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  1. Here's a link to the article I was talking about, showing a lady driving a Packard and not using her left foot: Automatic Transmissions
  2. Jim, if you can get hold of the videos of DIY Classic Car Restoration by Mark Lambert, he walks you though a complete check of a 1938 Coupe and I think you will find it very helpful. I don't know how you can get a copy but I have heard of a couple floating around. Wes
  3. I've read a lot about how the electromatic clutch works, hope to get mine working someday, but for now I have bigger problems. But what I have read is that Packard was very proud of their electromatic clutch. On another web site there's a picture of a 50's Packard with the drivers door removed and something else in its place so you can can the young lady left leg hanging out the space where the door would have been as she drives the car around. Also Packard states that by not using the electromatic clutch you could increase wear on the clutch when not use correctly. One last thing that I did read about the electromatic clutch is now it was suppose to be use. I don't know if this works but here's what I read. Start the engine in neutral, while engaging the clutch. Once the engine is running let up on the clutch and once the engine is warmed up (this I found interesting) put it in second gear and push on the gas pedal to go and with the overdrive engage it would auto shift into overdrive once you got up to speed. The last thing that Packard also pointed out was no creeping forward while stopped at a traffic light unlike an automatic where you have to keep one foot on the brake.
  4. Yes, that would be easier and cheaper, but that brings me back to the question as to how orginal do the parts need to be. I need to get more involed in car shows and see what the judges are looking for. Because I know with my knowledge of the 1947 Custom Super Clipper, that I can spot simple things like a wrong carb. and a few other small details, but thats about it. Thanks for the advice. Wes
  5. Thanks for all the input, one never knows until you ask. I got one Packard from my Dad, before he died he told me he was just trying to get it to a point where it wouldn't get any worse. Now I find myself looking at correcting many incorrect fixes. I would like to beable to take the car all the way back down and start over on it, but as we know that takes time and money. So for now I am just trying to get this one back on the road and than get my other Packard ready for show. So thanks again. Wes
  6. Thanks, for the information so far. As to what I'm working on, is a pair of 47 Custom Super Clippers. The first one needs a new paint job, it was repainted back in the 60's and now it coming off in big flakes. The engine also needs a little work. My other is in need of major repair, and I am trying to get it road worthy and work on fixing it up later. I was just wondering because I had read an article in Hemmings Motor News about how one of the staff members said that he always picks up new nuts and bolts for a project car. Maybe this is for newer projects? Well thanks again, and any help is better than no help. Plus I have come to realize that one day I will have to sell these cars and I would like for them to be in the correct condition and not have someone tell me that this or that degrades the car.
  7. Hi All, This is a question that has been on my mind for a long time. When restoring a Packard, should you keep all the old nuts and bolts and just clean them up and reuse them, or buy new and replace as you go along. Along with other parts should you replace or repair and keep the orignal. ( Eample; I have a brake cylinder that is pitted and leaks. Honing will not help so do I buy a NOS if I can find one or save the money and buy a like unit off the shelf, if I can find one. Or keep the orignal and have it re-sleeve, which would probably be the most expensive.) I'm looking for words of WISDOM!
  8. I saw this one on Ebay about a year ago and couldn't believe my eyes before I went blind.:eek: Looked all over the Internet and found a picture on PackardInfo.com so here it is.
  9. Maybe now I can buy that metal lathe that I've always wanted. I took this shackle and cut off the bolt end and than press out the end piece. It looks like the bolt was pressed in and than the end sticking out was braded over. Oh, now it looks like I need an actylene torch and don't for get the bench press. Boy is my wife goin' to love me. :rolleyes:When I tell her how much money I just saved by just buying the shackles. Still looking to buy a pair. Thanks for all your help, and here are some pictures of the shackle cut apart.
  10. Finally got to do some work on my 47 Custom Super Clipper and found both shackles eaten up with rust on one of the two bolts. My big question is should I go out and buy a new pair off the shelf, that won't look anything like the original or cut off the bad bolt, drill it out and press a new bolt in, keep it looking stock from the factory? I would like to keep it as close as possible to original, but at the same time keeping safety in mind for many years of happy carefree driving. Thanks for any and all help Wes
  11. Checkout "http://www.rockauto.com" for sheet metal, they might have what your looking for. Wes
  12. Is that a 19 gallon tank and would it also fit a 47? If so I have one I might sell.
  13. Thanks to all for the information. Wes
  14. Hi, I'm looking at replacing the wiring in my 1947 Custom Super Clipper, and was wondering if anyone could tell me who they purchased one from and the pros and cons they had. Thanks!
  15. Thanks for all the good information. Just asking, never hurts to ask. Wes