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  1. I have a 1922 Packard Single Six which needs a transmission and/or parts thereto. How long did Packard build that transmission and does one which was later fitted to a single dry plate clutch have the same internal parts?
  2. Yes, I took my 1101 engine to a a machine shop in 1955 to discover what you have discovered all these years later. We talked about removing the counter weights drilling out the bolts grinding the crank and balancing the whole thing. This will be blasphemy to many but at that time I wasn't sure of the machinist and had limited money. What they did was to grind the journals less that full width (to clear the counter weights) and step the bearing shells to match. Packard had so much bearing area that I got away with it and ran the car for a long time.
  3. I owe Bernie an apology for usurpation of his thread! I got carried away at the prospect of making contact with contributors to the thread not understanding that private messages can be sent to other than the thread sponsor. Won't happen again!
  4. Roger! Darf Ich mal fragen, wird Deutsch hier gesprochen? Es ist so lange her dass Ich Gelegenheit Deutsch zu sprechen gehabt habe. Wenn Sie mir Ihre e-mail Adresse geben wuede dann koennen wir korrespondieren und meine Sprachkenntnis ausueben? Donald
  5. Hi Roger: Yes, you're correct, but it did not have the crossover pushrods as in the case of the 327-8. The petrol tank was under the cowling and it was gravity feed to two Solex,side-draft carburetors. Once, in Hamburg, parked nose down a hill, I forgot to close the tap on the tank and all my very expensive petrol was coursing down the gutter when I came back.
  6. Hello Bernie: The ID Plate looks very nice and understated as befits such a car. I don't actually know when they started putting build plates on the firewall but no 126 I've ever seen had one in that location; so I suppose if I were deciding it would be option#3. best regards and congratulations on a job very well done, Donald
  7. Surely at that point of convolution you would either move to Greenland or become a scofflaw!
  8. Ian: Club registration in Tennessee was a pre-condition of tagging an antique. This meant that you were only supposed to drive it in Club events, but you were on the honour system.
  9. Ian: Club registration in Tennessee was a pre-condition of tagging an antique. This meant that you were only supposed to drive it in Club events, but you were on the honour system.
  10. Roger: I did think, upon returning to Oklahoma City I might get a knock on the door from the Strassenwacht. But if it didn't happen in 1955 I think at last I'm safe. I bought that car off a used car lot in Munich for DM400(which at that time was ca $100 US) I could have had my choice of Kuebelwagen or even Schwimmwagen for the same price. I am pretty certain that my 303 was ex of the Wehrmacht because it had a very expensive looking trailer hitch and a complicated electrical plug at the back for convoy purposes. No one wanted a Kuebelwagen because of the sketchy weather equipment. I drove the BMW for a year all over Germany and half of Scandanavia. Even in 1955 it was considered so archaic that it brought laughs. But it was a tough little car and although it threatened to crater it never let me down. For our German friends with contacts in high places the registration Oberbayern# was "A" over "B" 62 3973. If I could find it, I think I would be willing to pay the back log of overtime parking.
  11. Bernie: It sounds like Australia may be a preview of coming attractions for us, here in New York. In Tennessee where I lived for almost 40 years you could buy an antique registration plate for a nominal sum and it was valid for life (mine or the car's) Here in New York they have gone to an annual registration fee. As yet, we have no required inspection which makes sense since no one will be driving a 90 year old car in daily traffic. It seems to me that your process masks an operation to exact tribute! Is registration a pre-condition of insurance? Back in 1955 when I was a student in Germany, I bought a 1934 BMW 303. Registration was such a nightmare for me as a foreigner; upon leaving, I abandoned the car in the Dusseldorff airport parking lot, left the keys in the ignition and the papers in the seat. I wish I had the car now!
  12. Ben: Thanks for the information. We are snowed in up here and this will give me something to do while waiting for the thaw. Donald
  13. Bernie and David: I just went to the e-bay site and looked again at the gas gauge on offer. It is made by the Boston Instrument Co. The face is calibrated crudely 1/4- 1/2- 3/4 If I thought it could be adapted and calibrated to the Packard specifications, I would buy it.
  14. Bernie: Thanks for the information and the picture. I think I might be looking for a nice wooden stick of the Model T variety Donald
  15. David: Thanks for the information. If the gas gauge housing is pot metal that would pretty much eliminate a salvaged one (I have a vestigial voltage regulator cover from Atwater Kent and the pot metal has gone amorphous, but Alan Velthoen in California is trying to make a copy) I think what you suggest is a nice wooden stick. There is a float gauge currently on e-bay of the sort I am imagining. The cork float is on the end of a wire arm which rides at ca. 90 degrees from vertical ; it would have to be calibrated to Packard's tank to suit. Thanks Donald
  16. David: I looked at the Studebaker on You-Tube and that is clearly what's on offer in New Zealand. If you look at the ones pictured on my 126 as found, I think you will see that they follow the shape of the Packard radiator, or at least refer to it. I think that I'll give up the obsessional search for cowl lights and go to an equally obsessional pursuit of an in-tank gas gauge. My car has a plug in the middle of the tank but I see cars (including the very, very original one in Bowling Green) that have a submersible gas gauge. Did you have one on your 126 touring? Thanks so much for showing me the Studebaker.
  17. What happened to the cowl lights is something of a mystery. When I talked to the previous owner who removed them,he said that they were in such bad condition he didn't re-install them. But he called them "brass" and in the picture they look like die-cast. Anyway,they are lost and gone forever. I have a lot of snap-shots of first and second series Packards A few of the closed cars are fitted with those lights. Any additional information from readers will be greatly appreciated.
  18. Bernie: When I first ran my engine in the 126 It did all sorts of things until I took out the electric fuel pump and restored the vacuum tank. I'm convinced that there is no pressure setting low enough to match gravity. I wonder if the developer of the Packard carburetor was inspired by S.U.? Are you running the so-called "Fuelizer"? Does it actually contribute anything to carburetion? Have you seen that they found Richard III in a Leicester council parking lot!!!?
  19. What was the reason you couldn't get the engine to idle down? Is the problem now solved?
  20. I've been told that Pullman bodies are special order affairs. My 1922 sedan is also aluminum from the cowl back and I've been assured that it is a Packard body. If you get a definitive answer I would also like to hear it.
  21. Here are some pictures of my collection. Sorry for the quality but I feel that posting them at all is a technical triumph. Donald (Ellis)
  22. Hello Terry! Those are some fabulous plugs you've collected! I try from time to time to find antique plugs on e-bay with mixed results. I can tell that realized prices there are not a reliable indication of value, Thus far I have amassed about 150 plugs and have tried to get only take-apart examples and I do love brass (My first plug was a 1905 Soot less). I try to avoid aircraft applications but do have a couple of Siemens WW2 Daimler Benz plugs. In the next couple of days I'll try to photograph my "collection" so you can see what I have. I do wish I could get some early Bosch Lodge, KLG. I bought some Magnetti Marelli but they turned out to be licensed from Bosch. I correspond with Herr Schultze in Germany and he was kind enough to send me a DVD of his extensive collection...huff, puff. I'm green with envy! Thank you so much for taking the time to correspond! Merry Christmas, Donald (Ellis)
  23. Thanks for the advice. I got a membership application form which I will fill out and join. Donald (Ellis)
  24. David: Many thanks for your trouble. The only 1922 126 I have been able to trust as complete and original is a coupe in Bowling Green, Kentucky. If I can swing it with the electrons I'll put a picture of that dome light switch on. It looks like a miniature version of the old household 2 push button light switches of that era. Thinking that perhaps a electric appliance dealer might have something similar produced only bovine stares. Donald
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