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When checking the 645 Coupe I purchased, I noticed that the Golf Compartment Door is larger and lower on body side than most of the compartments that I've seen and have pictures of, that are smaller and hinged at side, but I finally found a picture of a '30 that has the same type door. Does anyone know if that was a special order item or What ?

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Here ya Go: '30 Roadster, I think it's a 733.

I'm not sure where I got the pics, but think I downloaded them from Internet.

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I doubt that there is enough leg room in rumble seat if it had a low and large compartment in a 26 or 33, but should have plenty of room in a 40 or 45, since the extra length is in that area. I think that's why the smaller coupes have the smaller, higher compartment. But I also have a picture of a 645 with small high door. That's why I thought the large door may be a special order item?

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I even have pics of a '29 (probably a 633) that has the small Golf doors on Both sides. That must very unusual?

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Okay, So far, from what I've heard and seen, there doesn't seem to be any set rules, as to what size and where they are, for '29 models. I even found one 640 that had the small door but it was mounted down low, not high like most of the cars I have pictures of. But it doesn't really matter on my car, since it has the large hole that Needs to be Filled with a large door, anyway. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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I could be totally wrong here, but I'll throw this out there. Isn't the 1929 roadster body the same as 1928? If so, maybe Packard updated some of the bodies, but not others with larger golf club doors. OR, they didn't use up all the 1928 roadster bodies, so they used them in 1929 too. This was a common practice in the 1920's & early 30's.

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What seems strange to me is that I have many pictures of roadsters and coupes ('29 thru '34) and all have the 'Small' doors, except one. Do I only have pictures of Custom cars and only one of a standard car? <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

And I have a lot of pictures, since '29 thru '34 are really my favorite years, of all makes of cars. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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All '32 thru '34 Packard convertible coupe bodies have the golf compartment door low on the body and hinged at the bottom, part # 193310 (except for the 900 and 1001). All '30 2-4 passenger coupes and convertible coupes, 733, 740 and 745 used golf compartment door # 173639 as did the '31 2-4 passenger coupe and the convertible coupe. The '30 roadster, 733, 740, and 745 as well as the '31 833 and 840 roadster used door # 175989 (low down and and hinged at the bottom). Unfortunately I have no info on the 645. Also bear in mind that in the '60s and 70's many, many coupes became roadsters or convertible coupes, further adding to the confusion. Custom bodies are an entirely different species altogether.

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Thanks for the Data.

Is the #173639 door a large or small type?

I also was unable to find a number or picture of door, for the 645-378 body, in my '29 parts manual.

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Rick,

What may be confusing you is that the "645" roadster photo(s) you've attached are actually photos of 640s. The 645 had a solid belt molding, whereas the 640 had a split belt molding. The 640 roadsters used the smaller, higher door, whereas the 645 used the lower, larger door. Take a look at your car, it has a solid belt molding.

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Okay, Thanks, West

That's good information, Clarifies a lot.

(I've noticed that many pictures on websites are mislabeled, makes you wonder if the owners know what they've got)

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> (I've noticed that many pictures on websites are mislabeled, makes you wonder if the owners know what they've got) </div></div>

Many, many, many owners do not have a clue. I once ran into a 1939 Chrysler coupe owner who thought he had one of those rare Hayes-bodied coupes. It wasn't. It was just a normal 1939 coupe.

Then there are some people who think that senior series Packards shouldn't be driven faster than 45-50mph. There are even many, many errors labeling the photos on the Packard Club website.

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There is an attached picture of it at the very first post in the ('29 645 Project) thread, still on the trailer. I got the body off the chassis today. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> There's going be a lot of bolts that have to drilled out. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" /> Most of them I torched them off, since they were too rusty to loosen. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" />

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