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Needed Thermostat housing
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WILLIS BIRKS
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I need a thermostat housing(neck) for a 288 Clipper 1954. I think most of them are the same for the 51 to 54 and maybe most straight eights. Mine is pitted and will not seal with the gaskets I have been using. Also need the number for the correct gasket as the one I have used from NAPA are marginal at best for sealing surface and could use a wider base.

Posted on: 2012/8/28 9:46
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Dear Willis:

I don't deal in Packard parts anymore, but if you want to repair your housing that is possible using West Systems G-Flex epoxy. Or you can take it to someone who solders well (more expensive).

Also, make you own gasket using either heavy FelPro paper or imitation cork. Use a silicone sealer and let cure for 24 hours before filling.

Also, if the head is pitted, fill those with epxoy as well.

Hope this helps.

Posted on: 2012/8/28 9:51
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And if the JBWeld or epoxy you apply doesn't work, finding used may not result in one in much better condition than yours. One might be slightly better or have had the same repair and just painted over.

Max may have quality rebuilt exchange although he says inquire. Unless someone has NOS, you may have to bite the bullet for a non rusting repro cast out of brass to be sure of what you get. A PI region sells those. http://www.packards-today.com/catalog.php?CID=7

Posted on: 2012/8/28 10:21
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Thanks for the suggestions. Before I go $70.00 I will try the epoxy sealer and cork gasket.

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I would NOT use true cork for the gasket. As Tim suggested, use gasket paper (buy an assortment of types and thicknesses from someone like NAPA) or synthetic cork. True cork is best used for surfaces like oil pans, valve covers, and the like.

Posted on: 2012/8/28 11:12
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If the housing is the same as 40's straight eights, I have a good one for you. Can send picture if you are interested. $20 plus shipping and it's yours.
Regards, John

Posted on: 2012/8/29 5:54
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Thanks

I am trying a improved gasket procedure first to check it . I don't know if a 40 will fit, but a picture will help. I would rather have a good housing than rely on a special gasket set up.

Posted on: 2012/8/29 9:33
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The earlier housings use a sleeve to hold the thermostat in place, the later ones use a wire retainer.

Posted on: 2012/8/29 13:11
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Thanks, I remember now on one of the blogs that discussion. If all else fails a new one for $70.00 will be on order.

Posted on: 2012/8/29 13:50
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I a using one of the new bronze reproductions. I am sure it will out last me, as it's made like brick outhouse.

Posted on: 2012/8/29 14:39
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