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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Looks great! Don't worry about that area by the dome lights. You will never see it when driving The window tracks and fuzzies might be easier in your hardtop than in my coupe with B pillar since most of those parts are straight in your car. Keep up the good work!

Posted on: 2/24 5:34
1953 Clipper Delux Club Sedan, 1969 912, 1990 Miata, 2009 Ford S-Max.
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Re: Mike's 53 Clipper
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Hi Kevin,
I got all my weatherstripping from Steele. Years ago they also sent me some 1 inch samples of the different profiles they have which made picking the right one easier. The vertical channel is easy to do and makes a big difference, the other channels take a little skill to bend the channel or fuzzy to the right shape. It might be worth it to buy an extra fuzzy depending on how perfect you want it to look. (Nice to have a backup part if you bend the first one to a less-than-perfect profile.

Posted on: 2/23 2:24
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Re: Mike
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When re-assembling the car a few years ago, I glued on the horizontal window fuzzies, but was never happy with that. I finally got some #4 flathead sheetmetal screws and attached the fuzzies nice and straight and secure. I had also used some thick lube on the door lock mechanism that made it very sticky in cold weather. I cleaned that with brake cleaner and re-lubed with some light oil. The spring on the vent window was also tight, so I oiled the pivot and loosened the nut. Now the vent window opens without a fight. Spring is coming! Pass door is done, next up is the driver side.... Details, Details, Details

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Posted on: 2/22 15:01
1953 Clipper Delux Club Sedan, 1969 912, 1990 Miata, 2009 Ford S-Max.
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Re: 46/47 bumper extensions
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Welcome to Packardinfo Dan!
(Mike) hope you get the basement cleaned out a little bit

Posted on: 2/11 4:29
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Re: Convertible top control 101
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Thanks Longjohn,
good idea to just bridge the 6v to the solenoid to check the solenoid and pump, and also for the tip that the electric switch can catch crud.
My uncle is waiting for a warm day in Pittsburg to work on this, so I think it will be a while before I get some feedback. Think he is probably shovelling lots of snow now.

Posted on: 2/2 5:42
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Re: Convertible top control 101
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Great description.
This car only has only the Power top. No Power windows or seat (iirc), so that makes things a little easier.
Sounds like checking the CB, relay (if there), and signal voltage to the solenoid would be the First steps. My guess would be a Problem with the CB, but then he will have to figure out if something is causing more load to Trip the CB.
Thanks Howard!

Posted on: 1/25 12:44
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Convertible top control 101
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The top stopped working on my uncle's 53 Caribbean. He said the pump "doesn't make a peep" when using the knob to try and raise or lower. I looked at the electric diagram, and read the shop manual, but still don't have a clear understanding of how this whole thing works, or what my uncle should check first.
I know the electric motor pumps hydraulic fluid to the rams to raise and lower the top, but does the switch on the dash control an electric circuit, or hydraulic circuit or both?
Is there a circuit breaker for the pump motor?
Any pointers on what to check first when looking into this. I appreciate any info on the basic operating procedure of the top, or first things to check.
-Looking forward to warmer weather for packard driving.

Posted on: 1/25 10:01
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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I replaced the headliner in a 76 dodge dart when I was in highschool. My mom sewed it together from picture canvas. It looked fine. I also removed and re-installed the headliner in my clipper. It came out pretty good, but there is a wrinkle or two in the rear corners, but that doesnt bother me. If the headliner from SMS or wherever you get it is really big bucks, then I might pay to have a pro do it perfectly, but it is not really that difficult. Go for it!

Posted on: 1/20 13:02
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Great work! glad you brought this up, now I will have to drill mine out and make a better repair than what I have. I didn't know that the tube was just stuck in a little bit.

Posted on: 1/8 7:57
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Exactly, I just went out and measured mine...As Ross wrote, it is a 1/4 inch tube. The end of the tube that goes into the carb is flared, you can flare the tube yourself if you have the equipment, or buy a lenght of tube from Napa and cut to fit.

Posted on: 1/7 12:31
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