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  1. A '39 actually. Very interesting example. Thanks for sharing!
  2. I read this thread a few weeks ago. I live in Phoenix, Az. (hot is an understatment!)and have a Hallmark with a galvanized tin roof. Took everyone’s advice this weekend and did the elastameric coating. This really dropped the inside temperature, and helped give piece of mind on the lapped seams remaining watertight. I am surprised this is not done from the factory. Very helpful post! Jim
  3. That's rough stuff. Best wishes, and a speedy recovery! Jim
  4. 39Super8

    48 Cutting out

    Could be the condenser. Normally, a condenser will not go dead short, but definitely possible. Could be the coil, but they rarely fail. Could be the ignition switch. I would check for power at the coil when it has cut out. Things like coils and condensers are normally sensitive to heat (i.e. work when cold, fail when hot) With all that said, I am assuming you have already checked the basics like point condition and point gap. If you suspect the O.D. the kickdown cutout wire can be removed from the coil to completely eliminate the O.D. from the equation.
  5. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Speedster</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I've found that One Optima can sit for at least 6 months (usually more) without recharging and hold a good charge, but with them in parallel they were discharging in less than a month, to a level that would not crank the engine. I hope everyone realizes that I'm Not talking about an overnight discharge or something like that, with them in parallel. </div></div> You know, a good friend of mine collects antique greyhound coaches. He runs Optima
  6. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Speedster</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: 1935Packard</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> is the idea that slight differences in their charge will lower the more charged battery to that of the lower one? </div></div> Yes, They are never exactly equal in charge so the higher charged one is always discharging thru the lower charged one. And the rate of discharge gets Worse as the batte
  7. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Speedster</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> But since 327's battery is located under seat, there's no need for this type cover in their '34. </div></div> My battery is under the seat as well. I just really liked the ease of installation. I was able to use the correct hold down, and the whole setup is really great looking. What has really impressed me, is one PI region did the battery case and top, and correct positive and negative cables. Another PI region did the battery tray and h
  8. I would strongly recommend and agree with the guys on using an Optima battery. They are high CCA and recover incredibly fast after starting. One of the PI regions offers a carefully crafted empty battery case and fiberglass top to put the Optima in cross ways that looks great. At first glance, it looks like an old tar top lead acid battery. I have this setup in my car and am very happy with it. The empty case is a one-time purchase and the Optima lasts twice as long, and reliably starts the car. It’s worth the investment.
  9. You have certainty done the car justice! I am guessing you will miss the J.C. Whitney shift knob, but give it time; the replacement will grow on you It is truly amazing how much and how far a little TLC can take a car. Your attention to detail is fantastic! It is nice to see pictures like this, kind of keeps us all going. Jim
  10. 39Super8

    Fun Night!

    Thanks, My car is really just a nice survivor. The two next to it were just exquisite. The 29 was just beautiful, and the 49 has been run in the great race 4 or 5 times (can’t recall exactly) and is absolutely gorgeous. These fellows must really put time and effort into them. There was such a great variety; a good mix of driver / survivor quality cars like mine, and beautifully restored cars as well. Jim
  11. 39Super8

    Fun Night!

    Latter in the evening, one of the members arrived in his ’29, and parked next to my ’39 which was parked next to a ’49. The picture is dark because the sun was down, but it is sure neat to see three decades of design, and look in a row at a cruse night. I am not even sure folks understood that those three cars parked one next to the other represented such a wide span of Packard design and beauty, and history.
  12. 39Super8

    Fun Night!

    Just some pictures from an interesting evening here in Scottsdale, at a local cruise night. These are some of the member’s cars in the PI Arizona Chapter. Best variety of Packards I have seen out on a Saturday night. Best part for me is making it there and back with no problems. Racking up some miles, and building confidence in the car. Jim
  13. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: West Peterson</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Hey Jim, wanna drag? </div></div> West, Sure! Question is, would you wait around at the finish line for me? I have obviously driven a 39, and have driven my friends 40. I have to admit, the 40 356 is a very impressive engine! Truthfully, I am surprised how close the race was. I have always wondered how a race like that would look. What a treat, getting to see this historic footage. Jim
  14. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: R W Burgess</div><div class="ubbcode-body">That part one video is a little depressing, since we have seen the Packard plant setting idle all these years. Makes me wonder if General Motors has that future in store for its assembly plants. </div></div> Wayne, I’m afraid Flint already felt the affects of GM pulling out. Sad situation. I am just totally amazed that an area can go from a bustling industrial center to a desolate waste land. I cannot imagine that in just 17 short years f
  15. Priceless! especially the 39 & 40 Super 8’s drag racing on the Packard proving grounds. Thanks for posting the links… Jim
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