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Great stuff Phil, look forward to seeing how it progresses. 

 

What is the support and parts availability like for these?  I see Ames performance only does 1955 onwards but Rockauto have some service bits and pieces.

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Straight eight eh? Whats not lo like? I love them. I remember riding in a Packard Straight Eight Limousine way back in 1953. It was a revelation to me that any car could run so smoothly and in almost total silence. Never forgot that day. A great purchase. Congratulations.

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Great stuff Phil, look forward to seeing how it progresses. 

 

What is the support and parts availability like for these?  I see Ames performance only does 1955 onwards but Rockauto have some service bits and pieces.

Not bad because the oily bits are common across about 5 years of build, some trim bits are 1951 only so are eBay and scrapyard/breakers but they have a fairly good following and parts aren't that scarce. Engine bits are awkward, from what I tell but so far this one seems good, even the oil pressure is within factory specs.

 

Phil

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Right now it's a ten-footer! The eventual plan is to cut out and replace the rot. Thankfully the metal is thick and there aren't too many compound curves in the structure.

 

The Renault is officially for sale, though.

 

Phil

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Yes, those covers are either going in the bin or I might put them on top of flower pots and use that combination to hold paintbrushes.

 

I figured that a better use for them.

 

Timing covers are on the side of the engine in SquireDawson approved fashion. Top of the engine is all spark plugs.

 

Phil

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It looks utterly glorious - but are you anywhere near one-tenth as ohmygodwhathaveijustdone terrified as I would be?

if he was panhard maybe but as hes resident....... :D

 

you and martin have won this place

 

when you paint it is it staying the same y'all?

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