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  1. packards42, Have you talked with Jim Hollingsworth? He may have some early air conditioning knowledge to impart. Also, his book on the 1940 Packards has a section on air conditioned Packards. He has a '41 Clipper with factory original AC. (o[]o)
  2. Lucky1, The senior first place badge with a number on it may be one awarded at AACA sponsored car shows. If so, it must have been in excellent condition and appearance at that time. I believe you can check on this site for information on judging and awards. It is expected that these badges be affixed to the vehicle and convey with the vehicle when it changes ownership. (o[]o)
  3. Wogden, is the transmission to a junior or senior car? (o[]o)
  4. If I understand your posting, you are trying to remove the overdrive unit from the transmission in the car. It may be better to remove the transmission-overdrive units together. They are heavy and the job may require two people to get them down, or a special transmission jack. (o[]o)
  5. Hi Chris, congratulations on getting the Avanti running and on the road. Just in time for the driving season. I have been following your and John's project blogs and enjoying reading about all the ups and downs and ins and outs of these cars. I am looking to acquire a 63/64 Avanti, but need to sell my 2007 Honda S2000 first. I agree with the suggestions about getting the radiator cleaned. You might as well do it now as it will not get any better. Also, you may want to consider installing one of the fail-safe thermostats. They go to the open position when they fail instead of to the closed position of conventional ones. They are available in the common sizes and temperature ratings. Thanks.
  6. Chris, Thanks for visiting my blog. I will continue to visit yours and see what adventures you are into. The gas tank vent routes fumes to the outside of the car since the tank is located inside the car. This is an important part to have correct. Your blog and the R2 Refresh blog are getting me a real appreciation for the Avanti, and increasing my interest in acquiring one. Take care, John
  7. Chris, Glad to hear you have plans to take care of rear wheel bearings and gear oil jobs. I will stay tuned to watch you progress. I recently did a rejuvenation project on my 1955 Packard Clipper sedan. Nothing as extensive as what you are doing, but there is a tremendous amount of elasticity in the process, otherwise known as mission creep. If you are interested, I did a project blog on the website (Adventures with a 1955 Clipper). I also want to read the R2 Refresh blog. Take care, John
  8. Hi Chris, I have been reading your project blog, and have finally caught up with you. I like your approach to getting the Avanti so you can drive it. You have accomplished much in the past few months. I have been thinking about acquiring an Avanti and your experiences have helped to introduce me to the car. I am a Packard collector, but I have always been attracted to these Raymond Lowey designed Avantis. A couple of comments, if I may. I would strongly encourage you to pack the rear wheel bearings and install new inner and outer seals at this time. The primary cause of broken axles is neglect to the bearings. Old grease can be as bad as no grease at all. You are right there and eight more nuts and bolts and you will be there. It is a simple job now, and why go through the hub pulling experience again? Also, I would drain the differential and put in new GL-5 85W-140 gear oil. Get the kind for limited slip if your car has it. You can use the same gear oil in your manual transmission. Getting that old stuff out now will give you peace of mind and satisfaction that the components are well lubricated. Secondly, I believe that the castle nuts on the bottom of the spindles/king pins need to be secured with cotter pins, but you probably already know this and have not gotten around to it yet. Good luck, and keep the postings coming. Great job! John
  9. You can also test the vacuum chamber by removing the fitting on the end (where the tubing connects) and then the spring and shims (if there are any). Then, do the mouth vacuum test as described above. Easier to tell if the unit leaks this way; and, easier to do without having to work against the spring. (o[]o)
  10. Here are two photos from a recent visit to Dick's Classic Cars museum in San Marcos, Texas. One is of a 1948 Club Sedan with wire wheels, and the other is a 1955 Four Hundred with wire wheel covers. I like the look of the '48 and the seldom seen covers on the '55 look neat too. Recently saw a '36 Twelve Convertible Coupe with wire wheels. (o[]o)
  11. The 1955 Clipper Customs came with single exhaust and the Packard had dual exhaust systems. This, I believe is the difference in h.p. ratings between the two with the same engine. Later, I believe, dual exhaust systems were available for the Customs. (o[]o)
  12. O_D, thanks for the comment about the Terry Martin book. I purchased a copy for the museum store and I am enjoying reading it. Interesting that AQ would not issue a revised edition with additional and corrected information. This often happens with books with reprints. Its good that Martin went ahead and wrote the book to keep history correct. (o[]o)
  13. I have a copy of the Einstein book and enjoy reading about the ads and looking at the art work. To me it is a shame that the ads were not reproduced in color, they are all in black and white. Still a good Packard book for reference, enjoyment, research, and to have on the bookshelf. Recommended with qualification. (o[]o)
  14. John_Lawrence

    towing vehicle

    Isn't there a general rule of thumb about tow vehicles that says the tow vehicle should weigh as much as the combined weight of what it is towing? (o[]o)
  15. Not a "115C", that would be a 1937, yours is a 1938 "Six" and a very nice one. It is going to give someone many nice rides. (o[]o)