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Re: Wondering out loud
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Sure seems like a lot of unnecessary bitterness. Some don't like the big-name, big-buck shows like Pebble Beach. Others clearly do. We are all entitled to our own opinions - but that's all they are.

Posted on: 7/15 20:27
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Re: The Greatest Packards of Them All
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Just ordered my copy of the book(s). As a dedicated and life-long automotive historian, I really appreciate books like these and I acknowledge the tremendous amount of work that goes into producing them. I think the best way to encourage authors to continue to produce works like these is to buy them. I certainly wouldn't consider myself a Packard expert by any means - Corvettes are more my thing - but I'm familiar enough with the story to be very interested in hearing about the 1955-1957 cars. For a brief period, the entire archives of the Studebaker-Packard Corporation was housed in a Syracuse University warehouse that I had access to, and it delivered many, many hours of enjoyable research before the university sent it on to the museum in South Bend . . . At least that's what they said they did with it. Looking forward to receiving the book - and yes, I recognized the title as a Packard advertising slogan of the time, and I consider it entirely appropriate. Just my opinion.

Posted on: 6/26 20:11
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Re: A ZIL in Netflix Series
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GAZ Chaika (Seagull).

Posted on: 2020/12/28 20:09
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Re: Creepy wheel covers
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Here's one solution from the Classic Car Forum:

I have experienced the problem you're having on numerous restored cars, although I don't believe it was tied to the type of tires, although with radials you'll be stopping a lot quicker, so perhaps it is the root of the problem. It is a good idea however to address this issue, as I have seen hubcaps that actually snapped off the valve stem.

Generally speaking once a car is restored all of the wheels are freshly painted, giving the hub caps little to bite into to prevent them from turning on the wheels during stopping or acceleration. Often simply bending the hubcap tabs out a little to apply more tension to the wheel does the trick. But when that fails to do the job, here is a quick solution I've used on a few cars that had persistent problems over the years.

Remove the hubcaps and thoroughly clean the areas where the hubcap tabs engage the wheel. Mask off the areas where the tabs engage the wheel in two to four locations spaced out around the wheel. Then apply a 1/16-inch thick layer of clear silicone caulk, carefully remove the masking tape before the silicone dries, and allow it to cure overnight. The silicone will have good adhesion to the wheel and gives the tabs something to bite into. I've used this solution on a few different years and makes, including 50's Mopars, and it has worked every time. Don't hesitate to let us know if it works for you

Posted on: 2020/3/31 21:22
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Re: 1949 Packard Monte Carlo - Hood Ornament Identification
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I was in Sarasota, Florida today and actually had my hands on the car. It is in the Sarasota Auto Museum on Tamiami Trail, just kind of stuck in a back room - but it's there, if anyone wants to see it.

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Posted on: 2019/3/6 17:42
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Re: Odd Non-Packard Cloisonne
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Hi all . . . This is an emblem from a Graham-Paige automobile. It depicts the three Graham brothers. The Graham- Paige was built from 1927 to 1940, and the later cars were simply called Graham's. Lots on the internet about them.

Posted on: 2018/11/19 20:38
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Re: New "What Ifs?"
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I love when people call me stupid.

Let's look at some product numbers for Cadillac.

1966 197,000 Cadillacs (2700 Eldorados)

2013 183,000 Of the Cadillac alphabet soup plus Escalade/Chevy.

I don't like German cars. In fact I don't like any of the cars being built today because they are junk. However, that situation is mostly the result of idiotic government regulations requiring more and more gadgets the effectiveness of such is due to politically based misinformation. For example, rather than encourage people to drive less to reduce pollution and traffic fatalities, the governent mandates tires with puny and unsafe aspect ratios. Now when you hit a pothole on one of Michigan's unsafe motorways your wheel is destroyed and you crash your car. No problem, the airbag dead weight is their to save you - supposedly.

Toyota is the number one car maker. The only thing stopping Chevrolet from becoming number one is lack of investment in the core product - reliable transportation.

Once they do that they can again waste money on Cadillac and that dreadful Corvette (another waste of money).



You're certainly not stupid, Tim.

You're just wrong. When you make statements like " . .I don't like any of the cars being built today because they are junk", you give away any credibility you might have been able to claim. Pretty much any 2014 automobile is superior in every measurable way to "pre-regulation" cars. Today's cars are safer, more reliable, and more economical. Those are not opinions, those are facts. Sure, in the areas that are NOT measurable, such as styling, I too prefer the older cars - but that does not make today's cars "junk". As far as sales, volume, and profitability go you made an egregious error singling out what you call "That dreadful Corvette", which has been profitable for GM and the Chevrolet Motor Division since the 1970s, even when other lines were not, and whose current sales figures for the new C7 are extremely good. So, now that we have factually established that you don't actually know what you're talking about, your comments regarding Cadillac can only be viewed with the greatest of skepticism. Again, opinions are fine - but that's all they are. I don't think you would have too much trouble finding folks who would agree that Cadillac has some identity issues- but the cars themselves are actually quite good, and GM is certainly better off with this division than without it.

Just my opinion, of course.

Posted on: 2014/8/8 20:17
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Re: New "What Ifs?"
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You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts. It is always amusing to see someone go to such great lengths to explain how their collection of faulty premises led them to such an epically faulty conclusion. Silver medal try, but thanks for playing.

Posted on: 2014/8/8 19:02
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Re: Packard ?
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I have always considered these neo-classics to be in pretty poor taste, with garish styling that is a cartoonish imitation of the great cars of the past. Now, having said that, I find the Bufori covered in the film clip to be a decent-enough looking car that apparently meets a market niche. I agree that it need not have usurped the Packard grille profile, if it had its own distinct "face" it would not offend so much. I would take one of these Buforis over ten Zimmers or the like.

That is, if I were going to take one at all. Which I'm not. I would rather spend the money on a real Packard, suitably restored and maintained . . . But apparently there is a place for the neo-classic car, and as those cars go, this one seems better than most.

Posted on: 2014/7/23 9:54
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Re: 1956 Executive Discussion / Comments
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Is it just me, or does that Saratoga car look like it could be a stand-in for a Russian Chaika in a cold-war movie? Just sayin' . . .

Posted on: 2014/7/19 7:46
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