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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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Thanks Howard for the extensive description. I have 53 and a 54 bottle, so I could use either one. The switch on the column is 53 style, so my preference would be to use the correct 53 parts.... First priority was to get the wipers working. Someday I'll get to the washers, but that will be a while. I don't have the 54 coordinator, so my wiper motor is mounted straight....

Posted on: 9/27 6:19
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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I have a high school friend who lives out on long island, so I sent him my wiper motor and he brought it to Fiken wiper service. I just got it back, and his rebuild price is still the same as it was years ago when I had the clipper motor rebuilt! That was a nice surprise.
He said this wiper motor is from a 54, which I guess means that the line that goes to the washer is different? Does anybody know how big the difference between a 53 and a 54 wiper motor is? Does that mean it will only work with the 54 wiper jar, and not a 53 wiper jar? Wiper motor looks nice and clean, but otherwise is not so exciting.

Posted on: 9/26 15:05
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Re: Mike
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Three weeks ago, I took the caribbean for a nice drive, about 40 miles round trip, and everything ran fine. The car sat in the garage untill yesterday when I wanted to take the whole family out to dinner. (wife, kids and grandma) I had to crank it for a while before gas was in the carb. (I will be installing a pump I had rebuilt at Gould to help with that)
To my surprise and horror (well, it wasn't so dramatic) when the engine started on fast idle and I started to back out of the garage and driveway I left a thick trail of gasoline coming out from under the hood! I pulled back into the garage and shut the car off. Since we had to meet cousins for dinner, I didn't have time to anaylze too closely, but when I opened the hood, I could see the carb was all wet with gasoline.
Today I started the car after taking off the air filter, and everything was fine.
I guess the float on the carb was stuck? I do not see any leaks from the fuel lines or filter or carb, but it looks like the vent on the float bowl may show evedence of fuel coming out there.
What do you guys think?
This one screw does not screw into anything....but I don't think that is too tragic. Any ideas on what else I should look out for? The ceramic fuel filter looks clean. Think the float stuck because of dirt in the needle valve, or perhaps something is tight in the hinge area of the float?
Thanks for any input!

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Posted on: 9/1 3:38
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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Starting to do little things on the car. I installed the Blinker relay that I got from ledlight.com on my hazard circuit. It works great! The thermal relay blinked fast because it was powering 4 bulbs. The electronic one blinks at a more normal rate. Yay! Happy about that.
Drove about 100 miles so far.
Oh, how does one open the top latch on the windshield frame? Turn to loosen, but does it require many turns, or just a few? I still have to take all the precautions about lowering a top after being up for ages. Clean the Hydraulic rams, and check the switch on the dashboard etc...

Posted on: 8/5 16:48
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Re: Mike
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I got my plates, installed seatbelts for the kids in the backseat First, and also got this gauge panel to install. Vac and oil press are mechanical gauges, but the voltage is of course electric. I have to see how I can isolate the volt gauge, since it is not positive ground.
Thanks howard for the tip on oiling the shift linkage.
6v gauge is from france, made in india.
autoelec

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Posted on: 7/29 15:13
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Re: 1953 and 1956 Packard Caribbean convertibles for sale
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Hope they find a good home!

Posted on: 7/26 15:15
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Re: Resurrecting a 1951 Henney-Packard Parts Car
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The ends of the front sway bar are Held on with clips. Scrape zur gunk off, and you should see how it comes off. Use a big regular screwdriver to pry them off.

Posted on: 7/24 15:35
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Re: Mike
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Yeah! The inspectors were quite happy with the condition of the Caribbean, and it passed inspection, and qualification for classic plates here in Germany.
Shift linkage hung up on me 3 times, so that needs to be shimmed properly asap. The ride is quite smooth. It will take some time to get comfortable with the car, but it feels good to be back in a packard!

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Posted on: 7/22 16:33
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Re: Mike's 53 Caribbean
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Got my temp Tags and drove to the next gas Station!....I'll borrow the wiper motor from the clipper for inspection.
Gave her a little wash and she cleaned up pretty well.
Steering is a little light and vague, not sure if that is from the PS or wear.
Cross your Fingers the inspection goes well!

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Posted on: 7/20 14:10
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Re: Mike
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I drove the caribbean around the block two times, and engine and brakes are working well. Idle is 18 inches vacuum, so that seems ok. Brakes also feel good.
I realized my wipers are not working.... If the Arms are not intalled, the motor has enough Power to move the System back and forth. If the Arms are installed, the wiper Arms will go up but not back down.
Isn't there a lube that might help? I would like to get them working somewhat so I can pass inspection, and send to ficken over the Winter.
Pic of dirty wiper motor before I took it off.

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Posted on: 7/17 15:53
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