Chairman Says 1-27-2019

January 27, 2019

Chairman Says

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

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.

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