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About 1912Staver

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  • Birthday 06/30/1958

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    Langley, B.C. Canada
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    Brass era cars, Packard trucks, Vintage racing cars, Sports cars

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  1. I thought so myself. Up to about 1915 there seems to have been quite a few unusual cars imported into B.C. However once the mainstream dealers became established things settled down to a more "standardised" range of vehicles generally available. Greg in Canada
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    1920 Packard Truck

    Actually your very original one appeals to me more than a restored one. Not everyone agrees but there is a strong school of thought that reasonably well preserved originals should not be restored any more than strictly necessary. Greg
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    I have about 130,000 miles on my 8 year old Hyundai, I figure it is about 2/3 through its useful life. As a 1 year old used car with about 15,000 miles I paid $10,000 plus tax. 1 failed sensor replaced on warranty, otherwise just normal maintenance. Second set of tires are needing replacement before the rainy season arrives, the O.E.M. tires were rubbish. I bought a set of like new Michelins last week for $150.00 Cdn for all 5. My longish commute just ended as I retired. I figure the car has at least 4 years left in it. Not even a clutch yet ! Uninspiring but remarkably thrifty and dependable. And actually it has a fair bit of scoot, quite light with a 5 speed. Cadillacs sound really expensive !! Tesla's too!! Greg in Canada
  4. Might also be a 1919-27 frame that someone has started converting to a early ' narrow style rear. The frame looks like it has the same amount of rust as the battery box. Only the rear cross member looks to have recent paint. Rivet placement at the rear corner does not look correct for the small forged body mounts. Greg in Canada
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    In Canada at least the subsidy is a substantial rebate to the purchaser. A reward for buying a car that costs more than 3 years of my middle class take home earnings. Greg
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    Most of last week it was only a few cents cheaper here in the Vancouver area. Just think of all the money I could save if I just had the $130.000 .00 or so a Tesla retails for around here. Greg
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    It's not the price tag , there is always going to be people from all points on the wealth spectrum. It's the tax payer funded subsidy. And from what I am hearing it is happening in both the U.S. and Canada. Greg in Canada
  8. 1912Staver

    1920 Packard Truck

    Good point! It's been about 15 years since I stripped mine down and my recollection is getting a bit hazy. However you are correct, the opening in the top of the crankcase should be large enough. My pistons and rods are packed away in storage so I can't try one out . It's a lot easier to deal with the block once it is separated from the crankcase. And you might find some of the pistons are still free. Still a substantial mass to maneuver . What size is the truck ? They all look more or less the same but as the ton rating goes up so does the size of many of the parts. My restoration project is a 2-2 1/2 ton and I also have a rougher 3 - 3 1/2 ton that I bought for parts before I learned that 99% of the 3 ton is about 20 % larger. . All the parts look the same however almost nothing interchanges. It makes great yard art. Greg
  9. 1912Staver

    1920 Packard Truck

    Sorry but these have a non-detachable head. Removal is not that bad as long as you go slow and steady. I notice the original post states the engine is seized, this will definitely complicate things. I am not sure if you can lift the block clear with the pistons and con rods still in place as my engines were not seized when I dismantled them. The big end on the con rod is quite large so I have a feeling you may not be able to lift it up through the crankcase opening. That means you will most likely need to free the pistons in their bores before lifting the block, all the standard techniques are well documented on forums , net , etc so I won't waste space here. Time, ATF, heat ,cold, more heat, Lots of patience!! Keep us posted, your truck looks to be remarkably well preserved! Greg
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    Yes , here in Canada there is substantial tax payer incentives for electric car purchases. A Tesla lists for about 12 times the amount of my last new { actually a 1 year old trade in} car. I had to pay every nickel of the price, anyone even thinking about a car as expensive as a Tesla should have to also pay the entire cost. I am tired of subsidising those with far deeper pockets than I have. Greg in Canada
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    1920 Packard Truck

    As I mentioned above there is a very active Packard truck owners group { usually known as the "PTO"}. It is based in Pennsylvania however it has members in several country's . David Lockard is the central figure and main keeper of the flame for these old brutes. There is a very good factory manual available for the series E trucks . It was printed in both a regular version and a U.S. government WW1 military contract version. Both provide quite in depth information on the mechanical aspect of these trucks. They are often found on ebay at widely varying prices. There seems to be quite a few more manuals around than trucks so a bit of patience should turn one up at a reasonable cost. I think I paid less than $50.00 for my copy. If you see this in time there is one on ebay about to close for $35.00. The cover is a bit dog eared but that seems like a very decent price. Also a couple of others at closer to $100.00 They are great old trucks , you should expect years of interesting ownership. Greg
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    The parts and repair situation can't help. Also, Elon seems to be equal parts genius, flake,and snake oil salesman. Greg in Canada
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    ID these teens roadster doors?

    There were many makes, models, body styles in this time frame and in general terms they are frequently very similar. Positive I.D. can be quite difficult. A number of these cars or specific body styles are 100% extinct these days so odd leftover parts can pose a almost impossible challenge. The hinges definitely have a teens GM look to them however this may be a coincidence. Cadillac as suggested is certainly a place to start. Greg in Canada
  14. Some greases intended for marine use are very sticky. Even if water contamination does occur the extreme clinginess prevents corrosion { within reasonable limits}. Greg in Canada
  15. 1912Staver

    The Shape of Speed

    I actually liked the shape of the TR 7 and TR 8. TR7's were let down by bottom of the barrel mechanical components. Rover 5 speed came too late to save them. And the 4 cyl engine was plagued with problems in any version. TR8's on the other hand are very nice, just too little, too late, and if I recall correctly a bit too expensive for reasonable sales figures. TVR's of this era are even worse from a styling point of view. Very good cars under the skin if you can get over their "doorstop" appearance. Greg in Canada