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Re: The Duchess Project: 1940 Super 8 Convertible Sedan
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Thanks, Ernie, that’s good to hear. I asked Eaton if they can coat them. I fly to Phoenix tomorrow on my way to Oakland from Dulles. I hope the tires don’t melt when we touch down. 113 degrees? Yikes.

Posted on: 6/7 21:25
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Re: The Duchess Project: 1940 Super 8 Convertible Sedan
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Eaton Detroit Spring is the place. Expected in 2-3 weeks custom forged and assembled.

QUESTION: Should they be treated in some way? Coated or painted before installed? I'm looking at the increased amount of rust corrosion since moving to Maryland's salted winter roads. The originals went 450,056 miles!

Posted on: 6/6 9:28
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Re: The Duchess Project: 1940 Super 8 Convertible Sedan
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Thanks, Howard,
I'll call in the morning. I also found A-1 Shock Absorber, but not sure if they are a reseller or manufacturer. I'll call both. And Kanter whose new site indicates they no longer carry parts for 1940 Super 8, which must be wrong.

My springs are original. I'm sure, after almost 450,000 miles, they've had it.

Posted on: 6/4 20:01
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Re: The Duchess Project: 1940 Super 8 Convertible Sedan
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I just popped the end of a leaf spring. Rather loud. Was able to drive home no problem. Any recommendations on getting new ones? I will search for intake leaf spring mfrs. , but would like a rec from somebody has used them. I’m leaving for 2 weeks so it’s a perfect opportunity to get it done.

Would it be safe to drive a few miles to the shop or would the body come down on the wheel?

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Posted on: 6/4 15:37
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Re: Brake Light Switch
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On my ‘40, the switch comes directly off the end of the master cylinder, not angled off as in the photo. But someone with a ‘50s model knows btter

Posted on: 5/30 19:31
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Re: The Duchess Project: 1940 Super 8 Convertible Sedan
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Just to report that the Duchess is running better than ever.

BOOT: I'm trying to find an original boot or 'envelope' for a 1940 or a 1941 convertible sedan, Section 31.443 Envelope, Top, Assembly, PN# 950413. The Packard Club and the Studebaker Museum do not have the blueprints for this part.

I have a recollection of my original one which was mildewed and water stained. I couldn't make it fit because I didn't know how to put the top down correctly at the time, so I threw it away. That was in 1960. I was a kid. I hadn't learned to save EVERYTHING.

I would like to borrow an original one for a 1377-1397 or 1477-1497 so the upholsterer can make a pattern. Please, no one get upset, but my recall of the original one does not match any I have seen on restored cars. The main difference is that the original has stiffening board and seams that kept the boot in straight lines down the sides and across the back. "As I recall, 60 years ago."

I don't care what condition it is in. I will pay costs to ship and back and provide a pattern for making new ones. IanGabrielle has not responded to my PM, so if you know him, maybe you could ask him for me. Any help, photos or advice would be appreciated.

Posted on: 5/20 10:35
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Re: Ammeter
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This is from a 1940, but that delicate needle bends easily and can get stuck at either of those two tab stops OR be pressed too close to the face of the gauge. Sometimes tapping it from the outside will release it, but you may have tried that. Otherwise, remove it and see if it is simply stuck and returns to the center position when you release it. You'd have to remove it to replace it anyway.

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Posted on: 5/20 10:03
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Re: 47 Packard Speedster
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I’m sorry, Ernie, but you are entirely wrong. Leeeedy and SuperDuperPooperOverdrive have it right. Someone who takes a perfectly authentic Packard from the factory and starts chopping it up, imposing his own lack of aesthetics on the body is a criminal (IMHO). Wholesale lowering windows, slicing God-given hood ornamentation in half, ripping out beautiful fluted plastic dashes and replacing them with swirly sheet metal from Ace Hardware, hot-rodding it with restomod suicide doors from Summit, well, I just don’t know what to say, Ernie. It just agonizes me to look at how Packards of the late ‘30s and ‘40s were ravaged by the likes of Dutch Darrin. It makes me puke, but I know you disagree. And some other people do, too. Some of them pay 2, 3, 4 times what an untouched, real factory model is worth.

And this guy who deflowered that ’47. Big sinner, totally out of keeping with the times, unless you consider that worthless ’48 Tucker, which if the back wasn’t enough boat-tail, the front was. There is no creativity or craftsmanship in desecrating the purist art deco lines of a ’47 Packard. Just shame.

And these more recent mongrel brands follow in that trash tradition like the Excalibur in my son’s collection. Studebaker frame, Chevy engine, Mercedes grille. OMG, straight pipes and noisy as hell. Pay no mind that Tony Curtis was stupid enough to buy one of these Heinz 57 contraptions, just like air-head Hollywood stars fell for Darrins. Or the fact that they are tons of fun to drive. Some people with too much money don’t have the knowledge to appreciate authenticity. Just to bolster my argument, here’s a photo of me with Tony Curtis on location for The Midnight Story in ’56. Ha ha, Ernie.

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Posted on: 4/30 12:55
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Re: LED brake light/turn signal bar
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You might look into CarryBright on Amazon at Walmart for $60. Battery operated. No wiring.

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Posted on: 3/21 18:26
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Re: Door Rear Window
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No countersunk washers on my 1940 trim

Posted on: 3/19 17:22
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