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About scott12180

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  1. High Speed Gears for Packard

    You know, I'm just asking the question if the gears are available. I don't appreciate the insult. If you can't answer the question, please don't tell the world about your opinion of me. There is a reason why I am considering high speed gears. I have tried an overdrive in the car and it didn't work out well. For this particular car given the weight and the engine size and the rear axle gearing, in overdrive made the engine lug too much in my hilly country, and out of overdrive made the car too slow. Out of overdrive was 4.69. In overdrive was 3.47. What seems ideal for my car with my engine with how much it weighs and where I drive it, is something intermediate like the 4.07 gears that Phil Bray used to make. I appreciate all of your opinions on how overdrives are the way to go, and if you do a search you will see that I was a big proponent of overdrives based on a 1926 Packard I used to own. But the current car just doesn't work well with that set-up. So I am trying other options. If I lived in Kansas or Ohio or somewhere flat, I'd go with a different option. Where I live in western New England that option doesn't seem to work for this car with this body style with this engine with this gearing and where I want to drive it.
  2. Without explaining all the reasoning, here's a hypothetical question. Suppose you have a circa 1930 large-car Sedan. Packard, Cadillac, Buick, Pierce, etc. Could you put larger tires on the rear to get better speed while leaving smaller tires on the front because they look better . . . . or because you don't want to buy four large tires. The large tires on the front really would look truck-like. But on the back they are mostly hidden under the fenders. The question came up to put say, 650x19 on the front and 750x19 on the rear. The two-inch diameter increase on the rear gives about a 10% better speed for the same engine rpm. If the answer is "no, you can't do it", then why? What would happen? Have you done it to know for sure? No flames or insults to my intelligence or ancestry, please. This is just a question.
  3. I'd like to find a set of Phil Bray's high speed ring and pinion gears which would fit a Packard standard eight, 1932. Specifically a 1932 902. That or any used, older ring and pinion gear set that would fit the '32 but have a lower ratio (higher speed) than 4.69. I'd be interested in the gears, the differential or an entire rear axle. Thanks -- Scott Troy, NY 1932 902 5-p Coupe
  4. High Speed Gears for Packard

    I'd like to find a set of Phil Bray's high speed ring and pinion gears which would fit a Packard standard eight, 1932. Specifically a 1932 902. That or any used, older ring and pinion gear set that would fit the '32 but have a lower ratio (higher speed) than 4.69. I'd be interested in the gears, the differential or an entire rear axle. Thanks -- Scott Troy, NY 1932 902 5-p Coupe
  5. Two piece driveshaft

    My 1932 902 has a two piece driveshaft. Does anyone have any experience rebuilding the center carrier or know of someone who has and can do the job? The bearings seem worn with plenty of slop, but more importantly the rubber vibration insulating section is all boogered up from age. I don't know how to replace that. The driveshaft runs OK, but there is vibration presumably coming from that center carrier. Thanks -- Scott Troy, NY 1932 Packard 902 5--p Coupe
  6. Old tires— too old?

    If you are considering putting old tires on a car, how old is too old? Say these are brand new never been on a car. Say these have been stored well with no issues. Do tires go bad simply due to age? Could a 40 year old tire, for instance, that’s never been mounted and has been stored well still be good as new to drive on?
  7. Mitchell Overdrive

    Please tell us how you want to install it ... and why Mitchell doesn't like it.
  8. Preparing Cylinder head for Gasket

    I rebuilt a 1926 Packard straight eight years ago and did have the head surfaced before assembly. But I had a terrible time getting a good seal. Went through three headgaskets if I recall right. Anyway a friend who rebuilds professionally said that it is tough to get a good seal on long engines like that Packard. He recommended Hylomar spray as a gasket sealer. Worked great and I always use it on everything. --Scott
  9. Valve clearance on Lhead straight eights

    I gave the car a good run to get it hot then checked the clearances with the engine running. The exhaust valves which I set to 0.004 cold were now generally about 0.004 or 0.003. Intake valves which were also set to 0.004 cold were 0.007, 0.008 and 0.009 hot. So the exhaust valves got a tiny bit longer hot --- clearances smaller--- but the intake valves got alot shorter when hot --- clearances bigger. Any ideas?
  10. Valve clearance on Lhead straight eights

    I'd still appreciate any other ideas for what's going on, but this afternoon I set all valves to 0.004 COLD. I'll give it a good run and then check them hot. See where they are. If this is true then they ought to be more than 0.004.
  11. I've always been under the impression that as the engine gets hot, valve clearances would decrease. I've a lot of experience with Franklins where you set valves cold, but admittedly never measured clearances both hot and cold. On my 32 Packard standard eight, I've been setting the valves to factory spec 0.004 with the engine hot and running. No easy job. With the engine stone stone cold this morning I see that all intake valves have essentially zero clearance and exhaust valves are 0.001 or 0.002. In other words clearances get bigger when the engine is hot. Is is this the way it's supposed to be on L head straight eights? If so then shouldn't valves be set when the engine is cold? --Scott 32 Packard 902 5-p Coupe
  12. Remove tree sap from lacquer paint

    I discovered that I must have parked under a messy tree a couple of months ago. My paint is hazed with billions of tiny misty droplets that I can't get off. Many suggestions for removing baked on treesap from a lacquer painted car?
  13. AC K10 spark plug --- modern equivalent

    Could someone post the article or post the details of this test which resulted in more than 75% failure on AC spark plugs? I'm not a club member as I don't own a Cadillac-LaSalle, but I am very interested in how the test was done and which spark plugs were effected. I think we all could benefit from these results. Thanks
  14. Spark Plugs for 1932 Std Eight

    Curious what guys are using in their early 1930's Standard Eights for spark plugs. These are 14 mm and originally AC-K9, K10, K12, etc. This would cross into about AC-45, 46, 48 or so for various heat ranges for NOS plugs from the 1940's and 50's. But it's been pointed out that many of these NOS plugs have high failure rates due to manufacturing problems sealing porcelain at the time. So I'd like to know what you are running now, either older NOS plugs or modern off-the-shelf plugs. Name brand and model ( heat range). I have Prestolite 147 but they are too cold for me. Looking for something else. Thanks -- Scott
  15. AC K10 spark plug --- modern equivalent

    Interesting. . . . " X stands for special or wide gap." So on an AC 48X, the electrode gap is wider than on a 48? If that's so, couldn't you just make the gap whatever width you wanted it to be? Why the special designation? Also, anyone hear of a Prestolite spark plug? What's in the Packard now are Prestolite 147's. I'd like to find out what heat range they are because they appear to be too cold. The only cross reference I can find is on which suggests they are about like an AC 45. If that's true, then I do want a hotter plug, like AC 47 or 48.