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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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I was working on installing the door handles recently and polishing up the stainless trim along the top of the door. I noticed that the clips for the stainless that I have and the original clips were significantly different. I may not be able to make these work.
As they are now the new clips will touch the glass. If I cut them down I may not be able to get them into the holes. I'll figure it out, it is just another hic-up.

Does anyone have any tips on polishing the flat areas of the grill?
The fronts of the grill polish up great but the flay areas are a pain. I have about 3 hours on them now and very little progress. I have been using an assortment of steelwool grits and the flat areas are just not getting much better.

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Posted on: 6/12 17:04
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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Yes, those are the correct motors.
I even checked my Amazon account to confirm that is what I purchased and I saw the same info that you did.
I am sure the info was typed in wrong.
Someone probably just reused a template for multiple motors.

The Dorman site or even ebay may have the correct info.

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Posted on: 6/9 20:14
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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I have been struggling with getting the spring, back onto the power seat frame.
It is a very strong spring.

I finally devised a way to stretch the spring using a metal support pole, a piece-of-chain, and some all-thread.

I just tightened the nut and let it pull the spring into place.

I make it sound easy but I was terrified that something was going to let go and rip my face off.
I had a spare tire between me and the seat frame.

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Posted on: 6/6 18:17
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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Well, I cannot be very scientific about it but I am not noticing any strain at all on the motors.
Full disclosure here, I never saw nor heard the original motors raise the windows. Since I had to replace the whole wire harness, it is all new to me.

Like the turn signals. I installed the flasher fuse this morning and just like that, I have turn signals. Still cannot believe I re-wired that whole steering column and got it right the first time.

Anyway, back to the windows. Each coupling has 4 set screws. The original pair and the pair I added.
When I built my prototype last year I ran it up and down over 200 times with no problem but that was without a load.

I did have to locate a pair of shorter couplings for the rear window. They are identical to the front window couplings but about 3/16" shorter. I needed every bit of that 3/8 as the motor sits lower in the body than the front motors so, the space was narrower.

At the moment I am more than pleased with this setup but only time will tell.

Posted on: 5/29 20:43
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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All 4 windows are in and working!
The rear windows make a lot of noise but the movements are fairly smooth.
No clue when I will get the stainless trim in due to the repair job on the fuzzies that I mentioned before.

I emailed SMS late last week and sent me samples quickly. I got them today.
Since there is a 3-hour time difference between me and SMS I went ahead and called them today and placed an order. Hopefully, it will not take the projected six to eight weeks to complete but if it does, it does.

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Posted on: 5/28 18:38
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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I have not been in my shop for a week, hoping to get some time Friday or this weekend for sure.

Thanks for the pictures of that Reynold's wrap. I need to attach mine.

If SMS sales carpet they forgot to add it to their website. Their products page shows "Carpet Sets" but there is no link, like the other pages have.
I guess I will give them call soon and confirm.

Lastly, I misspoke about the rear window fuzzies. I said I sent them to RTRW for rebuild but I actually sent them to Restoration Specialties. I called them and did receive my shipment but have not got to them yet. Evidently the owner (Jeff) does all the work himself and he is busy getting ready for the next show or one after that and so on.

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Posted on: 5/23 14:23
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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I will get back on the rear windows soon. I think I have the driver's sides all sorted out now.

Have been polishing the grill. That center section is a PITA. Its not cleaning up as well as the two smaller end pieces did.

I never got an answer to my last question, if anyone has a better source for the carpeting. I am not happy with what I have and might buy another.

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Posted on: 5/18 16:49
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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I am just not happy with the carpet that I received from Stock Interiors and it is way too late to return or complain about it.

It fits poorly, is missing that narrow centerpiece and is just cheap carpeting.


I need another source.
Who have you had luck with?

Posted on: 5/15 20:39
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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I will post information about that fuzzy when I hear from them. I may give them a call next week.

I found what was stopping the drivers side window from going up that last inch or so.
You can barely see it in the fist image.
The bolt head for the upper track adjustment is catching on the slide at the end of that window.

I am now wondering if I have the correct right and left windows in place.
The second image shows how the window is connected to the track on the drivers side.
You can see that I have the window on the outside of the track.
Should the window be on the inside of the track?

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Posted on: 5/10 15:31
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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I tried installing only the rear window on the drivers side yesterday.
Like the first window it would not go all the way up.

It is not rubbing against the roof line like the first window but it would stop so suddenly that it had to be hitting something.
After a few minutes of trying to get a better look at what is going on inside the door I notice that the bottom frame of the glass was catching on the wire clips used to hold the outer stainless trim in place.

I trimmed off a little of those clips with my Dremel and the window moves much better now. It still needs about an other inch of movement to be complete but its much closer then the first window. I'll go back and check those clips on the first side later.

Also I have all the stainless and the rubber strip that goes the stainless stim and the roof line. The fuzzies for the rear window are currently being rebuilt by Rubber The Right Way. At least I hope it is being rebuilt. I sent it to them and I know they received it but I have not heard anything from them in a month now.

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Posted on: 5/10 6:34
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