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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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Gentlemen, I wanted to give an update to the 1954 Pacific that wouldnt start when hot.

In early May I met up with Ross Miller, with his advice I checked the timing, it was advanced. Sparking before the piston was a TDC which led the car to fight against itself, I never thought of that but once he explained it , it all made sense.

He also supplied me with an Auto Lite starter from an earlier Packard. Un like the Delco that was on it the shape differs, instead of one big cylinder, it necks down toward the back where it bolts on, it made for easier assembly. BUT the good news is it made for MUCH easier starting. I really coundnt belive the difference. As far as I know the Delco starter was still healthy being only 18 months since rebuilt. The Auto Lite is just better.

It's been on the car for three weeks and about 100 miles and it hasnt left me sit yet!

Thanks Ross, and thanks to all of you who gave your input. Much appreciated.

Andy

Posted on: 2019/5/31 6:02
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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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Ross, I'll take you up on a starter at Frederick.

Posted on: 2019/4/19 17:00
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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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The ignition switch/key seems like original Packard. Everything is as you describe with aa additional button on the left.

Posted on: 2019/4/19 16:57
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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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Thanks fellas, I appreciate your insight.

Outside temp hasn't seemed to make a difference in starting, Saturday it was in the low 60s. It starts cold, then once the engine is hot is turns over very slowly.

The starter & generator were rebuilt within the last two years.
The battery (Optima) charges fine and uses over sized battery cables I think 00 but need to confirm that.
The regulator has been tested and is older but good.
It does have a mechanical fuel pump, also new two years ago. I
The head was replaced and now has a cast head.

The car still has a push button on the dash to start (left side) The key turns one click to the right and you push the button to engage the starter, I don't know if it's aftermarket or factory.

What else can I tell you?

Posted on: 2019/4/17 15:50
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Re: 1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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Sorry - I attached the image twice.

Posted on: 2019/4/16 12:59
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1954 359 Leaves me sit... again
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Hi fellas,

So I need to vent a bit. My 54 Pacific is mechanically sound so to speak but it's no show car. I've done the work myself bringing it back and when it runs I enjoy driving it. When it runs, that's the key, It left me and the kids sit this weekend and I was ready to sell it to the lowest bidder.

When hot, it's a gamble wether it will start.

I recently read the article on page 9 of the Packard Club News Bulletin, see attached. And got hopeful again. But what Id like to know from any of you is ... Does it work? I no longer want to guess if this thing will start. So I'm willing to install new heavier field coils as the note recommends OR Im considering moving to a 12volt system.

What would you recommend? What have you done?

Thanks guys,
Andy

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Posted on: 2019/4/16 12:57
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Packard Info Shirts are On SALE
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Now thru midnight on Monday 11/26 you save $10 on all orders at www.PackardTees.com. This includes our Carolina blue Packard Info shirts!

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Posted on: 2018/11/24 10:40
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Leaky Fuel Pump
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Hello and Merry Christmas,

I have a leaky fuel pump on a 54 Pacific with a 359 engine. Reviewing the manual it seems like a job that might be more than take it apart and replace a gasket. Being a novice I was hoping for some advice in trying to repair it or is it better to send it away to be rebuilt?

Any thoughts?
Andy

Posted on: 2017/12/25 14:47
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Re: PackardInfo.com Shirts
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Hello gentleman,

We wil be closing the custom preorder sales for Packard Info shirts. Please go to PackardTees.com to place an order. Listing your size on this forum does not mean you've order a shirt.

Thanks Andy

Posted on: 2017/10/5 13:56
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Re: PackardInfo.com Shirts
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Hello Gentlemen,

Kevin posted the ordering details for new Packard Info t-shirts.

Here's the link


Or head to PackardTees.com, you'll find the shirt at the top of the front page.

Enjoy,
Andy

Posted on: 2017/9/20 15:19
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