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Re: Advice from those in the know on 1949 Super 8 Coupe
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Hello All

First, I would like to thank each and everyone of you that have been providing info, feedback, help and stories. It is very much appreciated.

Got a picture of the engine block with serial number today. I am curious of two things.
A - how do I know if this engine is the original to the car? Is there a database that Paris the engines with the car VIN? Or is this on the vehicles data plate which stupidly I forgot to get a picture of but will request it.

It was mention that the engine air filter canister is the incorrect one and that it shoddily be horizontal. After plugging in the engine # on this site I get a picture with the air filter canister style that appears to match the upright one currently on this car. PLease see picture below.

For the blue wires on the front to the left of the radiator, I still do not know what those are but also have not yet asked the owner.

As for the “cracks” on the front driver fender. I am not seeing it. Will look again. Are you referring to the top fender area to the right of those blue wires? If so from what I gather, that is a reflection from the above tree branches and power/phone/cable line wires.

I see what you are all saying about the steering wheel. It is missing the chrome trim thus showing the black under area. I had though the contrast looked nice but would prefer to have it correct after ownership. Will search for the chrome trip parts and hopefully is can be added back onto the wheel.
I also see the crack mentioned and after some closer looking it does appear to have been painted to renew the wheel. The other parts are nice. I don’t mind the wheel having been painted to refresh the appearance as long as period correct and does not look sloppy. I have a curse for seeing imperfections in paint. I usually cannot own a car that has had one panel repainted, new or classic, I always see the variation in shade. It’s a curse not a gift.

I also noticed the black trim around the shift lever to be cracked, hope that can been replaced.
Happy 4th of July to all!

Thank you


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Posted on: 2022/7/1 14:48

Re: Advice from those in the know on 1949 Super 8 Coupe
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packardsix1939 wrote:
Max. Good luck with your car. Hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of it and hope you found the information in my posts to be of interest. If you could post some pictures of your interior, I could take a look and see how it compares to the Super 8 I owned all those years ago.


Added some interior pictures. Clearly the seat materials are not matching yours which was original at the time. I wonder if the door cards are correct?
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and pictures.

Posted on: 2022/6/30 21:08

Re: Advice from those in the know on 1949 Super 8 Coupe
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DavidPackard wrote:

I like your car . . . care to trade?

Your vehicle model information of 2275-9 xxxx indicates a 22nd series automobile sold in 1949. As Ross indicated that model designation is for a Super Eight Club Sedan. See the Model Information section of this site for more detail.

You have just a bit of 23rd series trim installed . . . be not anywhere near a ‘Frankenstein’ car. Look in the Model Information section, specifically the 23rd series entries. I think you will find the upper fender spears that are likely installed on your car.

Go back to the 22nd series and look at any model with the word “Custom”. That’s the trim near your rear tail lights. The lights appear to be correct. Navigate to the Photo Archive section and select 22nd series. There will be many examples of the Custom trim near the tail lights . . . and the trim for the Eight and Super Eight models. It looks like your car has Eight/Super Eight trim on the trunk lid, and Custom Eight trim at the tail lights . . . no big deal . . . don’t break-out the torches to storm the castle. Given the sales numbers for the 22nd series that trim could have been installed by the dealer at the direction of the soon to be the proud owner. By mid 1949 all of the parts on your car would available over the Packard parts counter. Consider that the front fenders could have been changed 70 years ago, for some other reason, and the problem statement was nothing more than ‘Do I fill the holes, or install the different trim?”.

Now for the photos you initially posted; I see a few blue hoses on the left side of the engine bay, and a bracket holding a hose end close to the battery . . . What are those? Something to think about when the weather tempers your driving enthusiasm; 6 volt cars do much better with stout battery cables, with crimped, or better yet soldered ends, and I believe ‘all black’ insulation was the standard for both cables. Also if you have a photo of the front of the car showing the details of the grill and bumper please post.



I have no idea what those blue cables are, including the one that ends at the bracket you noted. I will have to inquire.

Added front end pictures.

FYI, I lived in Scottsdale (actually Desert Ridge Area) for 2 years. I’ll probably be there in July sometime for a few days visiting a friend.

Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge.


Posted on: 2022/6/30 21:05

Re: Advice from those in the know on 1949 Super 8 Coupe
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Thank you all for the replies with valuable information.

I will update the first post adding some of the missing info plus interior pictures.

The VIN starts off with 2275-9 xxxx

According to seller info the engine is a 327ci original to this car. Zooming in to one of the engine pictures is there is a 327 imprint showing on the top of the head. I will have the engine number shortly.

I learned the sun shade is a Fulton brand after bkazmer mentioned it was an aftermarket.

The interior is nice. Headliner and dash is supposed to be original while seats are redone. Carpet, I do not know.

Supposedly the “electric” clutch and overdrive are working as they should. I am not familiar with how they are supposed to work but will read up on the info pasted on this site.

I do not mind a few trim items being incorrect or added for appearance preference as long as tasteful and period in appearance. I could live with side trim although would have preferred not to have it for correctness but especially would not remove if its been drilled into the fender and doors. I would like to better understand the tail lights. Are the the correct rectangle ones with the additional cosmetic grill added or are they supposed to be the oval units.

What I do not want is a “Frankenstein” car.

Again, thank you all so far.


Posted on: 2022/6/30 13:43

Re: Advice from those in the know on 1949 Super 8 Coupe
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I added engine pictures and a rear bumper, bumper guard, rear bumper grill, and tail light.

Does the engine appear correct?

Are the tail lights incorrect? Is it supposed to have the oval real lights?

Do I have the model correct as a Super 8 Club sedan?

Thank you


Posted on: 2022/6/30 1:29

Advice from those in the know on 1949 Super 8 Coupe
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I have fallen in love with the 1948-49 2 door coupe Packard’s. This is not my typical classic as I usually acquire 1970’s and 80’s cars.

I do not know much about Packards. At first I had a hard time placing the model. I think I’ve narrowed it down to a 22nd series 1949 Super 8 Club Sedan. I though sedans were always 4 doors but seams Packard had two door sedans/coupes.
I am about to acquire this 1949 Super 8 Packard.
Can anyone chime in to advise if the trim etc appear correct on this example. From limited knowledge and research it appears the 3/4 length side trim is incorrect. I also believe the Swan Hood Ornament is incorrect. I am not sure if the rear bumper trim is correct either.
Told its got a 327ci engine 3 speed manual plus overdrive. Still running on the 6 volt system.
Any suggestions or help would be appreciated.
Lastly, has anyone ever put an AC unit into one of these things? I don’t thinks it’s possible but worth asking. Hope the two pictures upload correctly. I have an engine picture if anyone needs to see it. It too looked a little different than some.

***Update to answer some of the questions***
VIN series 2275-9-xxxx
Awaiting engine Number 327ci
Told engine is original to car
Sun Shade accessory is Fulton brand
Electric Clutch is supposedly work as intended
All items working
Cannot confirm if radio works since does not have AM broadcasts in area but it does power on and light up
Suggested that the factory undercoating is still present
Advise headliner is original
Advise dash is original
Seats redone
Not sure about door card or carpets
New interior and front end photos added

Thank you

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Posted on: 2022/6/29 22:41


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