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Re: Advice from those in the know on 1949 Super 8 Coupe
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Hi Max,

Your description of tree branches could very well be what I'm seeing there. If you aren't going to look in person, might want to request another photo for peace of mind though.

I don't think you can modify that wheel with chrome pieces. I once had one of the base model wheels and noted the brown wheel had that potion of chrome actually cast in rubber where the ivory wheel had a section cast to accept the chrome piece with two pins. I'm not saying it's impossible, but think you'd be better of just replacing with the right wheel if it bothers you.

I do think that is a Packard air cleaner though I'm not 100% on application between models. I think the long one was an accessory??

What I did to confirm my car/motor: Confirmed the patent plate was original and close to the Brigg's number (identical for mine). Made sure the motor number was somewhat in-line with the delivery date. Looked at the head casting date (it was cast three weeks prior to delivery). Finally, looked the motor over very close for evidence of wrenching/removal. In my case I had near 100% confidence it was original and untouched. To my knowledge there is no way to directly confirm a motor number was installed in said car. Ohers on here know a lot more than me though..

Good luck with the purchase!

Mike

Posted on: Today 15:13
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: Advice from those in the know on 1949 Super 8 Coupe
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Just looked at the pictures a bit better. Am I the only one seeing massive cracking in the top of the driver's side fender (Look at the engine bay photo)? Unless that's an optical illusion of some sort looks like some massive Bondo cracking to me. If so I'd go to town on this car with a magnet and be testing paint thickness. Looks like someone undercoated the hood too.

Mike

Posted on: Today 9:07
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: Advice from those in the know on 1949 Super 8 Coupe
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packardsix1939 wrote:
Nice plastic on the steering wheel. I'm thinking it must have been recast. This can cost over $500.


I'm not so sure it was recast. Look closely at the spoke to rim intersection. I see a hairline crack and the chrome pads absent on the spokes. Thinking a brown wheel was painted. Don't get me wrong a nice job, but I'd be putting my money on painted vs recast.

A very pretty driver quality car.

Mike

Posted on: Today 6:34
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: Various CL Pickings
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Tim Cole wrote:
That misses the point of operating leverage. Refineries have a break even point and once you go below that losses skyrocket. They can't afford to have falling demand for any of their products.

Consider a slaughterhouse. They don't throw anything in the garbage. I knew a girl who worked in one and she never wore make up because she knew where it came from. If they throw away anything they start to fall below break even.


That wasn't always the case, consider when Kerosene was the primary end product and highly combustible gasoline was dumped in the river. 100% utilization is the end-product of years of innovation. Perhaps we'll go back to dumping?? Probably not, but I don't see how you eliminate a product that is so integrated into our society - plastics, cosmetics etc.. The demand will still be there, but the prices will shift upward... wait isn't that happening now? Get use to higher, much higher prices. That's the truth some don't want to talk about but you can't consider doing this "evolution" without passing on massive price increases to the buying public.

I have a few employees on my team based in India. A couple weeks ago, one of them had to drop a morning call unexpectedly. I inquired later what happened: "Sorry Mike, we have had rolling blackouts.. very bad heat wave and we have had to convert passenger trains to coal carrying." I guess when we ban petroleum countries like China will continue to make plastics and maybe we'll just stop manufacturing altogether and buy from them??

Two weeks ago I was helping a friend at his hunting property modify a shipping container to store his tractor (needed ventilation holes in sides). He bought some tinker toy battery powered cutoff wheels. I told him they didn't stand a chance.. sure enough two minutes in. I finally got him to go back to town buy a generator and some real tools, job done.

I'm not even going to go there with my boat.. guess I'll have to tow a flotilla of batteries.

Posted on: 6/11 8:31
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: Hello! Newbie Questions from potential Packard owner
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wardog wrote:
@1929PackardGuy and others...

Again, thanks for all the great info and responses.

Maybe a Packard wouldn't be the best first really old car to own... Also on my classic bucket list is a 1941 Cadillac. Would this be easier to find a shop to work on than a similar year Packard? Would the Caddy flathead V8 be easier to find parts for?


As you can tell from my signature, it was one on my list too. 1941 Cadillacs are usually one of the top three years collected in the CLC as it was a landmark year for Cadillac. Parts are usually available, though some can be more difficult to find. Mechanical parts are usually not the problem. Avoid the Hydramatics (first year and took the war to work out the bugs). Lots of resources to help keep them on the road. You will have a similar problem finding folks to work on them. The talent pool is disappearing with each passing year. I am slowly gravitating to becoming a one-man band. Years ago I wouldn't paint a car, now I'm looking to get an inflatable paint booth. Years ago I wouldn't fathom doing upholstery, now I'm looking at Sailrite machines. Luckily for me I'm willing to take the time to learn and perfect a craft. Plan on doing your own work unless you have deep pockets. Great road cars though and can keep up with modern traffic.

Mike

Posted on: 6/3 21:23
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: Rescreened cowl delivery plaques
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Just because you didn't find what you are looking for here.. I wouldn't necessarily give up, the technology does exist.

Years ago, I worked in a plant that did silk-screening to coat spandrel glass. We also had a technology to coat Polyvinyl Butyl interlayers with inorganic inks for laminated safety glass. This technology was owned by DuPont and licensed to us (we were one of three). The process utilized a Mimaki printer. We had the ability to scan any image (photographs) and print it out. The technology started in Australia and was very popular for memorials at cemeteries. Ghostly images were printed with Titania (gradients of white). They were backlit and were amazing to see.

If I were you, I would contact print shops within a radius you are willing to drive to, to scan a reproduction plate and print onto yours. Silk-screening won't be an option unless you get a large number of folks to help amortize those costs. If you look long enough and hard enough, one will materialize. Your greatest challenge will be finding one that prints a coating that will stand the test of time.

Mike

Posted on: 5/25 20:58
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: Rescreened cowl delivery plaques
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su8overdrive wrote:
I know the ancient ink of which you speak. No, my data plate is stamped with the delivery date, serial number, and the dealer's name is deeply scratched into the metal.

My plate has long since been polished to bare metal, so only a matter of wiping it with alcohol or whatever the printer uses before re-inking, silkscreening, whatever.

I am sure many other Packard owners are in the same situation, and would like to simply have their originals re-inked.

The gory details of the process are of no interest to me. I'm only interested in spurring some can-do kinda guy into re-inking our plates.

Perhaps much ado about nothing to many, but again, this plate has the dealer's own signature, all else stamped into the metal, so do not want a reproduction whether from Taiwan or Nebraska. I want mine re-inked.


I hesitated reposting this request because i'm getting a lot of "you getcha a's" but no action.

Any signage, lithographer, silkscreen company owners reading these forums who can do this without making us attend an online seminar?


Have you thought about trying to contact one of the suppliers of repro plates? May be a longshot that they would treat yours as a blank, but could be your best shot.

Mine has none of the black left, some light pitting and someone scratched the anti-theft # on top (it was titled/registered to that number.. why someone scratched that in??). No value to me having it done. The last owner had to look for it for two days before I would buy the car. It's not leaving my sight, it's the one irreplaceable part that confirms provenance of the car along with the Briggs tag. I'll get a reproduction to place on top of the original beneath and call it a day.

Mike

Posted on: 5/25 19:00
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: Should I Make the Trade?
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That one looks pretty good. That could be a nice cruiser with some tinkering. If gas and airfare wasn't probably the same $2k I'd say fly out with a buddy and have a blast driving it back after fixing some issues. Based on where it's from the 28k may be legit. Some wear and tear may lead others to think otherwise but, it's not about how long you sit in a seat, it's how many times you get in and out. The seller wanted 17k but seems motivated. It is on the AACA forum too and some parties seem interested there. Don't rush yourself and make a mistake but, this one may sell shortly.

Good luck!

Mike

Posted on: 5/20 20:33
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: 1934 Coupe For Sale
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I like the WW's myself. The BW look is growing on me, but I like it best on the really dark cars and those with disc wheels. I think the BW look is sharp when a car has discs with pinstripes that are light in color, not really a fan on the wire rim cars.. personal preference. On light colored cars I think BW's look totally out of place. The car above does have some large tires.. almost look like truck tires.

Posted on: 5/16 21:46
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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Re: Should I Make the Trade?
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The black one looks honest and unmolested. I have to say if it were me I'd probably slow down and bit and learn a bit more about these cars before buying one. Like with any purchase in life they are better made with knowledge. I think your seeing now these are rare, but not impossible to find and when they come up in your area, pretty solid.

Are you the one that will recommission the car? Reason I ask, you are targeting ones that can easily absorb $5k+ if you aren't doing the work. If your mechanically inclined the black car could be a nice project, but $13k for a non-runner is crazy money for that. That car should go down the road and not do anything offensive for that price (and be better cosmetically).

I'm seeing a full fuel system service - drop tank, flush lines, etc.. Brakes all around, tires, suspension etc..

Mike

Posted on: 5/14 8:42
1948 Custom Eight Victoria Convertible
Others:
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe Convertible Coupe
1956 Oldsmobile 88 Sedan
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