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Resurrecting a 1951 Henney-Packard Parts Car
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Posted on: 2020/3/25 1:38
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Re: Resurrecting a 1951 Henney-Packard Parts Car
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When I moved all my cars to my Oregon shop about twelve years ago, the ambulance went along and now it is finally indoors after years of outside storage.

After having it always there in the background all these years both outdoors and in the shop, I kept a mental list of things it needed and when I was at my shop the last few times I took a physical visual inventory and bought most everything.

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Posted on: 2020/3/25 1:46
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Posted on: 2020/3/25 1:53
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Now that this little blog has gotten more or less caught up, here are a couple more tidbits.

One of the first things I did was to pull off the master cylinder which is quite different on Henney-Packards from passenger cars. In examining it, I discovered that it was not the original cylinder and, since it would have needed a professional rebuild anyway due to its condition, I decided to put the expense into the proper one. Once I got the proper one which was from the same wet location as the rear axle, Apple Hydraulics took on the rebuild and did an amazing job considering its condition. Shown here is the replacement that it had and the proper one rebuilt.

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Posted on: 2020/3/25 2:00
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Although I have a couple new mufflers in stock and will install one, there is nothing behind it in this car for use as a pattern and none of the shops that make vintage exhaust systems have a pattern. I could probably have one made by guessing based on the length between the axle and the muffler and between the axle and rear bumper, using a Patrician 400 template for the bends over the axle. However, the factory blueprint was available and presuming its not missing any dimensions (as every other one I have is), one will be made from that.

While underneath I discovered that the parking brake cable had been run under the frame rather than through it but fortunately the cable itself is in good condition. Not so for the piece that connects to the rear wheels as, being the wrong axle, they are cut off and the replacement axle's were not usable either so were cut off. Fortunately I have a good one somewhere.

Also missing is the Federal WLR siren/light so if anyone knows of one from a Henney-Packard or who can even just loan me the base that it specific to 1951-1954 so that I can have one made, please let me know!

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Posted on: 2020/3/25 11:19
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Makes for an interesting project. I assume the bore in the master cylinder is larger than standard 1" bore?

Posted on: 2020/3/25 11:38
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Thank you! Everything about a Henney-Packard is larger than that in a passenger car including the massive 14" rear brake drums and 16" wheels on a 5-1/2" bolt circle. The rear wheels are also farther apart than the front making going around tight corners rather interesting.

From 1951-1954 they had a master cylinder bore of 1-1/8" in a Wagner-Lockheed FE-2539 which also has a very large fluid reservoir compared to that found in the passenger cars. Apparently this cylinder is still being made for use in tractors but has a -61 after the number so I'm not sure what the differences might be.

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Another really interesting project Don, thanks for posting! Will be looking forward to future reports on the progress of this unusual Packard.

Posted on: 2020/3/25 14:54
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Thank you, Paul! I am also a member of a Facebook group about military ambulances and this morning I posted a link to this blog, which has generated much excitement there. My goal, though, in not to actually restore it as I collect hearses, not ambulances, and bought this only as a parts car. However, as it is it would likely get scrapped or hot-rodded so I'm trying to make it mostly complete and driveable in order to give it a better chance to survive intact.

Posted on: 2020/3/25 15:04
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This is what they should have had for Ghostbusters instead of a Cadillac....

Posted on: 2020/3/25 15:38
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