The Most Comprehensive Free Online Reference for Packard Owners
Become a member of Packard Motor Car Information, right now! (it's free)
Login
Username:

Password:

remember me

Lost Password?

Register now!
FAQ's
Main Menu
Recent Forum Topics
Who's Online
36 user(s) are online (28 user(s) are browsing Packard Forums)

Members: 4
Guests: 32

Ernie Vitucci, PackardDon, 54packpac, 51Packard, more...


(1) 2 3 4 ... 269 »


Re: Roll call
Forum Ambassador
Joined:
2006/11/29 20:35
From Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 2855
Due to unresolved differences of opinion with some people from PAC, Packard53 not only left this site, but sold his 53. He is presently enjoying an 87 Corvette convertible and his 66 Chevelle, which received an engine overhaul - thanks to the proceeds from the sale of his Packard.

I used to trade email privately with PackardV8, but fell out of touch with him and several others in the hobby as I got drawn into the black hole of my elderly parents health issues.

Turbopackman left the site due to differences with another member. He had also been posting, concurrently, on The H.A.M.B. board, but seems to have left that site, as well. He got into Studebakers for awhile, posting at the SDC forum, but has been off the radar since 2010. No idea what became of the 48 that he retrofitted with cane shifter, but he seemed to appreciate the original owner's manual that I gave him.

Posted on: 9/1 15:42:36
Transfer the post to other applications Transfer


Re: PAC meet torsion level presentation
Forum Ambassador
Joined:
2006/11/29 20:35
From Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 2855
Just watched the subject video - spread out between a couple of afternoons.

Long, yes. Dry, yes. Save for some refinements with the camera work, I don't see how it could have been any better, though. The presenter had to cover a lot of ground and lay this out for a wide range of audience experience. Heck, in spite of all my years of document research and working on these cars, I got a bit lost with all the talk about spring rates.

Really, that presentation was quite a feat given the presenter's age. There can't be many of these original guys left.

Meanwhile, I smiled when I saw the reference to PackardInfo's Service Index.

I especially enjoyed the color images of the presenter with Black Bess - much cleaner than other images that I've seen in the past. While the car has a reputation for having been roughly put together, it was apparently a running, driveable prototype. Damned shame that things never progressed beyond that point

I look forward to the day that I can get back to work on my V8s and tame the lousy roads we have here in PA.

Posted on: 8/16 8:28:29
Transfer the post to other applications Transfer


Re: Randy Malcom Berger
Forum Ambassador
Joined:
2006/11/29 20:35
From Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 2855
Al, I just found your post this AM, and I could only think of a few other people whose passing could weigh so heavily on my spirit.

I first made Randy's acquaintance, online, in the wee small hours of the morning, in a live chatroom, prior to the establishment of this site - perhaps even prior to our previous use of the AACA Packard DF. I had actually seen his 56 Four Hundred, in the absence of its owner, a few years earlier - on the lawn of the Trumbull County Courthouse, which is where the Warren Museum's annual meet was held prior to the establishment of its present location. (It was much later, I believe, that the car came to be known as "Best Other".)

In 2003, I met Randy face-to-face (when he still sported a beard), at the Warren Museum's All-Packard meet, on the South Lawn of the Packard Music Hall, where he kept me hydrated (literally, with water) there for hours. I took a picture of Randy standing next to his 400 that day - an image that he like so well, he used it as his avatar.

Some years later, Randy told me that his wife had passed away, but long before she did, she had made it a point to tell him to make sure and restore that car.

One time, he drove all the way from Pittsburgh to meet me at the Perrysburg meet, and before we left for the day, he asked me to have dinner with him and then went ahead and paid for my meal.

Yet, Randy and I had some memorable contact outside of meets.

Back in the fall of '06, he had been attending a train auction about half an hour away, and afterward, he went out of his way to look me up, here at home, and I gave him the $0.05 tour of my offsite storage.

The following year, Randy e-mailed me (confidentially) with pix of a 56 Caribbean convertible for sale down in FL - that is, shortly after he struck a deal. After the shipper finally delivered the car, he invited me to come down to Irwin and see it. Though billed as partially restored, I think Randy ended up taking just about everything back apart and doing it right.

Although the car had been stored offsite, in a local shop, he also invited me over to his house to check out his train collection. Two and a half walls of his basement were covered from floor to ceiling with shelf after shelf of complete trains - locomotive, tender, freight/passenger car, and caboose. In the middle of it all, there was his extensive layout, which also he used to compose his annual Xmas photocard. Behind the Wizard's curtain, there was a workbench where he repaired trains and even made parts. In addition to boxes and shelves full of Packard and train parts, I also noticed several shelves full of old 45rpm records, but time was growing short that day. I later learned that he also had a working jukebox to play them.

Unfortunately, as my parents' health declined and problems became more frequent in more recent years, I fell out of touch with Randy. However, I must say it was a privilege and an honor to have been friends with such a great hands-on Packard owner. Yet, my experience with Randy is only a tiny fraction of his remarkable journey through life.

Godspeed Randy Berger!

Attach file:



jpg  P7260004.JPG (204.72 KB)
103_5f01e0c28216d.jpg 1280X960 px

Posted on: 7/5 7:16:48
Transfer the post to other applications Transfer


Re: Message from the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio
Forum Ambassador
Joined:
2006/11/29 20:35
From Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 2855
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
Transfer the post to other applications Transfer


Re: Message from the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio
Forum Ambassador
Joined:
2006/11/29 20:35
From Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 2855
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
Transfer the post to other applications Transfer


Re: Message from the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio
Forum Ambassador
Joined:
2006/11/29 20:35
From Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 2855
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
Transfer the post to other applications Transfer


Re: Message from the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio
Forum Ambassador
Joined:
2006/11/29 20:35
From Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 2855
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
Transfer the post to other applications Transfer


Re: Message from the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio
Forum Ambassador
Joined:
2006/11/29 20:35
From Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 2855
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
Transfer the post to other applications Transfer


Re: Corona
Forum Ambassador
Joined:
2006/11/29 20:35
From Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 2855
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
Transfer the post to other applications Transfer


Re: Corona
Forum Ambassador
Joined:
2006/11/29 20:35
From Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 2855
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
Transfer the post to other applications Transfer



 Top
(1) 2 3 4 ... 269 »




Search
Recent Photos
Random Photo
1932 Packard phaeton, three-quarter left side view, top folded
Helping Out
PackardInfo is supported and funded by user donations. If you would to help out by either donating content, or funds to help with the upkeep and hosting of this site please EMAIL ME or click on the donate button.