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Re: Ultramatic Oil Level & Transmission Swap Info
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I just throw mine up on 4 jackstands. I jack up the front first so it doesn't roll, install the stands, then jack up the back by the differential. When you have as many tranny problems as mine, you get quite fast at it!

Posted on: 2009/9/13 8:55
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Re: VIN information
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OK, your vehicle number (VN, not VIN) is 2672 4967. The 2672 denotes a 1953 Cavalier and the 4967 denotes that it is the 2967th Cavalier built (numbering started at 2001).


OK so to clarify, his is the 2967th Cavalier built, not the 2967th Packard built that year, correct? Each model of car would have a body number with a 2967 indicating the 2967th car of that model, not total production, unless of course they made less than that amount of that model.

Posted on: 2009/9/13 8:50
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Re: VIN information
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The 2672 denotes a 1953 Cavalier and the 4967 denotes that it is the 2967th Cavalier built (numbering started at 2001). quote]
Did they always start with 2001? My '51 has a body number of 2492 3195. Would that mean it was only the 1,195th model 200 built at that point?

Posted on: 2009/9/12 22:35
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Re: 1948 288 expansion /freeze plugs
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This might be a stupid suggestion, but did you check the antifreeze/water ratio? I had a car that overheated because someone put in too much antifreeze compared to the water. I don't know if this would be true on a straight eight though. The car that was overheating was a 4 cyl.

Posted on: 2009/9/9 20:00
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Re: Question from a Newbie
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I agree with Bob1951. Since it is already a parts car, most of the expensive stuff is gone. The only use would be to make it into a hot rod or use the remaining sheet metal on a different project. I suppose you could make one decent car out of two parts cars, if you bought them right and checked carefully for what was missing on each car.

My feeling is that it is easier/cheaper to find as complete a car as possible with little body damage. Mechanicals would generally be the easiest to get fixed. The interior will be what you want to make it. A complete interior in good condition will save a lot of money. If you buy a car missing the interior or it is very damaged and you want to keep it original, it gets expensive. If you are willing to sacrifice originality, there are cheaper alternative fabrics/materials available.

Posted on: 2009/9/9 19:49
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Re: Packards on TV
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I don't know how, but I came across this website a while ago. I don't know if anyone else has mentioned it before. It is a list of cars in movies. http://www.imcdb.org/vehicles_make-Packard.html

Posted on: 2009/8/29 16:22
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Re: Barries's 1950 standard 8
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I have been reading your blog and I think your paint job is coming out fantastic. I have been considering painting my car myself also. In the pictures you post, I noticed that it seems like you work in a narrow area. How much space did you have to paint your cars body? Was there a lot of overspray? Also, you put rust converter on your engine. Have you had any problems with that and the heat from the motor?

Posted on: 2009/8/27 19:24
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Re: Interior Packard 54 Clipper Deluxe - Original or Update Question
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I think I would go with the original since it is in such good condition. If the front seat is bad, perhaps you will be able to locate a fabric that matches. It's only original once.

Posted on: 2009/8/26 20:27
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Re: Results of Benoy Auction?
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Try this http://www.hy-waysales.com then click vehicle inventory. That should work. You were right that the '55 was a Patrician. They list it as a 400 in their inventory, but the picture of the rear shows it as a Patrician.

I was able to go there on a Sunday a week or two before the auction. I was able to look at a lot of the cars, but most of the Packards were not there yet.

Posted on: 2009/8/26 19:52
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Re: Results of Benoy Auction?
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I'm glad you were there in person to see the cars. I don't feel so bad not being able to bid. I would have gone for one of the lower priced 4 doors though. The guy who seemed to by most of the lower end cars was an online bidder named rodthebod. I think he bought one of the limos too. I'm surprised that the cars didn't appear to be in that great of a condition. I wouldn't expect them to be mint, but if they really just sat around after being traded in for new Chryslers, I would expect that they would be pretty nice considering. The pictures and video certainly made them look like they were in nice condition. Here is a link to the dealers website that had their inventory sold off http://www.hy-waysales.com/inventory.html. That 1955 Packard 400 sat on the lot for a long time. When the asking price is $18,500, I can see why. I think the tops of the fenders had surface rust on them also. $3,995.00 for the 1951 was really steep. That one was pretty rough.

Posted on: 2009/8/25 18:38
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