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  1. Much thanks fellas. I will let you know how everything works out when the project is completed. tom
  2. Hello all. My 1926 Packard coupe is all original including the top. The top material is very dry and fragile. What is the surface coating? Is this roof fabric material covered with a paint, oil, or rubber to create a water tight roof? Even if you lightly brush your hand across it the surface black coating crumbles and floats of in the air! The material fabric portion of the top is intact though. Is there some type of treatment to save the top? Thanks Tom Wallace, Dayton, OH
  3. The entire wiring harness of this car needs replacement. I contacted Rhode Island Wiring and they have wiring for a sports sedan and roadster. Is there any difference in the wiring harness between a sports sedan and a sedan? I thought they were the same except the sports sedan does not have a rear window. Thanks Tom Wallace Dayton, OH
  4. Thanks all for your input! It might be awhile before I get to that point in the restoration. Tom Wallace Dayton, OH
  5. Hi all, I have recently purchased a 1925 Franklin 11 A sedan. The previous owner hired a restoration shop to restore the car but lost interest midway in the project. The main work was done including rebuilding the engine, restoring the chassis and working on the brightwork. The car appears complete. I am a member of the Franklin club and have downloaded some mechanical drawings on a previous Franklin project. My issue with this car is that the upholstery is not correct and is a bizarre color. A really bad bluish velour fabric. I can’t seem to find info on the Franklin site to specifics to the correct upholstery. I assume it is supposed to be a wool broadcloth. I included some photos of the car before restoration started. Where can I find the correct info on the upholstery for my car? Any advice welcomed Thanks Tom Wallace Dayton, OH
  6. Thanks for everyone's input. I will let you know the end of the story when it happens. tom
  7. I will get a few picts of the spots this weekend. I tried the CLR and vinegar but without results. But I do not want to damage the nickel. Maybe I will leave well enough alone. Perhaps what I see are just defects in the nickel but they are located next to the radiator spout. So I assume it is from radiator liquids that have spewed out when the previous owners drove it around. I do not have the formula or name for the blue paint color. I am taking the car to our Sept 15th Dayton Carillon Concours D'Elegance in over a week from now. I will post a few picts of the show. Thanks Tom Wallace Dayton, OH
  8. Should have posted a few photos. Here they are! I think it is a good looking vehicle. Tom Wallace, Dayton, OH
  9. I just bought a 1926 Packard Victoria Coupe. The car is in really good shape. The nickel on the lamps and radiator is quite good. But there are noticeable water spots around the top of the radiator shroud and headlights. I used Wenol compound and polished for quite a while. I did not want to use anything harsher because I did not want to damage the nickel. I read about using dilute vineger but I was skeptical of it. Any advice how to remove the water spots? thanks Tom Wallace, Dayton, OH
  10. The oil rectifier was basically supposed to clean the oil while distilling off the gas, acids and water. Thus this would prolong oil life and one would not have to change oil so often. I understand the unit really didn't work and were often removed by the owner. Later in the production year, the unit was not offered by Packard. I just wanted to fill in the space but I wouldn't make it functional. Any leads appreciated. Tom Wallace, Dayton, OH
  11. I just purchased a 1926 Packard Opera Coupe. It is in good condition and runs well. I am repairing the vacuum tank but it really just needs a bit of clean up. One item that is missing is the oil rectifier. As I understand, the rectifier was included in early production but in later production it was deleted. The unit apparently did not really function well and was often taken off and discarded by the owner. Apparently they were also used on other manufacturer's cars. The spot where the unit was placed looks "empty". I want to buy one and use it just as a "decorative' piece. I would not hook it up. I understand they are rare as hen's teeth but I was wondering if someone may have a unit sitting on their shelf. I found a good photo of the setup on the internet. P.S. What would you use on the carburetor as an air cleaner? Any leads appreciated. Tom Wallace, Dayton, OH
  12. Here is the auction. $25,000.00 Sorry for not including the info. tom
  13. I saw an interesting Ebay auction for a 1926 Packard Model 41 326 Victoria Coupe. Seems like an unusual body style but I like it. It tried to research the body style on and but couldn,t find an exact match. Looks in pretty good shape. I wonder if it had a repaint long ago. Is it worth the asking price? Any comments welcome. Thanks Tom Wallace Dayton, OH