Matt Harwood

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  1. Can I reuse 1955 Packard 320 headbolts?

    Good point, Larry. The car we were working on did indeed have an aluminum head.
  2. Wow what a car!

    I don't care enough to do that. I only posted it because multiple people expressed an interest in seeing it. To me, it's a $15,000 car that needs TLC, but not valuable enough to sweat through the pedigree and worry about perfection. It's a beater that someone can have some fun with. You'd be a fool to buy it and try to make it perfect. PS: The red one just sold for $107,000...
  3. Can I reuse 1955 Packard 320 headbolts?

    That's just it--you won't see the stretching. It's thousandths, literally not enough to see with the naked eye. The original bolts looked fine. No visible signs of distress, threads good, no galling, no damaged flats on the heads. But stretched they were, ranging from about 12 to 18 thousandths too long, enough to prevent the head gasket from sealing properly when torqued to spec. We ended up using some Grade 8 bolts that cost about $3 each and were, interestingly enough, the right finish (note that vintage bolts are probably little better than Grade 2 or 3, claims of "things were better back then" notwithstanding). It's not like we shoved mangled bolts back into the holes and hoped for the best. They looked just fine. They were not. And we had to take the engine apart twice because of it. Or you can use fresh head bolts (hopefully some that don't cost $18 each) and never worry about it again. Your money, your time, your decision.
  4. Wow what a car!

    That second digit looks like a "J" doesn't it? I'll check on the other side tomorrow and see what else is there. I don't believe this is the original engine, the half-visible numbers don't appear to match the VIN. It looks like 7551 but the VIN isn't anywhere close to that. So non-original engine but maybe still a '63. I'll verify tomorrow.
  5. Can I reuse 1955 Packard 320 headbolts?

    What are they made out of, titanium?
  6. Wow what a car!

    I think the steering wheel is original and used to be silver like the rest of the interior, it's just discolored by time and sun. Unfortunately, the engine number is obscured. I'm not going to pull the valley pan on an inexpensive car just to find out if it's numbers-matching--it doesn't really matter and doesn't appear to be. We spent a pile of money on detailing, A/C, and tires. The next guy can enjoy it while he improves the little stuff that remains. Runs great, no smoke, not a rusty car, nice bodywork, gorgeous interior. Good starter car for someone. That looks like a TH400 pan to me, too:
  7. Did You Ever Own.....

    I desperately wanted a Reliant Robin, but...
  8. Wow what a car!

    OK, fine. Just go easy, boys. I took it in on trade because the bodywork is super straight and clean, it has working factory A/C, and I really dig the silver interior. Merely driver grade and still needs some TLC (little stuff not working like radio, horn, antenna). We fixed the A/C already. Appears to have a TH400 installed, no Dynaflow. Two floor patches but the rest of the sheetmetal is original; not a rusty car--comes from Tennessee. Drives nice. Not expensive. Have at it.
  9. Wow what a car!

    This is a VERY tough crowd... I have a '63 Riv that just came in and there's simply NO WAY I'm going to post it here and let it get picked apart. It's decent, but if that red one doesn't measure up, my car will get absolutely murdered.
  10. Headlights: sealed beam, Halogen, HID, LED???

    Are exploring space with that thing? Wow! That actually looks pretty butch.
  11. Unknown limo

    I think you guys might be right on the Packard just by looking at the tips of the front fenders. The Packards have that extra extension whereas the Wintons have them all as one smooth curve. I should have waited for Keiser. He's unbeatable at this game.
  12. Can I reuse 1955 Packard 320 headbolts?

    I wouldn't. Head bolts stretch and even if the threads look good, the bolts themselves may not actually be good. Many were designed for single time use (torque-to-yield). We recently had a car in our shop that had a rebuilt engine but had been in a museum for 20 years. We got it running and driving and we found that it was blowing white smoke and consuming coolant. Pulled the head and found nothing wrong and the copper gasket was in good shape. Ultimately, we learned that the head bolts had stretched just enough to keep it from sealing properly once it was warmed up to operating temperature and driving at speed. Head bolts are cheap. Use new ones and be sure that it's right.
  13. 64 Wildcat $7000 but....only 61K miles

    While I would never, ever respond in such a manner, I have certainly explained to one or two people that I'm not interested in selling a car to them. Sometimes the deals just smell bad. An accusatory tone, nit-picking details that aren't really reasonably and commonly known, and other clues often tip me off that the guy making the inquiry is going to waste a lot of my time, demand a substantial discount for the "flaws," and that once he gets the car he will find more which, of course, will also be my problem and my responsibility. My response in these situations is usually, "I'm sorry, I don't think this is a good match. Best of luck in your search!" Some guys take it well, but most respond with similar profanity to that provided by the seller up above. They are unkind and vicious more often than not, as a matter of fact. I understand that car dealers are easy punching bags, but most guys don't take it well when people selling things don't dance when they say, "Dance!" So I don't like what happened up above, but I get it. There are better responses but there are also better ways to approach the seller rather than simply kicking in the door and implying that the seller is pulling a fast one. That's exactly what happened to generate that unkind response--most people, me included, aren't experts on every detail of every car ever made. Expecting a seller to know details that you know isn't always reasonable. Some guys just own old cars without researching whether they used a yellow throttle spring on Tuesdays and a green one on Wednesdays and correcting that particular defect. Some guys just find an old car and enjoy it for a while, then sell it without knowing anything beyond where to pour the gas into it. Keeping that in mind when you open a dialogue can make things go more smoothly. Some guys' money just isn't green enough and you've all met such people. It's not unique to the car world.