West Peterson

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  1. If it doesn't need an engine job, that would be a fun car. However, if it needs an engine job, you're looking at $10-12k, and finding a good 356 rebuilder isn't easy.
  2. Interesting. Close, but no cigar. The car takes 7.00. I like black better, anyway, so I'm not looking.
  3. I don't know. All I'm saying is that when the prices drop, in my opinion that is good for the hobbby in general. I agree with you. This 1940 Packard is a great car, and one of the most powerful production cars built that year.
  4. 1940 Packard 180s came standard with double-side white sidewalls. Some sources say it was an option. I have two original tires in my sidemounts that are double-sided. Reproductions are not available in the 16-inch size as far as I know.
  5. What is the concern? In my opinion, if values go down, that can be good for the hobby.
  6. That was me. One of the differences is that bias ply tires have inner tubes. I'd drive bias ply tires at least twice as long as a radial, if not longer.
  7. But... it sound like you didn't try driving it with NEW bias ply tires after the front end was rebuilt. Your only reference is a restored car with radials.
  8. Nethercutt collection has a 1930 Dual Cowl, black and yellow. I think it's an earlier body on a 1930 chassis, though. Fantastic looking car.
  9. Prewar cars DO NOT NEED radial tires. Just because your postwar car drives and handles a lot better with radials, that cannot be used as a comparison to putting them on a prewar car. It's apples and oranges. If you have a problem with handling on your prewar car, look deeper: Suspension, shocks, steering gear/links, tie-rods, king pins, etc., not to mention new bias-ply tires. Most prewar cars get driven about 2,000 miles per year. Even if there was a real reason to put radials on, is it worth it to have to replace your radial tires every five years or so after having driven only 10,000 miles. Keep the bias ply tires on your prewar car, and drive accordingly. I drive hundreds of miles at a time with my car, at speeds up to 80mph+, and never once have I wished I had radials on it. That goes for the 1930 all the way up to the 1942, and even the immediate postwar cars.
  10. There's a reason why all the old-time collectors ignored them, and still do today (while Ed said there was only one big-time longtime collector that had one, I can think of two: Nethercutt and Bahre). I personally would much rather have a same-year Buick or Cadillac. I'm not a bathtub Packard fan, but even a '48 Packard, in my opinion, is more attractive. Walt ... you and I usually agree, but I'm with Al San on this one. I'm not speaking as an "expert" here, and I really don't think anyone else is speaking as an expert. Just opinions, and we all have them. However, many of us have been in the hobby for 60-plus years, so I usually put a little more weight on those who knew the cars "before the movie."
  11. Oh, dear... the difference is WAAAAY more than $5M. That is, if one considers one of the SSJs as the most attractive. They're cool, but not the most attractive in my opinion.