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  1. I don't see Packard listed in this discussion. My 1927 Packard model 343 has an 8 cylinder Delco Distributor. My mechanic tells me to acquire a replacement distributor cap. So does anyone have one on their shelf that they'd part with? I have a NOS rotor Steve at Navy65@windstream.net Reading Peter R's post, I suspect I need a Delco 16778 cap.
  2. Likely your Owen Dyneto generator is 6 Volt, positive ground. If my series '27 Packard 343 were here at home and not in the shop (along with my manuals), I could tell you what you have. That said, If Glen Cheaney in Wichita is still alive, he is the Owen Dyneto Guru (GCheaney@aol.com). Does your generator have the end covers? Does it have the cutout relay attached? I might be interested to have as a spare. Here's a photo of mine after Glen rebuilt it Steve
  3. Is there a published schedule or itinerary, or is it a secret?
  4. I don't understand the difference? If push comes to shove, can cartridge core radiators be substituted for ribbon core without any external appearance change?
  5. This is GOOD information! Thanks, Steve
  6. My 1927 Packard touring car radiator developed two weeping leaks. I went on the internet and then as suggested added a couple of tablespoons of pepper (coarse preferred). Thinking about my honeycomb radiator surviving, I went further. I bought a super glue that has a brush. After drying the affected spots that weeped, I inserted the brush in those holes and surrounding several times, coating the interior with super glue. I let that dry. Then I brushed satin black over the repair. The leaks appear to be gone and unrecognizable. 2. I visited Henry's radiator shop in Tallahassee to talk with
  7. Agree. Interior photos do not show dickey seats, so car is likely a short wheel base series 4 or 5. Steve 1927: 343-290
  8. Hi Marc. I own 1927 Packard touring 343-290 s/n 223163R. Mine was built for the UK market to compete with RR & Bentley, that's why the R on my serial number. I viewed your prospective car; older Packards are simple & straightforward. I suggest the following. 1. If the radiator is chrome plated, it will have to be stripped and replated nickel; Packard wasn't into chrome in our vintage 1927. 2. DeLuxe model? My car had every conceivable option for 1927 because of being sent to England to compete; I never heard it termed a "deluxe." 3.Insure that the seller has the drum headl
  9. In the absence of obtaining an original, borrow one and make an aluminum casting. Probably not a big deal.
  10. SSMcDonald


    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
  11. SSMcDonald


    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
  12. 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
  13. 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
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