January 27, 2019
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
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
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.