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Re: BigKev
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Good question. I think I put mine together wrong. I will try and change it so the Rubber is above the screw.
Also, I used a die grinder and cut down the thickness of the rubber before the fender fit properly. The gaskets are thicker and harder than original it seems.

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Posted on: 10/22 0:09
1953 Clipper Delux Club Sedan, 1969 912, 1990 Miata, 2009 Ford S-Max.
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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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Looking at the specification list, the original tire on the Caribbean was 8.00x15. (clippers had the 7.60x15 and Patrician had 8.20x15)
Coker has 8.00x15 available in the American classic with a listed height of 29.41 inches. Diamondback doesn't list an Auburn radial in exactly 8.00, but only 8.20 with a height of 29.2 inches.
Keep in mind the inspectors here in Germany are usually picky about having the correct tire size.
If I go with the diamondback, which is an "incorrect size" of 8.2, and not 8.0, then I need some info to justify my selection. (29.2" or 29.4" is only .2 inch, or ~5 mm difference)
Does anybody know a diameter specification for a normal 8.00x15 so I could better argue the case that 8.20 is an acceptable tire for the caribbean? They are sticklers for correct radius -so that the speedo is accurate and, and width so nothing rubs.
I think the 8.20 will be acceptable, but may need to explain the exact sizing when it comes inspection/import time. I know we have been through this a few times with people on the forum here, but thought I would ask. Thanks!

Posted on: 10/11 14:57
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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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@ Kevin, I remember your saga with the windshield in your car. That is *very* useful info about using a cut down sedan windshield instead of the convertible/coupe windshields that are "unobtanium".

@Leon, as a Miata owner and fan, I don't mind at all the extra text and comments that are not directly packard. -I got a copy of your book last month when I was in the US, and am reading it now.

Wish I was at Hershey now!

Posted on: 10/7 15:46
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Re: car horn
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I'm not very familiar with the 57-58 cars, but it could be the horn relay is bad. On the earlier cars that is on the inner fender by the driver's side.

Posted on: 10/6 15:18
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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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Car is getting inspected before shipping overseas....I have a 4 inch crack in the windshield in the upper right hand corner. I don't think that will pass inspection here, so I am looking at a new windshield and gasket....Let the good times roll.

Posted on: 10/6 15:16
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Re: Mike
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OK, I updated the registry.
I can't stop making things better on the clipper. A while back I bought some headlight trim rings from longjohn. They were missing the little clip -like almost all do, but I was able to secure the clip from my old ring by drilling (very carefully) 2 holes and attaching the clip with small screws. I'll do the driver side soon. I think Alex -the new owner- will want to freshen up the chrome in general on the car....We will see if that means re-chroming or just getting better used chrome parts.

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Posted on: 10/6 14:37
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Re: Mike's 53 Clipper
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Hi Mal,

Here is a link to the current registry of the caribbean.
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How do I update the Clipper's registry entry? I can update my personal info, but can't figure out how to update the clipper registr (which should be associated with my user id)
It's past my bed time....

Posted on: 10/1 15:27
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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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The 359 was taken from a 54 pat and installed by my uncle in 1973.
The reverse lights were removed when the car was repainted in the 1990‘s.
After 1954 reverse lights are mandatory in Germany, so I hope I can pass inspection without them.
The Miata is a great car. Tons of fun to drive, reliable and a timeless design. My car is a 1990 US Model imported to Germany. The owners manual is missing…I better start looking for one.

Posted on: 9/29 2:03
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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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@ Don, by "hood quilt" I meant insulation on the bottom side of the hood. On my clipper I have a yellow fiberglass mat that I got from Dwight Heinmuller. With the hood scoop, it seems like that fiberglass might not be correct.

Posted on: 9/28 15:09
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Re: Mike's 53 Clipper
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Hi Gerd, thanks.... I've had "Madelyn" for a long time. She has been with me through college, more than half of my life, and also a long time on Packardinfo! It sure is a big deal, and crazy to part from the clipper that I did so much to. That being said, I have known about the Caribbean even longer than the clipper, so that is also a special car for me. I think for as long as I have had the Clipper, I considered (in the back of my mind) the Caribbean the only car the I would trade it for. For this reason, it is turning out to be a surprise for a few people. My wife first, and now you too Gerd
I'd also like to thank everybody that has helped me with advice and parts and motivation with getting the clipper to the state it is in now. The knowledge here is fantastic!
Anyway, I am staying in the packard club, and am glad to have my in-laws also driving a Packard now.

Posted on: 9/28 15:06
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