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    Thread: Heads up, Larry~! 1930 birthdate for this Packard... 1910 birthdate for the driver....

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      10-06-2012 02:07 PM #281


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      Among the other winners, none stood out quite like Margaret Dunning of Plymouth, Mich., who steered onto the stage the 1930 Packard 740 Custom Eight Roadster she bought 82 years ago and has kept in running condition ever since, with emcee Jay Leno quipping that she still had three payments left
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      10-06-2012 02:11 PM #282
      If I had her money, I'd burn mine.

      She's a very wealthy philanthropist that gives to the local arts. There are a lot of people in the old car hobby that see the arts as important to support.
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      10-06-2012 03:10 PM #283
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      10-06-2012 03:31 PM #284
      It was restored 50 years ago, I believe. It's not perfect, but they are both Grande Dames.
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      10-06-2012 09:50 PM #286


      “I love the old cars,” she told the Journal. “I love the smell of gasoline. It runs in my veins.”

      To this day, Dunning still changes her own oil and spark plugs, and isn’t afraid to drive fast.

      “It disturbs the policemen very badly, but it doesn’t bother me at all,” she said.
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      10-07-2012 10:57 AM #288
      These days, Dunning continues to drive her Packard, but the big steering wheel has turned into something of an obstacle.

      She now uses a 2003 Cadillac for her everyday driving.

      Aside from her love of classic cars, Dunning has become a philanthropist in her town, and built a library to honor her mother and donated over $1 million to the Plymouth Historical Museum.

      “My mother kept telling me what a beautiful old world this is, and as I gain a few years, I realize what she was talking about, because each year I see more beauty in the things that I observe,” she said.
      And a big steering wheel it most certainly is.



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      10-07-2012 03:27 PM #290
      Quote Originally Posted by kowabonga View Post
      To this day, Dunning still changes her own oil and spark plugs, and isn’t afraid to drive fast.

      “It disturbs the passengers in the rumble seat very badly, but it doesn’t bother me at all,” she said.

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      10-07-2012 03:29 PM #291
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      It was restored 50 years ago, I believe. It's not perfect, but they are both Grande Dames.
      It may not be perfect, but it still gets DRIVEN. That makes it more perfect in my eyes than someone's glass case showpiece.

      Wonder where she gets her parts, though. Custom order?
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      10-07-2012 03:36 PM #292
      If you need a part and have money anything can be reproduced. If there's a market there seems to be a supplier. There is great support for Packards as they are so collectible and were built in surprisingly large numbers. Packard was a boutique builder and while they made most of the parts themselves many were off-the-shelf parts used on a multitude of other cars. There are many books that cross-reference parts of that era.

      Understand too, that at the time that car was built it was fairly typical for a buyer to purchase a rolling chassis without passenger compartment to be bodied by an outside concern.
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      10-07-2012 03:44 PM #293
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      If you need a part and have money anything can be reproduced. If there's a market there seems to be a supplier. There is great support for Packards as they are so collectible and were built in surprisingly large numbers. Packard was a boutique builder and while they made most of the parts themselves many were off-the-shelf parts used on a multitude of other cars. There are many books that cross-reference parts of that era.

      Understand too, that at the time that car was built it was fairly typical for a buyer to purchase a rolling chassis without passenger compartment to be bodied by an outside concern.
      I didn't know that about Packard parts. I'm guessing it's not the same for some other "legacy" automakers, like Cord?
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      10-07-2012 04:09 PM #294
      Quote Originally Posted by turbinepowered View Post
      I didn't know that about Packard parts. I'm guessing it's not the same for some other "legacy" automakers, like Cord?
      If the car is valuable enough the cost of having a part made is negligible. If it's a mass-produced car like the Model T or A there is a huge industry making replacement parts. Then there are NOS parts, often found in treasure troves in people's garages and warehouses.

      You have to also understand that these were not terribly technologically advanced vehicles and had bushing and bearings and seals that are still off the shelf, as they have many industrial uses. I needed new front axle seals for my '33 Continental Flyer. I simply measured the OD of the shaft and the ID of the seal retainer and picked from a catalogue.
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      02-11-2013 08:16 PM #295
      Today I was at Fort Lauderdale Antique car Museum, dedicated to Packards.

      There was one practically identical to this one (1930 Coupe, same color). Beside the car, there was even an July 2011 article on that Lady, so I thought that it was the actual car. However looking above, I see red leather but I remember having seen gray velour....not positive.... different cars or not?

      That's a shame that America can no longer compete with world's best luxury cars. That museum was very good and I didn't know that Packard was so dominant at its time.
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      02-11-2013 08:19 PM #296
      Margaret will be our Grand Marshal at our show in St. Joseph next year. Should help attendance.
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      02-11-2013 10:08 PM #298
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      Margaret will be our Grand Marshal at our show in St. Joseph next year. Should help attendance.
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      02-12-2013 01:14 PM #299
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      Margaret will be our Grand Marshal at our show in St. Joseph next year. Should help attendance.
      Very cool.

      I'll be honest and say that I always cringe a little bit when I see this thread pop back up, thinking that it might be a sad update.
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      02-12-2013 02:44 PM #300
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      Margaret will be our Grand Marshal at our show in St. Joseph next year. Should help attendance.
      That is truly wonderful.
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      02-12-2013 02:49 PM #301
      Turns out one of our board members grew up living across the street from her.

      If you happen to find yourself in southwestern Michigan on Saturday, August 10, 2013, you would likely meet her.

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