THE    STAGECOACH    as edited by Jim Hill in Emporia, KS.  

As though you didn’t already know it, this annual regional Texas Packard Meet is the oldest regional Packard meet in our country and the largest in the south, sponsored jointly by the four Texas Packard regions.  This 39th annual meet, held April 1, 2, 3 finished last April,  and everyone has gone home to get ready for the rest of the summer automotive activities.   And now we are starting to get ready for the 40th  edition ALSO to be held in Kerrville, Texas.   At this writing, my best direction is LOOK THROUGH THE REGISTRATION INFORMATION  included here to see what has been arranged.   And that means,  plan on meeting with us in Kerrville, Texas.   And at this point, I have no idea yet what will be the future.
 We’re starting to see a little of a lead being published in the PAC Cormorant News Bulletin.  So now you can plan on the meet being held in Kerrville on Friday, 31 March through Sunday morning, 2 April, all of 2017.  And then if you know the dates when there will be something happening, you can make your proper plans for when you want to plan on getting into Kerrville.

As should be expected, most registrants last year were from Texas (well, it IS the largest state in this part of The Union).  There were more than 56 Texas registrants, 20 from other states, some even claiming an address as far away as Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, and Vermont.  Most of the out-of-state attendants came from adjacent states, as would be expected, but you can see that we “really draw ‘em in!”   And Editor wants to thank those special twenty for attending, regardless of the way they traveled or the reason.  We appreciate your attendance and I want to invite you to come on down next April and you can expect to receive information and a registration invitation next January (The Stagecoach).  Of course, we also have a web site:  I simply typed in “Texas Packard Meet” and the face book entries will come up.  And if you type in “Texas Packard Meet.ORG”  you should get the meet website.  

Bill Clark, our site master is to be thanked for keeping the web site going along with useful information and warnings, even if the site has to have small changes in the “address“.  Look for it now to see what new information is listed and you can also pick the registration information.


We discussed  the location for the meet in the future.  The general opinion was that we ought to try this same location for the meet next April to see how well things go then, and how we like it then.  After next year, we should also know more about how the Stagecoach Inn (in Salado) is coming along, because there were indications that work was going slowly there in Salado.  We’ll just have to see.  

Expenses for the meet this past year were about the same as they have been in Salado, so no big decisions yet on that, and you can consider the registration next year will be about the same.  There were some thoughts about what we MIGHT see develop in Salado over this winter or next spring, so there is no news about where we will continue our meet yet.  Therefore, watch here next January when this Stagecoach publication gets sent out then.

There were some minor problem of finding the facilities this past Friday (the “April Fool day”), so you can plan that this Stagecoach edition will have a map to show you how to get from I-10 and other surrounding highways to the facility.   Editor Jim & wife discovered that the I-35W route through Ft Worth is probably going to be torn up for a significant time (my guess:  “years ‘n years ‘n, years) so, wherever the next meet is, I will strongly urge you to GO AROUND FT Worth, not through it.   If we drive to Gatesville this coming April, we will leave I-35 around Denton, go westward a while, and then head southward to totally get around that metropolitan area.  And our return will be just opposite, we’ll stay away from I-35 until we get much northern of Ft Worth before we get back on the Interstate.  Of course, for YOUR route, you need to plot it out for yourself.  Or plan on a helicopter to take you over that part of your world!

OK- business continuing. …

Finances.  It was announced that our costs for this year’s meet were very close to what they had been in the past, so we should not see any changes in registrations cost for next year.  Nothing that will shock your wallet.  And our budget remains  “as was”.

Swapping.  There were a smaller number of vendors, but some of the more common ones were still there.  It was a thrill to see that the folks from the National Packard Museum (in Warren, Ohio)  were able to come again and they had museum items including clothing as they have offered in the past.  There were a lot of people stopping at their table and, Saturday morning being a bit cool, wife Ralphea also got me a good warm jacket.  Those folks think of about everything we are going to need….

This editor is accumulating information about “antique auto clubs” here in America well as in other places of the world.  I will list here some web sites that you could try calling up so that you can find out what is happening in other places of the world.  For example, the Australians are very, VERY active in restoring autos and then getting them out and driving them.  Right next door are the New Zealanders where especially the Packard group is active.  Anyway, as one song said, “Hey, look us over, lend us an ear…..”       (Australia)    (New Zealand)


If you need something interesting to do, look for this:

Editor Jim keeps an address file of people who are interested in this All-Texas meet so as to be able to get mailings specifically to them.  If I have your name or address wrong, please e-mail me with the needed change and I will get that into my file.  If I have a listing of a person who has not been to a meet in the past 4 years, that name will be deleted unless you want to continue receiving this publication of The Stagecoach (at no cost to you).  I also include, on occasion, a name and address of a person known to be interested in Packards.  I will delete such a name if desired, but remember that I am attempting to be a service to our hobby (I am not trying to “sell you something”.)


Editor Jim has been writing and publishing and mailing this Stagecoach for several years now.  I got talked into it because I edited “The Spear” during the years we had that region up in Okieland.  Writing and publishing was nothing new to me and I continue.  Well, anyway, I would also like to recognize that several regular members are often generous in their sharing to help with the cost of publication of this newsletter.  They didn’t do it for the publicity, but I’ll still extend a “thank-you” to Gene Brewer, C.D Eldridge, Richard Hellbusch, Bobby Hughes and Jerry Wright.  If I missed any other donors, please accept my apologies.  And likely also some others I’ve forgotten, for their generous contributions of cash, door prizes and/or items for our meets.  Donations received will be used to help offset the postage and printing and mailing of The Stagecoach.  Printing and mailing about 280 copies isn’t cheap,  but thank you all for your help.   It is appreciated.


Changes in personnel who are handling the meet, include some handling specific events (they’re all from TEXAS unless noted otherwise ; I hope I have them right):
Parking by classes was arranged by Larry Myers, and ballot counting was organized by Jim Quinn from Marshall
Planning and making arrangements with the inn was still by Margaret White (San Antonio) Beverly Clark from San Antonio  although registration by Jeannie Clark from Georgetown
Identification tags for cars by Jeannie Clark from Georgetown
Coordination between regions by Beverly Clark (San Antonio) and Ribbons by Beverly Clark 
Awards by Bill Clark (Georgetown) and Bill Clark (San Antonio) is now the web master
Preparing reports and leading Sunday morning’s meeting:  Beverly Clark (San Antonio)
Facebook coordination by Anthony Baccaro (League City) 
Mark Wilson (Cleburne) handled the awards program and announcing the awards Saturday evening; we hope he continues.  Mark, along with Chris Stathopoulo (Dallas) handled the pictures and screen presentation
Gordon Logan (Georgetown) planned and led the Friday morning tour and then, several individuals helped with registration at the meet at various times including Jeannie Clark, Beverly Clark, Margaret White, Jerry & Olga Wright, Alice Marshall.
Peanuts by Feltz Terrill (DeLeon) and David Flack (Dallas) led the tech sessions
Jim Hill (Emporia, Kansas) is the writer, editor, printer, sender of the Stagecoach.
Alice Marshall (Manchaca)  and Jeannie Clark (Georgetown) handled the silent auction
Margaret White (San Antonio) handled the snack purchasing and arrangements
David Miller  (San Antonio) was a general all-around helper around the meet, a job that is often ignored.  But let’s NOT forget him for this work!
Jim Hill (somewhere up-Noath of the River) “promoted” the gift of some refrigerator magnets and a  give-away of a coupon-on-an-order coming from the Rock Auto Marketing company (look in the “Advertising” section of this issue of the Stagecoach for an adv for them.)
Editor Jim would like to thank especially, the members around San Antonio for all the work and involvement they put in making this year’s meeting a success.  

If you have a computer at home, and if you don’t already look through “FACEBOOK”,  try to get into that and see what people are posting.  There is often quite a showing of Packards headed up by Jeff Pachl and others.   Recently, one of the people who attended the last Salado meet posted something like over a hundred photos taken at the meet, many Packards and many of the attendant people.  


If you want to think back on who “showed” in Salado this past year….   I recap here below:

The 2016 winners of the voting by the public…
According to our operating rules, quoted here:   “This meet is a NON-JUDGED event.  Participants shall choose their favorite Packard in each classification, and vote therefor.  First and second place awards will be given in each class.  There will be overall top choice awards in the pre-war and post-war eras.”

Editor is very appreciative to Mark Wilson for compiling all this information (below).  Mark knows most of the cars and the people;  “Editor” does not.

Class 1:  All 1899 - 1914    No cars shown in this class this year     In these owner listings,                     the state is     TEXAS
Class 2:  all 1915 - 1931 Closed     unless some other state is listed
First place:       1928  Sr Club Sedan shown by Brad & Linda McClain, Georgetown
Second place:   1929 Sr RS Coupe, shown by Howard & Pam Irwin, Corpus Christi       
Class 3:  All 1915 - 1931 Open /Convertible
First place:    1929 Sr 645 Roadster, shown by Dennis & JoAnn Husfield, Anderson
Second place:   1930 Sr Su8 Touring Sedan, shown by Bill Thomas, Richards

Class 4  1932 - 1939 Senior closed
First place:   1937 Sr, shown by Ted Combers, Vinita, OK
Second Place:   1935 Sr Eight Coupe,  shown by Gerrit & Diane Bruins, Amarillo

Class 5:  1932 - 1939 Senior Open / Convertible
First place:  1932 Sr D.C. Phaeton, shown by Clark Wraight & Jean Boxeman, Mineral Wells
Second Place: 1934 Sr 1104 Coupe Roadster. Shown by Tom Wilcox

Class 6:  1935 - 1939 Junior Closed :  No cars shown in this class
First Place:  1937 Jr Limousine, shown by Henry & Sheena Greene,  Burleson
Second Place: 1938 120 Touring Sedan, shown by Mark Wilson & Darlene Mitchell, Cleburn

Class 7:  1935 - 1939 Junior Convertible:  No cars shown in this class
First Place:   1937 Jr Convertible, shown by Will & Karen Rose, LaVernia
Second Place: 1939 2-door Convertible, shown by Ronald & Robin Scarbro, Houston

Class 8:  1940 - 1942 Junior and Senior Closed
First place:    1940 Jr Coupe, shown by Larry & Lily Myers, Hawkins
Second place:  (no 2nd place)

Class 9:  1940 - 1942  Junior and Senior Convertible
First Place:  1940 Jr Convertible, shown by James & Joy George, San Antonio
Second Place: 1941 Jr Convertible, shown by Feltz & Rhonda Terrill, DeLeon

Class 10:  1941 - 1947 Junior and Senior Clipper
First Place:  1941 Clipper Sedan, shown by Terry & Phillis Weiss, Tyler
Second Place:   (no 2nd place)

Class  11: 1948 - 1950 Junior and Senior  Closed
First Place:  1949 Jr Club Sedan, shown by Royce & Clydette Kidd, Boyd
Second Place: 1949 Jr Custom Eight Sedan, shown by James & Bea Kallman, Llano

Class 12:  1948 - 1950 Junior and Senior Convertible
First Place:  1948 Super Convertible, shown by Russell McCauley, San Ontonio
Second Place:  1948 Sr Convertible, shown by Jy & Mary Matthews

Class 13:  1951 - 1954 Senior Closed
First place:  1954 Sr Pacific, shown by John & Lynn Eanes,  Galveston
Second place:  (no 2nd place)

Class 14:  1951 - 1954 Junior Closed
First place:   1954 Jr Clipper Club Sedan, shown by Warren & Lisa Stevens, Keller
Second place:   1952 Jr 200 Deluxe, shown by Lesslie & Kathy Reagan, Gatesville

Class 15:  1951 - 1953 Junior Closed
First place:  1951 Jr Sedan, shown by John & Donna Adler, Gordonville
Second Place: 1953 Jr Convertible, shown by Bill & Sarah Patterson,  Mineral Wells

Class 16:  1953 - 1956 Senior Convertible
First place: 1954 Sr Caribbean Convertible, shown by Richard Hellbusch, New Braunfels 
Second Place: 1955 Sr Caribbean Convertible, shown by Larry & Carol Yeley, McCordsville, IN

Class 17:  1955 - 1956 Senior Closed cars      (no cars shown)

Class 18:  1955 - 1956 Clipper
First place:  1955 Jr Sedan Clipper, shown by Chris & Jamie Baccaro, Hoston
Second place:  1956 Jr Clipper,  shown by Jeff & Bev Podmers, River Oaks

Class 19:  1957 - 1958 Packard:    (no cars shown)
There are some wide-open fields here

Class 20:  Commercial / Professional, all years   (no cars shown)  There are some wide-open fields here
      if someone wants to bring theirs….
Class 21:  Modified,  All Years 
First place:   1936 120 Sedan, shown by Kenneth & Deborah McDonald,  Mathis


The winner:  1934 Sr Coupe Roadster Convertible, shown by Tom Welch

The winner:  1954 Sr Caribbean Convertible, shown by Richard Hellbusch, New Braunfels 

The receiver:  1937 Sr, shown by Ted Coombers, Vinita, OK

OLDEST PCKARD at the meet
The receiver:  1925 Sr Touring Sedan, shown by David & Peggy Stewart, Longview

The receiver:  J Alder, with a long, sad & funny story starting in  Gordonville


ELECTRIC FUEL PUMPS and what can be done for them?

In a mailing last June, I sent two pages that describe how you can use modern electric pumps that are made by rebuilding modern electric fuel pumps.  These are being remanufactured by Randy Rundle  (he runs the 5th Avenue Antique Auto Parts Company in Clay Center, Kansas),  made from new modern ones to give you a pump intended to run a long time, maybe even replace your old-style pump hanging on the side of your motor.  Of course, with modern materials, these pumps can withstand the alcohol-mixed gasoline that some old pumps won’t handle.  These pages were printed from his web site to explain how they work.  He advertises in some of the automotive mags such as Hemmings and Studebaker “Turning Wheels” so look for the advs there.   If this raises your interest, give Randy a call at 785-632-3450 and arrange to get his whole booklet on gasoline  and oil;  at $12 ppd for the book, it is WELL WORTH IT.   And he has other books- so inquire about those too..  They’re a good investment.


Gordon Logan writes about the little area trip to get the cars out on Friday:

Thanks to everyone for taking us back to Kerrville again….it makes your tour director’s job so much easier, there’s so much to see and do around there!  We will be taking another scenic drive through the picturesque Hill Country in 2017, and will visit a really neat car collection near Fredericksburg.  We will stop in downtown Fredericksburg for lunch.  This a very “German” town - lots of great German restaurants and lots of neat shops for the ladies and a couple of fantastic WWII museums (they feature the war in the Pacific).  You could literally spend a few days here to see and do everything; however, we will allow about two hours here then on to Luckenbach.  You may recall that last year Luckenbach was on our tour route but we ran late at lunch and took the quick return route and missed this iconic Texas landmark, which everyone should visit at least once!  We will linger there at the General Store/Dance Hall for a short while, then return to Kerrville.  We’re getting a lot of rain this year, so the bluebonnets and other wildflowers should be extra beautiful this spring.......should be another memorable Packard tour!

Soooo, it sounds really interesting.  This is one reason to get into the motel either “first thing” Friday morning so you too can go out on the drive, or else get into the motel Thursday evening so as to be able to take your time a bit better Friday morning in time for the trip.



An advertisement in a recent issue of Hemmings Motor News was for the Lubriplate Lubricant Company.  They are still in business making gear oils, non-detergent motor oils, motor assembly greases, and water pump greases, to name a few.   I wanted to reprint their advertisement but they musta been leary of some kind of offer of a free advertisement (well….  I would be too!)*  Soooo, if you need any of the lubricants they might make, inquire at your local parts store, or at Restoration Supply Company (at to find out what is available or how to get it.  

The web site for Lubriplate is you can give ‘em  a shout to find out what they have.

(*after many decades of reading what is the value of anything free…. I realize anything free is usually worth exactly THAT!)  But if you know me,  you know I’m “straight arrow” on anything I sell, and I’m not selling anything here either.- editor Jim Hill )


WD-40        and its many uses
Most of us “grew up” with a can of WD-40 on the work bench  because it seems always to be the thing that would solve the problems (“stuck” bolts, etc), and even the best thing to help an engine get started.    Well, things do change after a while.  This spring I needed to get the lawn mowers running, so I gave each of them a shot of it, and then pulled the rope.  And nuthin’ happened.  Another shot, and pulled the rope, and nuthin’ again.   Hey, the mowers, both of ‘them, musta have had a serious problem develop over the winter.  So I arranged to take them to my brother “Solve Any Problem” Dave.  That’s when I found “WD-40 don’t work no more!”  They musta changed the composition, because it is not longer a “starting fluid”.  It won’t hardly even burn, let along help an engine start running.  I was advised to get a new can specifically “engine starter fluid” (a/k/a “ether”).   We got out a can of that, a squirt into the carb, and one yank of the rope and each of the mowers started running.  Well, wonders do happen!!!

Now, there is nothing printed on the new can about whether WD-40 will help an engine start, and I’m here to tell you, IT WON’T!   So if you keep a new can of it around for this purpose, you may yank your arm outa the socket, ‘cause it won’t work!

So for your own information, you might as well paste a label on that NEW can saying “IT WON’T WORK”.  But of course as a bolt loostener, it will still work.  If you have a can 2 or 3 years old, OK, that might help you start the engine.  Just label which can is OLD  and which is NEW mixture; old one will still work.



In some past issues here, I’ve written how I’ve gotten good parts supplies for my ‘53 Clipper.  Well, this past summer I was working on a ’60 Studebaker Hawk.  And I needed a water pump and a carb kit and some other little parts.  I went to the site for Rock Auto parts (www.rock  and sure enough, they could supply a water pump even though they wanted the old one back (“core charge”) to rebuild some day.  Now, where else can you find a water pump for a Studebaker?   I checked some of the dealers and most of them did not have one and where they did have one, they were more expensive and some even wanted the old one before they would ship a rebuilt one.  I ordered one from Rock Auto, got a deliver time of about 10 days but that was on a Monday afternoon.  Thursday morning, Fed-ex pulled up to my door with a heavy little box;  I got the pump that fast!  And a mechanic-friend got it put on that afternoon.

And I needed a Studebaker carb kit.  I ordered one on a Tuesday and it came to my door on Friday morning.  Hey folks, I really don’t think you’ll get service that fast from most of the Packard dealers.  The only problem I have is working my way through their computer-order system but if you’re computer-savy, you’ll work it out.  (They don’t have people running a sales desk.) So make a note of it and the next time you need parts for about anything on a 1950s-1990s car or truck, try calling up their web site to see what you can find at    And you’ll like their prices & fast delivery, too!!!!!

The Model Year Law legislation was passed in 2000 allowing anyone owning an antique car, truck or motorcycle to register a Kansas license plate from the year of their vehicle in lieu of a Kansas Antique Auto plate.

UPDATE:  Currently, the DMV computer cannot distinguish between an antique auto plate and a 1913 through 1929 plate with the same registration number. Antique auto registrations have reached approximately 200,000 at the time of this writing, so most Kansas car plates from 1913 through 1929 with registration numbers between 2,000 and 200,000 are not clear to use, anyway.

Model Year Law rules:

    The vehicle must qualify for antique status  (that is, 35 years old or more)
    The plate must be a Kansas plate, the same year as the vehicle, and in good, legible condition.
    A single plate is all that is required, even in years where pairs were issued.
    Repainted plates are allowed but they can only be painted the original colors.
    Only car, truck and motorcycle plates are allowed. Dealer plates are not allowed. Lost plates, which are replacement plates, have been successfully registered as well but are not specifically discussed in the law.
    Car plates are allowed to be used on trucks and truck plates on cars.
    You can use a plate from any county no matter what county you live in.
    Duplicate numbered plates from same county for ANY YEAR are not allowed to be used. As an example, once a year of Shawnee county plate numbered SN-101 has been registered, any other year of Shawnee county plate numbered SN-101 whether it be car, truck or motorcycle plate will not be clear to use. For the years where car and truck plates were issued in pairs, once one plate of the pair has been registered, the second plate can not be registered on a different vehicle.  UPDATE:  I have begun the process of checking all Kansas car, truck and motorcycle plates on this website to determine if they are clear to register. As I check them, I will indicate in the description if it is clear or not. If you want to find out if a plate is clear to register before purchasing, you can call you local courthouse and they can check for you.
    With the passage of HB 2599, the Model Year Law was modified to allow stickered plates to be used on antique vehicles. 1977 to 1980 cars used a 1976 plate with the appropriate sticker attached. Trucks and motorcycles from 1976 through 1979 used a 1975 plate with the appropriate sticker. If you have the proper base plate but not the appropriate sticker, the state will provide an appropriate year sticker made off the current design. 


Advertisements are included here, at NO CHARGE to the vendors,  as this is a convenient place to set up a “swap” to benefit all of us Packardians.  Many of the sellers here are also our own TPO members and others are doing us a service by having these materials and services available for our Packards.  When you contact these vendors, please mention where you got the information because  it’s a rodent’s thrill,  it’s rat cheer!   And if  YOU have something you’d  like to get to a new home, send the information to editor Jim Hill and it will get into the next issue which will get mailed out in December 2016 or January of 2017.  And again, you can advertise something big or small, because there’s no charge. Some later pages below have adverts I’ve clipped from other places.  Take a look.


For Sale: Reducing my collection of ORIGINAL Packard literature...

Parts List, Body Section...22nd Series...Preliminary.. good condition...3 ring rivets.....$ shipping
Parts List..23 Series....Preliminary...May 1949...$ shipping
1939 Super Eight brake drum.........$40 +S&H
1939 Super Eight steering column...#20 + S&H
1951-52 Junior NOS rear window....have two. $150 for both...but will not ship.
I believe I have some '39 Super Eight brake backing plates and other misc hard stuff. Let me know what you need.

DVDs....$ shipping:
1. 1984 National PAC Meet....Houston....including James Nance LAST speech.
2. 1931 Bellanca aircraft powered by Packard diesel engine makes historic record aloft without refueling.
3. 1990 Packard Truck Meet at Dave Lockard's truck farm in Pennsylvania the day after Hershey.
4. 1994 CCCA Packard Experience...Gilmore Museum, Hickory Corners, MI....256 Packards on the field. This is a tour around the field and stationary position at the Awards tent. Hear the mighty engines as they pull away from the tent.
5. Personal tour of the Packard Proving Grounds in 2008
1937 Super Eight limo interior door metal window trim. $25 each or all four for $75
1938 Senior Accessories spiral catalog. Catalog is mint condition, original envelope is shabby. $200. free shipping
1937 Super Eight/Twelve left front door skin......$25
1937 Super Eight right front door complete with leather and glass....$50
1937 Twelve front seat (bottom) ....frame and springs some useable...mostly good as pattern....$40
Copy of PMC Factory Trade Letters...April 18,1946 to June 9,1947.....135 pages $20 +S&H
1941-47 Clipper Master Parts Book.....$30
Packard Suggested Price List Number 37 ...original/not a copy...December 1947....$35
Packard Parts and Accessories Price List....Number 38...original...December 1948....$35
1941-1942 Clipper Service Parts List/110,120,160,180...January 1945,,,Original....$50
These books are heavy, so, if interested, ask for shipping charges.
more later.      Bob and Gail Supina,   20 W. Kitty Hawk St.    Richmond,  TX 77406-9710
Call him at:   281-239-8583


FRED  DOSSER  is an  Australian Packardian making the hood vent pieces (for bonnet sides) for both the 1937 and 1940  Packard 120 series, making them in mirror finish stainless steel, priced competitively with rechromed die cast originals. The 1940 model vents are available in both six and eight cylinder lengths, He will make both to individual orders or sets.  E-mail him to get more info and make your contact.  I hope the photo below copies well enough to show you the vents.  


Contact Fred at:              FRED DOSSER
34 Hansen Dr, Grovedale, Victoria,     3216 (Australia)      

You can try phoning him at     6-13-5243-1489 ?  (but remember, he’s 18 hours into “tomorrow”:    “noon today here”   is about 8 am tomorrow morning there so you’ll have better luck on the computer.


“I make a running board mat that is molded black urethane striving to duplicate the original  factory shapes and features as much as possible. The mat covers are then bonded onto the factory steel with urethane adhesive for installation. The models that I have tooled up for are: 1932 Packard 900, 1938-40 Packard 120 Junior, Auburn 34-36 8cyl.  I am working on molds for Packard 1201,1401 which is 134" wb 1935-36 senior models, to follow also the 144" wb,   Packard 1940 160 Senior 127" wb and front floor board mats for the 120's, and Auburn 34-36 6cyl....Please contact him other information you need, he’s Donald Lampen,  address is 578 E. 64th. Holland, Mi. 49423   (cell) 616-796-4429,   Again, Thank you for your interest, Sincerely, Don Lampen” 


DAVE STEWART   is the one of our group who has services for the fuel vacuum tanks.    Call him, he’s at:   DAVID STEWART,  2319  Sandy Lane, Longview,  75605, 
  903-918-3726  or   email him at  


A regularly attending Packardian and vendor of Packard parts, and our peanut supplier:  is Feltz Terrill, operating the Terrill Machine Company over in DeLeon, Texas,  He has been offering a complete line of motor parts and a good supply of peanuts.  You’ve seen his advertising before and I know you’ll like his offering, so I’m not printing it all right here, just don‘t forget him; call him about what you need.  Catch him on the lawn “out front” at the meet swapping (at Kerrville) or call him about your needs at 254-893-2610 all days long,  Monday-Friday.   And think of him when you munch a salty peanut at the meet.



The “Packard Source List”  tells the offerings of about  420 vendors related to Packard automobiles, with complete contact info in 46 pages with constant updating.  I’m keeping it at $5 at Salado,  $8 other times, other places postpaid in USA;  to other countries: $US10 (or equivalent currencies, no foreign checks).  And you get an absolutely perfect guarantee -  if you don’t think it is worth the money you spent, write Jim and you’ll get a full cash refund; no one makes you a guarantee like that!  And you don’t return the pages (give them to somebody else). The listing is separated into 70 sections, each covering some aspect of the Packard automobiles (but not separated into specific models or years.)  The name/address info lists names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, and web sites or e-mail addresses,  then  You can make your own contacts.

Jim Hill’s  “Automotive  Shop  Safety” suggests various ideas to consider how to make your project work safer;  in 14 or more pages,   =>  it’s not copyrighted  <=   so you may freely copy it and pass it around and discuss it in your automotive group meetings.  This safety publication is offered FREE to help improve safety within our hobby, but postage is appreciated;  usually it will be enclosed with other publications at no further cost; a stack of this safety info will put out at Kerrville, so pick ’em up there too.  Comments about its contents are freely welcomed.  Copies were setting out at past Salado meets- you could pick up one there, even if you had an earlier edition as they do change a little.

And remember, all of my publications have an absolutely perfect money-back guarantee of value and usability.  If you’re not happy with the item, please let me know and you’ll get your money and shipping cost refunded immediately, and you don’t return the item.  Betcha them “big dealers” back east won’t make you an offer like that!  And personal USA checks are OK,  send ‘em to James Hill, 1419 College Drive,  Emporia, KS, 66801.     E-mail inquiries: .



Has  your horn’s  ahh-ooOO-GAAA





     now    ahh-oooo-gone          ????

Jim Hill   tells of  horn repairs and a really good job done by the man who 
     “gives a hoot”, he’s  at the  THE HORN SHOP.    Jim has had good experiences
     with The shop,  so give them a  call to discuss YOUR horn and its needed repairs.  
     Call Bill Randall at   315-336-8841 .   Bill is at  7129 Rome-Oriskany Rd, Rome, NY, 
     13440.    He does not use a web site.





Subject: Welcome to the New Packard Twin Six
Reply-To: Packard Twin Six <>

Dear Packard Enthusiast:

I know many of you are familiar with my company, “Packard Twin Six”, and for those that are not, I would like to take this opportunity to share what we have to offer.  Our company has been in business for forty years and was founded by Mr. C. A. Leslie a world-renowned Packard authority who wrote many articles about Packard. He was an avid collector of Packards and, after he passed away, I purchased most of his Packard cars, parts, and literature. With my background in machining and engineering, and the fact that I operate a manufacturing and machining company, I have added many Packard parts to our catalog. 

I am proud to announce the creation of our new site:
It has been optimized to work with any PC or mobile device, including smart phones and tablets.  Some of the new features are:
Current listing of all parts we manufacture in our facility
Email notification of newly added parts
Used Packard parts we are offering for sale
Listings of shows, including space numbers, we plan to attend
The ability to email myself and our staff with any questions you may have
Make suggestions for new parts that are not currently available
The ability to email me and our staff with any questions you may have and the ability  to unsubscribe from future mailings
We hope this new website will make it more convenient to order parts or get information  with your Packard project, anytime, day or night.

Thank you for the support you have given us in the past and I look forward to working with you in the future.

Sincerely, Ted R. Davis,  President,        e-mail to:
4001  Will Rogers Parkway, OK City, OK, 73108,     405-948-8763, ext 120
Web site:



Editor writes:  I’ve come across a business that is making adaptors that will connect a Chevy 700R4 transmission (or some other Chevy automatics)  to Packard straight-8s, and to 55-56 Packard V-8s.  The kit costs about  $900.  If you’re interested, contact Bob at 763-767-4480  or the web site is    E-mail address is
Editor came across a little way to get a nut loose, especially a rusty wheel or lug nut.  It uses a cigarette lighter and a wax candle.   Just strike the lighter, and hold it on the bottom of the nut while you hold the candle on the top of the nut. When a little wax melts onto the nut and into the threads, it will quickly break loose with the lug wrench  You can try watching this at the site: rusnutcankj4.                And this was sent to me by:




If you have a Packard motor with a crack in the cast iron, I have come across  a company & person who makes such welded repairs.   You can contact him to see if he can supply you with the repair service that you need.   The person & his company are  Jeff Perkins, Perkins Repair Service (in business for 25 years and recommended by one of the Studebaker columnists.  Jeff is at 209 S Jefferson in  Fairland, Indiana, 46126.  Jeff answers calls at 317-847-7446   and you can e-mail him at    You  can discuss your repair needs with him then you take it from there.







Thanks to John Pierson for this... 
This ought'a  keep you guys occupied for months. 

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