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  1. 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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  2. 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.....


  3. Posting for a friend:

     

    Packard twelve timing chain covers for sale. Newly manufactured. Project continued from Skip Rittener. Both styles now available and ready to ship. 1932-1934 and 1935-1939. Ready to install, includes seals and sleeves. Price: $2,950.00 includes shipping within the continental U.S. 

     

    Also available, newly manufactured Packard twelve cylinder water necks.

     

    Contact, Mike Gregory (630) 743-3130 or email grog1950@netzero.net

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  4. Posting for a friend.


    Packard Twelve timing chain covers for sale.


    Packard V12 timing chain Covers for sale. Newly manufactured. Project continued from Skip Rittener. Both styles now available and ready to ship. 1932-1934 and 1935-1939. Ready to install, includes seals and sleeves. Price: $2,950.00 includes shipping within the continental U.S.

     

    Also available, newly manufactured Packard Twelve cylinder water necks.

     

    Contact: Mike Gregory (630)743-3130 or email grog1950@netzero.net 

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  5. Packard Twelve timing covers for sale:

     

    posting this for a friend.

     

    Packard twelve timing chain covers for sale. Newly manufactured. Project continued from Skip Rittener. Both styles now available and ready to ship. 1932-1934, and 1935-1939. Ready to install, includes seals and sleeves. Price $2,950.00 includes shipping within the continental U.S.

     

    Also available, newly manufactured Packard twelve cylinder water necks.

     

    Contact , Mike Gregory (630) 743-3130 or email grog1950@netzero.net

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  6. Looking for the following for a 1932 Packard 900 light eight, aka shovel nose.

     

    5- 17 inch wire wheels

    Front bumper and bumper bar

    Rear optional center bumper for rear spare car

    cylinder head

    Goddess of speed hood ornament aka “donut chaser” hood ornament

    engine pans

    bumper frame end covers

     

    what other parts do you have? 

     

    Any other 900 enthusiast out there?

     

    Any one ever see any pictures of any custom body 900?

     

    Thanks in advance.

     

    Tim

    773-860-6110 or tph479@yahoo.com

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