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Re: 1948 NYC lwb taxi project (driveshaft support)
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Don, I hope these pictures help.

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Posted on: 6/23 15:44:43
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Re: 1948 NYC lwb taxi project
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Howard, The window switch and the door ajar warning light did not show any signs of brown paint on the two I have. The center dash grille was painted over chrome and I am not sure if the switch buttons were chrome or painted. the end caps for the switch push controls on the instrument bezel and the glove box door were never chrome but just painted. I purchased two new window switches and they were both chrome. I never realized how nice the stock dashes looked until I put the taxi dash together. UGH, UGLY

Posted on: 6/21 17:38:02
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Re: 1948 NYC lwb taxi project
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TIM, that is a good point. From what I have observed on the taxis that I have I believe that Packard was trying to use up any existing inventory that was on hand. The 46/47 taxis used 15 inch wheels and the 48 lwb taxi also used the 15 inch wheel. I also have a 49 taxi from the Chicago area and it uses 16 inch wheels. It would make more since to me to have used the larger wheel on the heavier taxi. I wish there was more information available on the taxis, but so far I have found very little.

Posted on: 6/20 16:39:37
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Re: 1948 NYC lwb taxi project
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Re; Let the ride decide, The far left is a door ajar warning light and the small middle one is the switch for the back window. The window above the trunk was vacuum power operated to open or close and the far right is the ignition switch. Thanks for asking.

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Re: 1948 NYC lwb taxi project
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That is all folks. Stay tuned

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Posted on: 6/19 14:57:17
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Re: 1948 NYC lwb taxi project
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Posted on: 6/19 14:54:30
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Re: 1948 NYC lwb taxi project
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Little progress to show but a lot of sorting, cleaning, and polishing. I do have all 4 matching wheels and tires done, My most recent accomplishment was the dash assembly. The biggest hurdle was to locate all of the different screws to hold everything together. I also located, cleaned and painted all of the brackets to mount the bumpers. next plan is to sort all of the front splash pans and detail them. I did learn that there is a specific order in which the dash parts must be assembled. There was much trial and error in the process. I need to take a couple of days to re-group and organize the shop and take a break from the project. Stay tuned and thanks for your interest. pictures to follow (maybe)

Posted on: 6/19 13:11:23
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Re: Interior refinishing costs
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I have found it best to get all the details in writing that both parties agree on. I have the same upholstery shop do 4 complete Packard interiors for me and had no problems. The last job I took them I lost over $4,000 and they sat my car outside for three months with no windows during our rainy season and refused to work on it. The owner and I WERE friends or so I thought. I spent $7,000 at another shop and got the job done. Good luck with your project.

Posted on: 6/10 17:36:18
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Re: 1948 NYC lwb taxi project
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Help needed! I have sorted out the parts for assembling the dash and need your opinion on what to do about the trim on the dash. The original trim was never chromed, but painted brown. I do not have enough of the original trim yo complete the dash but I do have plenty of chrome pieces to do a complete dash. Do I paint enough of the chromed pieces to complete the dash or do I do the dash with all chrome trim? Remember this is not meant to be a full quality restoration, but a correct preservation for the next caretaker. If I paint the chromed pieces to complete the dash then I will not be able to document that the original trim was supposed to be painted. What does everyone think? Thanks for your input.

Posted on: 6/9 9:22:40
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Re: 1948 NYC lwb taxi project
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Re: John, I can't say for sure about the special taxi equipment. Maybe someone can tell us more. Maybe I have been looking in the wrong places, but information on the taxi cabs seems to be very hard to find and then it is not consistent. Thanks for asking.

Posted on: 6/3 18:19:08
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