Classic/Antique Car Repair/1937 Packard


Robert Russell wrote at 2015-06-10 06:37:11
Hello Laurent,

If this is still an open issue for you, the answer is "yes" as long as you clean up the threads on the head bolts you removed and torque them back to factory specs. Sometimes the head bolts can be both rusted AND have treads missing due to rust in the water jacket. In this case, you would need to replace the bolts with modern equivalents. In any case, mark the two bolts so you can place them in the same hole you removed them. This is just a precaution so that the head is torqued down as original.

Good luck,


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I can answer general and specific questions that relate to problems with and the repair solutions for, the O.E.M. wooden interior trim found in many marques: Jaguar, Roll-Royce, Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, BMW, Austin Healey, Jensen Healey, Triumph, Lotus etc. etc.


I have co-owned a company called Madera Concepts since founding it in 1982. We specialize in the repair, refinishing and re-veneering of automotive woodwork, from pre-War to date. If the vehicle came from the factory with wooden interior trim, we have seen and restored it.

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