Agreed on the drum brakes; good advice. Buying Parts: That advice needs to be tempered with the reality of buying parts that will likely become no longer available, especially for oddball makes that don't have a strong aftermarket support for smaller and less frequently-used parts. If you need a certain piece of trim for a project and it will likely never be reproduced and is already rare NOS and you see one for sale, buy it. If you ultimately never need it, it will be that much more salable when you go to sell it. I recently realized I would never need a small trim part for one of my cars for which I paid $16.23 at the dealer in 1976, when I bought the car. That make (Plymouth) and that dealer (Hoosier Chrysler-Plymouth in Indianapolis) are both long gone. Because that part has been NLA as NOS for some time, I just sold it for $200 earlier this year. Another piece of internet advice often heeded unwisely is converting 6-volt cars to 12-volt electrical systems. As the Technical Editor for The Studebaker Drivers Club more than 40 years, I don't know how many 6-volt Studebakers have been ruined by half-done "conversions" to 12-volt electrics when all that was needed was to replace lighter-gauge 12-volt battery cables that someone had erroneously installed in a 6-volt car.
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Quote: Sadly, cool tech like this couldn’t keep Packard in business. The market was moving too fast. Packard was old fashioned in a time when the American buying public was all about the jet age. So much of Packard’s production was tried and true, reliable and trustworthy, but the lack of new and exciting was a death knell for the brand . Kyle, this is untrue and misleading. The 1955 models were well-received, but production problems and quality issues kept them from being built and delivered in a timely manner. The Packard brand suffered irreparably as a result. My Father was a Packard dealer in 1955 when I was 9 years old. His report of the terrible supply issues is documented in the May 2010 issue of Hemmings Classic Car: https://www.hemmings.com/stories/article/lu-palma
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