1938 1601 Touring Sedan Owned by Peter Lewer & Annette Clarke
My Packard Eight rego. No 30716H has travelled 14500 miles since the restoration was finished in Nov. 2001. The first major rally we participated in was the Outback Rally in Sept-Oct 2002 from Adelaide to Broken Hill. Just getting to Adelaide from Sydney was a huge adventure in itself with water leaks and overheating an everyday occurrence and there are many photos of the bonnet up checking the water level.
Great rally - after we returned to Sydney from Broken Hill via Willcannia, Cobar, Dubbo, Orange I decided to renew the radiator core. The original honeycomb core had a small in hole that only leaked when it got hot, so a larger capacity modern core was fitted. This has been fairly successful
though I still drive the car by the temp. gauge the joys of 120 Packard engines.
For the coming rally to the Southern Highlands of N.S.W I have fitted an overdrive gearbox to help with the fuel economy, which brings the car up to 1939 specs. After travelling to our Queensland members Toowoomba National Rally in 2007 in the company of a 1939 120 the
savings on fuel costs alone prompted me to make the effort to fit an overdrive. So take note of that Packard saying "ASK THE MAN WHO HAS ONE”. Doing this was a big job and I offer many thanks to the members who passed on info to assist me with this job. Looking forward to seeing you all in Mittagong 2009.