Jeff Keiser

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About Jeff Keiser

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  1. Howard, thank you for your comments. I believe the fuses are still being manufactured. They are 13/32" diameter and 1 1/2" long and are known as AGU type. I read somewhere that the A stands for automobile ; the G stands for glass ; and I don't remember what the U stands for. Buss, ( Bussman Manufacuring Co.) still makes them and Littlefuse may also. If the NAPA numbers don't work out you can often find them on Ebay. Search under AGU 20. You will find many of them made with gold plated metal ends which I think are used in modern high power automobile sound systems. These may look a bit out of place on a packard so you might be happier with a Buss. The new fuses do have a larger filiment than the older ones with a thin (lead ?) wire but I assume a 1930 20 amp fuse will react the same as a new 20 amp fuse. Jeff
  2. Regarding the bumper question, if they are straight with minimal pitting I expect 3 to 5 hundred for the front and the same for the pair of rears not including the overriders. The overriders are almost always dented and I expect a mildly dented overrider core would be worth 50 to 75 dollars.
  3. Thanks for the reply. Your theory makes a lot of sense and probably explains what I experienced. A portion of the owners manual description of this device reads in part "A resistor in the protector ( referring to the fuse block unit) will permit sufficient current to pass for operation of the lights but will prevent an excessive discharge of current through the short circuit that blew the fuse" This reinforces your theory. Any excessive current apparently bleeds off and passes through the fuse at times of high current flow therefore offering protection. Thanks again. I feel better knowing that circuit protection does exist.
  4. I have a late 140 built in Oct. 1956 which has 15 screw frames. I am sure they are original to the car.
  5. One of the headlights on my 1930 Packard was not as bright when illuminated than the other lamp. While correcting what I believe was a poor ground circuit within the headlight unit I must have caused a short because when I turned on the lights, although they illuminated, I smelled a hot wire odor and quickly determining that the fuse block unit was very warm. I disconnected the battery and corrected the short in the lamp. I also noticed that the fuse on the fuse block was blown, but the headlights still illuminated which brings me to the point of this question which is how do the 1929, 1930, and 1931 Packard fuse block units offer any protection to the lighting circuits to which it is connected? These units consist of one 20 amp fuse conected in "parallel" with a wire coil which connects the two fuse terminals, therefore with the fuse removed, all lights illuminate just as though the fuse was in place. I don't understand why the fuse blew since the light continued to operate after the fuse blew before the short was corrected. It seems as though these fuse units offer no permanent protection. If I had not been working on the car and noticed the odor, presumably the fuse would have blown but the lighting circuit would still have been energized and illuminated. A series of photographs of this type of fuse unit can be seen on Tom Wilcox's excellent web site called "Packard Paddock". A 1930 wiring diagram that shows the parallel wire coil in the fuse block unit can be seen on the Packard Club website. I restored this car 35+ years ago and thought I thoroughly understood this car but apparently do not. Are all you 1929-1931 Packard owners as surprised as I am that your lighting circuits will operate without a fuse? What protection does this unit really offer?