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Re: 51 327 4 barrel intake
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/125310950718? ... WCis245sraPYaAogNEALw_wcB


Four bbl intake and exhaust. $199 + $100 + tax brings it home.

Posted on: Yesterday 10:44
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Re: Numbers on my 1950 series 23
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So much for confidential body bits.



;)

Posted on: 5/17 11:28
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Re: Fuel Tank Interchange - 1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper
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Don't forget to kick Wat in his @$$ to keep him motivated.

Posted on: 5/17 11:20
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Re: Should I Make the Trade?
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I'm keeping the girls (Road Glide and Softail Standard).

Posted on: 5/16 17:07
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Re: Wat's Clipper coven
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Took Mom to breakfast yesterday. It was a good day to have the Deluxe out and about. And good enough to warm the crankcase for an oil change. So, out with the dinosaurs and in with synthetic. Also went a bit lighter with 5W30. At roughly $5/quart, it may well be cheap insurance. It still makes more-or-less 40PSI and I'm just not sure what it registered at idle before. Seems to be 25-30 at idle now. My big truck with 62K miles makes 32 at idle and 52 at speed, so it's likely close enough. The truck has a digital readout.


Now it makes me wish that I had stared at the oil pressure gauge more before.


Went to the meeting at church yesterday afternoon and as we left, one friend observed that he couldn't hear it running, so I guess that it's still Packardish enough.


The Staph Car comes home this weekend.

Posted on: 5/16 4:44
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Re: Should I Make the Trade?
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Not sure evern where you are or if this would hurt or help, but here's a '55 400 2 door in IN that looks maybe kinda reasonable:


https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/i ... 17-43d5-8985-679123d831d3

Posted on: 5/16 3:53
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Re: Various CL Pickings
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Would be a good buy if you take off a zero.



He did. Too bad it was to the left side of the price. ;)

Posted on: 5/14 19:40
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Re: Temp Gauge
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My Deluxe is a 25 footer, give or take. Boring Black.


My big coupe is the exact same shade.


I'm looking to find out who makes something that matches Cavalier Maroon Metallic, hence the question.


Still a damned fine looking car.

Posted on: 5/14 19:37
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Re: Temp Gauge
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The former owner of my '46 Deluxe installed an aftermarket temp gauge, too - and a 195* t-stat. So far, it has yet to register over 195.


Good looking car. Did you have it repainted?

Posted on: 5/14 12:32
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Re: 1940 Packard 180 petronix
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Wat_Tyler wrote:
Christopher was/is an example of the Peter Principle.


Nance really tried.


I don't know if that was the case with Christopher. I remember reading he saved Harlow Curtice's butt while at Buick. He did save Packard with the junior line. Perhaps just the wrong man for the job postwar.



Christopher was a manufacturing guy, not a business guy. Gilman got the Clipper to market and Christopher rode the pony off the cliff. He needed a bright new model for the 50th anniversary, and he needed some new technology, too. He failed to implement either.


So, who is really to blame? None other than Sir Alvan himself.


I don't think he is a good example of the Peter Principle. When I think of the PP, I think of a mechanic, who is a great mechanic promoted to maintenance supervisor but, a poor delegator and leader. He constantly does the work himself and doesn't know how to tell his old coworkers that overtime is out. Or an assistant controller promoted to full controller. This person is a great bookkeeper but, doesn't know how to challenge other disciplines in following internal financial controls.

Christopher was a successful leader and GM/President pre-war. He was the right man for the job - then. Bringing him in was purposeful and successful. Had he been hired in 1946 and performed the same postwar - I would totally agree with you. The fact he wanted to step down tells you he had awareness to the fact that he wasn't the right leader for that time. He should have marketed himself as a turnaround specialist.. probably to close to retirement. No doubt others should have realized that too (earlier).

I use to work for a plant manager who was nothing more than a hatchet man. He knew his limitations and would sniff out inefficiency and redundancy then move on. He traveled the US as a "plant manager" though he couldn't manage one to save his life.

Mike



Christopher was brought in to make the 120 a success. He was a manufacturing guy. I said that already. Gilman has some vision. He got the Clipper (based largely on the successful 120) to market, and that was a rousing success and positioned Packard where it needed to be to enter the post-war period. You could say that WW2 hurt Packard as much as anything. BTW, they made 1.2% on PT boat and Merlin engines.


Christopher would have been fine as VP of operations to keep things efficient and economical. Too bad that Gilman couldn't keep it in his pants, so Old Man Macauley canned him and promoted Christopher a notch (or two) above his abilities, which is the definition of the Peter Principle that I was taught. My previous post mentions what he could/should have done. He didn't. He gets credit for keeping a lid on spending and that's about it. So the board canned him with the Old Man's blessing and then promoted their long-time bean counter when they desperately needed a leader with vision and cojones. They farted around 2 years in hiring Nance, who might have made a difference. They sank the ship in buying Studebaker without doing their due diligence.


Christopher was in over his head as president. He was retired when he was hired by Packard, and he went back to his Ohio farm when he was cut loose. I think he knew he was in over his head and he acted out of fear - fear to spend a nickel and to take a chance - fear of failure. Additionally, he was a blowhard about how much they would/could produce after the war. He failed to deliver - not all his fault, but it was his promise.


I still blame Alvan, but I could be wrong. I've been wrong before, and it didn't hurt all that badly.

Posted on: 5/13 13:32
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