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Re: Garish paint jobs are rather off-putting
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You are so right.

I can't help feeling some of the color selection we see is from the 1970s to '80s 'Buy an old car, paint it attention-getting colors and sell at an obscene profit' myth.

The Packards I remember from 'the day' were conservatively painted and often black with black sidewall tires.

'Tastes change' and 'There is no accounting for taste'.

Jim/KB1MCV

Posted on: 1/17 10:03:06
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Re: Average cost of a paint job
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Really, that depends on how much of the prepwork you can do yourself.

If you want to give it to a shop and say "paint it for me" you can expect quotes all over the ballpark because like all work there are an amazing amount of options available.

Just to toss it out there, the question has been asked on the AACA forum and the consensus seemed to be 'around $20K'.

Be aware if a shop agrees to take your car in and do the paint/bodywork to fill in around other jobs to keep the price down, you should be prepared for a long wait, months or (lots) more.

Bottom line a simple paint job usually entails more than you planned on.

Good luck.

Posted on: 1/17 9:50:53
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Re: Gummed up carb never rebuilt a carb
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If you approach the whole job methodically and take your time there is no reason you can't do the rebuild yourself.
There is a manual for the WCFB on line, you should have that printed out for reference in addition to your Motors manual.
You'll need a kit from the vendor of your choice.
A clean well lighted work area is a must.
I would recommend a gallon of carb cleaner from NAPA (read the directions and cautions, they aren't kidding), its nasty stuff but it works great.
You probably should have a source of compressed air to clear the various air/fuel passages.
Its not voodoo or even rocket science.
A few years ago I did the cleaning and overhaul on my 55 Studebaker WCFB which is different only in detail, it was pretty gratifying when it went well.
Good luck.

Posted on: 1/3 16:05:37
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Re: Airplanes - Engines - Aircraft Testing Field
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Packard newbie - my comments were not aimed at anyone at all, just intended to comment on the common perception I've seen in the general public that much historical perspective seems to be filtered through what the entertainment industry (Hollywood) wants us to view. Maybe sanitized is a better choice of words.

If my comments were offensive to anyone I do sincerely apologize, they were intended as observations.

Posted on: 2019/11/2 19:29
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Re: Airplanes - Engines - Aircraft Testing Field
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Its called historical context, I think.

It seems to be in short supply on the internet. I'm not sure why.

The collector cars we drive have had history pass by their windshield, history discussed when it was current news,and had current news and commentary coming through their radios.

You can still hear it you listen.

Remember, most of our ancestors didn't pass through Hollywood, at least mine didn't.

They (perhaps) hoped for better lives for future generations, or maybe didn't think of us at all. You may not approve of the conditions they lived and worked in, their hygienic or even moral standards but they lived in a totally different world.

They might not approve of us, either.

Posted on: 2019/11/2 11:06
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Re: 1941 LeBaron Sports Brougham
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A very good looking car with lots of potential. Also an ambitious project.

Is the design a product of Packards efforts to hold off the nibbles that Cadillac's 60 Special were taking from what had been Packard's market?

Posted on: 2019/11/2 9:37
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Re: Success! Another Packard on the road (Legally)!!
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Congrats on getting the car on the road.

I think most of our cars can be considered 'works in progress'.

Posted on: 2019/10/26 13:22
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Re: Wanted 1939 Super 8 dash plastic
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Steve, as you probably know the plastic ('Tenite') the '39 dashes are made from has not stood the test of time well.

I also am looking for the dash plastic for my '39 Senior.

I suspect there is a market for reproduction dash parts, but my understanding is that the beautiful dash parts that http://packardplastic.com were selling were pretty much prohibitively priced for a driver grade car. That may be the reason nobody seems to have stepped up to begin offering them again.

I have talked with a friend at a local composites fabricating business about 3-D printing the dash parts but while not a dead end, no positive results, either.

Please keep the board posted on your progress.

Posted on: 2019/10/10 13:03
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Re: 1939 Super 8 Engine and Transmission Pricing
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Steve, it is pretty difficult to make any kind of estimate on your engine without more information on condition and things like prior storage environment.

The person you may want to contact is David Flack aka the Flackmaster in Dallas who was instrumental in my (ultimately) successful search for an engine for my '39 1705 a bit over a year ago.

Are you replacing the engine in a 1705?

Good luck.

Posted on: 2019/10/10 9:51
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Re: Saw this on Max Merritt
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Well, he is a youngster.
I think I'll give him credit for getting it going but I hope he repairs his radiator so he won't have to keep running his engine without coolant.
I did comment that he would benefit from having a early fifties Motors Manual to pick up some basics.
Interesting videos.

Posted on: 2019/10/7 9:01
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