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Re: 1947 Packard Super Clipper full frame engine trans for sale
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Yes, true so we have to drive accordingly to stay out of trouble. And regular maintenance is important.

But Ernie is right. My 1956 Clipper attracts far more attention (of the right sort) out on the road than my Ferrari 575 or Maserati Quattroporte, which are both quite attractive and unusual cars by modern standards. Have to make allowances for the Clipper in modern traffic, but it's hard to beat in a deluge. Behaves like a boat and nothing can stop it!

Brian

Posted on: 10/22 0:25:19
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Re: Ken's 1937 120 Touring Sedan
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Ken, that's a really nice original looking 120 you've got. Bet it will drive nicely, too.

I had a 41 120 Club Coupe for a while which drove exceptionally well.

Seat belts are a good idea, especially if you want to carry family.

I sourced mine here (dark red lap belts) with the mounting hardware. I'm sure you can get the same stuff more easily there. There was one wrinkle. It's best to mount the lower lap belt fasteners through the floor behind the seats. The catch is that this section of the floor of my 120 was double panel - maybe yours too - so much longer mounting bolts are needed. Given this, though, you might not need the strengthening plate which normally bolts under these mounts. Other than that, fitting was plain sailing.

I had a hard look for suitable upper mounting points for three point belts. There are some kits sold for this but I could not see a strong enough attachment point for front belts. The rear parcel shelf in my car was metal (probably yours, too) so it would be reasonably easy to fit them in the back if you wish with suitable strengthening.

Enjoy the car!

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Brian

Posted on: 9/24 17:10:36
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Re: What is This?
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Well for those of you who could not sleep at night, it appears that the pictured car is a Fiat 509 of about 1925/26. Most likely Australian-bodied but in the style of the factory two-door "Torpedo" of the time. Apparently the wheels and hubs are a give-away, plus the front drum brake.

Not that I would know.

My friend now recalls that his dad did own a Fiat around that time. Bet he wished he had a Packard. This was a good little car, with almost 1000cc of stump pulling power and a top speed of just over 40mph! But not in the league of a Packard Six.

Cheers

Brian

Posted on: 9/20 19:11:57
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Re: What is This?
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Thanks guys - yes, it's a tough one because the radiator is obscured. The wheels and hubs were also the main reason I doubted it was a Packard Six.

I'll try throwing it on to the AACA site to see if somebody can come up with an ID.

Brian

Posted on: 9/19 20:07:35
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What is This?
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A friend of mine has sent this picture of his mother with the family car -presumably mid-1920s.

He was told it's a Packard Six, which I very much doubt.

It's right hand drive and is a tourer with only two doors. It's difficult to see because the open door is obscuring the front of the car. The wheelbase looks smaller than the 126 inches of a Packard Six and the wheels/hubs don't look familiar. At that time, many foreign chassis were imported and bodied locally. The designs of those bodies often did not resemble factory models. More like what the local body company was producing.

Any ideas or suggestions on what this might be?

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Posted on: 9/19 2:51:22
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Re: 3rd series Packard Six
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Mal

I think what you say is true about the earlier series cars, according to the sources I have seen. Numbers differed but tended to be reasonably close. Even if it was a mixture of components, they appear to be correct. Clearly restorable. But not by me!

The plate on the car is definitely a reproduction. Whether it's the correct production number or not - who knows?

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Brian

Posted on: 9/8 18:09:03
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Re: Packard Bikes
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Thanks for your reply, Leeedy

Yes, it's a sorry tale and I can feel your frustration. Some of this happened with the "old car" movement but maybe not to the same degree. Being an old racer at heart, I keep running into people with amazing experiences or stories to tell and say "you should write a book". Some of them have, but many left it too late. Most who did write something ended up publishing it themselves, especially if their special expertise was in something a bit off centre (like air-cooled race cars). Despite what publishers seem to think, there is a market for well-presented books on almost any subject written by somebody who really knows what they are talking about.

You still have an amazing collection of classic bicycles and deep knowledge of the subject. Something a publisher is typically incapable of recognising or understanding. So they will likely continue to reject your approaches or offers. At least two of my older friends have resorted to self publishing and came out of it reasonably well financially. More importantly, their knowledge was captured for posterity. You have a ready made repository of classic bicycles and material, and could assemble a "bible" on the subject. Potentially a very time consuming exercise, but the result is that your collection serves a purpose and your knowledge is captured. I'm just thinking aloud, but my great fear is that what you have will go with you when you depart. That's a tragedy.

Even having a searchable repository online of correct examples of classic bicycles and pics thereof would be enormously valuable, but only scratches the surface.

One of the side benefits of such an effort is that the instant experts et al are easily proved wrong when they start talking nonsense.

As a complete aside, when did your 1956 Packard 400 (hardtop) disappear? I am idly looking at one for sale here with a rather hazy past but last sold through a dealer in Chicago called Chicago Car Exchange, Inc. It's Scottish Heather/White paint (code MK) and trim code 86, car number 5687 1773. Which means it was built in late 1955 but a 1956 model. I hope you don't recognise any of that!

This 400 has been sitting in a shed here for more than a few years, so would no doubt require a mechanical birthday. I'm pretty happy with my current RHD 1956 Clipper, and would be hard to prise out of that.

Cheers

Brian

Posted on: 9/4 22:02:22
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Re: 1956 Clipper Deluxe
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Thanks Don

I should know better, after living in the US for so many years.

But my experience with vacuum tube contraptions dates back to my childhood and university days! Almost prehistoric.

Cheers

Brian

Posted on: 9/3 1:00:30
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Re: 1956 Clipper Deluxe
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Thanks Mal

I'll check it out. Right around the corner!

Cheers

Brian

Posted on: 9/3 0:56:59
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Re: 1956 Clipper Deluxe
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Thanks Howard

How on earth did you know that?

The radio museum does have spec sheets for most of the old AWA models. I will have to get the amp out to see what model it is. They usually have a label on the amp, but it will be on the top so I can't see it in situ.

There's plenty of stuff about for the transistor version of these, which appeared a few years later. But the valve versions are much less common and model numbering was a black art!

Cheers

Brian

Posted on: 9/1 15:02:17
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