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Re: What would a traditional Packard "Senior" have looked like in 1951?
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Had it not been for the Korean War, Packard might well have set up body production back at East Grand Boulevard in time for the 26th Series, in late 1952. According to Robert Neal’s “Packard – 1951 to 1954” book (Chapter 3), a sub-committee had been set up on April 12, 1950 for just such a purpose. However, the $2 million cost to accomplish this was, by August 17, 1950, deemed too high a cost. The August 17, 1950 minutes of the sub-committee state: “The present situation which has developed with this trouble in Korea, which indicates that the procurement of materials will become increasingly difficult and may end in their allocation, that it is not an appropriate time to consider the project further.”

As to the discussion about the new V-8 engine – Nance’s team did not authorize production of the engine until March of 1953. Serious discussions were taking place before then, however. Robert Neal quoted the minutes of the Operating Committee meeting of January 2, 1951 in his book “Master Motor Builders” (Chapter 7): “A preliminary cost study of the V-8 engine for use in the 26th Series [1953] has been completed by the Manufacturing Division, and Mr. Reifel reported that it indicated a tool cost of approximately $13 million with a slight increase in piece cost.” “By January of 1952,” Neal wrote, “the committee had approved spending $1.2 million for the development of the necessary machine tools to set up a modern new engine production facility. By the end of 1953, $3 million had been spent on design, tooling and prototype production of a new V-8 engine, and the company was contemplating further outlay of some $14 million before complete production facilities would be in place. Necessary funds to complete this process were not committed until 1954… There is ample evidence that the engine was designed and prototypes built by early 1953.”

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FREE rolling chassis for 1936 120-B
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FREE - 1936 Packard 120-B rolling chassis in primer. All you have to do is pick it up in New Jersey. Contact Sal at <oldcars4me@aol.com>

Posted on: 2017/6/26 19:47
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Re: 2017 National Pack Meet
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The 2020 PAC National Meet will be in northern California.

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1951 Patrician for sale
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Here's a lead I heard about :
1951 Patrician 400 (2406-2452). 8,000 miles. Original, with some rust on the rockers and chrome. Needs seats. Car is located in Sussex County, New Jersey. Asking $4,000. Contact Aaron at (973) 525-4871. <oldaf1999@gmail.com>

Posted on: 2017/4/2 19:16
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Re: Conner ave plant
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Quoting from the minutes of the Packard Board of Directors Meeting on April 10, 1940, a discussion on what was referred to as the “Packard-Briggs program," $3,000,000 was authorized...

“to secure the assistance of the Briggs company in designing a new line of automobiles for our 20th Series cars. The agreement provides that the Briggs Manufacturing Company will do the design work, make sketches, provide a quarter-scale model and furnish us with engineering services for a period of one year at a total cost of $11,088. It is understood that this new car is to be of an advanced design which will place us in an excellent competitive position with popular medium-priced cars. The body and chassis sheet metal engineering, die and tool designing and production will probably be performed by the Briggs company, and the chassis engineering, tool designing and production by our own organization.”

This new car was introduced in 1941, and was named “Clipper.”

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Re: Where are all the author's research papers?
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As I understand it, Robert Neal's materials went to the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio.

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Re: Henry Joy Tour
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The registration form will be published in the February issue of the Cormorant News Bulletin.

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Re: Happy Birthday Big Kev
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You're HOW old...?

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"Packard - A History..." book for sale
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"Packard, A History of the Motor Car and the Company," (the “Packard-Bible”). First Edition, published 1978. Copy number “3035” on the certificate of authenticity. Red leather-bound, with slipcase. Originally purchased by "Sparky" Bohnstedt, head of the Clipper Design Studio 1955-56. $100. plus shipping, or best offer. Kara Lyn Bohnstedt. <klbohnstedt02@gmail.com>

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Re: Jack, can you produce this conversion kit??
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"Make a date with a Patrician 88..."

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