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(1282) Six 4 Door Touring Sedan - Packard newbie
Model Information
YEAR: 1939
SERIES: 17th
MODEL NAME: Six 4 Door Touring Sedan
MODEL NUMBER: 1282
VIN NUMBER: 1282-15760
General Information
FOUND WHERE: Vancouver, B.C. Canada
FOUND CONDITION: Good
CURRENT LOCATION: Princeton, B.C., Canada
CURRENT CONDITION: Good
PLANNED USE: Daily Driver
Interior Information
INTERIOR CODE:
INTERIOR DESCRIPTION: Completely redone professionally (seats re-upholstered, headliner replaced, door panels new, floor carpet replaced, all metal trim repainted)
Exterior Information
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PAINT NAME:
EXTERIOR DESCRIPTION: Bodywork completed at body shop, would rate very good to excellent; paint is good, with minor imperfections - perfect for a 'driver'.
Drivetrain Information
ENGINE: six
ENGINE SERIAL: B23002A
TRANSMISSION: 3-speed column shift
Other Information
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT: Banjo steering wheel, clock, 3-bar deluxe front bumper and I have added a nice set of 1940 parking lights. Many on the site voiced disapproval of these as being unauthentic but correct '39 parking lights are both very scarce and expensive, so I opted for the more available '40's units instead. I am told Packard even recommended this to '39 owners in 1940, as that was the first year they became standard equipment. I have also changed the tires over to Coker radials, which does a great deal to improve handling and ride.
VEHICLE HISTORY/
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VEHICLE HISTORY: (from my purchase date of March, 2016)

Complete provenance unknown. Previous owner had it for 10 years; in the info that came with the car, two more owners dated it back to the 70's. Nothing prior to that.

Previous owner purchased from a body shop. Apparently they did the body work, paint job and interior refurbish.

Car came to me with serious steering issues and, not having been run very much, some carb problems. Currently rebuilding steering box and intend on replacing the carb with a rebuilt.

After that, there are a number of minor fixes and refurbishes needed to really put the car back in 'all-working-condition' and I will eventually repaint it, although the current paint is absolutely acceptable as a 'driver' car.

As of October, 2018:

After owning this car for 2 1/2 years and unsuccessfully trying to diagnose and repair a persistent stalling problem, I decided to remove the engine and have it professionally rebuilt. At time of writing it is 'in process' at an engine rebuild specialist and my hope is that this will solve my running problems and allow me to drive and enjoy the car as was intended when I bought her. In attempting to identify the root cause of the stalling issue, I have replaced or rebuilt nearly everything under the hood, and although I realize this is 'bad mechanics', I will at least have a very new and current power plant when the engine comes back from rebuild. New carb, distributor, fuel pump, plugs, wires, coil, voltage regulator, water pump, thermostat, re-cored rad are all things that, while they did nothing to alter the stalling, will serve well to compliment the freshly rebuilt motor, and hopefully give me some trouble-free cruising miles. I am also rebuilding the transmission while it is out of the car. I'd love to go to an overdrive, but the costs of all of the above have stretched my 'retired budget' to max and that will have to wait until sometime 'down the road'.

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