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  1. Spotlights were a common accessory of the period. A right side spotlight is less common, but not that unusual. The right side spotlight will likely have mounting base that is unique to the right side. The correct spotlight for a GM car of the period is the Guide S-16. The S-16 spotlight has a cap over the bulb that will be marked as "Guide" or "GM". The cap marked as GM is more desirable. The Guide spotlight right side base has a casting number of 5936476. Guide spotlights sold through Wards, Sears, etc. are made by BLC (Brown-Lipe-Chapin), a GM division. The BLC lights are the same as the Guide lights, except that they have light tan plastic parts and a different bulb cap; the Guide spotlights have ivory colored plastic parts. BLC lights may also have been dealer installed, rather than the Guide spotlights.
  2. Hi First Buick, Here is another picture of the rear plate clamp. Grandpa
  3. Pictured is what my 1941 Buick has to clamp the top of the rear plate.
  4. Pictured are the 1941 Buick jacking tools. As Matt suggested, don't use them.
  5. Circa 1949 Cadillac Series 62.
  6. The 1927 Chrysler Imperial roadster (Locke body) had a two section rumble seat lid. However, the Chrysler Locke body lid was a different design with the front section attached to the body, rather than to the lid.
  7. Pictured is a 1929 Packard Standard Eight (633) which shows that this model used the same tail light design as the more expensive models.
  8. Since the Hollywood car is almost new, the modifications are very likely not a home-made custom. The car could be owned by a Hollywood personality seeking a distinctive looking automobile. A case for a 1930 Packard ID: Factory pictures of 1930 Packard Standard Eight parking lights, they show a distinctive feature that isn't present on the more expensive models, that is, on the Standard Eight the top of the parking lights is slightly higher than the top of the headlights. This feature of the parking lights can be seen on the Hollywood car. This appearance is due to the fact that the Standard Eight used smaller diameter headlights. Please see the attached factory picture of a Standard Eight, below. I was unable to find a factory picture that offered a good rear view of a 1930 Packard Standard Eight tail light. The factory side view images could support the case that the Standard Eight used a different tail light than the more expensive models.
  9. The photograph was taken in Hollywood in February 1932. The car is parked in front of the popular Esther's Beauty Salon and Baths at 1769 N. Cahuenga Blvd. My guess is that the car started life as a 1930 Packard Standard Eight short body phaeton, with side mounts, and then modified by removing the trunk and adding rear mounted spare tires. The tank, behind the body, could be an additional gasoline tank.
  10. It is a bit hard to see, but the Packard to ID appears to have hood louvers in one of the front end pictures.
  11. Based on the distance between the door handles, my vote is for a 1929 Packard 633. Pictured is a factory image of a 633.
  12. If the picture was taken in Nebraska, then the year would be 1936. The license plates appear to be a dark color with light colored numbers which match 1936 (silver numbers on black). The plates for 1935 and 1937 are a light color with dark numbers.
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