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Re: The Packard Request
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Ahh. But what about 1954 Nash's air conditioner. Cheaper and compact than probably all of the above and with two good sized upper dash vents to boot.

As for the Studebaker with a front-end vertical grill. The coupe body definitely looked best and could have had a different hood with an ox-yolk grill. The Lark was so stubby it had to have an upright grill as a horizontal one would have looked even funnier.

Posted on: 2016/9/16 15:54
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Re: 57 power windows
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Power windows were definitely thought of as a luxury item as AMC must have had units ready to go but they are rare also. AMC built a lot more Ambassadors compared to Studebaker's Packards but finding pieces are just as difficult if not more. Even so, there is a brochure of a 1965 Marlin that clearly shows front door switches and rear cranks so front-only power windows must have been a common thing.

Posted on: 2016/9/14 12:05
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Re: The Packard Esquire
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Hmmmm. A Packard 440 in a Studebaker Scotchman. That would make a surprise at a stop light.

Posted on: 2016/9/14 11:56
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Re: V-8 oil pumps
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Somewhere back in the blogs referring to the oil pump problems was a user that had a unique theory.

Basically it was: depending on your engine number which could be traced back to a certain process at Utica, one could guestimate the probability of a good engine or a bad one.
I don't remember which process, boring, machining, etc., but supposedly if your engine came down the good line you would get no discernible problems for miles and miles even with the poorly designed oil pump. I seem to recall there being either two or four machines (or workstations)that were involved in his theory.
Whether the problem was tolerances or assembly of (sub)average parts instead of better than average (they were supposed to be "Master Motor Builders", remember) I don't recall.

I don't remember either if the theory was in its own blog or buried in another but I thought it was an interesting one and I never heard of this one since. So for its validity, who knows. I do remember his asking people for their engine numbers.

Posted on: 2016/7/25 13:13
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Re: 50s Packard parts lot
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Oh, well. At least they will go to someone who can use resell them. Good Luck Packard 1941!

Posted on: 2016/5/7 19:37
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Re: Kanter's 1952 Packard Limo Restoration
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It looks like pretty much all of the parts would be stock except the extension, rear doors and rear window (although the rectangular middle piece used on the seniors might do). The Kanter brothers definitely would have the extra parts to complete it. It would be interesting to see the reconstruction of it!

Posted on: 2016/5/6 15:26
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Re: 50s Packard parts lot
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Yes! Please don't throw those parts out. If there aren't any takers in a few weeks let me know and we can get something arranged. Everything looks like it would fit my current car but the seat track and hood. I could easily use/sell them over time.

Posted on: 2016/5/6 15:19
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Re: Survival revisitted
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That's It!

I wonder if they had thought of the solution of how to lock /unlock the doors with the glass movement? Suicide rear doors make the hardtop look pretty but the mechanics of window channels and lock mechanisms must have been a nightmare for an engineer.

Posted on: 2016/3/30 16:14
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Re: Survival revisitted
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Weird. The photo isn't on here and only three pages of the referred to articles are posted.

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Posted on: 2016/3/30 11:17
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Re: Survival revisitted
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I think the photo Leeedy is talking about is in an early Collectible Automobile (first year) issue that had an article about the 55-56 Packards as well as an article about 1957 plans. It has the Request on the front cover so it shouldn't be too hard to find. In the 57 plans there were lots of interesting designs and there is a black and white photo side view, clearly of a 55-56 design that was a four door hardtop. It had suicide doors on the rear, no visible B piller, tiny chrome fins on the tops of front and rear fenders, and a rather thick rear C piller chrome rain gutters (to further disguise the old body design. I thought the photo was of a clay model or mock up.

Posted on: 2016/3/30 10:21
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