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  1. I'm going to replace the ignition coil on my 32 Packard. I just bought a new 6v coil. The coil on the car now is not necessarily mounted where it would have been originally. It's inside the passenger compartment, on the dashboard, mounted horizontally. What I'm wondering is, is the orientation of the coil important? This coil has presumably oil onside because when I shake it I can hear a liquid sloshing around. That being said, can it be mounted horizontally or even upside down? Or must it be mounted upright? Thanks -- Luke
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    broken distributor cap

    I have a new distributor cap for a 1930's Packard that I stupidly dropped off the table. When it hit the ground it broke into several pieces. Oh well. It happens sometimes. But has anyone found a glue or some other method to repair a cracked or broken distributor cap so it won't arc? I hate to give up on it without trying something. Thanks -- Luke
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    6 volt ignition coil for 1932 Packard

    Thanks, guys, for your advice on the coil. Youv'e made me realize that the ignition wires are at least 40 years old, and yes they are stuffed into in a metal conduit or loom. It's not too much of a stretch to imagine that I could very well be getting some arcing in there. And since I've no idea of the history of the coil, I'm going to get a new coil and ignition wire as well. At least I can eliminate that source of trouble. -- Luke
  4. Does anyone have a recommendation for an appropriate 6 volt ignition coil for a 1930's Eight cylinder Packard? I recall reading somewhere that you do not want to use the "Flame Thrower" coils with an old-style point-and-condenser system as these coils require an electronic ignition system to operate properly. Any thoughts on that? But basically I think that any six volt coil should be fine for a 1930's car. My gut says to avoid the super-high voltage coils since my ignition wires are stuffed into a metal conduit and there's a possibility for arc-ing inside. -- Luke
  5. Do you know what the Lincoln sold for?
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    32 Packard 902 for $8,500?

    My apologies ... I see this is a legitimate ad. I own a 902 Packard and for $8500 I would buy it if it were close in New England. But it will help if there could be some photos of the engine as well as an idea of the mileage on the car. If it's a low mileage chassis and if it's complete, the engine and mechanical parts are where the value is.
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    32 Packard 902 for $8,500?

    Probably Spam
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    1932 Other Makes Packard Super Eight

    Three hundred thousand dollars. Well ..... God bless ya.
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    Several million dollar collection for sale.

    So why is it on the Minneapolis Craigslist? Dick Shappy is in Rhode Island.
  10. I agree with David. I owned a 1938 1603 and loved the car. Great looks, the best dashboard of the late 1930's. . . Floated over the road, steered easy. Felt like being in a bank vault. But the engine. . . . Mine had a knock I could never get rid of, and I had to replace the head gasket when I bought the car among other things. As I learned more, I realized that if one were to drive the car to any extent, you really need to find a 1937 block or a 1939 super 8 to replace the 38 block. The 38 blocks come in two varieties --- those that are cracked and those that will crack. And now they are 80 years old, and metallurgy rarely gets better as it ages. If I found a '38 Super 8 that I had to have, I would immediately begin my search for a '37 block and understand that a total engine rebuild and block swap is in the near future. Otherwise you are driving a time bomb. So you need to figure that in with your purchase price. Unless you are Jay Leno. Sorry to be brutally honest, but it's frustrating. It is one of my favorite years of Packard, but that engine. . . . Apparently the Twelve has none of these problems. --Scott
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    Bringing one home from Canada

    >> You are correct, please leave our cars in Canada. There are more cars in Florida than in all of Canada, look there. "Our cars"? The car I am interested in was made in the USA and a Canadian brought it north. All I'd like to do is bring one of our cars back home to the USA. You should keep any Canadian-made cars in Canada. I wish we would learn to keep any USA-made cars in the USA. So many went overseas and are practically gone forever. Just wait until the Chinese like old cars.
  12. Just curious for now, but. . . . Say I were to fall in love and buy a US made vintage (1930s) car somewhere in Canada and wanted to bring it home. I live in the States, in New York specifically. How does one do that? My first reaction, due to the current political climate, that buying a vintage car outside the USA and bringing it back to the USA is all but impossible anymore. Aren't there import tariffs on everything from Canada? Even old cars originally made in the USA being repatriated back to the USA? If anyone knows the story these days, I'd appreciate hearing about it. Otherwise my thought is, if its for sale in Canada, forget about it.
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    How to Indentify a Century

    Are you sure that's driver's side? I do see a crankcase ventilation pipe on the front on the passenger side. . .
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    How to Indentify a Century

    I've attached a photo of the engine serial number. It's curious --- if this is a Century 320 engine, I find it odd that the "six" prefix is a letter I with a small circle on the lower right to make it look like a "6", and the "one's" are letter I's. Is this just the way it was done? Isn't it odd that a big GM company like Buick wouldn't have any sixes or ones in the stamping box? As for photos of the whole car, it's on Hemmings at: https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/buick/century/2041308.html Any thoughts or advice is welcome. As I mentioned, for me it's hard to tell what model this is since it appears not to say anywhere on the car. Just want to make an intelligent informed purchase, if it comes to that. Thanks again, guys -- Scott
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    How to Indentify a Century

    Where on the engine would I find its serial number? I don't own the car, it's for sale and I'm interested.