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About jrbartlett

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    Grew up in the hobby working on father's Packard, DeSoto & LaSalle, driving on car tours in the 1960s

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  1. Careful, my wife had a brand-new Skyhawk in the mid-80s. The engine blew at about 40,000 miles.
  2. Yes, high RPMs. But you may be off on your tire circumference. These cars ran 700x20 and the tires that size I saw on the Coker Tire website show diameters of 33-35 inches. (Yes, I know tires could be larger now.) We had a '29 Packard Super 8 Club Sedan during the 1960s. My father ran it hard, over 80 more than once according to the modern cars running with him -- though he normally cruised much slower. Finally burned out a rod bearing in a race against a '31 Buick Model 90. I have a '29 Super 8 Roadster now, and have run it at 75 for about 10 minutes once when I inadvertently had to enter a freeway when a country road ended. I wound up in the middle of a big pack of trucks and the safest thing to do was run with them until they worked their way around. Didn't want to run that hard, but the car did have more speed available. My normal cruise is 50-55. I've put 7,000 miles on the car since I bought it. It was low-mileage at the time, just over 40,000 on the speedo. Still has the original rod and main bearings, but did have a ring and valve job when first restored. So I'll take the factory's word at 85. Just not for long with, as you say, the long stroke and the babbit bearings.
  3. These cars always had a good reputation for performance. But I never dreamed they'd be geared like that, and thus run that fast. Makes you wonder where they envisioned driving it back in that era of mostly dirt roads.
  4. Relatively powerful car for the era, with 109 horsepower. Factory said they would run 85 MPH. What color do you think it was? Clearly not black, and looks too light to have been red.
  5. Be very careful with Simple Green. I love the stuff, but it's very harsh on paint, particularly oil- or lacquer-based paint.
  6. Dudes, that was one of my favorite movies back then.
  7. Definitely a '29 per dashboard and headlights. 28s & earlier were different, plus they only had six-cylinder engines in the shorter wheelbase cars. Standard 8s came along in '29. My guess is this is a model 626, meaning sixth series with a 126-inch wheelbase.
  8. 100 MPH with what rear end gear ratio and tire size?
  9. The louvered hood sides indiciate that this is a Standard 8, which is the smaller of the two Packard Staight 8's available in 1929. 320 cubic inches, 90 horsepower if I remember correctly. Smooth-running, comfortable, high-quality cars, simple to maintain once you understand the vacuum tank and carburetor systems. Not many trouble spots other than, in this case, the condition of the wood in the sedan body. Doors look a little misaligned, but this can often be addressed with turnbuckles and other tweaking. If the body wood is completely shot, you'd better be a woodworker in your professional life. Good 40-45 MPH cruising car, pretty good parts availability in comparison with many other more-rare makes. Looks like a '50s-'60s restoration. Looks very complete. Good car to get running and drive while you tinker with some of the cosmetics.
  10. A 1950 Plymouth is an exceptionally comfortable and reliable car. Plus they are "cool" in their own way.
  11. At my local NAPA (one of their "warehouse" stores) I asked for a certain type of spark plug thread repair kit, and was told after an extensive computer search that they did not stock it. I had to point out to the staff that it was hanging on a wall rack directly behind where they were standing at the counter. I attribute this to the universal dumbing-down of society in response to the consumers' desire to get everything cheaper and cheaper.
  12. Suggest you go to the Riviera forum on this website. This has been discussed a number of times and is actually quite tricky. The folks who've done it can fill you in.
  13. I think this car would cruise at 50-55 if the engine was rebabbited during restoration, provided the rear axle ratio is in the 4.0-to-1 range.