in 1991 painted the car with.

I got the trim rings from O'Rieleys Auto and they fit well and made the early 60's look come together. My rear springs are weak, but I like the look so I just take it easy on the humps and bumps.

Posted on: 2016/3/16 9:59
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Re: Tire Shopping for a '54 Clipper
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This is the look I went for on my 54.

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Posted on: 2016/1/25 20:37
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Re: Tire Shopping for a '54 Clipper
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I use my GPS to check my speed, it is very acurate.

Posted on: 2016/1/21 16:25
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