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    How does one clean wool upholstery?

    I’ve got the same problem of greasy dirt stain on light brown wool broadcloth. After reading the responses here, why couldn’t you just remove the upholstery (this is on a seat cushion) and wash it in Woollite like you would a wool sweater? Or what am I missing? Will the wool broadcloth shrink and not fit again?
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    upholstery stains

    The photo shows a dirty-greasy type of stain on brown wool broadcloth upholstery of a '32 Packard. Any suggestions on how to remove it? Any chemical or other process which would even lighten it without making it worse? I feel terrible because I probably did it, as careful as I am. As they say, sh*t happens. And it did. --Luke
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    1932 Packard 900 Sedan SURVIVOR!

    Indeed, my thoughts entirely. For a while everyone wanted cars with sidemounts. About twenty years ago I had a friend who sold a 1930 Pierce Arrow Sedan to a fellow who then installed sidemounts ! Totally ruined the long, flowing lines of the car. I was interested to buy the car before but when it came up for sale again with the sidemounts, the car did nothing for me. My 1932 Packard Victoria has a rear mounted spare, as you can see in the lengthy thread it has generated. I think it is particularly handsome . . . . not to mention so much easier to work on ! --Scott
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    For Sale: 1917 Haynes Touring Car, Model 36

    The California top means it does not lower?
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    1930 Model A Phaeton

    It’s a little incredible isn’t it....
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    1917 Detroit Electric Model 68

    Wow. $110,000 for a 1917. These things have certainly come into their own as a genre of cars. When I got into the hobby you had a hard time giving them away. They were little more than a curiosity. Hardly drivable.
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    1932 Packard 902 5-passenger (Victoria) Coupe

    Before and after photos of the same car. Amazing what an appropriate color scheme can do ! The darker color is the authentic, original color scheme tastefully done by the previous owner in Connecticut. The light electric blue with marshmallows-for-wheels was something a misguided or mentally ill owner sprayed on over the original. What were they thinking. . . . ??
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    1932 Packard 902 5-passenger (Victoria) Coupe

    My car (the car in question) was originally from New York City, spent most of its life in Connecticut, received a cosmetic restoration in the late 1970's, was acquired by me in about 2003 and I gave it a mechanical restoration. So it is yet a third example of this body style around upstate New York. I am a little surprised at the almost total lack of interest in the car, even with an ad in Hemmings. Yes, a few tire kickers but no one serious. I don't think the price is crazy, for all the reasons stated. And actually, I am growing more attached to it now that I had thoughts of finding a new owner. So maybe this experiment worked out for the best after all.
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    Hemmings Cruise In's

    >> So, here is a guy that shows up in a 32 Packard and there is no place to park because the tent was full. I can certainly relate to his frustration. Probably would look for another venue that has the "older than" ad. I understand Hemmings philosophy on the "big tent" approach. Nothing against anyone with a genuine collector car of any vintage. I do have a problem with guys driving in with their "collector" 21st Century Toyota's just looking to grab a parking space. But the big tent approach has a backlash. Around here there is very little antique car activity --- meaning pre-War. I stopped going to shows years ago when out of a hundred cars my 1926 was the oldest, and there might have been less than a handful of Model A and earlier era cars. And it snowballs. At the Hemmings cruise-in, first glance suggested that my '32 Packard would have been the oldest car. I probably won't go again. I know I sound all piss-and-vinegar and sour grapes, but the fact is that where once in the 1970's when I started in this, the entire show would have been filled with pre-war iron, dozens of Model T's and Model A's, several brass cars. . . Today, you just don't see that. Where did they all go? To the crusher?? Guys I know with early stuff have talked about a pre-War only show or cruise-in or tour. Not happened yet. I would organize it, but I don't know of anyone around here with such a car ! (Well, maybe two guys). In the meantime, I just drive my Packard for my own enjoyment. And folks love seeing it in the parking lot at the grocery or liquor store.
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    Hemmings Cruise In's

    I couldn't stay long to see all the cars but it appeared that there was no cut-off date to park in the cruise-in area. In other words, I think I saw cars which were made in the late 1990s and even into the 2000's. I could have brought my 2004 Toyota truck and as long as I said it was a "collector car", put it in the show. Forgive me if I came away with the wrong impression but I am new to the idea of a "cruise-in". Is that true, though, that anything and everything can be cruised in and displayed?
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    Hemmings Cruise In's

    About a month ago I drove my '32 Packard to one of the Cruise-In events held at Hemmings Motor News in Bennington Vermont. The weather was picture perfect. Which is perhaps why, even though I arrived around 4:30 pm and the event was not scheduled to start until 5:00, there were no parking places remaining. I left and drove home. So If I attempt another Cruise-In before we lose evening daylight, what time do people usually arrive for this 5:00 show? 4:00? 3:00? 2:00? One concern is that due to not-so-modern headlights I will need to leave for home at least an hour before dark, so I can't let myself get blocked in. Anyway, it seems like it could be a fun evening. . . . if I can park my car !
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    1938 Packard Su 8 4 door sedan

    Does the car have a 1938 engine or cylinder block? Or is the block from a 37 or 39 Super 8?
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    1926 Auburn Brougham Sedan

    Running on ancient Babbitt even if it looks good is a gamble. The stuff gets brittle and can shatter. My ‘32 Packard ran well but when I investigated a subtle knock the rod bearings literally fell apart in my hands. Insert bearings weren’t seen until the late 30’s on some cars.
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    1932 Packard 902 5-passenger (Victoria) Coupe

    This car is now listed in Hemmings. See the posting for more photographs. Any questions, please write to me here or through Hemmings.
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    1932 Packard 902 5-passenger (Victoria) Coupe

    I think 1932 was the last year that Packard had those chrome-cover thingies on the fenders. One is for the battery box and the other for a tool box. Wonderfully convenient with easy access not only to the tools you want but the battery. Having had cars with the battery under the front or rear floor, these fender boxes are just great. I don't understand why they didn't use them right through 1937 which had the last of the swoopy fenders.