New to Club 1938 1608

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Bluedevil
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New to Club 1938 1608

Post by Bluedevil » Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:54 am

I wanted to introduce myself. I just acquired a 1938 1608, V12 Seven Passenger Touring Sedan. The car spent it's life in California, with sightings in La Jolla, Chino, Bakersfield.

Car is very complete, missing only a couple of the rear compartment shades, knobs for the rear radio, the correct front hood grills and a glove box. Major problem is the roof insert wood is basically destroyed. I do wooden boats and Morgans, so the wood is up my ally. It even has the factory Philco-Packard yellow tag on a string on the trunk radio.

I was told the car was green, but once I started wet sanding, it turns out to be Centennial Blue. My plan is to do mechanics as needed, a repaint, upholster and chrome and drive it.

I have a certificate from a Sulfur company indication a actual scale weight of 6110#. It has been off the road since '72 based on the registration and windshield sticker.

It gained cast iron heads sometime in its life. It is residing next to my '33 836 Pierce Arrow, so now all I need is a Peerless.

I appreciate all the help and information members have shared and look forward to being active locally in Atlanta, GA.

Bill Lyons
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Stuart R. Blond
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Re: New to Club 1938 1608

Post by Stuart R. Blond » Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:00 pm

Hello - and Welcome!

I seem to see a small red emblem on the side of the hood. Does it say "Packard 12"? Does the car have a column shift transmission? If so, that would make it a 1939 model.

Bluedevil
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Re: New to Club 1938 1608

Post by Bluedevil » Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:42 am

Stuart,

That is a V12 emblem. One of the former owners was rumored to be a V12 collector. My guess is he just liked the '39 setup better than the '38 ones. No, it does have a floor shift and the engine and car numbers are '38. Good eyes though. Know where any '38 grills are?

Thanks.

Bill

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Re: New to Club 1938 1608

Post by Dave Czirr » Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:48 am

Is the patent plate decal with the vehicle number still legible?

Bluedevil
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Re: New to Club 1938 1608

Post by Bluedevil » Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:58 am

Dave,

It has some kind of overspray, so no.

Bill

DrMorbius
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Re: New to Club 1938 1608

Post by DrMorbius » Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:56 pm

Even in that condition, she's just so regal looking! Good luck with the resto!

Steve

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Re: New to Club 1938 1608

Post by flackmaster » Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:55 am

I have the front hood grilles. New, last pair from a reproduction run by a now deceased machinist...
please contact me directly via flackmaster at sbcglobal point net

Bluedevil
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Re: New to Club 1938 1608

Post by Bluedevil » Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:54 am

Flackmaster,

I have sent you a PM.

Bill

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Re: New to Club 1938 1608

Post by Bluedevil » Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:02 pm

I have removed the original interior roof wood and have it about 90% reconstructed. It appears the insert was victim of a fire. Dome light short??? Some of the wood is like charcoal.

When I took the rear glass out it was delaminated by the heat but it appeared to be tinted. Did Senior cars have tinted glass in '38?

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Re: New to Club 1938 1608

Post by Dave Czirr » Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:47 pm

Almost certainly the discoloration of the glass id due to age deterioration of the inner plastic layer.

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