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  1. oldstyle: I believe the size of the 115 and 120 buckets are the same, but the 120s have pre-drilled slots for the chrome strip that mounts on top of them. The senior Packard buckets are much, much bigger than the junior buckets. I think they might look weird on a junior Packard (IMHO).
  2. old-tank: The NAPA Gold 1121 is what I have used for the past 8 years that I have owned my '55 Century. I have not had a problem getting them; they always seem to be on the shelf. I think, but I am not sure, this filter also has a marine application and maybe that is why they are still being produced. My NAPA guy told me that the NAPA Gold filters are made by Wix. I know I didn't answer your question but for as often as I have to change my oil filter, I have been happy with the inserts.
  3. Old-Tank: Thanks for the information. I haven't yet purchased the kit from Bob's yet so I might do as you did and buy the parts piece-meal. Thanks again. Joe
  4. I need to replace the seals and gaskets in my 1955 Century's power steering gear box. The leak is getting worse, but the power steering functionality is as-advertised, no problems. I found a rebuild kit at Bob's and was wondering if this job can be done while the gear box is still in the car, or do you have to remove it and perform the “surgery” on the bench? Either way, what tips and tricks should I be aware of? Thanks.
  5. My '55 Century is also off by 5 mph too. 65 indicated is 60 true. i think all of the old speedometers were hit-and-miss and mostly inaccurate. Of course then there is the backwoods solution. Tear a strip of duct tape, attach it to the face of the speedometer, then write the actual speeds on the tape to coincide with the needle. Problem solved.
  6. There is an ad currently on eBay for a 1937 Packard 120 Touring Sedan (1092). The ad shows a picture of the car's engine number. Any idea what the "T" means?
  7. Old Tank: Because of your reply, you made me get off my comfy chair and walk all the way out to the garage to look at my '55 Century seat. And you are right, mine have the elongated stoppers too. It must have been one of my other cars that I used the round ones on. Thanks for the correction.
  8. Hopefully someone from Bob's follows this Forum so that they can change their "applicable years" in their catalog for these bumpers. The bumpers were also correct for my '55 Century.
  9. I believe all of the bright-work on the 1937 Junior cars were chrome plated. The only exceptions I know of are the seat adjustment lever which was nickel plated, and the gear shift rod and the steering column on the 120 CD models which were also nickel plated. Can anyone add to this?
  10. Fr. Buick: I don't know if this is what you are looking for but I purchased the two-hole stops some years ago from Bob's Automobilia for my '55 Century. There are also these one-hole stops on Bob's website but he claims they are for the '57-58 year Buicks.
  11. Here's something I have always wondered about so I thought I'd pose this question to the Post War Buick gurus. Let's say I want to torque a bolt or nut, to 90 ft. lbs. and I have a 1/2” drive torque wrench. I put the socket on the torque wrench, dial in 90 ft. lbs. on the wrench, and tighten the bolt until it clicks. No problem. Now let's say I add a 6” or 12” extension to the wrench and attach the same socket onto the extension. Would there still be a 90 ft. lbs. torque on the bolt or do you lose some torque because of the extension? Or let's say I add an adapter to go from the 1/2” drive torque wrench to a 3/8” drive socket. Again, would I still have 90 ft. lbs. on the bolt? What about using an adapter and an extension? Still 90 ft. lbs.? And finally, what about using a flex socket? Still 90 ft. lbs.? This doesn't keep me up at nights but I have always wondered.
  12. I was wondering if some Packard owners on the Forum could post pictures of the side view mirrors on their 1951-1954 Packards. While I like the style of the mirrors I have on my '51 400, the only way you can see out of the driver's side mirror is to adjust the mirror so that it hangs down rather than up, where it would be more useful. I always have to lean forward to see out of the mirror when driving. These mirrors were purchased by the previous owner from one of the major Packard vendors and are supposedly are the style that were used on this year Packard. I have driver's side and passenger side mirrors, and I have tried to switch the two mirrors but there was absolutely no improvement. I can't find a way to take the mirror off of the bracket to see if there might be some adjustment there. When I try to unscrew the mirror from the bracket, it hits the bracket's base and you cannot adjust it to clear the base. So, I am considering looking for replacement mirrors. Maybe someone else has run into the same problem and found a solution? Thanks for your help.
  13. Ok, I'll bite. What is an oil rectifier and what does it do? What purpose does it serve?
  14. Scott: Packard didn't make a convertible model in 1947 so what you probably have is a 1948/49 model. Packard ran the 1948 models into 1949 (Series 22), and started the Series 23 models in mid-1949 and ran them through 1950. If the VIN number has a -9 at the end of it, then it is a Series 22 model that was produced in 1949. Based on the hood ornament, it could be a Super Eight model as the Eight had an arrow-shaped ornament. But then you never know since the owner may have opted for a better ornament for his Eight. The VIN number will tell a lot about the year and model. I am not an expert on what they are worth so I will leave that to someone else who is more knowledgeable. I would think knowing the VIN number may help to give a better value of the car.
  15. When I shut the hood on my '55 Century, I always gently low it to the safety catch, then push it down into the locked position. I NEVER, NEVER slam the hood down from the fully open position. Doing so will damage the fenders. My 2-cents worth.