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Re: 1936 120 Synchromesh Question
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Ken_P
Just my two cents worth, but modern semis don't have synchros either, because they don't hold up to the torque. Double clutching works well, or you can learn to shift like a truck driver- for downshifting into first, as rpms drop off, you'll be able to take the transmission out of second without the clutch (just put gentle pressure on the stick so you can feel the gears, and at a certain RPM you'll feel the tension drop off and it will come out smoothly). Then slowly increase rpms and gently push into first- when you get the engine and transmission rotating at the same RPM you'll feel the resistance drop and be able to slide the transmission into gear with no problems. I've shifted a 1929 Model A this way many times with no issues. I also used to deliver firewood on a 1965 Dodge 2 ton truck with badly worn synchros, and it was actually easier to shift this way than with clutch (single or double-clutching it).

Let me know how it goes!

Posted on: 2010/8/23 5:58
1937 120 1092 - Original survivor for driving and continued preservation.
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1937 115 1082 - Total basket case, partial restoration, sold Hershey 2015
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Re: Roof repair?
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Ken_P
No, it's in the US. I'm in the military, and I'll be headed back to the US in 6-8 months.

To be a little more specific on the car it's a 4 door- I'm not sure how to tell if it's a sedan or touring model. Blue and gray with what appears to be factory paint and the orignal interior, including front and rear bench seats and the door panels!

Some bondo in the front fenders, but pretty straight other than that.

Posted on: 2010/8/21 12:59
1937 120 1092 - Original survivor for driving and continued preservation.
http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... p?topic_id=16514&forum=10

1937 115 1082 - Total basket case, partial restoration, sold Hershey 2015
https://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... &order=ASC&status=&mode=0
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Roof repair?
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Ken_P
So, I've found a 1937 Packard 115 that runs and drives that I'm thinking about purchasing. It appears to be all original and in great shape for a 73 year old car. That being said, the roof panel is missing. How much work and cost is involved in replacing this? I think the bows for the roof are in the backseat, but I've only seen pictures of the car so I'm not sure.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Ken

Posted on: 2010/8/21 12:48
1937 120 1092 - Original survivor for driving and continued preservation.
http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... p?topic_id=16514&forum=10

1937 115 1082 - Total basket case, partial restoration, sold Hershey 2015
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