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Re: Message from the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio
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IIRC, one of the factory bulletins advises to measure and compare clearance to ground from the bottom of each end of the rocker panels to check level.

Yet, on a properly levelled car, I also noticed that the lower line of the rear fender shroud/skirt (approximately) bisected the red hex on the wheel cover. Ever since, I've used that as a more convenient guideline - even when the control box is on the fritz and I've had to compensate "manually".

However, you should keep in mind that, even when properly levelled, riding height can decrease based on vehicle load and equipment, which may affect how much of the red hex is covered.

WRT cars running around with the rear jacked up, if not due a failure of the control system, I suspect there are some people who have used the (straight) side moldings as a level reference. The problem is that those moldings actually run downhill, fore-to-aft. I made that mistake, myself as a newbie.

Posted on: 5/12 7:15:26
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Re: Message from the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio
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Points well taken.

Though still not fully recovered, finanically, from the Great Recession, and helping to care for my terminally-ill mother, I now have to look after my declining father, his house and a not-so-late-model car that he no longer drives, but refuses to sell.

Somehow, I've managed to keep all of my old cars. They're all in dry storage, but about all I can do right now is to try to keep the tires aired up.

Whenever I've thought about getting rid of any of them, I realize that after I put in all the work needed to get them out of storage and sell them without taking a beating, I might as well finish them and enjoy them myself.

Only time will tell if that's feasible.

Meanwhile, the odds may be against recovering your Caribbean after all these years, but I hope you at least wind up with another Packard of your dreams.

Posted on: 5/11 17:08:10
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Re: Message from the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio
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BTW, whatever its flaws, that MT Retrospective piece was one of three magazine articles that, initially, helped fuel my interest Packards - shortly after finding my father's old '56 Exec Hardtop quietly rusting away in a field.

I was in high school, then, with little budget for hobbies, but I availed myself of the available resources to attempt an oil painting of the magnificent center-spread photo that you cited, earlier. However, I wasn't able to capture the look of all that chrome and stainless. My (naive) approach had been to use shades of gray. I didn't understand, until several years later, that the key was to paint what was reflected in the polished surfaces.

Still, the resulting work attracted enough attention to win second place in its class at the annual high school art show. Maybe that's because I later learned (only recently) that art isn't so much about duplicating reality as it is how the artist "sees" things. That I had (unintentionally) somewhat enhanced the bustline of the striped tube top of the model sitting behind the wheel probably didn't hurt, either - LOL.

Alas, my mother did not like that painting at all. So, it was banished to the garage, and was eventually tossed into the burning barrel, suffering from exposure. If life ever settles down to the point that I can pursue my own interests, again, I'd like to pick up the brush and canvas to attempt another painting of that scene. However, there's so much more in play, here, than the current pandemic.

Posted on: 5/11 7:12:48
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Re: Message from the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio
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Thanks for the clarification on that Caribbean's fuel system, Leeedy.

I only went Googling to find out about the Warren Museum's acquisition, but was confused by some of the (mis)statements about the car in that Tribune Chronicle article.

I probably have that issue of the TPC, but it's boxed up in offsite storage, and I wasn't interested in digging that deep into the matter. I've lost a lot of interest in the hobby, but do hope to check out the Hughes car in person, someday.

Posted on: 5/10 12:47:08
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Re: Message from the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio
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I used to go over to Warren for the Museum's annual Packard weekend, as a spectator, but (for a variety of reasons) I began losing interest in that event. I stopped going after they did away with the all-Packard car show, on Saturday, and merged it with their all-makes car show, held on Sunday.

Still, I took a look at the Donor Letter and couldn't help but notice mention of the 55 Caribbean that Howard Hughes bought for Jean Peters. So. I did a little Googling and found this article on the acquisition:

https://www.tribtoday.com/news/local-news/2019/10/national-packard-museum-gets-1955-caribbean-bought-by-howard-hughes/

I'm confused by the statement that "Hughes souped up the vehicle with two four-barrel carburetors". (There's a later mention of "some under-the-hood modifications" as well.) It's been my understanding that the 2x4 setup was factory install on all V8 Caribbeans, and I've never seen factory documentation to the contrary. Conversely, I have seen a few of these cars that were refitted with a single 4-barrel carb, intake, and air cleaner.

My recollection from a Retrospective article in an issue of Motor Trend, back in the early '70s, was that Hughes was dissatisfied with way the car ran, but could never get the 4-barrels adjusted right. So the car just sat, and that's why there were so few miles on it when Stan Zimmerman was finally able to buy it.

If this COVID mess ever passes, I'd like to go back to check that car out.

Posted on: 5/9 17:33:33
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Re: Corona
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I hope you are right about the collapse of today's for-profit system, Tim Cole. IMHO, HMOs are rip-off.

As my late mother lay in the hospital, waiting to be discharged to hospice care, someone came in to draw blood. When we asked what that was for, they responded that it was to check her blood sugar level because she was a diabetic. When we advised that she was NOT diabetic they quickly left, but not without those vials of blood in hand.

Too much emphasis on filling schedules and collecting fees these days. I liked it better when we had doctors who knew that if you cured (not merely treated) patients, the rest would follow (in most cases).

Posted on: 3/12 16:26:01
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Re: Corona
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Thank you Jason75 for that wealth of useful info - especially that the virus is NOT heat resistant. Hope the sun begins to shine more here
and the outdoor thermometer reaches the 80-degree mark sooner, rather than later.

Posted on: 3/12 16:09:19
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Re: Corona
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Too true, Gerd.

Local news reported, last night, that COVID-19 has landed in Warren, OH with one patient now, at St. Joseph Hospital.

I wish the media, government, and medical industry would shift some focus from containment and prevention to how individuals can survive the infection - with hospitalization being a last resort.

Posted on: 3/12 8:36:34
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Re: Juke box
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Trademarks have to be registered to very specific types/classes of goods and/or services.

Bicycles and jukeboxes (and pianos) ain't the same (market) as motor vehicles and wiring harnesses (and related components and tools).

Posted on: 3/5 15:15:16
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Re: Packard Front Fender Question
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Look no further than this site's Service Index - namely, the 51-54 section on Fenders & Sheetmetal for links to a series of three articles with detailed answer to your question.

Posted on: 3/4 10:23:21
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