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Oil Pan Gasket 38 6 cyl [by Corsaseven]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: Oil Pan Gasket 38 6 cyl
When installing oil pan gaskets I usually do not use any sealer but with the multi piece gasket for my 38 6 it looks like it's necessary to use sealer where the gaskets adjoin. What do those of you on this forum recommend.. Thank you
Oil Pan Gasket 38 6 cyl [by Corsaseven]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: Oil Pan Gasket 38 6 cyl
When installing oil pan gaskets I usually do not use any sealer but with the multi piece gasket for my 38 6 it looks like it's necessary to use sealer where the gaskets adjoin. What do those of you on this forum recommend.. Thank you
Re: Wanted 1939-1941 120 Coupe Wanted [by BDC]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: Wanted 1939-1941 120 Coupe Wanted
Here's a 41 on hemmings not to far away from you:
Re: 1955 Caribbean brake question [by ewrecks]
V-8 (1955-56):: 1955 Caribbean brake question
I sent a tech question about the HydroBoost as a retrofit for the Packard to Summit They had no answer and referred me to the manufacturer. I will do that next week.
The units with master cylinders are posted on eBay for around $650 or less. The lines are listed at around $250. I think the units could be picked up at salvage yards for much less.
The unit seems to be designed similar to the original BTV with the brake pedal...
Re: Various CL Pickings [by 58L8134]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: Various CL Pickings

A nice, original-looking '53 Clipper Deluxe sedan:

Or this one, not bad either:

Or.....this one:

Re: 55 Patrician [by 58L8134]
V-8 (1955-56):: 55 Patrician
Hi Dave

Welcome! You've found the friendliest, most knowledgeable, generous and helpful group of Packard enthusiasts you could hope to! Please stop by frequently and share your experiences and problems for solutions.

What a beautiful '55 Patrician! I'm envious! Love the darker main areas set off by the light soft green. It looks to be a very nice original example, just the best way to find one.

Re: 1956 Packard Patrician Rebuild Project [by 64avanti]
Project Blogs:: 1956 Packard Patrician Rebuild Project
Now Troy.
Who did the work? Guessing 4-$450?
Re: wanted: front bumper guards for 38 super 8 [by flackmaster]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: wanted: front bumper guards for 38 super 8
See independent posting as I have several pairs of these available.
Re: Wanted To Buy- 39 Packard Parts [by flackmaster]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: Wanted To Buy- 39 Packard Parts
First, the speedo panel and the glove box doors are 39 only per the parts book.
I do not have a glove box door or trim at the moment, I have some requests out among my friends, this is findable.
Second, for the inner vertical trim that Pat has, grab it. Simple item, just not easy to put hands on unless a parts car is nearby.
Third, for the balance of the dash, I have a headlight switch, lighter, throttle cable,...
For Sale: 37-39 Senior Bumper Guards (Bumperettes) [by flackmaster]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: For Sale: 37-39 Senior Bumper Guards (Bumperettes)
I have 4 pairs for sale -
Pair #1 - Used,couple small dings, bit of corrosion around one hex bolt.
Pair #2 - Used, better than pair #1.
Pair #3 - NOS, some inner minor corrosion due to poor storage. (not me)
Pair #4 - NOS, only one has a slight bit of inner corrosion, very important for Pebble Beach, 100pts, etc.

Pair #1 - $76.00 for the pair.
Pair #2 - 115.17 for the pair.
Pair #3...
Re: Help on Fuel System Problem [by HH56]
Post-War (1946-54):: Help on Fuel System Problem
Good point on the rusted line...Typically the way the line routes inside the tank there are two areas of concern. First spot is uncovered at about a half tank and around a quarter for the second vulnerable spot. Assume you have the original filler cap but if not, make sure the cap is the vented type.
Re: Denman 17-7.50 Tires [by Owen_Dyneto]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: Denman 17-7.50 Tires
As you probably know that's the size for the Twelve which had different rims. You can get them to mount on the Eight/Super Eight wheels with a bit of a struggle; handling will suffer noticeably. When I first bought my 34 Eight it had a pair of 7:50 x 17s and it was a BEAR to drive. They will probably not fit in the fenderwells if you have sidemounts, nor will the metal spare tire covers fit if you have them.

Just curious,...
Re: 21 and 22-23?? series hood bumpers. [by John Brinegar]
Post-War (1946-54):: 21 and 22-23?? series hood bumpers.
Ok - Thanks
Re: 1940 Super Eight Camshaft [by tolandis]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: 1940 Super Eight Camshaft
Sent email thanks.
Re: Front License Plate Extenders [by HH56]
V-8 (1955-56):: Front License Plate Extenders
Only modern bars I see for sale on ebay use license plate holes & require a flush plate and bracket or bolt directly into bumper. With the Packard front plate being recessed under the top bar seems it would be hard to mount that type without drilling holes.

I seem to recall seeing a badge bar on a PI projects table some years back. If anyone made one for Packards, they or one of their regions would probably be the likely...
Re: Wanted: 1953 327 engine/trans [by Packard Illiterati]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: Wanted: 1953 327 engine/trans
The missing engine/trans really isn't an issue for me. I've already found those parts, and they're bolted together sitting in a rusted hulk of another '53, and the entire car is all of $600. The body and frame of the Patrician I own is in considerably good shape when compared to the other 100 or so Packards I've seen in yards. The other '53 is going to be the donor car for what mine is missing.

Besides, I'm restoring...
Re: Brass worth more than gold! [by West Peterson]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: Brass worth more than gold!
The 422 number was picked up from Packard factory documents. Yost either picked up the wrong number from the same place, or from Turnquist's book. Turnquist never corrected any of the mistakes in his "revised editions". All he changed were the color photos in the middle.

There is one replica boattail speedster out there with the 422 number on its body number tag. The person that built it replicated the body tag (poorly,...
Re: 1938 Packard 6 Fuel Line Routing [by Corsaseven]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: 1938 Packard 6 Fuel Line Routing
Thank you to all for your advice
Re: 42' Clipper Street Rod [by jfrom@kanter]
Modification Discussion:: 42' Clipper Street Rod
Very Nice Job!!! Will Truly Be a Unique Custom.
Re: For Sale: 1937 115 Convertible Coupe. Great Original Car that is Ready to Use and Enjoy [by BigKev]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: For Sale: 1937 115 Convertible Coupe. Great Original Car that is Ready to Use and Enjoy
Neat car!
Re: Parts for 1953 Packard Patrician [by BigKev]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: Parts for 1953 Packard Patrician
Pinholes can be fixed easily as long as there is enough good "meat" around them. My doors had pin holes from clogged door drains. I "dinged" each area with the pointed end of a body hammer to made a shallow impression over each pinhole, then backup the hole with a copper welding spoon and MIG welded the pin hole shut. The "ding" leaves a little extra room for you to build up the weld so when you grind it down...
Re: Ink Stamp on Patent Plates [by Wesley Boyer]
Post-War (1946-54):: Ink Stamp on Patent Plates
One more to add, I don't think this has ever been removed except when it was stamped.
Re: Greg B's 1951 200 [by Jim L. in OR]
Project Blogs:: Greg B's 1951 200

The first time you hear an engine come to life after a long sleep is a great, great feeling. My '55 Patrician sat for 28 years. Having that moment of fear just before you try (did I leave anything off, did I give it oil) being replaced with joy, pride and not a little relief is a feeling that is matched only by very few others.

You should be proud of yourself and the guys who put it together on East Grand Blvd...
Re: The Duchess Project: 1940 Super 8 Convertible Sedan [by flackmaster]
Project Blogs:: The Duchess Project: 1940 Super 8 Convertible Sedan
I do not believe there is a "kit" for overhauling - much more in the what is worn should be replaced scenario. There are certain parts, such as synchro's that will likely be replaced, along with the bearings and seals. I can supply many, if not most, of the items you may need, such as NOS synchos which differ from the replacement synchro's offered by one of the major vendors. (I note this due to a...
Re: Henry's 55 Constellation [by BigKev]
Project Blogs:: Henry's 55 Constellation
For those metal tab style one with the bolt. A piece of sheet metal bent in the appropriate shape and then a tack welded bolt does work. I used that in a few places. The trick is to get the bolt in the correct location in the tab, and to paint it afterward so it doesn't rust. Then you can use a rubber washer and a nut to seal everything out.

Those are more important on the quarter panels and places where water has no where to...
Re: coolant leak above valve cover [by Owen_Dyneto]
Post-War (1946-54):: coolant leak above valve cover
Mark, just keep in mind that the head gasket is compressible to a certain extent so the next retorque is equally important. Years back when the majority of engines were flathead, a check of the head bolt torque was considered a routine part of a comprehensive tune-up. And so it should still be today.
Re: 1949 2362 Front Inner and Outer Wheel Bearings [by Ernie Vitucci]
Post-War (1946-54):: 1949 2362 Front Inner and Outer Wheel Bearings
Thank You all for your help. Miss Prudence and I appreciate it. Ernie
Re: 1948 22nd Series : Damper to rear sway bar [by meaarch]
Post-War (1946-54):: 1948 22nd Series : Damper to rear sway bar
Thanks Howard

So if mine is not just serviceable (?) it can be "re-built by a Specialist" - that means I have to find someone in the UK who can do this for me - so the search is on.

Never mind after 5 years I MUST be getting near to the end where she looks pretty good and also starts, runs AND gets to Shows and fingers crossed she gets back home. We'll see.

Best regards ('til the next time !) Michael
Re: Rough idle after rebuilding carb [by Phil E.]
Post-War (1946-54):: Rough idle after rebuilding carb
Thanks for the info. I'll give that a try and see what the readings are.
Re: 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 Doors Hoods Trunk Lids [by nivek123]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 Doors Hoods Trunk Lids
I am hearing
only a 53 or 54 are interchangable
Thanks for looking
1936 Al Capone Car [by BryanMoran]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: 1936 Al Capone Car
Highly unlikely the 1936 Packard was/is an Al Capone car. Al was in jail at the time. he went to jail on the Federal tax charges in the early 30's and was in until 1938 or 1939.

Once he went to jail, his influence waned quickly and he only lived on "earnings" pre incarceration that the Feds could not find.

He definitely did not need a car. After discharge, mentally slowed by Syphillis, he lived out his years in Florida...
Re: Valve grinding tools [by Owen_Dyneto]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: Valve grinding tools
Lock and stitch, or "stitching" method of crack repair, from Glenn's text on engine work. It's a highly successful method though it takes skill and patience.
Re: Ken's 1937 115C Touring Sedan [by Owen_Dyneto]
Project Blogs:: Ken's 1937 115C Touring Sedan
If enough of the stud remains above the surface I can very highly recommend this type of stud remover. There is a variant on this type where the knurled wheel does not have a bottom support and this type may be better suited if only a small amount of the stud remains above the surface.
1956 Dealer Showroom signs [by Pacdon]
General:: 1956 Dealer Showroom signs
From time to time over the years I have seen some of the signs sent to dealers with a color picture of many of the 56 models for that year. They are metal framed 12x16 and could be mounted on the wall or stand on there own. Each depicts a different model. My question is how many of these signs make up the complete set. Would guess there are at least eight... Thanks
Re: Speedometer woes [by David Grubbs]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: Speedometer woes
The old speedometer had much the same problems. On the old one the trip odometer would work, but the speedometer would barely move. I may try the glass gasket angle and see if that changes things. Course the new speedometer worked great when I hooked it up to the electric drill, but maybe it's because it was spinning so fast.
Re: 33 Super Eight Head Gasket [by Dell]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: 33 Super Eight Head Gasket
Thanks Ken; I know that I can buy one from Kanter, Max, Sandy or several of the of the other big suppliers if they have one. I thought one of the group might have an extra or an extra for a car they have sold. Dell
Re: 1953 Packard Clipper 4-Dr [by Swifster]
Post-War (1946-54):: 1953 Packard Clipper 4-Dr
Thanks for the reply guys. I'll definitely go over the car again before diving in.
Re: Runaway Engine [by BigKev]
Post-War (1946-54):: Runaway Engine
Just for reference, the '54 Gearstart throttle linkage assembly is different than the non-Greatstart models.
Re: rear bumper exhaust holes [by TroyT]
General:: rear bumper exhaust holes
Call Gerry or shoot him an email
He has dozens of the rear exhausts on the cheap.
Re: Tropic Aire Heater [by jfrom@kanter]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: Tropic Aire Heater
Intact frames are impossible to find, old white metal cracks and disintegrates. the rh side is a duplicate of the intact lh side.

At the bottom on the lh side there is a small hole which is for an attaching rivet, was one on rh side also. They are for a photo-etched nameplate which was in one of several stylized Packard block letter or script. There may have been some other artwork in there but I do not recall.

You may want...
Re: Server Node Issues [by BigKev]
General:: Server Node Issues
I think the everytime I checked it yesterday there was low-activity on the website. So it was fast, as soon as we had like 30+ people online, plus all the robot and website spiders crawling the pages, it started to bottleneck because of the settings. So now it should be much faster. We shall see how it looks during the evening rush hour on here and I will make adjustments as needed.
Re: bijour oil system [by Owen_Dyneto]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: bijour oil system
If you want to flush the lines you'll have to remove all the drip plugs, and then clean them as well. Some drip plugs contain a filter screen, others use a felt filter as does the pump at the bottom intake. Go to the Bijur manual on this site and you'll find details on the drip plugs - see the 34 chassis plan and note that they are not interchangeable from location to location as different oil delivery rates are used at different...
Re: insulator carburetor EE 16 1940 120 sdn convertible [by JD in KC]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: insulator carburetor EE 16 1940 120 sdn convertible
According to the parts books, Packard used the same insulator for all 2-barrel carburetors from 1940-1954 [p/n 341593]. The thickness of the insulators on my models 2206, and 2306 are 3/8".
Re: Old stock rebuilt 6-volt Delco generator [by Ken P]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: Old stock rebuilt 6-volt Delco generator
Got it, thanks
Re: Windshield wiper mystery - 1956 Clipper De Luxe [by ewrecks]
V-8 (1955-56):: Windshield wiper mystery - 1956 Clipper De Luxe
Howard- You mention the Electrovac system as a possible solution with price being a negative factor. Are you aware of anyone who has installed one of these units? I also wondered whether the positive ground system on the 55 would eliminate this option. Money is always an issue, but with the rebuilt Tredlevac units that I have already purchased at nearly $400 plus shipping and core much...
WTB - one rod set of Packard V8 .010" rod bearings [by Jack Vines]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: WTB - one rod set of Packard V8 .010" rod bearings
Only got seven pair, need one more pair of Packard V8 .010" rod bearings to make the engine set.

jack vines
Re: NOS 1956 V8 intake valves - sell or trade for exhaust valves [by Jack Vines]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: NOS 1956 V8 intake valves - sell or trade for exhaust valves
A set reserved and a reply sent. Still have a couple more sets of intake valves.

jack vines
Re: 2262 complete drivetrain and frame [by Owen_Dyneto]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: 2262 complete drivetrain and frame
Filter housing and cartridge, lines and fittings.

Yes, the oil supply goes to the filter inlet.
Re: 2272-9 with a ammeter reading discharge, but charging the battery [by Bryan Spicer]
Post-War (1946-54):: 2272-9 with a ammeter reading discharge, but charging the battery
No hookup issues and its still set up as a positive ground. I've never seen this before and im totally befuddled. Has anyone seen a ammeter re polarize itself? Thanks for the suggestions.
Re: Debi's 1953 Patrician [by nivek123]
Project Blogs:: Debi's 1953 Patrician
do you know where i can find doors for a 1953 patrician ?
All my doors are rotten at the bottom
Re: V8 camshafts reground and new lifters [by PackardV8]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: V8 camshafts reground and new lifters
I'm curious as to what makes u think it ground wrong.
Re: LJJ's 1947 2126 7 Passenger Sedan [by HH56]
Project Blogs:: LJJ's 1947 2126 7 Passenger Sedan
They are held by a combination friction/mechanical arrangement. There are small dimples in the lamp bodies which are captured by slots and holes in the glass retainers. Four dimples -- 2 on each long side -- on the rectangular assys including those by the rear window and two dimples on the round ones. The round ones are located at 90 degrees to the tab and screw mount to dash.

Here is a photo showing the arrangement....
Re: rear brake drum removal '50 deluxe 8 [by Wesley Boyer]
Post-War (1946-54):: rear brake drum removal '50 deluxe 8
I always like how this one topic goes round and round. Maybe Big Kev should setup it's own link, a lot of good information here and what ever works for you without destroying your car the better.
I myself got one hub off by beating on a J.C. Whitney hub puller, but still working on the other side.
STD V8 main bearings for sale or trade [by Jack Vines]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: STD V8 main bearings for sale or trade
OK, all of you out there hoarding the NOS forged crankshafts, I've got some STD V8 main bearings I'd trade for new undersize main/rod bearings, cam bearings or exhaust valves or sell.

Current retail is $175 a set, so I'd take $90 a set.
All trades considered.

jack vines
Re: I took the dive [by 49Custom8Convert]
Post-War (1946-54):: I took the dive

Ross wrote:
Wow, you've snagged yourself the rarest of the rare, a Custom Eight club sedan. That would have been the single fastest American production car that year.

Hey Ross - where are the stats on that? I was flipping through RN's book and thought I found the section, but did this car officially win some records in the speed department?

For how heavy this thing is, that surprises me.
Re: Rear Brake drum Install 1951 300 series [by Owen_Dyneto]
Post-War (1946-54):: Rear Brake drum Install 1951 300 series
Every so often I'll get the axle nut to the correct torque and find myself equally between cotter pin holes such that I can't advance to the next, and backing off the prior one leaves me too much below the torque specification. The answer is to either dress the washer a bit with a file, or try a thicker or thinner washer.
Re: packard owners in oregon [by Owen_Dyneto]
General:: packard owners in oregon
The Packard Club's (PAC) membership directory shows about 35 members in Oregon and several in Portland. The membership directory is restricted for member use only so if you're not a member of PAC, I'd suggest joining the National club which will get you a copy of the Directory, and also join the local region that covers Oregon, Pacific Northwest Packards, I understand it's a very active region.

Note that you must be a member of the national club before you can join a region. I guess I shouldn't say "national" as PAC is an international club with my overseas members, but you get the gist.
Re: Double Postings [by BDC]
General:: Double Postings
The site is as slow as thick manure running up hill, so I caught myself hitting the "submit" more than once and the results are double or triple postings.
Re: What does this fit? [by HH56]
Post-War (1946-54):: What does this fit?
Assuming the box was unopened and the part wasn't swapped out at some time 470010 stamped on the box is for all 55 Ultras except the 5588 Caribbean.
Re: The Stripper Clipper (1955 Panama) [by 64avanti]
Project Blogs:: The Stripper Clipper (1955 Panama)
Here is a pair of door locks from a full set that I scored recently.(Thanks Bill) One has been soaked in Evapo Rust and you just have to love this stuff. After flushing with brake cleaner, they will get a little graphite inside & they will live another day.
Re: Packard Royal [by 58L8134]
General:: Packard Royal

Clearly, people with too much time and money. What a waste of engineering talent and metalworking craftsmanship.

But, they're proof of my paraphrase of H.L. Mencken: "No one ever went broke underestimating the taste (or intelligence) of the American public (when unlimited money is involved)"

Re: Factory Correct [by Tim Cole]
Post-War (1946-54):: Factory Correct
I agree with Ross.

Attached is a picture of an original. It may look like crap, but that's the way they did it. However, zinc plating them is not an objectionable update the same way as painting radiator shells on early prewar cars which is an irreversible abomination. Pass the barf bag please.
Re: Brake Fluid [by Owen_Dyneto]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: Brake Fluid
What you need to do is to prevent the fluid level from falling so low in the master that you ingest more air as you bleed. So a good practice is to fill to near the brim when you start and check regularly. Keep the cap on between checks and fills at least loosely to prevent splatter.

As to fluid type, you really need to know what's in there now as conventional fluids are incompatible with DOT 5 (silicone). You can tell silicone from...
Re: The 2015 38th Annual Texas Packard Meet [by JW]
Shows and Events:: The 2015 38th Annual Texas Packard Meet
Here are the phone numbers and website links for the Holiday Inn Express and Best Western in Salado.

Holiday Inn Express -

Best Western -

Re: my 55 packard 400's color [by kbradley77]
General:: my 55 packard 400's color
So, i finally got to check for the info on the car and found that it IS a single tone, Citrine (p) with # 87 interior code (black, white leather, yellow stripe. Thanks for your help.
Re: OD Lockout cable removal? [by Sloride75]
Post-War (1946-54):: OD Lockout cable removal?
Thanks O_D, for the response. Now I'm thinking maybe my yoke was replaced at some point. It's not tight on the OD arm at all, and there were what appeared to be plastic washers on each side of the arm, in the yoke...of course those crumbled away as I was trying to work everything loose.
Rear Axel Seals for 1953 Packard Clipper 4 door sedan [by Dans53]
Post-War (1946-54):: Rear Axel Seals for 1953 Packard Clipper 4 door sedan
Can anyone tell me the part numbers for the rear axel seals for a 1953 Packard Clipper?
I am looking for a part number that I can use at NAPA or auto zone
Re: 1940 Custom Oil Canister and Low Compression [by tolandis]
Post-War (1946-54):: 1940 Custom Oil Canister and Low Compression
Thanks BigKev. Up until several weeks ago, mine had the full flow through the canister, inlet at bottom. So my thinking is damage was done to the lifters and associated areas. Now have flow from a direct line, and oil filter.
Another question, when the engine was rebuilt many years ago, the original camshaft was ground wrong, was replaced by a good one. I still have the original camshaft. In case...
Re: 55 taillight appacolypse [by 55PackardGuy]
V-8 (1955-56):: 55 taillight appacolypse
They didn't even include the '56 Clipper taillights. The Holy Grail, (in keeping with the biblical vernacular). Those are in the back room, under armed guard, I suppose.

My '54 Clipper taillights have very nicely "pre-stressed" red plastic, which should make them even MORE valuable. And NO pitting. So, I'd say, insurable for at least $500. Each. Not for sale.
Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400 [by Stewart]
Project Blogs:: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
Thanks, I'll give that a try.
Forgot to ask about those metal sleeves.

Don't worry about me catching you. This is the easy part. I may have more time lately to work on it but now that I have to start spending money toward re-assembly the whole process will slow down.
Re: 49 Custom 8 and 56 Clipper Custom for sale [by BC]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: 49 Custom 8 and 56 Clipper Custom for sale
still for sale
Re: tail lights [by HH56]
General:: tail lights
The brake light switch is mounted to the frame under the battery tray and the round vent tube. If the car is still stock, 3 wires are in a sort of plug which pushes down onto the switch prongs. Make sure that assy is on tight and the contacts have a good connection. The pink wire is the power in and on 55s comes from the body feed fuse in the fuse block under the dash. The dark green wire is for the brake lights and the light green wire is the...
Re: 1956 Clipper Hot Rod [by Ozstatman]
Project Blogs:: 1956 Clipper Hot Rod
"Just as an aside, I did sell my wifes car."


In the Registry I've marked your wife's '55 Patrician Touring Sedan as SOLD.
'37 120 Spare Tire Conundrum [by packick]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: '37 120 Spare Tire Conundrum
I have a 1937 120 Convertible Coupe and have had for years. For all of those years I have had a 650x16 spare tire in the trunk. The tires on the car are the correct 700x16 bias ply tires. I have now purchased a new set of tires, 700x16 bias ply, and was wanting to use one of my old tires as the new spare. At least that was the plan.

When I tried to place the old 700x16 tire in the trunk is doesn't fit! It is too thick....
Packard-powered X24 Speed Boats [by Diver1111]
General:: Packard-powered X24 Speed Boats
Hi All,

I am a scuba diver and wreck hunter here in New England.

A man recently told me about a boat that was supposed to have been powered by the Packard X24 engine-this wild X-like design with 24 cylinders-amazing.

Does anyone know anything about what I am calling the X24 boat(s)?

Part of the story is that they were prone to sinking because they would pop boards/planks on the hull. One that is supposed to be here in Lake...
Re: Torsion bar supension problem [by HH56]
V-8 (1955-56):: Torsion bar supension problem
The TL systems have two fuses but slightly different arrangement for 55 vs 56. 55 has the motor drive fuse inline in a red wire coming off the battery cable post at starter solenoid. There should be a holder a short distance away from the solenoid and wire will probably be a single conductor either alone or maybe strapped to a nearby portion of the loom. The other fuse which feeds the control switch is also used for...
Re: For Sale 55 Clipper Super Sedan [by JW]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: For Sale 55 Clipper Super Sedan
I've posted the Clipper on Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas Craig's Lists. In addition, on the Texas Packard Meet and Lone Star Packards web sites. Going to a more regional marketing scheme to see if there is a nearby interest. It is a great car with an interesting history. Someone is going to get something special.

Re: '56 Patrician Reshaped Rear Window [by HH56]
V-8 (1955-56):: '56 Patrician Reshaped Rear Window
It is kind of interesting how they can get a considerably different look with just a fill panel. Same with the eyebrows. Weld a hood to the 55s slant and you have a cheap and different front end look.

IMO, the rear window treatment with the wide chrome band and brushed panel looks so much more elegant than the earlier version and again gave them a lot of bang for minimal cost.

I wonder if they do much of that type...
Re: Brake drum stuck to axle [by PackardV8]
Post-War (1946-54):: Brake drum stuck to axle
Knock off puller:
Ok. I never realized anyone would try one of those for an axle application.
As HH56 indicates above it is a little morethan a nut that screws onto the end of a shaft but is more like aan acorn nut that the shaft bottoms out to. Then struck with hammer.
Re: 55PackardGuy's '54 Clipper Deluxe [by 55PackardGuy]
Project Blogs:: 55PackardGuy's '54 Clipper Deluxe
Been working on these almost two months (not really). So little time for Packarding since I got back. It's sad. Will be storing it at the State Fair Grounds Monday. Just went out and started it, took right off as soon as gas got to carb. Charging the battery overnight, then driving it for a fill of clear gas and adding some "Startron". Not much else to do. Air the tires up a little extra so they'll stay up over winter....
Re: 23 rd windshield washer nozzles [by Owen_Dyneto]
Post-War (1946-54):: 23 rd windshield washer nozzles
54 thru 56 used a 6-48 thread, a common one with gunsmiths if you go looking for someone who has a tap. Tap is also available from MSC. Don't know what thread might have been used earlier.

Last time I needed Trico washer jets I got them from Ficken Wiper Service.
Re: '55 packard 400 ht side mirrors. [by kbradley77]
General:: '55 packard 400 ht side mirrors.
This might be a stupid question, but what doed anyone know the lowest average price might be for Yankee mirrors? I'm looking to see if there is any way i can get side mirrors for the 400.
Re: HA's 52 200 Grey Ghost [by HA52]
Project Blogs:: HA's 52 200 Grey Ghost
Winter is coming (I hear you saying, isn't it always winter in ND?) so I thought I should put some antifreeze in the car. I've been running water and no thermostat all summer so that it could flush itself out a bit. Remember that I had no access to water in my hangar while going through the engine etc last winter, so I hadn't been able to flush it at that time.

I drained the radiator, then pulled the radiator hoses and heater...
Re: Hershey 2014 [by West Peterson]
Shows and Events:: Hershey 2014
LOVE the comparison between the Connie and the Carib. Thinking back to what it must have been like in 1956: If you were the owner of a brand new regal Packard Caribbean and pulled up to a stop light (or country club) where a Continental was sitting, would the wind in your sails been deflated slightly???

I think I would have been in awe of the Connie, just as I am today. Not that I'm not enthralled with the 1956 Caribbean, I am (especially...
Re: R-9 Governor [by HH56]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: R-9 Governor
What are the two adjustment? screws on top of the weights for?

I don't see any screws on these Bendix made governors I have unless you need to take the weights out to see them. Not 100 percent sure they are for an R9 though -- maybe a later R11. All I see on these are two pins going thru the weights holding them to their mounting bars. Without knowing exactly where screws are located I can't speculate as to purpose.

The only screw...
Re: Brake Booster Conversion [by HH56]
Post-War (1946-54):: Brake Booster Conversion
If there was still fluid in the reservoir and cylinder and no external leaks, if pedal went to the floor then the only place it could have gone was back into the reservoir thru a poorly sealing compensating valve. That valve failing to close at inopportune times seems to be the major issue with BTVs.

It will be interesting to see if there is much in the vacuum side. Unless there was a total failure of a seal which should...
Re: Booster Brake Conversion [by acolds]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: Booster Brake Conversion
Studebaker International has new not rebuilt Hydrovac units The down side is only for single system not the dual as used on newer cars for safty
Re: PPG Open House, Sunday, Oct. 19th. [by Steve203]
Shows and Events:: PPG Open House, Sunday, Oct. 19th.
And since you know the tour so well why don't you become a volunteer at the PPG?

heh...two of the docents tried to recruit me when I was there. Problem is, to get there from here I have to drive 275 and 696. I could write a book about how much I hate 275 and 696. I would rather make the 2 1/2 hr drive to the Gilmore, than the 1 hr drive to PPG.

I would enjoy working there. When I was there, I had a great time...
Re: events,meets. judging and classes [by customclipper55]
General:: events,meets. judging and classes
The reason I did not post this on the aaca pg is that I did not want to come off as critical or attacking their process in any way and as a newer comer to the judging process I do not yet have enough info . I saw some critical posts there as well as another forum and was wanting more input. I respect the forum admin for not deleating critical posts but the response is always "well become a judge".
If someone were thinking...
Re: Barney Pollard [by zougeride]
General:: Barney Pollard
Re: Barney Pollard and what a great story!!! Pollard's escapades remind me of a Houston, Texas collector who stacked his collector cars on their rear bumpers like books on a shelf. His warehouse was filled with collector cars. All of this was, if memory does not fail me and it is, back in the late 1970's.

Does anyone remember the event or am I just thinking it happened???

Re: Electrical problem [by HH56]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: Electrical problem
Usually coming into the site the literature and manuals page is the first that appears. You can go to the various categories by clicking on the blue heading and find your interest. For the article under discussion it is in the second column under Service Letter, Counselors, and bulletins. The specification info mentioned is here

For any other items, click on the header and a page will appear where you can find the items....
Re: wheel locks up when applying brakes [by PackardV8]
General:: wheel locks up when applying brakes
Sounds like a bad brake hose.
Re: questions re: '55 packard 400 ht [by Ross]
Post-War (1946-54):: questions re: '55 packard 400 ht
Driver's side, bottom, just above the exhaust pipe.
Re: David Moe email address [by Jim L. in OR]
General:: David Moe email address

HH56 wrote:
I have an address for Seattle Packards used by paypal but was wondering if that would be a regular correspondence address or is it special only to accept payments. Anyone using paypal to accept payments care to educate me on that aspect of their service?

I have a Pay-Pal Account that I use to send and receive payment and the email account that is pinned to it is also one that I use for correspondence. I do that...
Re: Disc Brake Conversion [by Moms 54]
V-8 (1955-56):: Disc Brake Conversion
Dual action booster and front disk upgrade

I have been followng past posts on the booster upgrade conversion for some years now, always thinking of changing mine to a dual booster front disk conversion.

With these past existing posts I know of the panther conversion project and with that I feel that a 7" dual booster is just not enough for a panic or hard stop on a 4,500lb. Car.
With more cars and people walking on the road...
Re: '54 Clipper at auction Oct 25th, Colo Sprgs [by David Grubbs]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: '54 Clipper at auction Oct 25th, Colo Sprgs
Could be a good place to buy a Packard since its the only car in the auction.....
56 TL switch location [by randy berger]
V-8 (1955-56):: 56 TL switch location
I was asked this question in an email. I decided to post my answer here for the most benefit. If I am in error, it will be corrected quickly.
Re the 56 torsion level gearbox. Can you tell me which hole on the gearbox the "up" limit switch screws into and which hole the "down" limit switch goes into ? You can probably do this by giving me some landmark(s) on the gearbox body to refer to.

I note that the switches themselves are...
Re: WTB - V8 forged crankshaft [by Jack Vines]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: WTB - V8 forged crankshaft
Yes. I'm building a '55 Caribbean V8 for Gerry just now. He wants to trade me a pallet-load of cast cranks, but no forgings.

jack vines
Re: bad spark plug hole [by David Grubbs]
Pre-War (1899-1942):: bad spark plug hole
Here are some close up photos of the adapter I made for the compression tester. The adapter is the brass and chrome thing.
Re: Looking for Front and rear bumper 53 patrician [by David Grubbs]
For Sale, Wanted, Trade:: Looking for Front and rear bumper 53 patrician
Try Bob's Packards in PA - he's in the directory. No website, but decent prices. You will need to call him and ask. I have no idea as to how to ship items to Germany though!