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Re: After market A/C
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JD, That's certainly in line with what I would THINK these units would perform like; if they DID work, everybody would have one! I'm older and somewhat jaded, but I see the world of advertising as 'the great big lie' and virtually NOTHING works 'as advertised'. I love the way they show trucks and jeeps in ads today, flying through the air and scaling rock cliffs - if you drove your new vehicle like that, it wouldn't last a month, yet that is the perception they try and purport. Honestly, I can't think of the last thing I bought that actually worked like the ads said it should. As a kid, I read Popular Mechanics with all their ads and ideas, and marveled, wide-eyed, at so many of them. Luckily I didn't have the extra cash to 'buy-in' and probably saved myself from a lot of disappointment. I used to have a boss who was fond of saying 'they have engineers at the factory who look after these things - leave it to them'. Chris.

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Re: After market A/C
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Yes, that's DEFINITELY a plus, Don! A gaping hole in a dash from a jury-rigged attempt at installing aftermarket A/C would be a whole lot more of a 'fix', wouldn't it??!?!? Chris.

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Re: After market A/C
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Howard, Don,

I certainly 'get it' re these things being 'what there was', at the time, and I suppose for the state-of-the-art of A/C in our car's era, they were probably considered pretty progressive, even amazing. I always look at all these after-market add-ons with an eye to evaluating their practicality and functionality. There are countless ideas marketed to add features to a car that it didn't come with from the factory, and I'd concede some of them are downright brilliant. But being a guy who won't even put a bumper sticker on a car and who will go more than an extra mile to 'stay factory', I just look at all these 'Popular Mechanics-style' aftermarket concepts as being a bit gimmicky. Of course, just my humble opinion, and I know there will be those out there who disagree, otherwise there'd be no market for any of these products, right?? Chris.

Posted on: Yesterday 11:12:52
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Re: 1946 Clipper Resto Mod at BJ Auctions
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What do I know?!?!? I just went back to the Barrett Jackson site to have another look at that car and see it sold previously for $9350 in 2010!!! Buying it for that and reselling it after owning and driving it for 10 years and doubling your money ain't THAT bad!!! Don't listen to me..... Chris.

Posted on: 1/18 17:19:20
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Re: 1946 Clipper Resto Mod at BJ Auctions
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Hey, I'm the first to admit that you pros have forgotten more than I'll ever know about this hobby, But I DO know how stupid-fast one goes through money on any of these restoration projects. There was a post there within the last couple of days, kicking around the average cost of a paint job, and it seemed $20K was 'in-and-around' so to get that '46, looking like it did, new motor, and completely gone over, for $22K just seems extremely reasonable to me. The hours that must have gone into it?!?!?!? Chris.

Posted on: 1/18 17:07:48
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Re: After market A/C
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Hi Let the ride decide,

Interesting approach to 'aftermarket AC', and not to be critical, but that seems like a most ungainly bit of business to try and 'stuff' under the dash of a car, especially an older Packard that was already space-challenged due to the arrow shaped front end. And if the whole system is contained in that unit, I'm thinking it would probably be pretty loud, too. Just my 2 cents worth, like I say - interesting concept, thanks for posting. Chris

Posted on: 1/18 16:45:44
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Re: How Packard Builds a Body
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Thanks Mike - awesome videos. The wood scares me though, when it comes to restoration. The way they were all jigged up for it at the factory makes it look easy, but reproducing some of that stuff would be really time-consuming and expensive. Made me glad they were done with wood when they got to building my '39!! LOL Chris.

Posted on: 1/17 23:46:03
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Re: 1946 Clipper Resto Mod at BJ Auctions
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Although I love 'original' when it comes to old vehicles, I can and do appreciate good workmanship and some of the design engineering ideas of 'tasteful' resto-mods. This one certainly seems to qualify in that regard and I believe it showed as selling at $22K - an absolute steal when the time and mechanical are considered. I bet that guy didn't get back two bits on the dollar of what he'd spent on it. Chris.

Posted on: 1/17 13:57:20
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Re: U-Joint cap retainer straps from factory
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Hey John, I put these on my car, Packard branded, and they look good. Nice quality chrome, good visibility, and quite easy to find online. I think I paid a couple hundred bucks for these, including brackets and period-authentic switch. Chris.

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Posted on: 1/16 17:39:00
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Re: Avatars
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Hi Paul, I guess I answered my own question as when I went looking around for what I might have done, I clicked on 'View Mode' and clicked that until I got things back to normal. I can see everyone's avatar again. I hate it when I do something like that and end up with a foreign-looking screen. Drives me nuts! Anyway, thanks for the response. Chris.

Posted on: 1/16 15:46:47
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