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Re: Packard's 125th Anniversary Year
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I was going to write something in the thread about the value of club dues, but this covers the same ground .

I was President of the late lamented Eastern Packard Club during the run up to the Packard Centennial , and then again two years after. The City of Warren was planning a centennial celebration in conjunction with the opening of the museum. About two years before the date, upon inquiry , it became apparent the city fathers might need a lot of direction and help.

George Hamlin, of the PAC took the reins .He sent letters out for help. People stood up. I was on the distribution list of the bulletins he sent out about the progress . I wish now that I had saved them. It was a lot of work with the attendant frustration.

The intent was to invite all Packard organizations to have concurrent meets during the week. The EPC ran two tents of speakers on Monday, and organized the final dinner. These was actually entirely organized by the late Melva Macentee, who should remembered for heroic efforts, especially when a banquet tent as blown over during the meal.

As these things happen, the good intentions and hard work of the PAC was interpreted by some as keeping other organizations out. This caused me to be involved in a few surreal episodes.

The older clubs like the PAC, and CCCA for example, get a lot of guidance from what my father called "curbstone senators". This also applies to some of our legacy vendors. These people kept the cars alive for us long ago when they were worthless and candidates for recycling . They also planned a lot of large events. They deserve our thanks and support .

For various reasons endeavors these things are happening less often. The clubs and vendors depend on us to keep them going. Moreover, one can make lifelong friends.

Best Wishes for the New Year


John Harley

Posted on: 1/10 21:34
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Re: BigKev's 1937 115-C Convertible Coupe
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"Stainless steel didn't get (accidentally) discovered till WW2."

Stainless Steel was invented by Elwood Haynes ( as in Haynes Apperson) before US entry in WW I because his wife was complaining about polishing the silverware.

He was trained as chemist, and built the first long distance gas pipe line. He had the Apperson brothers build an auto around his ideas in 1893/94 to make inspection of the pipe line easier.

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Posted on: 2023/9/21 16:35
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Re: 288 Head Gasket Planning
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I've done this job more than once.

The critical measurement on the head is side to side rather than the length. They all seem to bow a little down the length but that straightens out somewhat if it is not too much.

Chase the threads on the studs and the nuts. if you have time , order hardened washers from Mc Master or someplace, this will make the torque hold better. I have also read about finishing the bottom of the nuts with about #300 or so sandpaper to make friction on the bottom of the nuts consistent .

Torque according to specs in stages.. Torque hot after first running the engine and then at may be 50 miles , 100 miles and 500, or something like that . The long heads take a number of tightenings to settle.

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John Harley

Posted on: 2023/5/15 10:59
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Re: 1950 327 Water Pump Bolts
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The bolts that go into the water jacket will need sealer otherwise they WILL leak. I use the Indian Head shellac. I bought a car one time where this was not done and it caused a cascade of problems.


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John Harley

Posted on: 2023/4/12 19:36
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Re: Rear suspension refresh
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I thought the junior cars just had a Panhard rod without a shock absorber but I was wrong once before , too. I believe Ron Carpenter in the Packard Club, in California rebuilds them. In any rate the on on my hasn't been rebuilt-yet.

Maybe Eaton has mounting kits with all the bushings and such. Other wise Kanter and Merritt should know what you need. If you have a parts book it will help tracking things down. Steel Rubber might be worth a look , I forget if they have these or not. Kanter sold me a new equivalent for my rears, but a little sleuthing might help you find them also .

Hope this helps

Posted on: 2023/2/14 11:52
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Re: Oven cleaner recommendations
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Owen Dyneto and I know of a crankcase for a 1928 Franklin that was put in lye at the parts cleaning business. It lasted a few seconds. The owner must have led a virtuous life, He found one a few serial numbers away without massive trouble.

John Harley

Posted on: 2023/1/27 22:43
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Re: Very nice original 1953 Clipper Deluxe just posted on Facebook
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Looks like the driver's window was open , as well as the spark plug holes and the radiator .

Yikes.


John Harley

Posted on: 2023/1/27 22:39
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Re: Various CL Pickings
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If you crawl through the service literature the Twelves were slow sellers. There are a lot of admonitions about flat batteries and stuck valves in Twelves from sitting around in inventory.

There has been a series of articles in the Classic Car Club magazine about the sales of the Cadillac V16s. A number them traveled to several dealers before they were sold. I suspect the same thing happened to a lot of Senior Packards.

Those were tough times.

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John Harley

Posted on: 2023/1/27 22:34
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Re: Rear suspension refresh
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I went though this about 7 years ago with my 1948 with very tired springs. Common wisdom I got was to have the rear springs re arched. I had a highly thought of local shop do this, along with rebuilding the front end. Re arching cold also includes inserting a new leaf that is thicker and is probably doing most of the work of the re arch.

I believe they did the work in good conscience but the car was unacceptable and I don't know how they thought it was. I had to take the car back and have them change some things since it wasn't right, and I paid them a little more to do this.

At this point I should have paid them the extra to get the new springs , it would have been much better. Of course common wisdom changed about that time to "get new springs"

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John Harley

Posted on: 2023/1/26 19:03
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Re: Packard
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I had a 1950 Eight for a number of years. It was built in the fall of 1949, renumebered in 1950 but not sold until May of 1950 from the dealer in Manhattan . It had one of those stickers and the three position switch. The switch was helpfully lighted so one could find in the dark but the headlamps had to switched on first !

Best Wishes for the season.

John Harley

Posted on: 2022/12/21 12:52
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