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    1927 packard

    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 headlights. 4. I assume the "deluxe" included the windshield mounted small spotlights, and the tire air pump attached to the transmission. 5. Mine is not restored, it is 91 years original including the upholstery, so I cannot state what the restoration problems will entail. I can say that there are few advertised parts available as Packard support today starts about 1931. So much of my minor repairs have entailed machining the parts myself or having a machinist make the part. 6. Does the seller have the top frame and side curtains? If not, you'll have to find patterns, same for seats. 7. Does he have the spare wheel & carrier for the back of the car? The correct carrier may not be obtainable. 8. The price indicates to me that the seller is trying to recoup some of his restoration costs; very understandable. If he has all the above parts and missing nothing (bumpers, single taillight, etc.) make him an offer he cannot refuse. All the best Steve
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    1925 Packard 8 cylinder Aluminum Oil Pan Wanted

    In the absence of obtaining an original, borrow one and make an aluminum casting. Probably not a big deal.
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    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 so that the next generation may enjoy them. For we are not owners, just stewards of our cars.
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    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
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    Two piece driveshaft

    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
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    '32 903 interior lighting.......

    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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    What year is this tail light?

    Here's what the 1927 343-290 tail light looks like. Red is running light. Amber is brake light. White is backup, but only works when headlights are on. 1927 is nickel plate. 1928 and newer would be chrome plate. Steve
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    Dyneto starter & generator rewinding etc.

    I recommend the car remain with 6Volt. That said. The Owen Dyneto guru of the world is Glenn Cheaney ( 5770 East Midland, Wichita, Kansas 67216. He did both my generator & starter for my '27 343. He may have passed on by now.
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    1924 Model 245 Single Eight Touring info .....

    Welcome to the abandoned models by Packard. Finding parts for earlier-than-1928 or so is getting tougher. I have had to make a few parts for my (1927) 343-290, s/n223163R, engine 223291 (8 cylinder)
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    What Year Are These Plates?

    They are similar, with some differences, to the plates on my 3-43 (1926-27) touring car. The raised up area on mine are ribbed and there is a diamond on the foot section, not "Packard."
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    1926 packard spark advance linkage needed

    Not being critical, but I believe Packard only made a -26 and a -43 chassis in 1926-27. I suspect a seven passenger limo is a 3-43. I'll investigate and maybe I can send photos of the linkage and maybe some dimensions. Steve McDonald I am in North Central Florida if you'd like a look-see.
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    Trip Odometer reset

    7/25/2016 NO solution, but for the record, my 27 343 trip odometer resets ok, but does not track mileage. It just sits on zero. The main odometer works correctly. Speedometer unit was recently returned from a "professional" overhaul.
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    Export Model Question

    My '27 343-290 touring car is supposed to be one of six built for the English market. It has every accessory available. Investigation reveals mine is the only remaining of the six. In original condition, I do not plan to restore it.
  14. Speedometer Cable Problem: I have the housing from the transmission to the speedometer. 1. The innard cable is missing. 2. All hardware is complete at the transmission end including the slot adapter that fits into the transmission. 3. At the speedometer end, I am missing the slot adapter that goes into the speedometer itself. I am also missing the attach nut that holds the housing to the speedometer. Suggestions solicited. 1927 Packard Touring, series 343-290.
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    27 Packard, Series 3, Speedometer Cable

    I found a source in Wichita: Phil Knighton has a Packard '26 Doctor's coupe 336. He has his Packard 740 for sale. Old speedometers are his specialty
  16. I assume removing the center "nut" from the vibration damper will allow its removal. Is there a spanner wrench to remove the center "nut" from the vibration damper in order to remove the vibration damper? Does anyone have such a spanner I could borrow or purchase?
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    AACA Membership Questions

    OK thanks. I contacted them per your suggestion and they found me listed in some old rosters, but no membership number.
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    AACA Membership Questions

    Does anyone have an AACA roster from around 1972-1973? I let my membership lapse, probably 1974 and am looking to rejoin; I'd like to have my original membership number. My listing would have been Steve McDonald, Coral Gables, Florida. HQ states they don't have records back that far. Any help appreciated.
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    1927 Eight Owner's Manual

    Does anyone have an owner's manual for the 8 cylinder Model 343? Would you be willing to Xerox a copy to send to me. (The seller on eBay is overpriced.) Steve,
  20. I need the same 2 3/4 diameter 16 thread, RH thread wheel hub removal tool for the rear hubs on my 1927 Packard. Communicate to Packard calls the hub remover a S.T. 123 (special tool).
  21. Previous investigation: Engine, transmission, and front wheel bearings eliminated from suspicion. 1/15/13 Here's the latest as the car is now on a frame lift. 1. Between the transmission and the front universal joint is a bolted-together, flat plate that attaches the transmission to the drive shaft. Looks like a notch is marked on each side of the plate, but the notches are not aligned (notches may have been added by the previous owner). They are off by one bolt hole. 2. Start the car, shift into 3rd gear and accelerate: the forward section of the drive shaft wobbles badly just behind the universal joint. 3. The pinion shaft moves in and out of the rear end differential about 1/2 inch in travel. This in turn causes the spline shaft on the drive shaft to slide in and out. 4. Left rear wheel out of balance and exhibits out of alignment; also it has a small wobble and noise can be heard. I checked Hemmings and found no listing for differential, universal joint, or pinion service. Anyone know of a guru in or near North Central Florida? Steve (
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    Anyone Recognize this speedometer cable?

    Looks like my missing cable from my 343 Packard (1927) touring car
  23. My 27 Packard generator may not be back from overhaul in time for an upcoming show. I am contemplating driving the car sparingly on the battery from its trailer to the park spot and back when the show is completed, perhaps 1 mile total. I can cover the generator hole with gasket material to stop oil slop. Any advice is appreciated. Steve
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    1912 Rauch & Lang Info needed

    In 1976, I purchased from an estate a 1909 Detroit Electric, It had EVERYTHING including the charger, except the taillight. I was the 2nd owner!! I researched the taillight & went to Hershey the next year and slogged through 50 some acres in the rain & mud. I used trash bags for raingear and shoe covers. I was getting discouraged when I came upon a table with nothing but tail lamps. And there it was! my missing taillight. The seller watched me as I picked up several items then wandered down the row to some more tables. I came back and randomly picked through the pile some more, picking up the lamp I wanted and asked, "how much do you want for this one?" He asked me what it went to, but I just re-asked how much? $10 and it was mine! He then again asked what it went to (I wasn't fooling him any). I told him. He groaned and indicted that he could have got a lot more money for the lamp. Yep, I thought as I walked away with my prize. Point being, know exactly what you seek before getting to the flea market. I saw my Detroit Electric in Loganville, GA not long ago. It's originality had been butchered, the charger given to some museum, the solid tires were gone. I made an offer, but am thankful it was refused. At least my scrapbook was still with the car.
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    More info required re 1920s Single Sixes

    Dunno about pre 1925. The series 3 (1926-27) have a specific date stamped on the bottom of the oil pan. This date cannot be older than the car's manufacture date.