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Re: Merry Christmas
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Roger Anderson
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all, may there be Peace on Earth and Good Will to ALL people!

On that note, please excuse the slight departure from Packard orthodoxy, but I love this! (note the signature!)

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Posted on: 2013/12/24 14:12
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Re: lipstick on a pig...
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To go on and on about one car design or the other, this or that, + or -, is entirely pointless since, as has been heretofore agreed, good design and taste is completely personal, and no amount of bloviation will, for example, convince me, for example, that the Fuselage body 1970 Imperial LeBaron Coupe in Formal Black is not one of the most striking modern luxury cars of all time... so why even waste the breath?

To honor the OP, it would seem to be equally quixotic to make an attempt to conjure up a modern Packard. The classic designs from such a dignified, venerable marque are nigh impossible to translate to modern times and tastes, and that is precisely why we like them. We should rejoice that Packard was long gone before the Barbarians were at the gates.

Posted on: 2013/12/18 13:34
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Re: For Sale: 1938 Packard Six
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Like this car a great deal, have to say the '38 is my very favorite of the Sixes... wish I were closer!

Posted on: 2013/12/18 12:57
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Re: 1947 Radio
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My rule of thumb is to just replace all caps as a matter of course.. the old saying in vintage radios is that the caps have already failed, or they're about to... they're cheap enough, the main deterrent is labor/time.

Posted on: 2013/12/18 12:52
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Re: There are rumors in circulation...
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We had a '72 BMW 2800 (awesome but finicky), and later on a '74 BMW 2002 w/ 4 spd manual, we loved that car! But it was notoriously terrible in snow, so we went to a SAAB 96 and never looked back... nothing stopped that car! One time we got on I-70w after a concert at Kennedy Center in DC in the middle of a wicked hard blizzard, maybe 6-8" already on the highway, blowing snow, so we went 20 mi at maybe 30 mi/hr. and finally got off at our exit, and the MD State Police were blocking it... the road had been closed for hours... he couldn't beleive that we had gotten through!
We still have a '77 SAAB 99 2 dr "ducktail", my "summer" car in Vermont!

OK, let's get back to ZIL/ZIS/Chaika! Anyone know if the factories that made those cars are still producing vehicles? I loved Gorbachev's huge square looking ZIS (?) back in the 80s... it reminded me of a Dodge Polara in the front. Is there a successor to that car?

Posted on: 2013/12/18 12:39
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Re: There are rumors in circulation...
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No offense meant, but to set the record straight, beer WAS available at BMW assemebly plant when we toured it in 1976, still in the '80s according to this, and as recently as 1992 or later in Germany, according to the Spartanburg SC newspaper when BMW opened their plant there, don't know about now.

http://www.digest.net/bmw/archive/v7/msg10707.html

Posted on: 2013/12/15 16:52
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Re: 1947 Radio
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Howard Sams Co put out their SAMS Photofacts for these old car radios, you can Google them and get them from their website... all Radio/TV shops got SAMS as part of a subscription service, they have voltage measurements, schematics, and list of all parts. I use them to restore vintage tube audio equipment, and prefer to use Sprague Orange Drop or Illinois capacitors in the vintage equipment. The voltage rating needs to be equal or higher, the capacitance should be reasonably close to original, but can go a bit higher if equal is not available. Do one at a time and make sure there are no cold solder joints. A good de-soldering tool is handy also.

Posted on: 2013/12/12 16:18
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Re: A museum in a long forgotten country
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The flaw in the Triplex locomotives was that as the tender emptied they lost considerable traction as the weight over the 3rd set of drivers was reduced, which sometimes did occur on some lines because of distances between re-fueling stations, one reason they were an evolutionary dead-end and only 3 were built, around WWI. The Big Boys which came later didn't have that problem and were used from 1941 all the way to 1959...when I was in 4th/5th grade!

Posted on: 2013/12/12 15:58
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Re: 21st series bodies... weaknesses?
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Thanks Wesley.

Posted on: 2013/12/10 12:42
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Re: A museum in a long forgotten country
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Sorry to usurp the thread... here's one last one, more of interest to us old car fans: some very early historical film footage is here, a "living museum" if you will, of the most famous US car company and man:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaDprRfAYzg

Posted on: 2013/12/10 10:10
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