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  1. 1935Packard

    1935 Lincoln K Club Sedan

    This is a marvelous and very useful thread, Matt.
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    Protective mud

    My 1935 Packard is a mostly original car, and one area that has never been touched is the underbody and chassis. My grandfather bought the car in 1942 and never touched the underbody; I've had the car for the last 11 years and never touched it, either. Most of it has a light surface rust, together with some areas where you can still see the original tan paint and other areas where you can see the 1978 silver paint that was just spray painted on with no cleaning at all. But there are some areas with old patches of mud on the frame that have been dried on for decades. I know this because several areas of the dried mud have the 1978 silver paint painted on top of them, so they must have been old by 1978 -- old enough that the prior painter just lazily spray-painted over them. Anyway, yesterday I tried cleaning up one area of mud that was painted over with the 1978 paint. A power-washer didn't help, but after getting it wet and letting it soak for a while I was able to peel the dirt off with the flat edge of a large screwdriver. The neat thing was that when I removed the dried mud, the chassis underneath was in very nice condition: Zero rust, and the original black chassis paint. Here's the spot, partly cleaned up: And here's some of the vintage mud I removed, almost an inch thick in places and with some silver 1978 paint still visible : Now that's some protective mud! Too bad it wasn't covering the whole chassis, though.
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    Protective mud

    That was the biggest mud area, so not much more to remove. As for issues, if they're safety-related or reliability-related I take care of them; if they're just cosmetic, I leave them alone. I've had the car for 11 years and put around 9K miles on the car without trying to clean up down there, so I doubt I would want to have anything done to it. And while from time to time I ponder getting the car repainted, I was fortunately cured of any interest in restoring the car after I talked to some folks at reputable shops and was quoted some likely restoration costs.
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    Help recommend a car for a 17 year old?

    I share the view of the group that instead of looking for a particular car, do Craigslist searches for the year range and price range you want. Just see what pops up, and then ask whether the parts are sufficiently available. Given that you're flexible on year and model, better to see what is out there than start looking for particular cars. I'll also add that the the 1941 Packard in Altoona NY listed above is a great deal. The car looks right from the photos, and pre-war Packards are (in my opinion, see my name) very special cars. It will be harder to get parts for that Packard than some other cars, though. They made a lot of 110s, and there are folks like Kanter and Max Merritt that sell parts for them, but it's much harder and costlier to get parts for that kind of car.
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    Protective mud

    Yes, the senior cars do -- vacuum-assisted mechanical brakes. Packard didn't switch to hydraulic brakes on the senior cars until 1937, I believe.
  6. '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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    Hood strap on a '35 car -- where does it attach?

    Thanks, Dave! I can't find anyone who sells the clip for the strap -- or the straps generally -- but I plan to copy one and just do my best.
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    Battery disconnect switch, yes or no?

    I always have a cut-off. Saves the battery for long term storage if there's a drain; some anti-theft protection; makes it easy to cut the battery if I'm working on electrical stuff, etc, I try to have them installed on the floorboard right next to me so i can reach down with my hand from the driver's seat and easily flip the switch without having to get up. Just do it close to the seat so nothing can get in the way and flip it by accident (which would take a lot of force anyway, but could happen in theory.) I slip it to off every time I turn off the car after a drive, and flipping it on is part of my starting routine. I like ones like this: https://www.grote.com/family/master-battery-disconnect-switch/
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    Sorry to hear this. I don't think I met him, but I've bought a bunch of things from him and his business over the years -- including just last month. He did a lot for the hobby.
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    Jay Leno's '32 Twin Six

    Jay Leno's Garage recently posted an episode entirely about Leno's 32 Twin Six Coupe that he bought from Phil Hill. I thought it was a great episode, you may enjoy it, too. It's 25 minutes long.
  11. It just dawned on me that there are much better ways to find original New York registrations from the 1950s to compare this to originals: Ebay! There are some1955 registration renewal stubs on ebay. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.A0.H0.TRS1&_nkw=new+york+1955+registration Images of one:
  12. Sure, Yann. I'm also a Cadillac LaSalle guy, and I've long been appreciative of your awesome work on the history of these cars. Just glad to be able to help. I do't know how it works in terms of NY registration, though. But maybe someday I'll find out what happened to that car.
  13. It's a long story, best told over a beer. But the short version is that the title was signed over but never actually submitted to the DMV, and then the car was given away (mostly in boxes) without the title or even the awareness of the person who had the titled signed over to him. I don't know what's happened to the car, although I've looked.
  14. Here's what I have, a 1951 New York Registration -- not called a "Registration Renewal Stub," but looks to be the same in substance. Motor Vehicle Form 254-A. Interesting that it's hand-written and not typed up. 4 years earlier, but similar. Here's the front and back:
  15. Sorry, "DM" meaning "direct message," a service on the forum. But I'll e-mail you a scan tonight. The car was owned by my grandfather in 1951 and I've had the '51 renewal stub since the 80s, taken from my grandfather's files, so there is no question about its authenticity. Also, just off the top of my head, I think my 1951 renewal stub also listed the weight of the 1931 Cadillac 370a as 5000 pounds, and I think the fee was also 12 dollars. Been a while since I looked at it, though. I'll check and scan you a copy tonight and e-mail it to you.
  16. Yann, if it's helpful to you, I have an original and authentic 1951 New York Passenger Vehicle Registration Renewal Stub for another big Cadillac -- a 1931 Cadillac 370a coupe -- that I would be happy to scan for you if you think the comparison with that and your '55 one might help indicate originality. Just DM me.
  17. 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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    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
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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.)
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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....