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  1. Liberally soak the stud area with good penetrating oil and let it sit for at least a few days. Then use a reverse drill bit smaller than the stud. I did this when a rocker arm assembly bolt broke off in the head of my 1949 MG TC and the snapped stud came out as I was drilling. You can get drills that have built-in levels if you are concerned about drilling a straight hole.
  2. It only took me three months to get the bumper bolts rotated!
  3. Thanks! Never noticed - I'll check those out. Just replaced the heater core and she is running well. Just waiting for some decent weather.
  4. A very large collection of parts for my 1937 Pontiac DeLuxe 6 sedan is now surplus - I sold the car last year, and the buyer turned around and sold the car to someone else on the other side of the country and never wanted the spares. New parts include NOS/new water pumps, oil pump, distributor, voltage regulator, headlight lenses, tune-up parts, gaskets, seals, bearings, etc. I also have two radiators that have been professionally cleaned and tested, complete engine with a machined head, two transmissions, rear axle hub-to-hub, spare hood center 'waterfall' strip, hubcaps, and at least a half-dozen boxes of other parts (radio, gauges, heater, trim, mechanical items. I WILL NOT SHIP. Too much there - parts are located in Norfolk VA. Bring a pickup truck or a trailer, possibly both! I will be making a full inventory and listing the package on eBay eventually, but figured I would give the folks here first crack. $800 firm for all - I spent over $400 just getting the two radiator's serviced.
  5. I ended up having the core replaced by a local shop that was able to have the core made up by a specialty shop and then solder my old end tanks in place. I left the back plate so they could match up the holes. And of course, a complete heater assembly showed up on eBay an hour before I got the call that my rebuilt unit was ready for pickup. Naturally, I bought the complete heater as a spare! The unit is back in and I also installed a reproduction glovebox to replace the original that was showing some of its 80-year age!
  6. The heater/defroster core for my 1941 Packard 110 is leaking from old damage - looks like it may have frozen up and expanded at some point in the past. Anyone have a spare for sale or suggestions on where to get another one?
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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