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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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kevinpackard
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400 cars and no other Packards at the show, except for a '55 Clipper that got turned into a low rider. Not sure if it counts.

Lots of interest in both the cars. Lots of conversations, lots of pictures.

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Got really hot in the afternoon, up to about 100. The drive back to the trailer was maybe 10 miles in the heat, with the last mile up a long hill. The temp gauge was pushing past the P by the time I got the car on the trailer. Temps on the upper tank were 195+, rear of the block was 215+. Soon after I shut it off some coolant drained out of the overflow tube.

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A little too hot for my taste. I may run some Evaporust to see if I can clean the inside of the block and passages. Radiator was professionally flushed, thermostat, hoses, radiator cap are all replaced.

Brother in law mentioned that I'm still getting blue smoke on take off, even though I can't see it from inside the car. I'm going to switch back to 15W-40 to see if that helps. Otherwise I probably have some ring issues.

Kevin

Posted on: 6/22 20:02
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Changed the oil out today for Rotella 15W-40 like I had before. The Valvoline VR1 10W-30 was getting past the rings and leaving blue smoke. I tried out the VR1 because it has high zinc, but it's only made in 10W-30, 20W-50, and straight 30W. After some research it looks like Rotella still currently has about 1200 ppm zinc, which is good. So Rotella it is since my rings are worn and I'm tired of burning oil.

Initial results are positive, haven't seen any blue smoke from inside the car now. We'll see how it goes.

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Posted on: 6/24 19:09
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Went on a nice drive with a few friends. A '57 Chevy, a'30 Ford, and another 20's Ford that has been done into a tasteful 50's style rod. Total about 70 miles on country roads through beautiful scenery and a stretch on the freeway. Temps for the first half were 100 degrees and the car started fairly cool. It got warm up a long hill on the freeway, and some when I wasn't moving at a consistent speed. But overall did pretty well. I think it will be better once I run some Thermocure through the cooling system.

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Posted on: 7/14 1:06
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Nice sunset drive tonight with my wife. Nice colors, no wind. Had a few people ask to take pictures of the car while it was parked.

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Posted on: 7/17 23:09
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Finally got around to pulling the grille and front bumper off of Rusty McRustface. The grille was only attached with three bolts because it had been off before. The bolts holding the bumper brackets to the frame were pretty bad though.

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The grille on my Panama isn't terrible, but there is pitting on the center piece, and the upper piece has a lot of scratches and swirls.

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I disassembled and cleaned up the donor grille, then waxed it. It came out pretty nice I'd say. Probably an 8/10. There are some imperfections for sure.

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Looks like the original owner broke off two bolts in the mounting tabs for the grille. One on each side. That leaves me with three to mount with. Should be sufficient, right? I don't want to mess with drilling out the broken bolts....I hear these pot metal grilles are prone to cracking.

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Now the donor bumper from Rusty McRustface is another matter. It's rougher than I thought. Lots of bends, lots of rust. I don't know that replacing the ugly one on my car would be much of an upgrade. I'm going to mess with it and see what I can do. Maybe I'll send it out to be rechromed and then replace my original bumper when it's done.

-Kevin

Posted on: 7/19 23:27
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