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Re: Spark Plug
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I was in NAPA the other day and asked them how far back their interchanges went for just this reason. I inquired if they listed the spark plugs for a 37 Packard six. They had them listed down to the model and a choice of two manufacturers of plugs. I know one was Champion and I think the other was AutoLite. They were available but had to be ordered.

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Re: Cruising speed
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Thanks for the info. Hopefully I didn't mislead with my inquiry. Everything is going to stay exactly the same as it is. No swapping gears. No adding overdrive. Just asking out of curiosity because I don't want to beat on her any more than I have to. I've read about other member's cars that will do XXX mph all day, and was just wondering what might be expected from mine just in case I need to brag to someone, although I will never do any long distance trips with it.

Posted on: 1/5 13:53:24
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Re: Cruising speed
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PDon, no overdrive here either. I won't be doing any long distance treks.

PNewbie, yes a 37 with a six.

When the car was up in rural Connecticut, my father didn't go much more than 40 mph much to the chagrin of my much younger self. Most of the roads around where we lived were winding country roads with the "road to town" being a two lane, speed limited at around 45 at best. During his stewardship it never saw a highway just secondary roads. Now that it is here in urban Florida, it is kept on the inner fringe of the city and also will never see a highway while I own it (not due to the road but due to the drivers). However, some of our major in town thoroughfares are 4 lane race courses where going at an overly cautious speed is often as risky as speeding.

Posted on: 1/5 4:58:29
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Cruising speed
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Just kind of wondering- on my 115C with a three speed transmission, the speedometer shows a top speed of 100 mph. I know there is no way that this car would reach or sustain that speed, and I seldom have taken it above 45mph, so my question is more or less hypothetical: What should I expect a normal driving/cruising speed for this car to be?

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Posted on: 1/4 18:32:21
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Re: Tire width
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The ones I have on the car are Garfields. Not the reproduction that Coker sells, but from back when Garfield was a tire company and my father's buddy owned a tire store. As far as I know, they are the only tires that have been on the car since the old man got it back on the road and registered. That would make them over 40 years old . I'm not sure why he didn't go with the 650 instead of the 600 because he did have the owner's manual that showed the correct tire size. Maybe the buddy got him a deal on the 600 (?) . Anyways, I have gotten used to the narrower white wall that the Garfields have over the wider on the Firestones and other makes and will probably go to the repros from Coker.

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Re: Tire width
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As far as I know, the tires on this car are ancient although they don't show signs of cracking. However, I know that regardless of how good they may look, they are way way way past their replacement date (I'm embarrassed to tell you how long ago it was that I think my father had replaced them). Much to my unease, I did take the car about 10 miles away to a Packard show a couple of weeks back and breathed a great sigh of relief when I made it back into the garage. My plan has always been to replace the 600-16 with 650-16. I'll probably stick with bias ply because I really can't see me taking this car too far out into the wilds of Florida.

Posted on: 12/1 14:25:54
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Tire width
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I am in the process of deciding on new tires for a 115C. The owner's manual shows tire specs of 650-16. In looking at the tires I will be replacing, they show that they are 600-16. Aside from going back to the manufacturer's specs because they are specs for a reason, should I expect any difference in handling? I'm not worried about it, just curious.

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37 ground
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If I'm reading things right, my 1937 115C was positive ground. My understanding is that the positive battery cable should be connected to the chassis. My father had converted this car to 12v years ago and the negative battery cable is the one connected to the chassis. Anything special I should watch out for or take into account if and when I have to do (more likely- have to have someone else do) work on an electrical component?

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Posted on: 2019/11/27 7:46
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Re: Side mirror
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Thanks for the info. I was just searching for sideview mirrors. I guess Peep Mirrors is really what I should be looking for. I've seen either Kanter or Merrit has the Packard labeled ones, but they are too rich for my pocket book. My car was a low end model so I'm sure an after market item is more in keeping with what would have been put on it had the original owner decided to put one on.

Posted on: 2019/11/25 14:55
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Side mirror
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I have this side mirror on my 37 115C coupe. I only have one on the driver's side and I would like to get another for the passenger side or a pair and replace this one. I'm sure this is not a Packard part but I can not seem to find anything similar. Perhaps my Google abilities need work. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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Posted on: 2019/11/24 15:52
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