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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
  2. 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
  3. 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. 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.
  6. Three hundred thousand dollars. Well ..... God bless ya.
  7. So why is it on the Minneapolis Craigslist? Dick Shappy is in Rhode Island.
  8. 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
  9. >> 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Are you sure that's driver's side? I do see a crankcase ventilation pipe on the front on the passenger side. . .
  12. 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
  13. Where on the engine would I find its serial number? I don't own the car, it's for sale and I'm interested.
  14. Not a Buick expert here, but when looking at a 1940 car, how can you identify that it's a Century and not a Special or Super or whatever? I'm sure the dash data plate says it all, but I don't know what it means. And a data plate can be changed. I've also included a couple shots of the engine. Looking at that, how do you tell if this is really the bigger Century 320 cu in engine? And any way to tell what the gear ratio is in the rear axle? A Century is supposed to be 3.9:1, right? Thanks much !
  15. I’ve got the same problem of greasy dirt stain on light brown wool broadcloth. After reading the responses here, why couldn’t you just remove the upholstery (this is on a seat cushion) and wash it in Woollite like you would a wool sweater? Or what am I missing? Will the wool broadcloth shrink and not fit again?
  16. The photo shows a dirty-greasy type of stain on brown wool broadcloth upholstery of a '32 Packard. Any suggestions on how to remove it? Any chemical or other process which would even lighten it without making it worse? I feel terrible because I probably did it, as careful as I am. As they say, sh*t happens. And it did. --Luke
  17. Indeed, my thoughts entirely. For a while everyone wanted cars with sidemounts. About twenty years ago I had a friend who sold a 1930 Pierce Arrow Sedan to a fellow who then installed sidemounts ! Totally ruined the long, flowing lines of the car. I was interested to buy the car before but when it came up for sale again with the sidemounts, the car did nothing for me. My 1932 Packard Victoria has a rear mounted spare, as you can see in the lengthy thread it has generated. I think it is particularly handsome . . . . not to mention so much easier to work on ! --Scott
  18. It’s a little incredible isn’t it....
  19. Wow. $110,000 for a 1917. These things have certainly come into their own as a genre of cars. When I got into the hobby you had a hard time giving them away. They were little more than a curiosity. Hardly drivable.
  20. Before and after photos of the same car. Amazing what an appropriate color scheme can do ! The darker color is the authentic, original color scheme tastefully done by the previous owner in Connecticut. The light electric blue with marshmallows-for-wheels was something a misguided or mentally ill owner sprayed on over the original. What were they thinking. . . . ??
  21. My car (the car in question) was originally from New York City, spent most of its life in Connecticut, received a cosmetic restoration in the late 1970's, was acquired by me in about 2003 and I gave it a mechanical restoration. So it is yet a third example of this body style around upstate New York. I am a little surprised at the almost total lack of interest in the car, even with an ad in Hemmings. Yes, a few tire kickers but no one serious. I don't think the price is crazy, for all the reasons stated. And actually, I am growing more attached to it now that I had thoughts of finding a new owner. So maybe this experiment worked out for the best after all.
  22. >> So, here is a guy that shows up in a 32 Packard and there is no place to park because the tent was full. I can certainly relate to his frustration. Probably would look for another venue that has the "older than" ad. I understand Hemmings philosophy on the "big tent" approach. Nothing against anyone with a genuine collector car of any vintage. I do have a problem with guys driving in with their "collector" 21st Century Toyota's just looking to grab a parking space. But the big tent approach has a backlash. Around here there is very little antique car activity --- meaning pre-War. I stopped going to shows years ago when out of a hundred cars my 1926 was the oldest, and there might have been less than a handful of Model A and earlier era cars. And it snowballs. At the Hemmings cruise-in, first glance suggested that my '32 Packard would have been the oldest car. I probably won't go again. I know I sound all piss-and-vinegar and sour grapes, but the fact is that where once in the 1970's when I started in this, the entire show would have been filled with pre-war iron, dozens of Model T's and Model A's, several brass cars. . . Today, you just don't see that. Where did they all go? To the crusher?? Guys I know with early stuff have talked about a pre-War only show or cruise-in or tour. Not happened yet. I would organize it, but I don't know of anyone around here with such a car ! (Well, maybe two guys). In the meantime, I just drive my Packard for my own enjoyment. And folks love seeing it in the parking lot at the grocery or liquor store.