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Re: Resurrecting a 1951 Henney-Packard Parts Car
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Did a bit more tedious cleaning of gear teeth but over all, they don't look bad. I also did a dry run of fitting pieces together and see that one of the little spring plungers for the syncro assembly has a tiny burr in the hole that will have to be removed in order to get the plunger to go in and move freely. I don't have a Dremel here but maybe my brother does so I'll check tomorrow.

On the pin bearings for the cluster gear, it turns out that the 48 good ones are .1243" diameter while those from the replacement transmission are .1246-.1247 and one never wants to mix sizes. Some of the larger ones are also bad so can't use them all as a set either. Mixing the a couple larger in with the smaller, the larger ones would take the load and it wouldn't rotate smoothly. Actually, it would probably not be noticeable but could stress the larger ones and cause breakage or maybe even keep them from rotating as they should.

Needed a break so I did a little more cleaning on the outside of the gas tank while it's still outdoors and doubt it will need any more sealer. It has had three applications already including the initial one done back in July when I was last here and may even be a little thicker than it should be so I will be surprised if it leaks at all! Some came out of the whistle this time so I don't know whether it still works or not.

I nearly forgot to mention the two small compression springs in the second photo. They were inside the original transmission but clearly do not belong to it! The more I think of it, I seem to recall that years (decades) ago it was sitting open in my old garage and I accidentally tipped over a box if miscellaneous bits and pieces so some apparently got inside.

EDIT: Ross is sending me a couple of the .1243" diameter pin bearings so it should be good to go when I'm here next but I'll have to buy or make the special tool for installing them. I've done without but not easy or recommended!

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Posted on: 10/18 21:21
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Re: Resurrecting a 1951 Henney-Packard Parts Car
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As an outline (mainly for my own reference) these are the sources of the various pieces for the main transmission body.

Main housing: Original
Input shaft: Replacement
Cluster gear: Replacement
Main gear assembly with adapter: Replacement
Syncro ring and gear: Original
Syncros themselves: Replacment
Syncro detent plungers and retainers: Replacement
Main shaft roller bearings: Original

Not sure yet:
Cluster gear thrust bearings
Cluster gear pin bearings

Posted on: 10/18 21:31
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The NOS tailpipe has arrived! It's taken over a year but a way to get it here at a reasonable coast was finally found using the airline that I use when I come here. Good timing too as I'm leaving tomorrow afternoon.

Special thanks to Jackie Bruner at Max Merritt for her work, determination and persistence, not to mention her patience, on getting this done. It took a drive for her or someone on the staff to get it to the Indianapolis airport, then a two day wait on this end with it sitting in the freight department in Seattle but at last it departed today and arrived here not too long after.

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Posted on: 10/20 20:03
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Looks nice. With what it must have cost let's hope it fits.

Posted on: 10/20 20:46
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Re: Resurrecting a 1951 Henney-Packard Parts Car
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Thank you, Howard. It cost only $175 to buy and in the end $110 and some change to ship. Not bad and sure beat the $3000 quote I had from one shipper!

Posted on: 10/20 20:49
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Although not even on my radar to look for it, by chance I found the 2-way Motorola radio! This photo shows only the control head and speaker as the radio itself is huge so has taken some searching to figure out where it mounts.

I have still not located the Federal WLR siren and I realized that I also need the door spotlight with mirror which I believe is the same as that used on passenger cars. Does anyone have one that is NOT in pristine condition to better match this rough car?

Also, does the R11 OD solenoid have a flat gasket behind it in addition to the seal on the shaft? Does the governor have some kind of sealing ring such as a gasket or crush-washer?

UPDATE: I have located and purchased a Unity siren/mirror and NO, the overdrive solenoid does not use a gasket or even the adapter that the earlier R9 units had. Still looking for the Federal WLR siren but I did find and buy the special cast bronze base that it needs.

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Posted on: 11/5 16:31
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Does anyone other than C2Fabrication make the steel front floor pans? I noticed when there recently that the driver’s side needs to be replaced.

Posted on: 11/5 20:26
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This Guide spotlight installed on a mostly-original car that is identical to mine and I am wondering whether or not it looks period-correct. To me it appears to be more '60s style rather than being the round Unity type that I expected so does anyone know of the commercial cars like this used the same type as the passenger cars or something else such as the one shown here?

In any event, I found and bought the standard Unity type with mirror so I hope it is correct!

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Posted on: 11/11 21:24
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