I am writing this on behalf of our Chairman, Harold Gilreath. We haven’t heard from Harold lately because his computer was hijacked and he cannot get back on the internet. So if we have a PSRA member who is computer literate and could help Harold restore his computer, please call him at his home telephone in Rogersville, Tennessee. The good news is Harold has completed his 1937 Packard sedan (except upholstery) and will be driving it to Knoxville, TN, in May.
I have been working on our PSRA membership list. We have added three new members. John Cassada from Punta Goroa, Florida, has a 1939 110 business coupe with a 383 Chevy stroker. Wayne Hamilton from St. Paul, Virginia, has a 1936 120 coupe with custom beige interior and PPG champagne beige paint. Scott Wiesen from Centralia, Illinois, has a 1939 series 1701, chevy 350, lowered 4 inches, that is under construction. We now have a total of 29 members from 15 states. Tennessee is best represented with 10 members. We have 3 members from Illinois, 2 from California, 2 from Florida, and 2 from Virginia. States represented by one member each include KY, AL, Ga, IN, WV, NC, TX, KS, MO, and MI. I will attach the membership list that includes personal information, address, telephone and email. If you cannot download and print this, let me know and I will send it to you by US mail.
The Street Rod Nationals South will be held on May 3-5, 2019, in Knoxville, Tennessee, at Chilhowee Park & Expo Center. We invite all PSRA members and Packard enthusiasts to gather at 2:00 pm on Friday, May 3, 2019, for meet and greet and a group photo. We will gather at the picnic shelter on the hill. When you drive in the main street rod entrance from Lakeside Ave., go straight as far as you can, past the tunnel you must turn right on a one way drive. Follow this around to the left and up the hill to the picnic shelters. There is usually plenty of open parking in this lot.
On another subject, I would like to start a conversation in our forum section of the website about headlights. Some of us are using original lens and reflectors for that resto-look, but they just don’t provide adequate light. Dave Stanley used 7 inch Jeep lights and fabricated adapters from old 50’s or 60’s model round headlight adjusters. Has anyone used the adapters that Headwinds sells for Packards? Let me know what you are using, how well they work and I will post the responses on our website.
And last, I had an inquiry from a fellow senior citizen in New York who has a 1937 Packard super 8 that he has owned for 25 years. He wants to add power steering to the original suspension and change to an automatic transmission but leave the other running gear stock. Does anyone know how this can be done? Does anyone make an adapter to bolt an automatic transmission to a super 8 engine?
I hope to see you in Knoxville, TN.
Ask the Man Who Drives One, Wade Davis.