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Re: John's 1935 1201 Coupe for Two or Four Passengers, RHD in Tasmania
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Wow, Jim's looks beautiful in the register. Would love to be making progress with mine, but it is stagnating, unfortunately. Mal, did you ever find out who bought the auctioned one? Or where it went?

Cheers, John

Posted on: 2020/10/23 21:31
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Re: Packards at Auction in Australia
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I'm sure I've read somewhere that the difference in length was forward of the cowl, so fenders and hood are different length but the same body shell could be used.

Is that not the case?

John

Posted on: 2020/2/6 18:02
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Re: Packards at Auction in Australia
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Dave,

Yes, understood thanks. Did the Windsor plant produce a limited range of body styles? For efficiency it wouldn't make sense for Windsor to replicate all the body styles of Detroit... just the most common styles.

These 818 coupes in question are definitely from Detroit. It's my understanding that the same body was placed on the Eight, Super Eight and Twelve from 35 through 39 to complete the 2/4 coupes of that era. Maybe experts could clarify. Perhaps it was a sensible production decision to limit that to the Detroit plant, with a small run of RHDs as Mal suggests?


John

Posted on: 2020/2/6 16:04
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Re: Packards at Auction in Australia
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The 1935 1201 Eight coupe (818 226) effectively doubles the known number of RHD 818 coupes, to the best of my knowledge. Mine is 818 220. Unless someone can step forward with more known RHD 818s, this one is unique, as it has sidemounts while mine has the rear mounted spare. This one could be beautiful and special restored; with dedication it will probably be ready to drive and enjoy before mine!

John in Tassie

PS Thanks Mal for sending me pictures, and BDC for also alerting me.

Posted on: 2020/2/5 22:33
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Re: Australian National Packard Rally - Warrnambool, Victoria
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Nice looking gathering, Mal.

Posted on: 2019/4/1 23:44
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Re: John's 1935 1201 Coupe for Two or Four Passengers, RHD in Tasmania
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"Hi John,
I'm interested in hearing about your project. Any updates?
Thanks, Jim"

Jim, thanks for your interest, I'm sorry to say that progress on my 1201 has been non-existent.

I've simply had too much going on in life to spend time and money on the coupe. I guess it's a matter of priorities, and I've been putting other things ahead of the car; family, health and fitness, work and wilderness adventures have been my focus, and will be again for this year... lots of pressure at work, lots of family commitments and a couple of big adventures to plan for August through to December... Peru and Nepal.

Meanwhile the car is safe and secure; I just hope I finally get it going during the internal combustion era!

Please tell us about your 1935 Eight, Jim?

Cheers, John from Tassie.

Posted on: 2019/3/30 23:38
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Re: Mal's '50 Packard Eight Touring Sedan
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Your autumn leaves look lovely Mal, we lost almost all of ours in a storm several weeks ago, dreary bare branches down here now. I love how your car's colour really complements the autumn colours; beautiful tones from opposite sides of the colour wheel.

Posted on: 2018/6/11 2:38
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Re: John's 1935 1201 Coupe for Two or Four Passengers, RHD in Tasmania
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No apology necessary Mal!

For other readers: Mal refers to the fact that there is now a Facebook group for Packard Automobiles in Australia, for casual discussion and support of Packard people in an Australian context. Not to supplant or undermine this wonderful website packardinfo.com.

Just search FB for Packard Automobiles in Australia if you'd like to join.

Posted on: 2018/6/11 2:33
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Re: John's 1935 1201 Coupe for Two or Four Passengers, RHD in Tasmania
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I finally managed to find time to tackle the broken bolts in my engine block that hold the water jacket cover in place. Achieved 4 out of the 6, leaving 2 to do. Carefully drilled out the broken bolts, starting with a tiny centre drill, then a sequence of increasing drill sizes to create an oversized hole, using cutting fluid to aid the process. Tapped the hole and installed the inserts as directed on the pack. The remaining 2 might be slightly trickier because they are in blind holes. Looking forward to finishing the job, hopefully next weekend.

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Posted on: 2018/6/11 2:17
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Re: John's 1935 1201 Coupe for Two or Four Passengers, RHD in Tasmania
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I wondered that myself, David. Worth a try for sure. Thanks!

Posted on: 2018/5/11 17:55
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