Mechanic or Shop Recommendation

General topics, not covered elsewhere, of all things Packard.
Prudence
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Re: Mechanic or Shop Recommendation

Post by Prudence » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:23 am

Good Morning...Something that I have occasionally done when nothing else worked has been to set a second 6 volt battery next to the car and connect it to the battery in the car with jumper cables. This will give more power to push through dirty or partially compromised connections. If the old girl then starts, then you know you have a dirty or compromised connection some place and it is a matter for detective Clouseau ;) . A little holy water on the radiator cap can't help. Ernie in Arizona.

rebyar
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Re: Mechanic or Shop Recommendation

Post by rebyar » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:56 am

I looked for a shop that was as close to me as possible, and appeared to be qualified to evaluate and fix my starting issue. Here is what I found:
The Antique Auto Shop,Hebron, KY; Anderson Restorations,Kanawha, IA; PARKER'S PACKARDS,Holden, MA; Vintage Motorcar Company, Inwood, WV.

Does anybody have any experience in using any of these restoration shops?

Thank You
REB

Howard56
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Re: Mechanic or Shop Recommendation

Post by Howard56 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:39 am

If you are considering someone as far as MA or IA then you might contact Ross Miller at Speedwell Garage in Parkton, MD. He owns Packards and has done work for many Packard owners and comes very highly recommended.

rebyar
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Re: Mechanic or Shop Recommendation

Post by rebyar » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:08 am

Howard56
Thank you very much. I will give him a call this week.
REB

wjames
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Re: Mechanic or Shop Recommendation

Post by wjames » Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:34 am

not to be a wise ass, but has it got fuel. i screwed around with mine for hour just to find it was out of fuel
good luck
W

rebyar
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Re: Mechanic or Shop Recommendation

Post by rebyar » Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:59 pm

WJAMES
I understand your question. The answer is yes. I had driven it about an hour and stopped by the gas station and filled it up with non-ethanal gas. Then parked it. It sat for about two weeks and then it would not start again. It was then that I found water in the spark plug wells. If you have read my original post you know the rest of the story. I have ordered a new wiring harness from Potomac Packard. This problem may be electrical or mechanical- since the pistons and valves got wet several times before I could figure out the problem. Now I don't get a spark at the points and the compression average is 90. I was told it should be at least 100.

The reason I can understand your question is because I restored a 1928 Model A Tudor several years ago. At one time during the restoration period I had worked several hours to correct a carborator problem. I took it for a drive and in 10 min it shut down. I looked at all the things I has done. The gas gauge still showed 1/2 tank. I finally checked the tank and it was empty. Since the Model A uses a float somehow the rod was bent and it showed 1/2 tank instead of empty. Lesson learned.

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Re: Mechanic or Shop Recommendation

Post by Dave Czirr » Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:10 pm

Regarding your compression values, did you do the test with both the choke and throttle valves held wide open and crank the engine thru 3 compression strokes? If not, your values will be lower.

fotso1234
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Re: Mechanic or Shop Recommendation

Post by fotso1234 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:27 pm

There is nothing very specialized about the engineering in a car of the era of yours. Any competent mechanic should be able to run through everything and get it going. The trick is in finding one!

Is there not a local old style garage near you who can help?

If you have had the head off, but no more than that, I would be looking at the live to the coil, the coil itself, the condenser and most likely, the CB points. Is there no spark at the plugs whatsoever?

hughdean
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Re: Mechanic or Shop Recommendation

Post by hughdean » Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:18 am

I will offer a suggestion for you that's a bit far away. This guy has never missed and has always fixed my car issues. Russell Chandler, Russell's Automotive Fleet Service, located in Longview, TX. Cell 903 736 0339. Tell him your problem and get his advise. He's got a 1937 Packard, SC car in his shop for a rebuild now. Good luck.

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