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'29's Engine is a bit "sputtery" - timing maybe?
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1929PackardGuy
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The 640 I was going to buy fell through, so, I'm getting a 633 Club Sedan from a darned well-known collector. Car was ground-up restored about 20 years ago, has been driven little sense.

Just got the videos of it, seems to idle fantastic, engine and all mechanicals were rebuilt when she was restored, when listening at the tailpipe and when it's putting down the road (alas, they didn't take any video of it running along in anything but first gear), there's a bit of a sickly somewhat weak misfiring sound, not terrible but definitely noticable.

Owner says it runs and drives great, he is very well known in the hobby and I've known him 30 years, I trust him 100%, but the videos were done by one of his mechanics - maybe they retarded the timing and the motor was just cold? Video of it idling, it's purring like a kitten. Just was wondering if I should ask any other questions? Been a while since I've had my butt behind the wheel of one, just curious if timing makes sense - thanks!

Posted on: 7/27 9:30
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Re: '29's Engine is a bit "sputtery" - timing maybe?
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Ernie Vitucci
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Good Morning...You might want to travel to see the car yourself and drive it for ah hour or so. Cars that have been sitting often have old oil and sometimes even old gas in them and they will not run well that way. Radiators often need to be flushed and the engines as well...many stories of the museum cars that ran a few miles and then began to show the problems caused by the non/very little use...Ernie in Arizona

Posted on: 7/27 9:48
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Assuming the issue isn't old/ethanol gas, I'd first check the timing/points gap, then the advance mechanism in the distributor (I take it that 29's had an automatic centrifugal weight advance) which might not be advancing as it should be, then carburetor issues such as running too lean or improper fuel float level/excessive pressure in the line.

Posted on: 7/31 5:31
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