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  1. Woodgraining the dash and conserving the original plastic on 1939 Packard Super Eight, painting steering column, general re-fit of shift linkage and trying to make the steering wheel at least semi-presentable. Dash has had toner coat applied/rubbed out and is waiting a warm day for clearcoat. 1939 vintage Tenite plastic hasn't stood the test of time well. It is responding well to carefully applied and regulated heat and epoxy. It wont look new but it will be the original material.
  2. Terry, as you probably know already, that whistle will use an enormous amount of steam, probably more than any steam automobile could generate. I've sailed on steamships with similar whistles. A few years ago the market for large whistles was very strong, I have no idea of its present state. Thats a very nice piece, thanks for sharing. If anyone had a real urge to annoy the neighbors it could be blown with compressed air but it probably would take more volume than most shop compressors.
  3. Question: Is using that sealing compound stuff along with new gaskets a good strategy or does it hurt more than it helps? Better off just using new gaskets? Well, I'm not sure there is an easy or quick answer to that. In a perfect world with straight sealing surfaces and fresh gaskets installed by careful hands its probably not needed. In our old car world where we are dealing with machinery thats between thirty-five and 100+ years old, with an unknown and sometimes 'checkered' past sometimes it is needed. Also, sealing compounds come in lots of flavors and selecting the best for the job at hand can be a challenge. Best thing to remember is that too much can cause some expensive heartburn, i.e. gobs of RTV, Indian Head shellac, Permatex or whatever getting into critical areas (oil or water passages for instance) and biting you in some tender area.
  4. Jeff I think heaters/defrosters and other accessories were optional in the years just after WW2. Underseat heaters were a fairly common option on other makes sold in the colder parts of the country , not sure about Pontiacs.
  5. Try the Studebaker Drivers Club forum https://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/ You'll find plenty of Studebaker specific advice there, probably including someone saying 'they all do that', because most of the Studebaker V-8s do . 😁 That said, of course it is repairable, but when the leaks reach the point it looks like yours has, pinning down the specific location will be a bit time consuming. It maybe as simple as a valve cover leak (easy fix) or since you think it may be coming from the front of the engine, the timing cover gasket or seal may be suspect. There is an aluminum filler piece that the timing cover and the oil pan bolts to and that looks like where your bolts came from. Being aluminum, it is subject to stripped threads. There are other suspect areas for oil leaks on that engine. You really need to reference a Studebaker service manual if you are not familial with the marque. My 55 President (a 259 cid engine but same basic engine) received a gasket and seal renewal late last summer, no more oil spots on the garage deck. Good luck.
  6. You may have more response at the Packard Info site http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/modules/newbb/index.php The 38-39 Service Manual has instructions for removing the '39 headlight switch, not sure if the '40 is the same. Good Luck.
  7. It is pretty late in the season here in Southern Maine. Still a pretty fine day, though.
  8. If I recall correctly the Sears-Roebuck Allstate brand was about the only choice for many of the pre-WW2 tire sizes. I can remember making the rounds to the local garages ('tire stores' did exist at the time but were ~40 miles of back country roads away) shopping for 4.75x19 tires of any description and getting the brush-off or 'go to Sears/Roebuck or Western Auto, kid' That was in October of 1957. Lucky for me there were five Allstate 4.75x19 tires underneath the Christmas tree that December. They were on the Model A Ford when I sold it four years later.
  9. Dennis offered to sell me the 41 Commander when he first decided to sell it, a year ago last April. I had just bought another car when I got his letter offering it at a price I would have payed. I had to pass on the offer, I'm at my two car max limit. As you probably know, its rare that Dennis sells any car. Enjoy the car, its a very nice one.
  10. Everyone knows Studebaker bought their 289 engines from Ford, Right? It must be true because its on the internet. I miss F&J's posts.
  11. It does sound like either your speedo cable is broken or simply not engaged at the transmission. I've been following your posts here for a while and I'd like to suggest you find yourself a '50s vintage Motors Manual and spend some time studying the general automobile configuration and repair hints you'll find there. That will give you a deeper background and help you better understand some of the usually excellent advise you will get here. I really like to see cars like yours being saved and repaired by their owners, and you have come a long way with yours. So many people seem to have lost the willingness to learn anything new. Good luck.
  12. This type of meter is more than adequate for most jobs on our old cars. I go to mine, or to a similar Tripplet before my Fluke DVM. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Simpson-260-Series-6-Volt-Ohm-Meter-Multi-Meter-/293159180613
  13. At the level you have taken this car to, I think I would think pretty hard about accepting this dash. Look over the top of the large (speedometer?) hole and on the upper right corner. I think the car deserves to be as close to flawless as possible, and this dash isn't. You will be looking at those wavy lines every time you drive the car. Just a beautiful, beautiful job on this car.
  14. You know, if this is a prewar 346 Cadillac it may have the notorious 10mm plugs which are known for stripping threads. It may well need a helicoil, which is not a big deal. Good luck. Jim
  15. Whatever Matt is doing or has done with the Lincoln, there has to be a good story there and when the time is right I hope he will post it on the forum in his own enjoyable style. I agree there was a wealth of information lost when the thread went away.