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Re: 1949 Packard 288 Full Restoration Project in Florida
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Fish'n Jim wrote:
If the crank was at spec, then must be low miles? Odometer reading?
I suspect since it was not a wear issue, that maybe one or more valves or rings were stuck giving the "0" compression and may have avoided a rebuild. ie; it had to turn over to get those figures. No signs of cracks or other causes/leaks were noted.
Starting fresh is good, no issue, just curious. My '49 odo was around 45K, reportedly sat 5 years, and it ran just fine after resurrection. Took about a month to get it all repaired. Slight valve noise in need of adjustment but idled nicely and quietly at 400 with no overheat. Glad I didn't tear motor down. I was deciding whether to restore or hot rod. I drove it around the neighborhood for a while before tearing it apart as it sits.
Wish I had your enthusiasm.

I'll check the odometer this weekend. I think it is somewhere in the 40k range. The low compression was due to the piston rings being broken on a few of the cylinders and frozen to where there was no spring on a few others. I have run into this issue before on a few other motors in the past that have just sat for a long time.

This was my second flathead motor and first straight 8 that I have worked on, so I wasn't too disappointed about having to do a rebuild.

Posted on: 1/11 19:28
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Re: 1949 Packard 288 Full Restoration Project in Florida
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Yeah I would have tried to add some MMO and slowly turned it over for a couple days to free stuck rings. Obviously it's not gonna fix the broken rings if there are any, but just my

Posted on: 1/11 21:49
'55 400. Needs aesthetic parts put back on, and electrical system sorted.
'55 Clipper Deluxe. Engine is stuck-ish.
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