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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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kevinpackard
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Don - thanks, let me know if you find something that will work.

Paul - The vinyl is attached to a cardboard type material (I probably shouldn't have said "hardboard"). That assembly is then wrapped over the original metal and wood parts, and sewn up. It is not sewn through the wood....the whole thing is tight enough to keep it from moving around. That's how the original ones were made: no attachment between the wood and the cardboard/vinyl.

Anthony - Thanks! It looks like I was looking at the wrong part (must have been the loop that goes around the tailpipe). The number you have is correct. And I didn't even think to check Max Merritt, so that's good to know. I'll get it touch to see if they have one in stock.

-Kevin

Posted on: 6/23 10:25
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Yesterday was picture day at the office, and the staff wanted me to bring the Packard for pictures. They got a kick out of it, and the photographer stayed and got a bunch of pictures of the car afterwards. It looks way better in pictures than it does in real life.

Enjoy!

-Kevin

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Posted on: 6/24 12:10
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Good afternoon Kev...You have a great looking staff and a nice looking Packard...She may look better to you in the photos but she looks just fine going for Ice Cream on Sunday afternoon...Congratulations...Ernie in Arizona

Posted on: 6/24 15:45
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Kevin, that Packard looks GREAT!!

Posted on: 6/24 19:35
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Haven't had lots of time to work on the car, so instead I'm ordering parts for the several projects I have on my list.

Ordered a new exhaust system, front to back, from Kanter today. It'll take at least 6 weeks to get it. I figured I might as well just do it all new instead of leaving the old muffler and patching in a pipe after it. I have no idea what condition the interior of the original muffler is.....if it's anything like the inside of the car then it was probably clogged with mice junk and dirt.

I've been worried about restriction somewhere in the exhaust system. My understanding is that it can lead to overheating, and I feel like I have more stuff coming out of the road draft tube than I should.

-Kevin

Posted on: 7/2 22:49
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Took some time the other day to work on a few parts. I pulled off the heater box to disassemble and clean it out, and to check the heater core. An amazing amount of sand poured out of every part of the box while doing so.

Someone had already been into the heater core in the past, since the two rear-facing screws were missing. I will leave them off so I can easily access the core without having to take the whole assembly off the firewall.

I wire wheeled and sandblasted everything to bare metal, then painted it all with black appliance epoxy. I'm pretty sure the heater core has a leak because I could see wisps of vapor coming out of the box when I had it hooked up and the car warmed up. However, I submerged the core and put about 10 lbs of air pressure into and didn't see any bubbles. So I'm not sure. I can remove the heater box top and get to the core easily in the future if I need to.

While I was in there I cleaned up the splash panel and air blower, then painted them as well. I will need to replace the flexible ducting at some point.

Overall it looks less disgusting in the engine bay right now. Eventually I will need to pull the fenders and address the engine and exhaust. But at least it's beginning to look slightly better.

-Kevin

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Posted on: 7/7 21:24
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It's looking great! You can get the foam seals for the heater outlets at Home Depot. Lowes or just about any hardware store. It is sold in packages or by the foot in different diameters and is used for insulating pipes.

Posted on: 7/7 21:34
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Thanks Don, that's good advice on the seals. I was wondering what I would use to replace them. I'll swing by Lowe's this weekend and pick up something that will work.

I finished reinstalling the heater box to the firewall and hooked all the parts up inside the cabin. I also cleaned up the replacement heater control valve (thanks Ross!) and installed that. My car was missing the valve when I got it. After I cleaned this one up I did my best to test it in water to see if it leaked. I didn't see any leaks, but my method may not have been the best. I will get new heater hoses, hook everything up, then continue to use straight water for the cooling system until I'm sure there are no leaks. If there are , I'll address them. If not, I'll drain the water and fill with 50/50 coolant mix.

Doing some reading on the site, I realized that I may have done my transmission fluid fill wrong. I thought that I was supposed to let the car run for a minute or two, then turn it off and check the fluid. I think that gave me a false reading, like it was full. I didn't end up using all 12 quarts that the manual called for...I had just assumed that I hadn't fully drained the torque converter.

Some posts talked about having the car running while checking the transmission fluid level, or having everything warmed up and checking the level within a minute after shutting off before the fluid left the TC. So last night I got the car up to temp, put it on jack stands and checked my levels. Way low. I added several quarts and checked again. I need to add another quart to get it to "Full", so I'll take care of that today. A quick test drive showed that the transmission felt much better and much more responsive. Thankfully I've only driven a handful of miles with it being low.

Filling the transmission with the car on jack stands and engine running isn't fun.

-Kevin

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Posted on: 7/9 12:44
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Kevin

My '53 Clipper Deluxe sedan has a small hatch cover in front of the seat which can be swung aside and the vent plug removed to fill the transmission. You must have seen it when you did the floors in your hardtop? You would have to have the carpet and pad removed from the way unless you made a removable patch to access it. I have only a rubber mat so no problem.

Steve

Posted on: 7/9 13:43
.....epigram time.....
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Steve - I wasn't sure if it could be filled from there or not. Good to know. However, I still need to be under the car to check the level, right? Last I looked under that cover it didn't look like there was a way to pull the dipstick from inside the car.

-Kevin

Posted on: 7/9 15:07
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