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One of my best buddies in high school had a red 6 cylinder three speed one and when that one was rear-ended and totaled, he got a black 390 4 speed one. That black one was very fast, but you had to raise the engine to get a couple of the spark plugs in. Seems like you rarely see the 67s. The 66s are everywhere.

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What's up with the blue plastic jug strapped to the firewall?

My three guesses are:

1) fuel tank

2) radiator overflow

3) reservoir for upper cylinder lube (Marvel Mystery Oil?)

Looks like a generic blue-jug for Kerosene... not much extra space under the hood of a pre-war Packard for additional stuff...

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Hey.... Their brakes are on the right way!!!!!!!LOL Or is it the wrong way? In the other post we all came to conclusion that the long went to the front!!!!! Now what gives???????? Both axles of this packard are opposite of the 31 dodge....

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The difference is in the way the shoes are anchored. The Packard has modern style, floating, self-energizing brakes, where on the early Chryslers, the shoes are both anchored to the backing plate.

Steve, What anchors are you talking about?

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Guest DeSoto Frank

If the Dodge has Lockheed hydraulic brakes, there is a big anchor pin at the heel of each shoe.

Lockheed brakes are a different animal than the "common" Bendix brakes on the Packard.

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The Metropolitan has the wrong yellow, showing Sunburst which wasn't offered on the 59/61, only 56, 57, 58. It called for an Autumn Yellow which was a very pale yellow. Other than that, a pretty nice car..........

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Not many of us can have as interesting place to walk!! Wish I had the same opportunity.


Seems like every day I see a different old car here. I found out yesterday about a giant vintage auto auction that is going on today in Medford near here. Over 200 cars from buckboards to '37 dual sidemount Packard to whatever else in various conditions. There was even a nice original 1954 Corvette. I went on a local old car club tour instead of to the auction. It would have been torture anyway to see all of the cars I cannot afford.October 24, 2009


Bernie Zieminski will auction his collection of more than 200 vintage cars today, and when they're gone, he says he plans to focus his attention on developing a proposed destination resort north of Central Point.

"I'm a little down about it. They were fun toys," said Zieminski, who started collecting 40 years ago. "Now they're going away and a lot of other guys can have fun with them. Selling the cars will give me some money" for the resort.

If you go

What: Bernie Zieminski's auto auction

When: 10 a.m. today

Where: 6100 Crater Lake Ave.

Zieminski, 71, wants to build a resort on one of the largest land parcels in Jackson County — nearly 900 wooded acres around Blackwell Hill on Interstate 5 that was formerly known as Hidden Valley Ranch. He also has a long record of violating county and city regulations on dozens of local properties he owns over the past 20 years.

Because of numerous unresolved violations, county officials in 2003 blocked Zieminski from getting permits for the destination resort on the old ranch and a 1,350-unit subdivision northeast of Medford.

County officials also tried to force him to clear old cars off his Table Rock Road property, but Zieminski prevailed in court, saying the cars were not "junk," but treasures.

Zieminski said he has remedied all the violations and paid all the fines. Jackson County code enforcement officer Tod Miller confirmed Zieminski has no violations at this time.

Court records indicate Zieminski faces a settlement conference with a tenant suing him for $360,000 after a fall on his property. He also is entangled in lawsuits over his Online Auction service, a competitor with eBay.

Silver Auctions of Spokane, Wash., which is conducting today's sale, likely will hand out 500 bidding passes, owner Mitch Silver said Friday. Bidders must prequalify by presenting $2,000 in cash, certified check or a bank guarantee.

At a Friday auction preview, potential bidders, including many from out of state, pored over the vehicles, most of them 40 to 60 years old and in various states of restoration. Many hoped to snatch a bargain at the no-reserve auction, which starts at 10 a.m. today at 6100 Crater Lake Ave.

For the "cherry pickers," there were several choice cars, including a 1954 Corvette, which Jerry Stenlund of Battle Mountain, Wash., said "could bring 40 grand in that condition."

Looking over minute engine parts with a flashlight, Arland Dower of Vancouver, Wash., said the Corvette "has potential, but everything has to be dealt with from bumper to bumper. It would be nice to drive around. The magical question is the bidding. It only takes two morons (to bid it out of sight) if the glamour factor kicks in. It's such a collector's icon and a reminder of yesteryear."

A long, black 1937 Packard, said to have been owned by the Woolworth family, drew plenty of admiring glances. Silver said he hoped to sell it for $20,000 to $30,000.

Parked beside the Packard was a classic 1957 Chevy Nomad wagon, which Silver said should sell in the $30,000 range. He noted the auction includes the popular two-door Nomad wagons in all three years it was made, 1955, 1956 and 1957.

There also will be some genuine rarities, too — a bizarre 1958 BMW Isetta and a 1929 Model A Ford "woodie" station wagon.

Bill Miller of Lewiston, Idaho, was casting admiring glances at a baby blue 1960 Chevy Bel Air, which will need a lot of work. He hoped to get it for no more than $1,000.

"The attraction with all these old cars is making the car of your dreams," said Miller. "It's the one you wanted when you were 17 and the dealer wanted three thousand bucks and you had 50 cents," said Miller, who already owns a '37 Plymouth and '57 Chevy Nomad.

When he's done "cherrying out" the Bel Air, "it will be a fun hot rod. Every guy will come up to this car and say 'cool.' "

Dower said buyers are of three types — those who want a completely restored vintage car to drive, dealers who want to resell the cars and "make a buck" and those who are looking for a particular car at a good price to restore to valuable condition.

Bill Croker of Grass Valley, Calif., said he definitely is in the dealer category, where "only two things matter: price and condition. They're going to go through these cars fast and we're looking for what slips under the radar. We look for bargains and resell them. It's a business investment."

Tom Barnicoat of Portland said when in doubt at an auction, "you can't lose on a convertible. They always go up in value. Museums will always want them. Also the old pickup trucks."

John Darling is a freelance writer living in Ashland. E-mail him at jdarling@jeffnet.org.





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