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  1. No mention of this in the recent Mitchell-Bentley book which covers their postwar work for Packard.
  2. I recently installed 4 7:00-17 Bedfords and metal-stem inner tubes sourced from Lucas on my 1934 Packard Eight, replacing a set of Lesters which were 27 years old and had given superb service. I went with the Bedfords on the recommendation of a local and very prestigious restoration shop and to this point (just finishing 2nd season) I am totally satisfied with their performance, zero problems and I very much like the "of the era" appearance of the tire. The tubes were Firestone branded radial light truck tubes, 16", made in China.
  3. "I have never heard of a Title VIN for a vintage car being listed with half model number and half serial number." From 1932 thru 1956 Packard vehicle numbers consisted of a model # prefix followed by a sequential production number for that model.
  4. That's exactly how Bijur themselves were repairing them when they were still doing that work. A pair of rings, one on either side of the opened seam, and then held with a series of screws thru the top ring and threaded into the lower ring.
  5. I've been very satisfied with the NAPA Commercial 6-volt batteries, 6-8 years of service from them. My own feeling is that these batteries are better and longer-lasting than batteries of the past.
  6. I've never experienced any problems with these Daytona float valves and the use of 10% ethanol fuel, and I've had them in service for many, many years.
  7. I'm pretty much in agreement with edinmass, for a truly top-notch paint job think in terms of $50K and up.
  8. I'm not familiar with that era Buicks but my guess, assuming you still have sufficient oil in the crankcase, would be failure of the oil pump pressure relief valve, assuming it has one.
  9. Note the junior tail lights. Indeed it is a 160, but I'm told it's the de-trimmed version without quite a few of the nice senior touches and marketed as a Business Car. Note for example the "push-out" vent wing windows rather than the standard 160 geared vent windows.
  10. The ratio stamped on the case can be misleading as it would only correspond to "as built" and the ring and pinion could have been replaced. The method without counting teeth is to jack up one rear wheel, count the # of turns of the driveshaft required to rotate the rear wheel a full revolution, and then divide (or is it multiply) by 2. Sorry, I forget whether it's divide or multiply but it will be obvious.
  11. Often you don't need a puller, just grasp and use a bit of muscle, all you're doing is pulling the bearing race from the housing. If you can't do it with your hands you can improvise something like this that I used on my '34 Eight. In this case a gear puller is attached to the nut and then a chain to a slide hammer. In the absence of a gear puller you could use a steel plate with a hole large enough to fit over the axle end. Just improvise! This type of axle/bearing construction is basically the same for Packard from 1955 back to the teens.
  12. Owen_Dyneto

    50 Windsor

    Starter motors are not polarity-sensitive.
  13. Much as I thoroughly detest ethanol-containing gasoline on both political and scientific grounds, ethanol-free gasoline is not available in my area so I've been using regular E10 pump gas regularly in both my '34 and '56 Packards. Many tens of thousands of miles accumulated on them including parades in broiling hot weather, and much as I hate the stuff, never a gasoline-related problem.