Bob Stein

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  1. Thanks for the suggestion - I did try jumping from the wiper motor body to ground, but the wipers did not stop. I disconnected the power wire as a temporary measure, and also noted the left wiper arm was incorrect, and was able to locate a NOS one on eBay. The car came with a spare wiper motor setup, so I can check that one out.
  2. I took my 1941 Packard 110 DeLuxe sedan out for a Father's Day activity today, and it started raining on the way home. I turned on the wipers, which work great in both speeds. However, when the rain stopped I tried to turn them off with the knob and they kept going. When I returned home, I turned off the car and turned the ignition back on. The wipers came on. I tried pushing the arms down with the ignition off and they still started up again as soon as they got power. I removed the wiper arms completely, and the motor still comes on with the ignition. I am guessing there is a park switch that is not working - anyone know if that is just a matter of cleaning points, or would I be better off trying to bypass the park feature?
  3. My 1941 Packard has a front license plate for the first time in at least 27 years - it was restored in 1993 and ended up without one then, though it likely never had a front bracket. I was able to pick up a reproduction bracket off eBay, and my 'spare' license plate was restored by Wayne Tyler of Richmond. There was a bit of trouble, first because the car has an apparently rare front pan over the bumper brackets, and then because the reproduction bracket's mounting hole was too small for the bumper bolt. Once I got that drilled out, getting the bracket and license installed was fairly easy. I made some rubber washers out of grommets to go behind the license plate mounting washers to protect the finish. It all looks very nice, and the car is now fully legal.
  4. Hiya, Ken! Actually, I started a blog 21 years ago - here is the link to the one on my Packard: http://www.caroholic.com/41_packard.htm
  5. A friend was hit last week while driving his 1954 Packard Patrician 4-door and needs the entire front clip, probably including the inner firewall panels. Hood, grille, bumper, fenders, etc. Anyone have any leads? I think the sheet metal is the same for all of the 1951-1954 Packards, but I don't know for sure.
  6. I had no luck repairing the old visor arm, but found a really nice-looking visor arm on eBay and ordered it. It came in today, but when I compared it to the original, it was obviously for the opposite side! I wrote back to the seller to inform him that the arm had been mismarked, and immediately AFTER I sent that took a closer look at the new part and discovered 'LH' clearly stamped in the metal. I had to clean the back of the old bracket a bit, but sure enough it was marked 'RH'. The visors had been switched 27 years ago when the interior was redone and nobody had caught the error until now. After a hasty note of apology back to the seller, I painted the base the correct Packard Blue and was able to install it tonight. I have a request in to the seller for a right hand bracket, but have cleaned up and painted the incorrectly installed one in hopes that it might work OK on the correct side. If not, I can keep the one in place since it is working, if slightly off. The mysteries of old cars!
  7. It was definitely the solenoid. Bella's starter was hanging up, and then stopped working from the starter switch completely. I had to use the external solenoid pushbutton to crank the car. Searching by part number (SS 4001) I was able to find a NOS in the box solenoid which was delivered this afternoon. It is a perfect replacement complete with the pushbutton cap, and took minutes to install. Most importantly, the car starts great now.
  8. The courtesy light switch for my 1941 Packard 1900 is deformed by age to the point it takes enough force to operate that it could easily break, not to mention a sagging appearance. (I wish I could fix my own sagging appearance so easily). I located what appeared to be an identical NOS switch on eBay (others available) for $20 and ordered it. When I pulled the Packard switch out, I discovered that instead of one wire going to ground, it has two wires. The NOS switch had a brass strip to the grounding rivet, so I carefully drilled out the rivet and bent the grounding strip up. I had to use an Exacto knife to cut the plastic alongside the strip to free it. A #4 x 1/4 brass screw and nut was added to secure the wire. I did use a bit of electrical tape as security, through the improvised contact is only slightly taller than the original. However, the new switch works easily and looks really good. I have found the single-contact light switches in tan as well on Ebay, but was really happy to get the correct blue. That's it. As noted, a piddly Packard project, but still an improvement.
  9. Further developments - the ammeter registers a discharge when the starter button is pushed, but nothing happens. The starter activates fine with the pushbutton on the solenoid, so it now looks like the solenoid is the culprit. New one on the way.
  10. 56surplus has Autolite SS-4001 start solenoids (correct for my 1941 1900) for sale NOS and in the box for $45 each. Showing 9 available. The listing does not mention Packard, so it would not come up in a marque-based search. (Vintage Chrysler Dodge Autolite 6 Volt Starter Solenoid SS4001 NOS) https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Chrysler-Dodge-Autolite-6-Volt-Starter-Solenoid-SS4001-NOS/174158117879?hash=item288ca1fbf7:g:3HoAAOSw8xJeINO7
  11. Something I will check for! Thanks!
  12. Thanks for the information! I located the wiring diagram on the Packard site - although drawn differently, it shows the same connections, so I need to locate the missing three leads. Looks like the switch was never wired properly after the new wiring harness was installed during the restoration in 93!
  13. One of the wires (8E) is for a Speedometer pointer light - probably not on my 110, so thanks for the note! The wiring diagram came from my original owner's manual. I will look for the A.E.A diagram online.
  14. I spoke too soon - while trying to troubleshoot the interior lights and clock light, the wiring diagram showed me that I am missing three wires at the panel light switch! There were only three hooked up before, and there should be six. I scanned in the drawing and did a detail with the wiring key to go by, and will start hunting for the missing leads. The wiring harness was new and still looks great, so I am sure the wires are up there somewhere. Of course, it means taking the %^$#@ switch out again once I find the missing wires so I can hook everything up properly.
  15. The instrument light switch on my 1941 Packard was not working right when I bought the car - you had to pull it all the way out to have any dash lights. A new switch was purchased on eBay, and I ended up spending 4 hours getting it fixed today. The first challenge was removing the dash knob. It took a mirror to figure out that the knob has a spring-loaded tab that works like the stop on a screen door closer (bottom left). When I got the original switch out and compared it to the new one, I discovered they were very different (top left). Same center dash mount, but the new control rod is much longer and uses a setscrew. Mine was mis-wired, and also had a broken resistor spring that dims the panel lights in the second position. I was able to fix the wire, then dropped the switch and broke it! After many dirty words, I opened the switch and found that a sliding plastic platform had cracked in half (bottom right). I was able to superglue the base back together, and after reassembling the switch, was very relieved that it worked perfectly! I used a grinder to reshape the new switch's control rod and remove an extra tab on the body so I can use it if I have to later (top right). For anyone who might need a 1941 switch, these are on eBay for $20 NOS. The dash mount works fine, and once you shorten the shaft and cut in a flat, the knob slides right on. I celebrated by taking the car out for a long errand run.