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1931 Packard 833 468 Coupe

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A little History

I own a 1931 Packard Std 8 833 Coupe 468. It has been in the family since 1958. My Great Uncle owned it before my father purchased it from him in 1988. Dad did some work on old Bessie (that is the name my friend gave her) when he own it until he passed away in 1996 and left it in my hands. Well fast forward to roughly 2005 I had some engine problems and you know what happens once you start tearing things apart one thing lead to another now I am at a full down to the frame restoration.

You can follow up on my restoration of a 1931 Packard 833 468 Coupe here

http://forums.aaca.org/f134/31-833-restoration-213384.html

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For you all that don't visit the Packard Forum.

Here are some wood grain pictures. This was all done by hand by a lady that works for the shop that did the metal fabrication on my car.

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Received my headlight buckets back from the platter last week.

Here are some before and after shots.

They did a wonderful job. I am pleased with the results.

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Video says it all

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Had Murphy's law hit my oil pan and cracked it in a few places :( Not sure on how and when it happen but at least I got her going once again.

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And congrats to you, Sir, especially for having had a Classic Packard in the family since '58. Wow!

You're way ahead of me, but seeing your progress is really an encouragement.

Keep 'em coming...

TG

PS, Found this over at the Old Car Manual Project, from the '31 Standard Eight brochure...

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Hi Tom, I enjoyed your photos. Looks like you are doing a wonderfull job! I have a couple of 31 Std 8 parts cars, if you need something give me a call at 217 778 1425, Allen

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Tom,

Thanks for the kind words and link to the Old Car Manual Project I will have to check it out.

Alan,

Thank you also. If I stumble over anything I might need as I move forward reinstalling things I will keep your number handy.

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A few updates.

Last few weeks I have been stripping wooden spokes on the rims and staining them as I go. Will take some pictures soon and post them.

Today I received the Trunk Rack Lock Knobs from the machinist that my brother works with.

The one on the left are the new ones. What he did was tapped the center and made a screw that can be threaded in to it to hold down the locking part.

The last picture is from Kanter as you can see the difference on the assembly. One would need to peen over the end thin rod to hold the locking part in place.

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Some progress on the rims. Have then stained and first cost of Satin Spar Urethane. In a day or two I will lightly sand them with 220 and then put another coat of Spar Urethane but that coat will be gloss.

Once I have the wood portion finished I will tape them off so I could sand the metal portion, epoxy prime, a few coats of SPI Single Stage Black and they should be ready for tires which I still need to order.

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Hi Tom

I am just slightly surprised that your Coupe still had wood spoke wheels as late as 1931, but them apart from the early Single Sixes I know very little about Packards. Nearly all the cars I have looked at here in Australia seem to have disc or the very occasional car with wires.

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Looked at this thread out of curiosity and thought the same re the wheels. The Standard Catalog does not mention wood wheels as an option after 1930 but a quick google image search of 1931 Packard shows up several on woods, with models from 826 to big series roadster and sedan. If what I read is true, the wood wheels were the more expensive option.

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Packard had wood wheels available as an option even as late as 1936 surprisingly.

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Looked at this thread out of curiosity and thought the same re the wheels. The Standard Catalog does not mention wood wheels as an option after 1930 but a quick google image search of 1931 Packard shows up several on woods, with models from 826 to big series roadster and sedan. If what I read is true, the wood wheels were the more expensive option.

That is true, What I have read to upgrade to wood wheels the cost was $25.

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Some more progress on the rims. We did our traditional fourth of July at Indiana home. Got back home on Thursday morning so I spent most of the after noon, evening and Friday prepping the rims for epoxy primer and SPI SS Black.

Got up early on Saturday did 4 rims and on Sunday did 2 rims. Each rim I sprayed two coats of epoxy primer let it setup for about four hours then sprayed 3 coats of the black.

Last week I order tires from Universal and I received them on Tuesday two days earlier then I expected them to arrive. So now that I have the tires, rims all painted they are almost ready to go. I just need to get the snap rings off to the platter and get them platted and then they will be ready for the new skins.

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Tires mounted and took old Bessie out for a spin today. It was a beautiful day for it.

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A great day for an incredible automobile! Beautiful work!

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Thanks friends. It has been a long journey and it is getting there.

As you can see I still need to tackle the front fenders and also need to find an upholstery shop to do the interior for me. That is one area I will leave to a pro.

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Here are some latest picture of Old Bessie

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She is all painted now; interior completed but as you know there is always something to do to these old gals smil3dbd4e5e7563a.gif .

Have a great day

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Been some time since I posted last. Not much going on with the Packard. Been in hibernation for about 2 years now.

I know the following pictures aren't of a Packard. I once owned a GTO and regretted selling it. I have been looking at adds lately and my twin found this one Facebook market place. We went out to look at it a few weekends ago and I could not pass on it. Body work and interior has been restored, engine bay could use some tlc.

Now back to the Packard. I have put about 1000 miles since finishing the restoration. Would like to drive it more but need front end alginement. The new tires have gotten some excessive wear on then. I am afraid to put any more miles on it until I get the alignment done. Hopefully next year.....

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How about some recent photos.....the links don’t work anymore.

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The one with the gray front fenders was before getting them painted

 

The one with golf ball in hole (not sure how that posted) was of my first hole in one

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