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Re: Jim's Packard powered "Indy" car
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Hi John:
No I'm sorry, the original drive train was removed when I got the car, (it was a field find) and that someone put in a Datsun 240Z engine and tranny. I sold that Datsun drive train years ago,
Thanks,

Jim

Posted on: 2016/7/3 3:08
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Re: Jim's Packard powered "Indy" car
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Hello:
Thanks for replying and for all your advice and help. First, the original front hubs were the 8 lug one ton Chevy design, but with the adaptors that were purchased to accept my 6 lug spoked wheels made the stance too wide and didn't look right. I didn't want to ( or could afford ) another complete front solid axle 6 lug hub assembly from a 1/2 ton pre 1960 Chevy. My only choice was to see if the original front hubs could be machined to my 6 lug rims. I didn't have to go far, for DCA RaceFab, ( owner Dan Navrestad ) in La Crosse, Wisconsin took on the challenge, he has a custom machine and fabrication shop. Also brought in the 2 piece adaptors in case he needed them. First they had to remove the drums from the hubs, they miked the wide center hubs to see if there was enough metal to turn down, then machined the front hubs to the tolerance needed to accept the 6 lug pattern and spacer. Then used the wheel adaptors as a pattern after they removed the original 8 lugs and drilled the hub and drums to accept the new 6 lug pattern. I wasn't there when they did the custom fabrication, but they made it happen. What a talent they have there for his shop is always filled with several custom builds in different stages of completion, I'd compare his work to the ones you see in magazines, he's been doing this for almost 30 years, his reputation is well known. I'd be glad to take one wheel off and take pictures of their custom work but I painted the drum assembly, not sure if much can be seen.
Thank you again,
Jimjr51

Posted on: 2016/6/29 2:09
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Re: 51Packards....52 Packard 200 Deluxe!
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Hello 51 Packard:
I'm new to the Packard club, and not real computer savy but enjoy all the blogs in the forums, especially the project blogs. Thank you for posting your pictures and the hurdles you are overcoming. All I have at the moment is a 1954 Packard 327 and 3 speed manual tranny, the rest of the Packard was scrapped because of rust and a broken frame some 25 years ago I am told. I noticed you are from Racine, Wisc. I lived there for the first 19 years of my life, but moved to La Crosse, Wisc. in 1971. Now retired and enjoying life in Minnesota....LOL.
Good luck in your builds, I look forward to viewing your blogs and pictures.
Good luck,
Jim

Posted on: 2016/6/25 2:52
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Re: Jim's Packard powered "Indy" car
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Thanks big Kiev and Mal for all your help and interest, I'm finding out that Packard members are the most friendliest, knowledgeable and dedicated people around. I have been building cars for over 40 years, joined a few car clubs in my day but none of them compare to the Packard club and its members, you all do this club a great justice. I have 3 built cars to sell and am seriously considering in purchasing a complete Packard!!....LOL.
Thanks again,
Jimjr51

Posted on: 2016/6/25 2:32
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Re: Kanter's 1952 Packard Limo Restoration
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Thanks to you for letting us ride the waves in your restoration project. Can't wait to see more of your work, great job !!
Jimjr51

Posted on: 2016/6/23 16:33
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Re: Kanter's 1952 Packard Limo Restoration
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Wow, what a big undertaking, my hats off to all that is involved in this restoration. What great talent and vision you all have. Please keep us all in the loop, you have us on the edge of our seats. Can't wait to see more,
Jimjr51

Posted on: 2016/6/22 1:50
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Re: Which shifting arm on a 1954 Packard manual trans is for reverse/low gear
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Hello John:
Thanks, that is good to know. I appreciate your input,
Jim

Posted on: 2016/6/15 15:04
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Re: Which shifting arm on a 1954 Packard manual trans is for reverse/low gear
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Hi John:
Yes, I see what you're saying and thank you for sharing your knowledge of the Chevy chassis, but if I had to do it all over again, I would have purchased a whole 1/2 ton frame with front and rear suspension along with the rear end with the 6 lug bolt pattern. A short bed rolling frame would have been a lot simpler and cheaper to utilize. I would not have tried to interchange the 1/2 ton and one ton parts. I don't know what year the Chevy truck division went away with the solid front axle, but this is similar to what they used in the '30's, that is why I used it.
Thanks again for responding, I appreciate any advice or tips on this build,
Jim

Posted on: 2016/6/14 14:35
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Re: Which shifting arm on a 1954 Packard manual trans is for reverse/low gear
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Hi John:
Thanks for responding. You are right, I'm not sure if the hubs on the 1/2 and one ton Chevy suspension parts are interchangeable. The one ton rolling chassis that I used was very cheap to purchase ( $200 ) and it was complete. I found it in Northern Minnesota last year. I believe a shorter wheelbase complete 1/2 ton rolling chassis that has the 6 lug drums would have been a cheaper move that way I could use the less expensive 1934 to 1936 17" 6 lug spoked rims to make it a close period correct Indy clone. I did buy wheel adaptors for the 8 lug original drums but the wheels stance made the front end look too wide, the same with the adaptors with the 8 lug floating '52 Chevy one ton rear end, it just didn't look right. I then tried a 8 3/4 Mopar rear end but that was too wide also. This 60's Chevy truck rear end fit right in. This week with all the suspension parts cleaned and painted, I can start putting her back together.
Thanks,
Jim

Posted on: 2016/6/14 6:26
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Re: Which shifting arm on a 1954 Packard manual trans is for reverse/low gear
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Thank you Kev and Mal both for guiding me through these Packard forums. This coming week will be dismantling the mocked up Indy chassis and getting the suspension, rear end and frame ready for sandblasting and paint, pictures will follow,
Thanks again,
Jim

Posted on: 2016/6/4 14:38
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