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Re: Top Five by J.D. Powers
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The data John refers to is the Initial Quality Survey - it is was it reports to be, but is often misused. It surveys defects on newly purchased cars - the OEM's like it because it pertains to what they are selling now. It has little correlation (I mean that in the statistical sense) with repurchase decision. There is a much less sexy survey done on defects after several years of ownership. That one correlates highly with repurchase decision. Makes sense.

Please , let's go back to Packards - we don't have the political diatribes here that the Buick forum is plagued with.

Posted on: 2009/3/25 10:19
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Re: What Kind Of Backer Board For Inside Door Panels??
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the plastic sheeting isn't 3 mm - that's about 1/8"!

Posted on: 2009/2/25 13:28
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Re: The Cormorant and Goddess of Speed Article
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I thought the Pelican name came from the heraldic description of the crest as being "a pelican in her piety" i.e. feeding her young by plucking at her own breast (hence the curved neck), rather than any resemblance to the bird with the pouch. Sorry, can't recall where I ran across this, so perhaps another can add a piece here.

This remains a disputed area in my housa as my son keeps lobbying for me to replace my doughnut chaser with a cormorant.

Posted on: 2009/2/18 15:32
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Re: Carl G. Evers Post War Clipper Sketches
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other than the first version, which has a Hudson/Lancia fuselage body look to me, I think that the others which resemble Jaguar/Mercedes styling of the 50's would have looked very stodgy in their time. Consider the styling themes of the era - jet aircraft, wider and lower. They look attractive to us now as late 40's designs, but they don't very forward-looking for the era.

Posted on: 2009/2/6 12:36
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Re: Paint colour/color opinions
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I think the photo is Egyptian Sand, but lighting of a photo can make identificatio tricky.

I agree -Do NOT use the printed pages of Packard colors or old formulae as color standards. Not accurate at all. The advice on using an unexposed area of an original car is excellent. Often the underside of a deck lid or under a trim piece that was masked during respray gives a good standard.

Posted on: 2009/2/4 11:59
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Re: Paint colour/color opinions
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the second series of colors replaced the first 3. The only point I would make, having seen a low mileage original Egyptian Sand car, is that it is a grayish putty color, not the yellowish beige that your car appears to be. I've seen the blue, green and brown top colors still around(and a lot of non-authentic combinations too). The color divide in the rear is different on club sedans - the deck lid is the top color.

Posted on: 2009/2/2 22:42
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Re: Body Panels
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The trim moldings require a different process - they are roll-formed instead of stamped. I believe that the 22nd series lower ones are repro'd (Chirco perhaps). If you look for them used, the 2-dr/convt door ones are hard to come by, but the other pieces are pretty common as far as Packard parts go.

I'd like to encourage our friendly supplier to look at a patch/lower fender for the area around the wheel skirt on the 48-50's, a frequent place for rust with a curved opening that hammer and dolly hackers like me are challenged by.

Posted on: 2009/2/2 22:31
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Re: Modern DuPont formulas for Packard colors
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I agree that most modern metallic colors use too big a flake. Silberline and Mearl are the flake manufacturers and they sell the flake by particle size and some have colored coatings.

Don't be embarassed by Gremlin Green - my car turns out to be Plastikote Truck Light Smoke over GM Medium Garnet Red.

Posted on: 2009/2/2 22:21
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Re: 48 Packard question
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there is no Super Deluxe in the 22nd series - it was introduced in the 23rd, based on the Super Eight. The car is most likely an Eight Deluxe, but could be a Super Eight if it has the 327. The Eight Deluxe and Eight have the same 288 engine, but different trim, including the stainless over the windows which another poster noted. (also door trim differences and different upholstery) This one has the "closed mouth" front bumper.

The hole by the trunk is where the remote spare fill or a second back up light would be located. The hole is rather large for either. I have a similar car, and it had a later antenna mounted there.

mechanical parts are relatively easy to come by. The trim pieces that are only used on fastbacks and convertibles (like the door trim) is more difficult.

Posted on: 2008/10/10 9:38
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