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Another well deserved laud for Howard, HH56
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Last year, i reminded those here gathered how much we owe not just Kev, but savvy, experienced, level PI contributors Howard Hanson (HH56), Owen Dyneto, Tim Cole specifically if not solely. But faced with the horn button assembly of my '47 Super Clipper's lovely J. B. Donaldson steering wheel installed back in 1997 suffering "floating imprecision" of the three screw holes holding the horn hub/rim assembly, Howard's steady, detailed advice and counsel kept my thoughtful mechanic's mechanic and i from hari kari.

Meanwhile, it'd be insult to other enthusiastic marque sites to suggest Packard Info the best on the planet, because A-C-D, Buick, Railton and other owners no doubt revere theirs.

H o w e v e r, it is hard to imagine a better marque site than Packard Info.

Posted on: 1/26 19:08
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Re: Brake Drum Inspection hole cover
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Kev,
Contact Jeff Adkins, Moose Motors, Penngrove, CA (Petaluma in the North Bay Area). Jeff's not only a lifelong Packard wrench and sells mechanical and electrical parts for Packards, but supplies brake parts for all old cars and trucks Auburn through Zephyr. Many northern California parts houses and shops servicing drum brakes use him exclusively. (707) 792-9985, packardguy54@sbcglobal.net Tell him Mike Scott referred you.

Jeff also rebuilds components; generators, starters, carburetors, has transmissions, overdrives for sale and parts, also Ultramatics, power brake parts and service. He also has the original jigs to rebuild Packard pressure plates so you don't have to resort to Ford truck clutches.

Jeff's a good man, reasonable, prompt turnaround, quick shipping.

Posted on: 1/25 16:18
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Re: 1936 120-B 2 door convertible
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What a sharp car. Flackmaster nails it, gives the best advice. Do only what he suggests and absolutely nothing else.
Love that gray, and the soft tan top makes it sing. My girlfriend has a silver Miata with a tan top; it looks understated, even elegant, despite silver today done to death.

Your '36's gray is one of my favorite colors for an old car. Might remove the trunk and carefully store it if driving the car. Looks like a big ancient Miata. That's the car that saved Packard.

Of course, fresh GL1 oil in the transmission, GL5 in the differential, flush the cooling system, 10W/30 oil, DOT5 silicone brake fluid, lube every chassis fitting 'til you see fresh starting to emerge, lube the speedometer cable, oil the clock, door, trunk, hood hinges, etc.

Looks like Santa was good to you this year.

Posted on: 12/25 15:11
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Re: DUPONT COLOR MIXING FORMULA: Green Engine Paint
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Bow to Tim Cole's observation, as always. However, had to touch up my '47's 356 and discovered a '41 Cadillac friend's Hirsch engine paint an exact match. Bell Telephone Green the same.

Back in 1975, Hirsch sold me "Packard blue" for my '40 120 that was more like Packard blue than Centennial blue but not right.

Posted on: 12/5 21:41
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Re: 1937 282 exhaust and intake
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Groucho,

Remember, a wise auld mechanic's move was to set your valves a trace loose, .007/.009 intake, .010/.012 exhaust using a go/no go gauge. Going strictly by the book swell when there was a Packard dealer service department in every good-sized town, or general garages staffed by fellows who adjusted dead lifters day in, day out, and Packard sold silence.

But a trace of valve sound preferable to a burnt valve.

This done on my '40 120 and that car danced.

-- George Fenneman

Posted on: 12/1 21:57
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Re: What is this Packard?
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Tho' we decry modern drivetrains in old cars, yours is a rare exception, like a Mercury or Olds V-8 in a 1940-41 Lincoln Continental, Mercury, Cad, Chrysler V-8s in originally Ford Allards.

But something poetic about inline sixes and eights, being the only internal combustion engines with inherent balance. The Jag XK six was designed during the war, debuted 1948, so you've got something that might've been done by a sporting Packard fan long ago, given many of the home built sports cars with XK mills in the early '50s.

In other words, Kev's crisp Packard a far remove from today's usual low-horizon SBC Turbo HydraMatic in increasingly everything built before 1950.

According to Maurice Hendry, who knew what he was talking about, always got it right, in the late '30s, one of Packard's engineers, Howard Reed, a Buick alumnus, wanted Packard to produce not just an ohv, but ohc engine. He was told the noise would be unseemly in a Packard, read eat into our profit margins. Packard's side valve engines were as good as any, and the Jag XK on every engineer's list of the best internal combustion engines of the 20th century, so you've an idealized car; the 1935-37 juniors having a jaunty look lost in '38, the year Buick ended Packard's three consecutive year Gallup Poll Most Beautiful Car.

At 4.173 inches, the Jag's stroke nearly Packard's 4.25, shares a 2 3/4" crankshaft diameter with Packard, and Duesenberg J for that matter. The 3.8-liter Jag engine within a few pounds that of the Packard 245-ci six, your suspension and brakes will be happy. The initial '37 Packard six was a dog with its Chandler Groves one barrel carb. Your car's previous owner solved that.

Your '37 is also an ideal size. Keep the blackwalls and don't tart it up. Good going, Kev.

Posted on: 2022/11/26 14:15
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Re: Group 26 Battery
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Optima offers 12- and 6-volt batteries. Comments on the above apply to both. Any Optima lasts at least twice as long as conventional.

Posted on: 2022/11/23 0:24
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Re: Group 26 Battery
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But why a heavy, off-gassing wet battery, especially when no one will see it? Packard didn't make batteries, motor oil, brake fluid, generators, tires.

Optima Red Top 6-volt, 800 cold cranking amp batteries do not leak, are eight times more resistant to vibration than traditional lead/acid batteries, not that the this is a problem in Packards. Turns my '47 Super's gear-reduction starter easily. A decade from my previous, looks like more of the same from present. Know of a ’41 Cad getting 14 years, a Cad V-16 starting just fine on an Optima.

The best maintenance charger we found was a CTEK UC-800. Connect it, forget it. Orange light charging, green floating full up. When we find a good product that helps keep our wheeled alter egos rolling, believe in singing its praises.

For those of you comprehending “weight is the enemy”, six-volt Optimas weigh only 18 1/2 lbs. A little here, a little there, it adds up.

Additional price offset by lifespan.

A good Thanksgiving to all those here gathered.

Posted on: 2022/11/22 18:07
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Re: Correct hood ornament
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Go with the bail, per JWL. Less is more. That, and anything more overpowers the car, esp. the relatively small junior six. The cormorant and flying lady were mainly dealer options to enhance their profit margins.

The best-looking cars invariably have the least gewgaws.

Posted on: 2022/10/24 18:24
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Re: Zddp question
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Packard Info has international users, befitting devotees of the product once the most widely recognized automotive name in the world after only the ubiquitous Ford.

I've swapped info with PIers across the sea, even as i earlier corresponded with Packard owners in Italy, England, and sold parts to a fellow One-Sixty owner in Norway.

Most European, Scandinavian nations, and Britain, are banning internal combustion automobiles in a dozen short years. For now, i.c. collector cars unaffected. For now. But increasingly, cities, states, insurance companies here in the US may make life complicated for old car owners.

The facts Icarus, i, and others mention are prelude to what we, as owners of arguably the consistently finest production automobiles of the first half of the 20th century, are prepared to do to ensure a future beyond the few years some here gathered imagine they've left before joining their ancestors.

An inexact, one-word negate of this very real and fast approaching situation gets us nowhere.

For example, and scratch a vintage car buff often discover a fellow railfan: Union Pacific has perhaps the most vital big steam excursion program in the nation, a 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy," a 4-6-6-4 Challenger, and Northern type #844, the latter never retired, always in frontline, back up or fan trip service since built in 1944. Yet the Union Pacific just floated a whopping $600 million in green bonds to fund investments aimed at reducing carbon footprint.

If the UP can do that while preserving and operating those three glorious babes, what are we prepared to do to ensure a future for our wheeled alter egos?

Dunno 'bout you, but use DOT 5 brake fluid, reverse osmosis water, and fuel injection hose instead of the regular type in my '47 2103 because i intend to drive it awhile, Gaia, Great Spirit, God, Zeus, Minerva, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea willing.

Posted on: 2022/10/6 21:57
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