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PostSubject: OK, Here's the 1949 Packard   Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:34 am

I've been having a great time bringing one back from the dead... check Jay's Packard and see what I've been doing.

The cool thing about this old '49 Packard for me is that this is really the first car I've ever worked on. To be honest, there's a lot of advantage in starting out with a car with a carburetor and only about twenty wires! When I pop open the hood on my Sebring (a 2000) I don't know where to start. With my Packard I can still find my way around.

Christians (well, everyone) can check out our FBI Headquarters website. I teach a Bible class at our church (Faith Baptist Church in Avon, Indiana), and we feature the Packard in a lot of what we do. It's our F.B.I. Staff Car.

Jay
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PostSubject: Re: OK, Here's the 1949 Packard   Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:18 pm

Glad to have you aboard, Jay!

You can also cut and paste your website URL into the "Website" box in your profile. That way people can click on it all the time on everything you post.

Feel free to post a few pics of your Packard as well under the Member's Rides section.

That pic of you next to the seat would make a good avatar BTW.

I think posting a few pics with some background would definitely motivate the guys here. As hard as it is to get parts and manuals for our cars sometimes, I can only imagine what it has been like with that Packard.

I didn't notice it was blue metallic until I saw the individual pics.

Let me know if you need help with anything.

-Mark
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PostSubject: The paint   Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:53 pm

The scary thing about the paint job (which I think turned out pretty well) is that it is a FOUR HUNDRED DOLLAR Earl Scheib job.

Yes, really. Earl Scheib... the "Put your windows down if you don't want them painted" place. They did a great job for me, and treated me very well. You can't even buy the paint and do it yourself for that kind of money.

Sorry to say, the local Scheib shop went out of business last year. Some big financial outfit bought the company and they closed a bunch of their locations.
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PostSubject: Re: OK, Here's the 1949 Packard   Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:57 pm

Did they spray lacquer or enamel?

I have always heard that surface prep is the key most of the time. Your paint job looks great.
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PostSubject: Re: OK, Here's the 1949 Packard   Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:31 pm

Packard made some excellent boat motors.

The guy that owned the Miss America IX cigarette boat in this post had the exhaust manifolds fabricated and tuned to duplicate the Packard engine sound.
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PostSubject: Re: OK, Here's the 1949 Packard   Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:37 pm

Torinocator wrote:
Did they spray lacquer or enamel?

I have always heard that surface prep is the key most of the time. Your paint job looks great.

It's enamel. I don't think they do lacquer.

Having done it, I really wish I could go back and re-do some of my body work. But everything with this car has been "first time" for me.
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PostSubject: Re: OK, Here's the 1949 Packard   Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:42 pm

I have taken the "less is more" approach with mine.

Taught myself to weld with a MIG welder by first using the fluxcore wire (without shielding gas) to learn technique.

Once I bought the gas bottle ($90) I didn't waste as much gas training on technique.

The one good thing about doing your own work is you can always go back and redo it any time you want.
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