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  1. Wanted for a 1932 Packard 900 light eight


    1) cylinder head

    2) 17 inch wire wheels. 5 of them.

    3) optional middle bumper for rear spare mount car

    4) aluminum sill plates for a sedan

    5) frame end bumper covers


    i would be interested in other 900 parts.




  2. Looking for the following parts for a 1932 Packard 900, light eight.

    1) cylinder head.

    2) optional middle rear bumper for rear spare car.

    3) 17 inch wire wheels. Five of them.
    4) bumper frame end covers.

    5) aluminum door sills for a sedan.
    6) rear fender support braces.

    I would also be interested in hearing about what other parts you have for a 900 that may be for sale.




  3. What is the level for on the frame behind the drivers side front fender support? Radiator drain handle?


    I find the non skid tires comical. I bet there is not 6 square inches of actual rubber touching the road between the four tires combined, so not much traction at all. I’ll run a non skid tire over some oil tomorrow in the garage and report back on what I find.


    Keep up the good work on bringing this nickel era car to the masses. I’m in the process of restoring a 1920 nickel era car right now and have run into most of the challenges that you have so I feel your pain. At least you don’t have to take the hood hinges off and rivet new ones back on! Very similar in chassis design so I wonder who was copying who at the time! 

  4. I would be interested to see what the torque numbers on this engine would be with the 4 valves per cylinder. The cars cubic inches is a little on the light side for a chassis of that size compared to the other cars in its class. The Winton with that same wheel base and tire size is 525ci, the Packard comes in at 424ci and the Locomobile and Pierce come in around 525ci also

    With the White having a lot less cubes it would be a neat comparison to it see as well as the other big machines on a dyno.

    To put in perspective how big this car is for the era you have to park it next to a Model T and take a picture for comparison.

    Keep up the good work and keep the info and pictures coming.

  5. 23 hours ago, edinmass said:

    It’s very heavy for a 17, and I was surprised I could feel it in the trailer on the hills. Most early cars are under 4400, and they fell like nothing is in the trailer......Not in this case. It’s 330 CID, and 72 horsepower. Slightly smaller than the Stutz contemporary, but only a few horsepower short of the Stutz. Reports are the car is powerful and pulls the gears so easy they usually skip first and second on flat ground. It’s built similar to a Winton or Crane Simplex. Loco frame and chassis seems a bit lighter.....but I think this is a case of overkill on White’s part with the truck business overlapping. With a bit of luck, we will have a first drive in less than ten days. 


  6. Packard 120’s are wonderful machines. They drive great, are easy to handle and look like a junior a Packard, which they are. I look at one frequently in the garage and it is no where near the quality of a senior Packard. Everything is smaller and of less quality and mass than it’s bigger brother.  I assume that the Lincoln Zephyrs and Buick’s are also fantastic cars.... but just because the 120, Zephyr  and Buick are fantastic cars shouldn’t make them a CCCA classic. These cars were built for a cheaper price point when new because the big expensive classic car market was quickly disappearing in the 1930’s and the manufactures had to do something to survive. The quality of the more common place  and pedestrian cars was also rapidly improving and closing the gap on the production classic cars during the mid to late 1930’s so Packard, Lincoln and Buick had to go downstream to compete.


    I know of a bunch of local guys who have CCCA classic cars who either were previous members of the club or don’t want to join, both for various reasons.  To sum up their reasons you have to realize that all car guys are cheap, me included. Everyone knows what I mean because the first thing people ask is what something cost to fix or repair, what it costs to make, what it cost to paint, chrome, clean or what it costs per hour. It’s human nature to talk cost. When regions want to charge fees for every club activity, including going places that are free like garage tours,  then it puts a bad taste in people mouths. When the boards act like they are running a Fortune 500 company and constantly talk about how much money is in the kiddy, how much profit they have , what the interest rate on the investments are and how they are going to hit up other members for advertising dollars at meetings when they are buyIng themselves dinner with the clubs money then it is a turn off to a lot of members. It is common knowledge amongst the local car guys what the group think is, and it has been that way for a long time.  You also have to remember that car guys are worse then old ladies when it comes to gossip so the word on the street is around.

    I think the perception of the club has drifted away from being a car club and more to being an elitist organization. Peoples perception 
    is their reality,  and when people are led to believe that their cars are not worthy enough to belong to the club , or their economic status isn’t on par with the wealthier members then they do not renew and won’t  come back to the club. If the club doesn’t fix the perception problem of being all about the money, acting like an exclusive country club and and having the perception of being less about a car club than a for profit business organization then I don’t think adding more car models will increase membership. 

    Not all car people or members have the means or time to enjoy pricey activities of tours, but they enjoy the classic era of cars and the CCCA has to go out of their way to realize and embrace that. The classic cars also have to get out on the street more often, driven and shared with other car people to open their eyes that they are not old clunkers and can be reliably driven and that a classic car can be obtained for a reasonable price.


    My two cents.


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  7. 7.8 billion people in the world and counting. With inflation and population growth the hobby will be fine. Don’t forget that every year there are about 70 million motor vehicles built and added to the market place. Every year more cars become collectible and the inventory grows. In my area if you wanted to you can attend some sort of cruise night or event every night of the week that are attended by all years and makes of cars. If you read older magazine articles you will see that they have been writing about the falling sky for generations.

    p.s.- I call dibs on all the custom body Packard’s and Duesenberg’s that will cheaply be coming to the market.....

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