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by Dave Czirr
Sun Jul 25, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Engine, Driveline, Suspension & Steering
Topic: 1950 straight 8 interchangeability
Replies: 4
Views: 32

Re: 1950 straight 8 interchangeability

Well, if one really wanted to I guess you could transplant a 6-cylinder Cummins diesel into a VW Rabbit. So, if you wanted a mongrel, surely you could, with appropriate modifications, get a senior driveline transplanted into your shorter wheelbase junior. My suggestion is that if you want the more r...
by Dave Czirr
Sun Jul 25, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Engine, Driveline, Suspension & Steering
Topic: 1950 straight 8 interchangeability
Replies: 4
Views: 32

Re: 1950 straight 8 interchangeability

The details are all in the 1948-1954 Master Parts List, available as a reprint, where you can check for common part numbers between models. But in a nutshell the Eight (288) and Super Eight (327) share many engine and chassis components. But the 356 which was the senior engine used in the Custom 8 h...
by Dave Czirr
Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:22 am
Forum: Part Sources & Interchanges
Topic: affordable 32 X 6 tires
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: affordable 32 X 6 tires

32x6 equates to a 20" tire and not a lot of choices in that diameter, none of them inexpensive, and no options in terms of wheels that would mount cheap tires that I'm aware of. My suggestion would be to retain the current wheels and tires and rest them on wheeled dollies for vehicle movement until ...
by Dave Czirr
Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Ask The Man Who Owns One
Topic: 53 cavalier just won't fire
Replies: 164
Views: 9102

Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Coach: a couple of points first. Are you aware that you can purchase a reprint of the 1951-54 Master Parts List and check such things as the distributor number yourself? And second, I'm curious why you call your car a "base model cavalier"? It's a Cavalier or Model 300, plain and simple. The base mo...
by Dave Czirr
Tue Jul 20, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Ask The Man Who Owns One
Topic: 53 cavalier just won't fire
Replies: 164
Views: 9102

Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

No gasket. And the cap should very definitely NOT be loose, it should fit snugly with no free movement. And perhaps before ordering a new cap you should check your distributor number against the Master Parts List to be sure your car has the correct distributor. And apologies to Bluedevil for jumping...
by Dave Czirr
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Identification & Numbers
Topic: Deciphering the vehicle number
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Deciphering the vehicle number

Motor number and wheelbase would be very helpful. Motor # should be on the driver's side leg of the front motor mount arm. I'll continue based on the assumption that your motor number is in the same numerical range as the frame number. First, you need to recognize that in the era of your car, Packar...
by Dave Czirr
Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Ask The Man Who Owns One
Topic: 53 cavalier just won't fire
Replies: 164
Views: 9102

Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Pertronix doesn't enjoy a particularly robust reputation in 6-volt positive ground systems like your Packard. Its major advantage over traditional points is that once every 10,000 or 12,000 miles you save about an hour or two of labor, and perhaps get marginally better performance those last few tho...
by Dave Czirr
Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Lubricants & Fluids
Topic: Type of Oil for 1953
Replies: 16
Views: 8498

Re: Type of Oil for 1953

Yes, of course you'll need an oil pan gasket kit, available from any of the major Packard vendors or Olson's Gaskets. The oil pan drain plug is at the base of the sump, hex-head, probably 3/4 or 7/8". If your engine came with simple mechanical valve lifters, then an oil filter was an optional access...
by Dave Czirr
Sat Jul 17, 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Ask The Man Who Owns One
Topic: 53 cavalier just won't fire
Replies: 164
Views: 9102

Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

As Bluedevil suggested, I'd start by looling for a vacuum leak. You might start with the distributr vacuum advance unit.
by Dave Czirr
Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Ask The Man Who Owns One
Topic: 53 cavalier just won't fire
Replies: 164
Views: 9102

Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Plus or minus a few degrees, even a half-dozen degrees, will not in and of itself produce backfiring.