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Re: KPack
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kevinpackard
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Not much to report here. Just trying to get things together to get wheels back on the car and the car off the lift.

I got the wheels painted and ready for tires. Primed with Eastwood epoxy primer, then painted with PPG single stage urethane. I used the same paint code that body was painted in (got it from thy previous owner). If these weren't wheels I would have done a lot of sanding and filler primer before painting....the finish isn't great. But since only the outer 3/4" will be the only part seen, I'm not too broken up about it.

Checked the color versus the car....looks a bit different, but that may be because the car is dirty and hasn't been washed or polished in a long while.

Replaced my diff gear oil with 85W-140 based on what others have done here. Also picked up a bunch of brake fluid to begin bleeding the system after I get the warped drum figured out.

Tires show up on Friday. Hope to have the car off the lift on Saturday, one way or the other.

-Kevin

Posted on: 5/4 9:15
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Found a (probably temporary) solution to my warped rear drum. An old car guy came over and we heated the steel part of the drum up with a torch, then carefully hammered the warped areas until they were close to back in spec.

The metal between the hub and cast iron ring where the shoes ride is steel, so it can be bent. We had the drum on the axle so that it could be centered while we checked and hammered. No force was transferred to the axle that I could tell....I had my hand on the opposite axle while we did a couple test hits and not a thing was felt.

After eyeballing on the axle, I took the drum down to NAPA and they were able to turn it. There was a decent groove worn in from the old shoes rubbing on the warped drum in the past. Not ideal, I know, but I'm going to roll with it for a while.

Axle tested out okay.

-Kevin

Posted on: 5/4 22:30
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Good deal Kevin. That fact that the parts store was able to turn the drum is significant. Now the braking surface is concentric with the hub, and should be fine. Keep your eye out for a good replacement just in case, but good chance you won't need it.

Posted on: 5/5 4:45
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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John
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Good save Kevin

Posted on: 5/5 9:06
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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PackardDon
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We’re your drums 11” or 12”? If 12?, I might have one but not sure it would fit a Clipper.

Posted on: 5/5 12:20
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Thanks guys. It should work, though I know it's not ideal. But good to know that drums can sometimes be salvaged. Just another trick to keep in mind.

Don - the drums are 12". According the parts list, the drums for the Panama are one year, Panama-only. Not sure if other drums would fit. I'm in touch with a guy in California and he might have a drum. I'll see how this one does first, but probably wouldn't be a bad idea to pick up a spare.

-Kevin

Posted on: 5/5 12:57
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Interesting and I can't imagine why it would be different! I've noticed that for 1954, many parts seem specific to that year or even to certain models of that year. Even on Henney, for example, the rear door has a different part number and I can see no differences whatsoever between then (I have one of each) and the same with the rear axle assembly.

The point is (and just food for thought), the differences in the drum might be something like using a different bearing with a larger or smaller outer diameter or even a different type bearing and if it is something as simple as that (and as long as they friction surface is the same width), any 1951-1954 12" would fit! Of course, it's best to get one specific to your model.

Posted on: 5/5 13:10
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Did you look for a 2611, 1953 deluxe drums, or did I read the parts book wrong?
Isn’t that the same parts number for the rear drum you are looking for?

Posted on: 5/5 13:14
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Well, shoot... you're right. When I looked through the parts book it only had #443638 listed for the 5411 (Panama). Normally it lists all models with that part number. 2611 was listed separately.

-Kevin

Posted on: 5/5 13:32
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They are often listed separately when there is some difference in the models. In this case, apparently the two 1953 models had 12' drums by default while for 1954, only some did so they have separate entries. In any event, when you look up parts in the database version of the parts book, click on the part number which may bring up some surprises!

Posted on: 5/5 14:33
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