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Everything posted by John_Mereness

  1. Hello, Has anyone bought a carpet kit for a 1955 Buick Roadmaster Riviera 2 door Hardtop in Daytona Weave Carpet ? I noticed that Daytona is readily available for a Century, Super,and Special, though with a Roadmaster most manufacturers seem to be selling loop or pile that is not a match to the original. Also, what was the fit like ? And, how close to an authentic original was it ? Is one source better than another ? And, ...... ? I was going to leave the original in car (prior owner re-dyed and it looks pretty nice with only one wear spot the size of a quarter), though also re
  2. I have had many cars that when hot have to have the choke closed to start. Think engineering - how are you going to pull gas up (a couple of feet to #1 and #8 on a Packard) from the carb. into the combustion chamber - remember it is an updraft car and not a downdraft car. And, Matt is correct - there are often Magic spots on chokes.
  3. Impressive work ! Scary the owner was driving this around prior to your work. Also, I have seen plenty of 41 and 42 Packards that had frames without a single rust pit yet had spots in the body - and it does not take as much abuse as you think - they definitely do not have the quality of steel in them as in prior years - do not know if it was gearing up for the War or they just were doing such for cost efficiency, volume, or...... And, the same goes for a GM, Ford, and …..
  4. Correct as to it being Dietrich (and I had a Custom bodied Dietrich Franklin Convertible Sedan). They bought the car in the late 1960's and the last time I saw the car was perhaps 1975. The last time the car was seen by anyone I know was about 2000. The owner moved from the region and took the car with them and unfortunately they lost touch with my parents. It was a nice car but the body had been removed from behind the front doors and the rear body parts had not been stored well and were very rough. I think they actually bought it as a parts car for their other Royale and then found ou
  5. By the way, one of my father's work colleagues had the 4 door convertible Show Car on the long wheelbase - it had lead a rough life though was very restorable (so it is out there still).
  6. Well, we had the 1946 Custom Super Clipper at the Lexington Concours and we also had the 1914 4-48 Runabut there as well. A great thanks goes out to out CPA/Tax Accountant Dwain Fansler for all the hard work on the 1914. 10 minutes ago I just received the call that the 1914 was all spit shined, touched up and ready to go to Meadowbrook Concours "Concours d'Elegance of America" A special thank you goes to Joashua Shaw of Shaw Hot Rods - the best historic sprint car restorer, pinstripper, and paint touch up guy out there. Bio - Shaw Hot Rods See everyone at Meadowbrook! Home
  7. Hello, Nothing too new. We have a great guy starting in June who is Co-op"ping " from McPhearson College in Kansas - he starts June 01. We also have a new Events Director "Jackie' and she is dynamite.
  8. Trying to get pictures to load - but same old story (logged in and it tells me to log in to get pictures loaded and a no-go).
  9. I measured a week ago plus, just did not have your number handy and it has been a really tied week. All three twin Six chassis are a different lenght. Lucky us.
  10. You are welcome to make arrangements to view the one at the Packard Museum in Dayton. Schedule with Donna at events@americaspackardmuseum.org.
  11. Can't play Packards all the time. Here are some Auburn Pictures that we took during and after parade; and and on way back downtown post club dinner. My nephew "Carter" is a big Auburn fan at 2 years old (and his second ACD weekend). We did what uncles do best after we took the picture at the restored filling station - WE CHASED DOWN TRAINS.
  12. A few more night shots. People rarely see the place at night unless you schedule a wedding reception, but Museum does have a cool look at night.
  13. This was a little project that ate some time prior to Auburn. My 851 phaeton eats a tappet just a week and a half prior to the 600 mile ACD festival round trip. Fortunately, the probelm showed itself about a half block from home after having just completed a 130 mile round trip to have new tie rod ends installed, aligned, and all wheels rebalanced. Car performed flawlessly for labor day weekend.
  14. Here are my most recent picture of the 32 Twin Six. It is coming along - slowly but coming along - never seems to be enough money to go around and I have a pretty agressive agenda of projects throughout the Museum. Needs a battery and Classic Car Club of America, Indianapolis Region, Oil Project (10w40 oil) D.A. Lubricants Oil installed to get the car started; and will need exhaust within minutes therafter - very very sad exhaust system that has been bandaged for far too long and now just nothing left of it.
  15. The 1925 LeBaron Speedster Phaeton gets new 7:00 x 21 Blackwalls. The car actually has Firestone rims on it (and such are stamped on the rim and the locking ring). The new tires are great - they are an exact reproduction of originals and made by Coker. Coker went out of their way to make sure the car had new tires and they could not have been more gracious. A special thanks to the folks at Coker tire. The old tires literally fell apart while we were out roadtesting in the week prior to Meadowbrook Concours. The end was near, but we made it through the concours and then loaned car out fo
  16. Hello, Thanks you for the Chrome offer but the economy is a little tough on museums right now and I have to operate on the pricipal of "Donation" or 25 "cents on the dollar."
  17. Joshua Shaw just finishes up touching up paint and re-pinstriping the 1925 LeBarron Touring (one of two built and the only known survivor). It cost $10,000 new and is one of the very first Hot Rod sort to speak in that it has a custonm grill, hood, and cowl in relation to its custom body and they are basically 4 to 6 inches lower than a normal Packard. To put in an endorsement - ONE SWEET RIDE AS WELL - SMOOTH ON THE ROAD WITH A GREAT GEAR SOUND. We were just notified today that to allow car to be driven up at the Meadowbrok Concours that Coker Tire would be providing new Firestones to go
  18. Stay tuned: 1903 Packard Gray Wolf was shown this past weekend at Ault Park Concours d'Elegance - www.ohioconcours.com Pictures should also be posted at these great sites: http://www.conceptcarz.com/default.aspx and Link to pictures posted on Cincinnati.Com http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=AB&Date=20090614&Categ ory=NEWS01&ArtNo=906140802&Ref=PH --
  19. 1933 Packard Super 8 7-Passenger Touring/Phaeton- Bought new by the Proctor family of Proctor and Gamble (note the "black out" chrome - god forbid we show our wealth in the middle of a depression). This is a totally unrestored car excepting new tires and now new carpet. We cut new gray wilton carpet to replace the threadbear set that had been installed in the 1940's but unfortunately we are totally out of budget for these types of projects and new binding will have to wait for another month - it has a debut at the Glendale, Ohio car show later this month. The way I best like the museum - i
  20. A night shot of the 54 Carribean - Has anyone a stash a green leather to match this color ?
  21. The 1939 Packard 120 Rollson Formal Town Car gets a valve job and some engine detailing - more details to follow.
  22. There are actually two (one original and one reproduction). The Packard Museum in Dayton has the original and the other is an amazing duplicate has been built using the original drawings by a fellow by the name of Ted Davis in Oklahoma (at the cost of some half million dollars). My guess is the original was saved in the early days of car collecting by Barney Pollard of Detroit. The original is powered by a very rare Model K Packard engine. My understanding was the original was wrecked at some early point (1904 or so) and the restoration was done in the early days of car collecting to a level
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