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Re: HotRod Packard
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I like the idea of a hopped-up straight 8. Here is my fantasy for a hot rod Packard. I would love to get a '51 - '53 coupe and "fix-it-up". A Packard '55 or '56 V-8 to start with, coupled to a Packard manual shift transmission with a floor shift. Next, I'd radius the rear wheel openings to give it that special touch. Then I would install reversed and chromed original wheels with small original-style wheel covers and black sidewall radial tires (larger size on the back). Finally a nice interior and paint to complete the whole picture. Of course, it would need to have a great dual exhaust system to announce its presence. I think this is would be a fun car. John

Posted on: 2008/3/18 12:24
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Re: Tubless tires on riveted rims
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I also meant to add that no sealers were used on the rivets or bead area. John

Posted on: 2008/3/7 11:26
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Re: Tubless tires on riveted rims
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I had wide white sidewall tubeless radial ply tires installed on my 115C Convertible Coupe using the original wheels. I bought a set of Diamond Back tires. I have had no problems with them. They hold air, they balanced easily, and improved steering, braking, and handling. I recommend them. John

Posted on: 2008/3/7 11:25
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Re: Free valve tappets
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The tappets shown are not from a Cadillac 346 V-8. While the Cadillac did have removable tappet assemblies, it used hydraulic silenced type lifters. The ones shown have adjusting screws and locknuts. The search goes on ...

Posted on: 2008/3/5 10:56
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Re: Packard Merlin Engine V-1560
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Big Kev,

I'll e-mail the article to you. It will be in MS Word. I'll also include a chart and table. The table has the specifications for the Packard-build V-1650 Merlin. The chart displays the production of Packards and shows how few of the senior cars were made and how the junior cars dominated the production in the period covered. The cart is in MS Excel.

In the docent presentation I had about 50 view graphs used as talking points with many photos of Packards, Merlins, and Mustangs and other Merlin powered aircraft in the mix.

Thanks for the interest, and I'm glad to contribute.

J.W.

Posted on: 2008/2/22 13:46
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Re: Packard Merlin Engine V-1560
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In 2005 I wrote an article about Packard's involvement in producing Rolls Royce Merlin engines. I approached the topic a little differently, talking about the Automobiles (120s, 115Cs, Sixes, Eights, and 110s) that saved the company (Packard) that produced the engine (Merlin) that powered the airplane (Mustang) that won the air war over Europe. I used this article as the basis for a lecture to the docents at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California. Please let me know if anyone would like a copy of the article.

Posted on: 2008/2/21 11:38
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