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About SSMcDonald

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  • Birthday 12/13/1940


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    Retired Airline Captain
  1. Parts

    I did not mean to discourage you. Part of the fun/adventure of our hobby is the successful search, discovery, and obtaining parts for our "project." My experience is with top end very rare cars, for which I have several. In my experience, parts and support from type clubs for pre chrome plated cars (yes, that's my dividing line, about 1927) is scant at best. Of course, being rare makes the search harder. Because I also restore early and rare airplanes, I have learned how to make parts when no source exists. That is also part of the game. I believe my object is to protect the cars we have so that the next generation may enjoy them. For we are not owners, just stewards of our cars.
  2. Parts

    My experience with finding parts for my '27 343 is that Packards before about 1929 are unsupported. That said, parts can be found (or made) if you make an extra effort to find them. Steve
  3. Two piece driveshaft

    1. Driveline Inc. on Lane Ave in Jacksonville, FL built a new driveshaft from scratch for my 27 343. A family business for decades. I recommend them. 2. If you want to investigate an antique in Cropseyville that my great grandfather owned, drop me an email. Steve
  4. '32 903 interior lighting.......

    I own a '27 Packard 343-290 touring. My answer may not be germaine, but my interior lights only function when the headlight switch is turned on
  5. What year is this tail light?

    Here's what the 1927 343-290 tail light looks like. Red is running light. Amber is brake light. White is backup, but only works when headlights are on. 1927 is nickel plate. 1928 and newer would be chrome plate. Steve
  6. Dyneto starter & generator rewinding etc.

    I recommend the car remain with 6Volt. That said. The Owen Dyneto guru of the world is Glenn Cheaney ( 5770 East Midland, Wichita, Kansas 67216. He did both my generator & starter for my '27 343. He may have passed on by now.
  7. 1924 Model 245 Single Eight Touring info .....

    Welcome to the abandoned models by Packard. Finding parts for earlier-than-1928 or so is getting tougher. I have had to make a few parts for my (1927) 343-290, s/n223163R, engine 223291 (8 cylinder)
  8. What Year Are These Plates?

    They are similar, with some differences, to the plates on my 3-43 (1926-27) touring car. The raised up area on mine are ribbed and there is a diamond on the foot section, not "Packard."
  9. 1926 packard spark advance linkage needed

    Not being critical, but I believe Packard only made a -26 and a -43 chassis in 1926-27. I suspect a seven passenger limo is a 3-43. I'll investigate and maybe I can send photos of the linkage and maybe some dimensions. Steve McDonald I am in North Central Florida if you'd like a look-see.
  10. Trip Odometer reset

    7/25/2016 NO solution, but for the record, my 27 343 trip odometer resets ok, but does not track mileage. It just sits on zero. The main odometer works correctly. Speedometer unit was recently returned from a "professional" overhaul.
  11. Export Model Question

    My '27 343-290 touring car is supposed to be one of six built for the English market. It has every accessory available. Investigation reveals mine is the only remaining of the six. In original condition, I do not plan to restore it.
  12. 27 Packard, Series 3, Speedometer Cable

    I found a source in Wichita: Phil Knighton has a Packard '26 Doctor's coupe 336. He has his Packard 740 for sale. Old speedometers are his specialty
  13. Speedometer Cable Problem: I have the housing from the transmission to the speedometer. 1. The innard cable is missing. 2. All hardware is complete at the transmission end including the slot adapter that fits into the transmission. 3. At the speedometer end, I am missing the slot adapter that goes into the speedometer itself. I am also missing the attach nut that holds the housing to the speedometer. Suggestions solicited. 1927 Packard Touring, series 343-290.
  14. AACA Membership Questions

    OK thanks. I contacted them per your suggestion and they found me listed in some old rosters, but no membership number.
  15. AACA Membership Questions

    Does anyone have an AACA roster from around 1972-1973? I let my membership lapse, probably 1974 and am looking to rejoin; I'd like to have my original membership number. My listing would have been Steve McDonald, Coral Gables, Florida. HQ states they don't have records back that far. Any help appreciated.