The Other Car: 1952 Packard Patrician 400

1952 Packard Patrician 400

Off and on, I’ve mentioned my other car, and since it’s the one crying for attention right now, I thought I’d take a moment to share a little about it.

It’s a 1952 Packard Patrician 400 with just over 41,000 original miles on it (3,000 of which are in the last year alone).  For an early 50’s car that’s never been considered particularly worth saving, it’s in really good shape (or at least it is now).  It’s been repainted and most of the chrome has been redone, but the engine has never been apart.  When I got it a little over a year ago, despite looking pretty much like it does now on the outside, it was a bit of a basket case beneath the surface.

Over the past year I’ve gone through just about everything and brought things back into spec, with one exception: the fuel system.  Mostly because I know to leave well enough alone when things are working correctly, I haven’t opened any of the fuel system components…that is until yesterday.

In the last few weeks, I’ve experienced an intermittent miss at moderate engine speeds, and after eliminating the ignition system, I determined the fuel system needed to be examined for possible causes, so that’s what I’ve done.

First on the list: the gas tank.

I drained the gas, pulled the tank, and looked inside a few days ago, only to find what I thought was a worn-away tank coating.  But after looking in the light of day, I figured out that just the COLOR had been leached out of the Red Kote, and the tank is, in fact, in great clean shape.  So, onto the fuel lines, the fuel pump, and then a carburetor rebuild…Woo hoo!

Packard gas tank

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