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1939 Eight touring sedan for sale
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David Grubbs
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Yesterday, while I took the 39 for a 30 mile drive, the engine broke down. Up until yesterday, the car was a nice running and reliable Sunday driver.

The preliminary diagnose is that a wrist pin broke and penetrated the water jacket, as the freshly changed oil has water in it and some small bits of metal in it, some magnetic, and some not. So I'm putting the car up for sale.

It is a 39 four door sedan, Arctic Blue Poly. The bumpers have been rechromed, the dash and window frames have been redone in the correct woodgrain patterns. The body is in very good condition - it had minor pin holes in the trunk which have been fiberglassed. The trunk now has the correct flocking on the sides. Tires are three year old Coker wide whitewalls. The wheels were sanded inside to remove minor rusting which was causing the inner tubes to leak. That work was done three years ago.

The radio head is in, but the receiver is missing. I have a round speaker for it. The car has new wiring from Potomac Packards installed, complete with turn indicators that are mounted on the bumpers, so that they can be removed easily if desired. The running boards have been stripped and coated with Dip-it plastic so they look fairly good. The material can be easily removed and replaced with the newly reproduced running board rubber. The upholstery is an older redo, and is serviceable, but not correct. The top of the back seat has some sun rot.

It has a new muffler and exhaust installed.

The shocks have been redone by White Post, and work well. The brakes were converted to silicone about 12 years ago and work extremely well.
The car has the Goddess of Speed, with minor pitting. I have the original Bail type hood ornament also. The hubcaps are in poor condition.

I have two gallons of the correct Arctic Blue Poly in acrylic lacquer, and two gallons of thinner that arrived last week. The intent was to start removing the original paint this week and painting it in April. That is now been put on hold. Several minor scrapes have been taken care of, and primer installed.

The things that need to be done to the car to have it in good order include:
1.Rebuilding or replacing the engine. I do have a 50 282 engine with overdrive, as well as driveshaft and rear end in the shop. My intent was to install the R11 transmission in the car at a future date. The engine looks in good condition, but I have not done anything with it.
2.Painting
3.Rechroming the trim and door handles.
4.Installing the stainless steel trim on the running boards (easily available from Kanter for not much money)
5.Reupholstery at some time.

The car is located in Billings MT. I'll post some photos later this evening. I'm open to any reasonable offers.

Thanks

Posted on: 2016/2/28 11:12
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Re: 1939 Eight touring sedan for sale
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Sorry to hear the news.

Wow, wrist pin failure is so incredibly rare -did it have wrist pin noise before the incident?

Posted on: 2016/2/28 14:29
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Hi David

That is bad news, sorry to hear it, especially after all the work you've done to bring the car back. Do you suppose the damaged cylinder could be sleeved to repair the block?

Steve

Posted on: 2016/2/28 17:27
.....epigram time.....
Proud 1953 Clipper Deluxe owner.
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G'day David,

Sorry to hear about this and your decision to sell your '39 . When you sell it, could you please advise so the Registry entry can be noted?

Posted on: 2016/2/28 17:33
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1938 Eight Touring Sedan - SOLD

1941 One-Twenty Club Coupe - SOLD

1948 Super Eight Limo, chassis RHD - SOLD

1950 Eight Touring Sedan - SOLD

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Not sure yet on the wrist pin diagnosis. I'll drop the pan to see what I can see from there. If anyone wants some photos, please pm me with an email address and I'll send a bunch. Here is an older photo taken a few years ago.

http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... ex.php?Action=view&ID=979

Thanks for all of the support over the years!!!

Posted on: 2016/2/28 17:45
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David, you're giving up on your packard ownership, or are you looking for something else?
I'm sorry to hear about your bad luck this weekend.

Posted on: 2016/2/28 19:01
I can explain it to you but I can't understand it for you

Bad company corrupts good character!

Farming: the art of losing money while working 100 hours a week to feed people who think you are trying to kill them
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Hans Ahlness
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Sorry to hear of your mechanical misfortune David. Maybe you should talk to Troy, sounds like it is right up his alley. It'll be interesting to hear what exactly broke, any symptoms prior to the big bang?

Posted on: 2016/2/28 21:07
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David,
Very sorry to hear that. Very sorry.
Pat

Posted on: 2016/3/3 13:31
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David, bad news!

Posted on: 2016/3/3 14:41
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that sux man, sorry to hear!

Posted on: 2016/3/3 16:17
1937 Packard 138-CD Deluxe Touring Limousine
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