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Re: What size vibration damper bolt head do you 356 owners have?
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su8overdrive wrote:
MJG, the difference between the Packard and the Long-type Ford F-series truck clutch is the Packard pressure plate has adjustable fingers and softer springs, a Packard maven friend says smoother in operation. But my Ford F-series clutch/pressure plate were just fine and the only reason i replaced them was the transmission was out to replace the effing squalling pilot bearing. I could just as well've put the Ford clutch back in, and my lifelong Packard friend says both equally rugged, probably good for centuries, especially in a distance tour car, which is where 356 Packards on the 127" wb excel.

Am disgusted seeing vintage cars with modern drivetrains, but don't mind things like the Ford truck clutch and 55-amp, positive-ground, bolt-in, no butchering required alternator, Optima battery, synthetic motor oil, and modern black molybdenum/graphite grease; a Texaco or Chevron tech told us back in the late '70s, an order of eight times better than the orange fiber grease in common use from the '40s into the '70s. The black grease was originally developed for massive trucks in the hellish environment of huge stone quarries. Also use a NAPA Wix 87055 air filter which fits like it was made for our big air cleaner/carburetor silencers. Despite recent reports claiming oil bath as good or even a theoretical trace better, i'm sticking with the modern air filter.

Since you're building your overdrive 356 conv. as a distance runner, you might scout up a 3.92 rear axle from a non-overdrive car, or even a 3.54 cog from a '50 Ultramatic Custom Eight, unless you'll be spending much time in serious mountains with a carload of Sumo wrestlers. If your Lake Lanier, dating from three years before my boyhood Charlotte's Lake Norman and even larger--680 vs. 520 miles shoreline-- near the sourthern terminus of the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, that'd be a mighty fine maiden cruise. Every bit as gorgeous as New England in autumn. Be glad you're not in undriveable Kaleefornyuh. Oft wish i'd never left my old greater NYC and earlier Charlotte. Huh, Stockholm Syndrome.

I'm just wondering if i'm okay continuing with the 1 1/4" head vibration damper bolt.


Thank you for all the great insight! I completely agree, I prefer original but modest changes to enhance drivability will be entertained.

You are right, this is a wonderful region for driving. Besides wanting the lake itself, this location was a compromise between commutable to ATL but far enough out to be outside the hustle and bustle of suburbia to enjoy driving. That is changing though, when we bought it was ~half part-time residents around me, almost all are full-time now.

Mike

Posted on: 2/24 8:42
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
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1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: What size vibration damper bolt head do you 356 owners have?
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Meanwhile, MJG, i f it comes to yanking everything out, consider lightening your flywheel. I've heard a Packard maven report doing so to a 356. Wish i'd so done mine when for the sake of an effing $18 pilot bearing which squalling would wake the dead, we had to remove the transmission, so thought i'd replace the F-series Ford truck clutch so many 356 owners use, for a Packard pressure plate rebuilt using the original jig. As long as we were in the neighborhood. But, my flywheel's still stock weight. I bow to others' insight regarding this and don't want to give MJG a bum steer.



Thank you for the insight, I do plan on pulling everything however, after I take the body off the frame. The car needs/deserves a full pan replacement so I will be putting it on a body dolly and rotisserie. I plan on rebuilding the frame and mechanicals with the body off. I have heard of the Ford clutch swap but haven't researched which will be the best route for me as of yet. My plan is to build a long-distance tour car so there is a good chance I will go that route.

Mike

Posted on: 2/23 7:40
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
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1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: What size vibration damper bolt head do you 356 owners have?
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That is what I thought last night.. probably need to turn a socket down on a lathe. The one I have for a 1/2" drive was not going to work. I tried to estimate how much room I would have even if it did fit and it looked like I would be right up against the radiator. Not that it matters much for me as my clutch is frozen and I'm planning on yanking everything when the time comes anyway.. good learning regardless.

Posted on: 2/21 21:00
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: What size vibration damper bolt head do you 356 owners have?
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Just wrestled my SPI caliper onto it, measures 1.75". While in the shop last night I tried to put a wrench on it after reading your first post.. I didn't want to pester you with what didn't work.. but lets just say everything I have. VERY tight area to swing a wrench..
Mike

Posted on: 2/21 19:08
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: Yet another fugitive from the C. Lewis Ablelove auction comes up for sale
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For a living, I lead a team that investigates contractor, vendor and distributor fraud for my company. I could tell stories that would fill pages here.

When I first started doing this work, what put how rampant it is into perspective was learning about the 10-80-10 rule (if you look it up reference fraud as there are a few). Essentially, what it describes is the distribution of people capable of committing a fraud. If you take the population as a whole, 10% will never commit a fraud regardless of the factors, 80% might, while 10% are actively trying to gain the system. These factors are rationalization, opportunity, and pressure. I studied under a professor that added a fourth element: capability. Something to ponder in church next Sunday as you look around...

It's only a matter of time before AI helps close the gap and make the fraud more realistic to fall for. I have often pondered how dangerous someone could be if they had a reasonable knowledge of collector cars and their parts. If it's too good to pass up at the price, you are most likely about to get ripped off. When I train someone new I start them out with my credo - "Guilty until proven innocent"

Posted on: 2023/11/21 20:27
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
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1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: Storage
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Couple observations..

If you are planning on starting it during the winter, then you really aren't "winterizing" your car. Fogging the motor as I described would be negated by starting the engine and would need to be done again if it were to sit for a long period. If you plan on using it occasionally you would be better off sticking to a schedule and just run it every few weeks or so and treat it like a spare car in your driveway.

Antifreeze for storage need not be special. To put in perspective for my boat I drain all the water out of the block (boats bring in fresh water to cool) and simply fill it back up with non-toxic antifreeze. It's cheap and its only purpose is to prevent to block from cracking and helps prevent rust internally. It has no running performance characteristics. In your car you want to have fresh antifreeze, but one rated for your car and climate. Don't overthink it. Wetting agents you describe are more for keeping engines cooler vs cracking.

You don't talk about what cover you own. Don't use a blue tarp of death that doesn't breathe. Spend the money and make sure you buy one specific to your car and application. You have several price options available. I always like using California Car Covers myself.

Posted on: 2023/11/2 8:24
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: Storage
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MJG
I would try to fill the tank (air space isn't your friend for condensation). Also, run it enough to get the stabilizer through the whole system.

I will be winterizing my boat in the coming weeks and like your car spends the months outside. I like to use fogging oil, I use Sta-Bil's. Easy to use and instruction are on the can. It will help coat all internals of the motor and help prevent internal rusting. Cheap insurance.

Posted on: 2023/11/1 20:17
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: Some recent online postings
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packardsix1939 wrote:
Just spotted this on Facebook. 1949 (22nd Series) Custom Eight Club Sedan project car in Tennessee. Should give you everything you need to do the Convertible, in case anyone is interested.

Very rare car probably worth doing in its own right.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/271037495739483/?ref=search&referral_code=null&referral_story_type=post



That poor car I've seen for sale on and off.. shame it's languishing.

I don't think the belt molding will work between the models. If you look at page 329 of the parts manual series 2255 and 2259 have different numbers. The top of the lids is clearly different between the two, is it close enough at the bottom??

Other thing to consider (per Neal's book) early models of the convertibles switched between the 1" and 1-5/16" moldings, though this happened around #100 off the line. This one is #200.. probably the 1-5/16" but I would check first.

Posted on: 2023/10/31 12:55
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: Some recent online postings
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MJG
Those cars were listed here about seven or eight years ago (looked more promising then). At the time the convertinle looked pretty solid and I pondered it but too far for me. I never got a number on the convertible alone. In the past three or so years a few have come out of the woodwork. At least one or two would have yielded the trim. There was one in NY that probably fell apart if someone moved it and was missing a lot though it sold for about $2.5k. They are rare though, probably 50-60 left can't be too many more to chose from if you want to restore one.

Posted on: 2023/10/28 15:58
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: Some recent online postings
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The decklid trim on a Victoria is specific to that model.. sedan won't work. Following is still strong for this model. Check out the one he sold for $18k.. clearly better than this one, but needed everything and didn't run.

Posted on: 2023/10/28 11:55
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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