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Re: Back to PI.com...Big Kev's move & also my bucket list dream... possible?
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Roger Anderson
Thanks! What a beauty! Be a shame to yank that fresh 352 for a lowly 6 though... I must be crazy to want to do that! lol I think I've never got over my '37 Dodge.

Posted on: 2017/2/1 20:52
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Re: Interesting connection
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Roger Anderson
I agree with Fred, ECAnthony, et al, the more prestigeous and desirable the car, the more the dealer becomes a destination, people with means want the car regardless, and the convenience factor diminishes. Koenigsegg has, what, maybe 16 dealers ...worldwide!!?, yet has increasingly prospered and lived on their lust factor for almost 30 years now.

imho the depression and lack of market is what killed P-A and Duesenberg, not the dealership location/convenience.

Posted on: 2017/2/1 20:43
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Back to PI.com...Big Kev's move & also my bucket list dream... possible?
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Roger Anderson
Been away for a few years since selling the stick shift '56 Clipper Deluxe and many years since the '56 Pat, now having some posting problems, has the protocol changed?...

OK, seems to work OK now... maybe post took too long and I got kicked off? Will submit and add on by editing.

Nice to see many familiar folks are still here.
And BigKev has moved to Kold Kountry! ... wow! Big change, hope you are adapting Kevin!

Closing in on 70 maybe it's time to get some of the 'bucket list" stuff done. For me one biggie is to own the Packard I'd have made if it were up to me. That would be a '55 Clipper (slightly smaller), with the drive-train of my preference: a Packard Six with the refined/reliable '53-54 UltraMatic.
My questions:

1. would the Six mate with that vintage of Ultramatic?

2. would it fit in the chassis/body without major modifications? Pedal assembly, linkages, much to figure out in any event.

Finding the right body and drivetrain components might be a challenge as well, but demand seems fairly slight compared to many 50s cars, so maybe not too difficult?

Constructive comments & opinions?
best to all from Roger in NY
PS: my former stick shift Deluxe:

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Posted on: 2017/2/1 13:33
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Re: Various CL Pickings
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Roger Anderson
in the 1960 Slant Six Valiant to be exact.

Posted on: 2016/2/26 14:27
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Re: I need some serious advice about buying a Packard
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Roger Anderson
Much good advice here!
I'm a retired teacher and a long time vintage car owner. Like you, my Dad taught me nothing about cars because to him, a mechanical engineer amazingly, a car was for transportation only, and he'd rather play golf, so he never did so much as change oil. Even as a little kid I loved cars but to him there were merely an appliance. He discouraged me when I had a chance to buy a 2 seater T-Bird in High school, at a very reasonable price! After college and in my 20s I drove a 5 yr Volvo but decided I wanted a really old car with some character, so bought a nice looking '47 Olds straight 8 Coupe that was in the paper, knowing very little about it. I was lucky that it turned out to be a decent car.

As mentioned these older cars are much simpler than modern cars, and so they are great to learn on. I taught myself to work on and maintain it just by reading Chiltons and other books on Auto Repair. One I really recommend for basics is the Popular Science book: "How to Repair and Service your Own Car" by Richard Day, published before cars got very complicated. You can probably find it on Amazon. I learned almost everything I needed for most repairs from this one book. It'd have been even easier if I'd had the resources of a club, but there was none nearby at the time, nor personal computers or the Web. Now you have that specialized knowledge right here at PI.com. I loved the learning process, solving problems, and working on it was very therapeutic after a crazy day at school, believe me! 40 years later, it's been a most rewarding hobby. It isn't rocket science, you can learn any aspect of it that you put your mind and effort towards mastering.

So the bottom line is you can do this, don't be intimidated, hang in there and ask for help when needed. If it's not a daily driver there's no big pressure to fix things asap so it becomes a fun challenge and the challenges are worth it!

The best other advice I can give is stick to pre-war, or '41-47 Clipper (in my opinion just as desirable), and consider a 4 dr sedan, they are just as classic, very practical, usually cheaper to buy, and far easier to find. You should be able to find a solid decent prewar car for well under 10K if you are patient, and a club will have the best contacts. Get a running car with solid body (get a club member to help evaluate it, most love to help out) that needs cosmetics, which can be done later. You don't need correct seat covers or perfect paint to have fun, and it should be all about fun!

So have at it, and remember that all the good advice you'll need is right here, the best car group on the net! Even though I (once again) own a vintage Olds, I still enjoy reading and kibitizing here from time to time, because Packard owners are the best! Keep looking... you have to have a Dream for a Dream to come true!
cheers, Roger in NY

Posted on: 2016/2/26 13:40
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Re: Packard history book by Kimes... mint condition
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Roger Anderson
Whatever it may be called, it's still for sale. $60 shipped.

Posted on: 2016/1/5 14:58
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Re: Packard history book by Kimes... mint condition
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Roger Anderson
Not sure, to be honest, it says only "General Edition", whatever that means. I believe I bought it about 10-12 years ago, so it may be one of the more recent versions.

I was aware Kimes was merely the Editor, but preferred to use that shorthand rather than list all the writers of the various chapters, assuming that Packard folks would know what book I was referring to, however, forgetting the obsessive level of detail that Packard folks like to operate at when addressing any aspect of their beloved cars... we Oldsmobile people tend to be a more sloppy and lacksidasical bunch. LOL

Posted on: 2015/11/8 13:29
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Packard history book by Kimes... mint condition
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Roger Anderson
The classic Automotive Quarterly Packard book by Beverly Rae Kimes, dust jacket and book both mint condition.
$65 + 8.50 mail, personal check or PayPal OK.
please eMail direct to: firesweep "at" verizon "dot" net
thanks, Roger A.

Posted on: 2015/11/6 17:13
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Re: Romney's selective memory
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Roger Anderson
Interesting speculations.
As a point of information, viz: several previous posts, it's princiPALS, not princiPLES....sorry, old teachers can't help ourselves.

Posted on: 2015/8/28 20:54
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Re: Packard books for sale -
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Roger Anderson
Got your check today Craig, it'll go out tomorrow or Friday... thanks again!

Posted on: 2014/4/9 11:22
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