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Re: Resurrecting a 1951 Henney-Packard Parts Car
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Packard Don
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I don’t know but standard ground shipping is $75. The proper base alone is about ten pounds as it’s cast bronze.

Posted on: 12/11 12:51
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I've not had any luck in locating the rubber front floor mat as it does not appear to have been reproduced. The prewar type is available but not the 1951 type. It is molded so not something I care to make myself, especially as it has borders and other details molded into it. Any ideas where to find one? Yes, I've already tried all the dealers along with Steele and even Metro Molded.

Posted on: 12/22 3:14
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Re: Resurrecting a 1951 Henney-Packard Parts Car
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Carrying on with the comments both before and after this one of kits not actually containing all needed, I recently experienced a similar issue. A while back I bought a full gasket set and separately a full seal set from one of our dealers but while working on the transmission I discovered that one or the other wasn't complete. Missing were the copper washers that go under the six bolts at the front! Of course, they were easy to find and I wasn't in a rush but it never occurred to me that they could be considered as missing until I saw the other posts! Fortunately Dorman offers them

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Posted on: 1/19 20:27
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Re: Resurrecting a 1951 Henney-Packard Parts Car
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I'm back at the shop now having arrived yesterday but it always takes a day or two to get up to speed. This time the 1954 Patrician which is parked under the Henney won't crank as though it has a dead battery but putting it on the charger, it shows fully charged in only a few minutes. It's a Napa Commercial battery so I'll take it back tomorrow to see if it has any warranty left since I need to move the Patrician in order to work on the car above!

In the meantime, the transmission is awaiting reassembly and the first thing is to put the cluster gear back in. The gear spins on a hardened shaft and has 25 needle bearings at each end. These bearings are not in a retainer so to put them in, you first drop in the spacer that keeps them in place, then drop one of the hardened steel washers.

Then a special tool is installed through, which will help hold the bearings in place during assembly along with a healthy dose of general purpose grease (left off here to make the photo clearer).

Once all 25 pin bearings are in place, carefully turn over the assembly, dropping the second hardened washer over the shaft and inserting the second set of washers.

Note: The special tool is a short length of .875" dia ground shaft which is a little smaller than the shaft used in the transmission. The tool is about 7.95 8.07 long and can be a little shorter but not longer.

Once all the bearings on both sides have been inserted, carefully set the assembly down into the bottom of the transmission case.

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Posted on: 1/19 21:07
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The last posting was just a mockup for illustration purposes using the transmission’s own harden shaft and shown here is the actual tool I made to keep the pin bearings in place while installing the cluster gear.

Speaking of the pin bearings, my special thank you to Ross for supplying a couple more as the original transmission was missing some when I took it apart. The second transmission had them but they were larger so would not have been compatible unless I used all of the larger ones and some were not in good condition so that wasn't possible.

The way I was trying to assemble it does not work with the cluster gear in place and the input shaft installed. It is necessary to leave the cluster gear dropped down to the bottom while putting in first, the main gear assembly, then second, the input shaft assembly. After that, the cluster gear is either lifted into position using a couple large screwdrivers or the transmission is turned upside down to let it drop into place. At least, in theory.

Either way, I couldn’t get it to fall into position as the assembly shaft was a little too long so I shorted it by about 1/8” and will try again today to get it installed.

Note than in the second to last photo below, the syncro is installed backwards but that has been corrected, I hope, at least according to the illustrations in the manual.

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Posted on: 1/21 21:11
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Nicely done, sir!

Posted on: 1/22 13:12
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Thank you! I know it's boring seeing posting after posting of gears and my dry descriptions of the progress so I'm glad someone is actually looking at at.

In general, I should point out that Henneys had specially hardened gears and the donor transmission was from a 1954 Henney Junior so I'm happy about that.

Posted on: 1/22 13:16
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I use a coating of chassis grease to glue the pin bearings into the cluster gear bore, then use a cut-off broom handle just a bit shorter than the length of the cluster shaft as a temporary shaft to drop it in the housing, then push it out with the real one to help keep those pesky pins in place, adult words definitely required. (And also wonder why they cannot use a cage like they do at the main shaft between 2nd and 3rd!??)
Bob J.

Posted on: 1/23 15:50
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Re: Resurrecting a 1951 Henney-Packard Parts Car
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Yes, that's exactly what I'm doing but using a nice, lightweight piece of aluminum tubing that I happened to have laying around that had the proper outside diameter along with some general purpose automotive grease.

Posted on: 1/23 17:55
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Re: Resurrecting a 1951 Henney-Packard Parts Car
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It’s finally together! I use a piece of solid copper wire to help keep the pesky syncro from falling loose.

Now the top cover it being cleaned and I’ll see about installing new shaft seals, then I can get busy on the overdrive portion. That will take a while as nothing there has been cleaned yet other than the housing.

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Posted on: 1/23 18:04
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