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Re: Interesting Packard 12 Engine
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West Peterson
That was when Warren Packard's family took it on vacation. The car was then returned to Packard after Warren died in the plane accident. Supposedly the car went to Europe, minus its engine.

Posted on: 2008/1/25 14:02
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Re: Interesting Packard 12 Engine
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West Peterson
From what I've found out on my AACA post, it sounds like you should look for a first-edition book. There seems to be two or three books on eBay at any given time, but I don't know how often a first-edition comes up.
I just got done reading the Spring 2003 issue of "The Packard Cormorant." Send me your email address to StelvioGT @ yahoo. com and I'll forward a pdf of the "Monobloc Twelve" story (that goes for anyone else who'd like to see the story as well).
Perhaps I can get you up to speed before PackardV8 chides you for not knowing everything there is to know about it.

Posted on: 2008/1/25 12:23
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Re: Interesting Packard 12 Engine
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West Peterson
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WHY is it that those jokkers over at the AACA Packard forum think THEY just discoverd the I12 ????? I mean Jesus Christ.

Where did you ever get that idea? If I gave the impression that I was the initial "discoverer" of the photo, I apologize. I certainly didn't intend to do so. I only posted the photo because I had never seen a photo of the Inline 12, and thought it would be funny to ask for one for my birthday. As it turns out, there are several non "veterans" and non Packard owners who not only never saw the photo, but never heard of it either.
Which makes the new post a good thing, in my opinion.

Posted on: 2008/1/25 8:14
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Re: Interesting Packard 12 Engine
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West Peterson
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Packard53 wrote:
West Peterson is about 5 years to late in discovering that photo.
John F. Shireman

John
Too late for what?

Posted on: 2008/1/25 8:07
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Re: Packard Exterior Color
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West Peterson
Wow, John,
You and I are on different planets!

Posted on: 2008/1/9 11:36
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Re: Packard Exterior Color
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West Peterson
John
Some cars were painted that way from the factory, but that lighter color on the bottom makes the car look top heavy in my opinion.

Posted on: 2008/1/8 7:59
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Re: Packard Exterior Color
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West Peterson
Oh, and IF you're going to put white sidewalls on, you absolutely have to paint the wheels a dark color. It looks very corny, whimpy, spindly, with light wheels and white tires.

Posted on: 2008/1/7 7:29
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Re: Packard Exterior Color
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West Peterson
The darker the better, in my opinion. I love the colors of both of Tom's cars. Keep the contrast to a minimum. Dark body, even darker fenders.

Posted on: 2008/1/7 7:27
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Re: Instrument panel removal on '41 120
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West Peterson
Kev
That is a great idea. Do you mind if I include that in one of my upcoming issues of Antique Automobile?
Thanks.
West

Posted on: 2008/1/7 7:22
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Re: Instrument panel removal on '41 120
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West Peterson
Yes, I believe there are two screws that are sort of accessible behind the dashboard.
First, you will need to work on the flexibility in your neck.
Once you've loosened up a little bit, you'll need to lay down with your legs facing up, your head jammed as hard as it can go against the accelerator pedal (slightly turned and rammed up against the brake pedal) and with a small, but bright, flashlight in your mouth. It would be a good idea to have someone who knows tools standing by your side, and who doesn't mind fetching what you need, and whose ears don't mind a few coarse words. Also, those nuts are small, and seem to find a way of getting lost. Once you lose one (or two) you can steel one from the glove box side.
You'll need to do a lot of looking, while moving hard-to-move batches of wiring because those screws are back there somewhere. Once you have it out, you'll never, ever, not in this lifetime, want to do it again. You might want to replace the light bulbs while you're back there. Also, you may need to disconnect the trip re-set before you do anything, as well as the speedo cable. If you have an overdrive, you might need to remove the lever to give you a little room (if you want to call it that) to get your hands up there.

Rule number one: It's impossible to beat the flat rate time.
Rule number two: Accept rule number one and don't even try.
Rule number three: Take a brake if you start to get frustrated (like, overnight).
Rule number four: Start first thing in the morning (after breakfast). That way you're not already frustrated with something else that happened that day.

Other than that, it's kind of fun. Especially if you get it all back together and everything works. I found it important to have the old harness back there (even though it takes up a lot of non-existing room), disconnecting one wire at a time, and replacing one wire at a time.

Posted on: 2008/1/4 8:24
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