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  1. 1935Packard

    Tinted glass on Prewar Packards?

    Interesting question. I don't have anything informed to add, except that a bit of googling suggests that "EZ Eye" was the Safety Plate marking for tinted car windows, introduced around 1940. http://www.solarcontrolfilmsinc.com/the-history-of-window-tint/ Here's an image of a 50s Buick tinted window with that marking: Given that your window seems to me to have the standard Safety Plate marking, not the EZ Eye marking or something similar, that may suggest that it wasn't tinted originally. But I'm just speculating, and I don't really know.
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    This must have been in my car a really long time.

    Wayne, I decided to do just that, or close to it. I bought the matchbook on Ebay above and put the two matchboxes side by side in a frame I can keep in the glove box. Thanks for the idea. One other interesting detail. There's one hotel on the matchbook I bought on ebay that is not on the list of hotels in the matchbook I found in my car -- the Brunswick. I found an advertisement for United Hotels from 1938 that lists the Brunswick on the list of hotels by '38. So that suggests the matchbook I found in my car predates 1938. Of course, could have been just an old matchbook lying around, you never know.
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    Post-Hershey Packard truck meet today?

    Glad it worked out.
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    Post-Hershey Packard truck meet today?

    I've never been, but I recall hearing that Dave Lockard has hosted his post-Hershey Packard truck meet in York Springs PA for years. https://56packardman.com/2018/01/09/gear-head-tuesday-packard-trucks/ https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2015/10/21/no-man-should-go-into-battle-alone-the-many-hands-behind-a-1918-packard-army-truck/ I vaguely recall hearing that either he is about to or has stopped doing it, though. So I'm not sure if it's on this year.
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    Hood strap on a '35 car -- where does it attach?

    Thanks, Dave. There's a hood bumper pad on the middle of the hood, but that's really far away from the cowl area. When I lift up the hood for a place to attach the strap, this is what I see; It's not clear to me where it attaches. (Sorry for 83 years of dirt/grime, etc.)
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    1932 Other Makes Packard Super Eight

    Ed, was the Gable 32 you drove recently/currently for sale? https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/packard/twin-six/2151553.html As for the '31 in the main advertisement, also on Hemmings here: https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/packard/super-8/2169654.html
  7. '35 senior cars have straps that connect from the firewall to the hood, I assume to keep the hood from lifting up too much. You can see the strap here in a picture from the web on the far right, to the right of the bijur system and then disappearing up to the raised hood: My car is missing its straps. I wanted to get new straps, and I was wondering, where on the hood does the strap attach? I can see where it attaches on the firewall/cowl, but I can't see where it attaches to the hood.
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    This must have been in my car a really long time.

    The other old thing I once found in my Packard, incidentally, was a very old penny: It had fallen into the door and was wedged in near the drain exit, too big to exit the drain. It had the 1978 paint on it, suggesting it had been there a long time. The date on the penny was 1909. (I still have the penny somewhere.)
  9. I was working on my '35 Packard today and I decided to pull out the rubber pads in the door jambs that help the door close tight. I found something pretty cool underneath it, and I thought y'all might be interested in the story. First, some background. My grandfather bought the car in 1942. The only big cosmetic change my car has had was a really cheap 1978 repaint. The rubber pads in the door had been just painted over in the 1978 repaint, so I know the pads predated '78. And having taken part of the doors apart before, I know the doors are all original underneath; between that, the silver paint, and my grandfather's frugality, it seemed highly likely that the pads were original to the car. When I pulled it out the driver's side pad, I was surprised to find something interesting: there was what looked like a folded up piece of paper jammed into one end of the pad: I pulled out the paper, and it seemed to be an advertisement of some kind for a line of hotels. Here's the front side: You can see it says "America's Most Popular Hotel," "Hospitality Headquarters," and "Travel the Country on the . . . Hotels" written on it. Here's the back side: That's a list of hotels in different cities. I googled some of the hotel names, and I quickly came across an excerpt from a 1920s book of corporations that described the "United Hotels Company of America," a hotel chain that (as of 1922) included most of the list of hotels on the backside of the paper. (Note that explains the "Travel the Country on the . . . Hotels" line, as you can now see that the ". . ." is the word "United" in a pattern. Here's the full pattern, again from the Wikipedia page, which is upside down in the second picture above: What is the piece of paper? I gather it's the cover of a matchbook. I found some similar matchbook covers on ebay: You can see the "Headquarters" on the top that matches the "Hospitality Headquarters" on my paper, and what I thought was "America's Most Popular Hotel" on my paper is presumably just the beginning of the phrase "American's Most Popular Hotel System" as seen on the matchbook cover from Ebay. I next googled "United Hotels Company," and there's a wikipedia page on it: It says that the company was formed in 1917 and went defunct in 1945. Of course, I'll never know how the paper/match book got there, or exactly when. Maybe the pad didn't fit correctly when new, and someone folded up a matchbook cover and stuck it in there to make it fit correctly. Maybe the first owner put it in there (he owned the car until 1942), or maybe it was done at the factory? Who knows. But given that the company disbanded in 1945, this little piece of paper must have been in the Packard's door a really long time.
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    Hot Rods That Make Packard Folks Cry

    I need to re-open this thread in light of this new Hemmings ad: "1937 Parkard 110 4 Doors Buffalo Leather & Birds eye ribbon maple wood accents Cadillac tilt telescope w/leather wrapped stering wheel Powder coated Chassis w/mustang 2 front suspension tubular A arms & ford 8:8 rear end w/ leaf springs Engine chevy 350 SB with trans 350 308 gears Custom stainless steel grill & bumpers 2-1/2 all stainless steel exhaust AC vintage air with heat & defrost Electric wipers Price: $86,500" https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/packard/110/2173040.html:
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    Simple and cheap good music source in a classic car

    Another thought for those wanting to keep their smart phones, bluetooth speakers, etc. charged on long drives: One easy way to do this is with an external battery source that has a 120v outlet. Many battery boosters that we carry to jumpstart our cars have them -- just insert the plug like you would in your car, and in addition to jumping your car you can charge your various battery-powered devices. This is good in case the power goes out at home, too. Alternatively, you can bring along an external portable battery source like a laptop (or a dedicated battery source just for electronic devices ,which are cheap and fit in your glove box). At the end of a few days of driving, you may need to charge up your battery source, but that's easily done at a wall outlet at the hotel that night. Sorry if this is all obvious; just thought some might not have thought of it.
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    Simple and cheap good music source in a classic car

    Rodney, I believe the Bluetooth protocol for smart phones specifies a range of 10 meters. Put in more personal terms, my experience is that if the speaker is in the passenger compartment, and the phone is in my pocket, I can be in the car or out working on parts of the car (under the hood, getting stuff from the trunk, etc.) and it still works great. If I walk across the driveway, on the other hand, it begins to cut out.
  13. Most people on this forum may know this already, but in case they don't, I thought it might be helpful information to some to know that technology in the last decade has given us a very easy way to get inexpensive and high quality music sources in our antique cars. I like prewar cars and I also enjoy having period music playing in the car. In the past, this wasn't such an easy thing to pull off. A long time ago , I used to bring a "boombox" into the car and play cassettes or CDs to get good sound. But these days you can buy a cheap wireless handheld bluetooth speaker that works with any smart phone. ("Bluetooth," for those that don't know, is just a technology that lets you connect wirelessly between two devices near each other, such as a cell phone and a speaker.) You put the speaker anywhere in the car, press a button that pairs it to the phone, and you can play music on your smart phone using a music app that is broadcast over your bluetooth speaker. If you switch cars, you just move the speaker and get the same great sound in any car. There are lots and lots of bluetooth speakers available. I opted to buy the JBL Flip 3, which costs about $70. It's small -- it fits in your hand -- but it sounds astonishingly good. It looks like this: (image from the web) The speaker runs off a rechargeable battery that plays for about 8 or 9 hours between charges and charges easily like a cell phone. I create playlists of period music on a music app for my iphone, and when I take a car out I put the speaker in the car and play the playlist for that car from my phone. (30s music for 30s car, etc.) It fills the car with high quality music sound of my choosing, all for only $70. To keep the speaker in a stable place, I ended up putting a little velcro tab on the speaker and on the carpet of each of my cars so the speaker can rest on the floor of the car and not move if I go over a bump or come to a rapid stop. It's easy to pull the velcro off to recharge the speaker, but otherwise the speaker stays put. I don't know if this info is helpful to readers, but I thought it might be. Happy to share more details (such as how to link the speaker to a phone, etc) for those who may be intimidated by the technology. And my apologies if this is obvious and everyone knows it: I only figured this out in the last year or so, I confess, and it was an epiphany that really improved my driving experiences.
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    Before and after

    And money, too. But best of all, it's also about 9,000 miles later.
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    Before and after

    I was thinking recently of the difference between my car when I bought it in 2007 and today. Here a picture under the hood from 2007 when I bought the car: And here's a picture today: Not a show car, certainly, but I hope an improvement....