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Post by Mcarlo77 on Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:25 pm

Not G3 related, but fascinating nonetheless.  Never heard of such a device...but, a 1951 Packard apparently showed up at one of my favorite JY's (French Lake Auto) sporting a very rare (perhaps only remaining one around) aftermarket traction device patented right here in St. Paul, MN.  Fill the two hoppers in the trunk with sand and, using a control handle attached to the steering column, release it in front of the rear wheels via a pipe extending from each hopper thru the floor.  Sheer genius!

https://www.facebook.com/FrenchLakeAutoParts/photos/pcb.2606108862962531/2606108549629229/?type=3&theater


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Post by thatfnthing on Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:40 pm

That is uber cool! And judging by the gravel in the trunk, it looks like it was in use up until the end.

Did you pull all that stuff? Seems to me there's likely to be a Packard guy looking to restore one who would be interested in that rare feature...
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Fri May 01, 2020 1:50 pm

Naw...they say they are keeping this setup for a future restore.
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Post by ant7377 on Fri May 01, 2020 6:26 pm

That's fantastic. Love to see that stuff.
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