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Re: Bill Robinson-Designer-gone-at 96
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I knew Bill from my years at the Walter P. Chrysler museum, Bill was one of the very best volunteer docents we had there. He helped me with my article about Briggs Body and Chrysler. A very nice man, and a humble, devout soul.

Posted on: 2/19 14:39
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Re: Packard Mortality Statistic
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It's a free country. People are going to do what they want to do. Having said that, I am part of a network of people making and selling parts for people who want to maintain their Packard more or less as it was built. Every restomod is a customer that isn't going to buy from us, they are going to buy from Jegs, Summit catalogs/websites, and we aren't going to get anywhere near making numbers on parts runs, and the retail cost of the parts is going to be on the high side. The world doesn't want us to make some of these parts. Certain materials are getting harder and harder to source, and sometimes part makers have to get together with other like people for other makes just so that we can get enough volume to get a manufacturer to make a run. Most of the new Packard parts I am aware of are made in the USA by small shops. No one is getting rich off of this, we are just making what it takes. Most of what is in the Jegs/Summit supply chain is imported.

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I think that there is nothing wrong with resto- modding a car if that is what you want. It is not my business to tell someone how to spend his money.
That being said, if you are going to do something t..do it right.. it is dangerous to just bolt a bigger engine ito a car that was never designed for it and go out on the road.
A restored car is a restored car and if you wish to enjoy cruising i see nothing wrong with upgrading to halogen headlights, radial tires and electronic ignition. The purist can easily replace the parts. My radio works but I have an MP3 player in the glove box since there is only one AM station in my area and their offerings suck.
I have several old cars with drum brakes including my Caribbean and thr 39:Six I am working on now. I have no desire to convert to disc brakes or install a dual master cylinder on any of them. That being said, I do not like or trust the BTV. Every part is new but I still do not feel safe with that system in part because there are no local mechanics familiar with how it works. I may arrange for Ross to go over the whole system when and if the pandemic settles so that I can enjoy the car.
We have to admit the market for most Packards has weakened as those who aspired to own one in their youth are now dying off. The cost and availability of parts to do the cars correctly has escalated at the same time. I believe that the market value of the Caribbeans has dropped nearly 40-50% in the pat decade . Lesser models like my 39 have also dropped in value to the point where securing correct running board covers or woodgrains for the dash become a questionable expense.
I do not show my cars, I drive and enjoy them and that gets to be an expensive enough hobby.
There is a 41:convertible coupe improperly listed as a 110 in Hemmings that had over $50k invested in restoration before the restorer closed shop . They would like to sell the car for $27k but it needs at least that much more to get it on the road….much less to Pebble Beach condition. It is a car that has been dismantled by someone else with no assurance that parts are not missing..or available.
Does it make sense to get involved in such a project if you cannot expect to come close to the oulay.?
As I said originally, it is not my place to tell another man how to spend his money….but that one may end up unsold and unrestored.

Posted on: 12/20 18:56
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Re: Packard Mortality Statistic
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If you're doing a lot of repeated, hard stops that means you're driving your Packard in busy, fast moving traffic. Like rush hour. These cars were not designed for this kind of driving. So you can change over to modern two-circuit (dual master cylinder) disc brakes. Congratulations, you can now stop your car repeatedly, like mom in her minivan or dad in his F-"I wish I was a trucker but I'm a software analyst". You are driving a deathtrap in modern congested conditions at speeds and traffic with potential for great bodily harm should an accident occur. No crumple zones, no air bags. A Packard is best enjoyed after rush hour, on roads well mated to its original maximum speed. Most of us have added seat belts to our vintage cars, and that's a step in the right direction, and far better than having none.


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This is exactly my issue with disc brake conversions - they improve fade resistance and perhaps feel, but do not necessarily stop faster.

Done a lot of repeated hard stops in your Packard lately?

Posted on: 12/20 12:40
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Re: Packard Mortality Statistic
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To many people out in the automotive world, if a part isn't carried by their corner Chinamart "discount" auto parts store, it is simply unobtainable. Many also see any car without an LS swap as inherently broken and unfit for their attention. As far as brakes go, there is a brain-drain going on where a lot of younger people don't know how to properly set up drum brakes, so they want to spend a lot of time and money bringing the car over to what they already understand, which is disc brakes. A drum brake car, properly adjusted can lock the wheels up hard, the issue is with the amount of rubber touching the road surface for stopping. As one of the moderators of the PAC Facebook page we deal with this daily.


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Anyone under 40 gives you a blank stare when you say"its a Packard". I love these cars because even the less ornate and less expensive post war models exhibit exceptional quality and engineering.I do all my own work and enjoy working on these cars a great deal.

Posted on: 12/20 9:04
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Re: Trying to fix my 56
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Congrats on the purchase. The stuff under the carpeting is called Jute, it's basically scraps of cotton material compressed into a sheet. It is still available, but I hesitate to use it because it attracts and holds moisture. Most V-8 Packard floors have a lick and a promise of primer as the only coating, and plain primer does absolutely nothing to prevent rust. I like materials like Dynamat today, it helps quiet the sound from underneath better than the Jute padding, and does not encourage moisture to hang around.
I'm your guy should you need help with the Pushbuttons. I've restored over 100 of the Autolite actuators, and make people love and trust their cars again.

Posted on: 12/16 17:37
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Stolen car alert ‘56 Four Hundred
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Packard friends, I was just made aware that my former 1956 Four Hundred, which I sold in 2011 was stolen from a storage facility near Dallas Texas where that owner had it. All cars be on the lookout for a ‘56 Packard Four Hundred painted all Norwegian Forest Green, except the hood, which is a lighter shade of green and an infinitely worse paint job than the original paint on the rest of the car. Serial number 5687-4134. The car had almost all options including factory AC. Any information can be sent to me by PM and I will forward it to the owner.

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Posted on: 2021/11/23 15:18
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Re: Concourse and concours
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This is an eternal struggle.

Posted on: 2021/10/20 7:17
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Re: Question 8 Volt Electrical Upgrade Common?
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8 volt batteries are a crutch for tired, old cars that have not been kept up. Look at the battery cables, make sure they haven't been replaced with auto parts store 12V cables.

Posted on: 2021/9/28 9:37
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Re: 1956 Packard 400 Wire Wheels
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I’m just not a fan of these on any ‘56 but a Caribbean. It crosses a line for me. I love seeing the wire wheel-look hubcaps. The wire wheels were in the accessory catalog, technically you could have them. Doesn’t mean you should have them.

Posted on: 2021/4/19 18:06
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Re: 1955-'56 senior Packards available with manual transmission?
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Single tone paint jobs weren’t that rare in 1956, they were usually later build dates than early. My former 400 was single tone, all Norwegian Forest Green.

Posted on: 2021/4/7 0:12
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