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firedome

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« on: November 13, 2009, 06:00:57 AM »

Not sure what thread this is appropriate for, not a Mopar even...
but...since some you guys/gals get around and see all sorts of cars:



Looking for 1941 to 47 PACKARD CLIPPER, 6 or straight 8, short or long
wheelbase.  Decent solid restorable car needing cosmetics and
mechanical OK... I've wanted one for 35 yrs, so decided I'd best get
one now while I still can!!  There's a former taxi in NJ on eBay
now, I've known about it for 10 yrs since when I beloned to Packard
Club, I'm watching to see what happens... but still looking.

Always have loved Packards, a car of true class in every respect.



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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2009, 09:30:34 PM »




 You just missed out on my dad's '47 limo, sold for $6k last month because the state finally took away his drivers license. It had a strong running 354c.i. straight eight, was repainted and upholstered 10yrs ago, and still looked good. That thing was so big I could sit on the back seat and stretch my legs all the way out and still not touch the jump seats, and I'm 6'4".

That old, slow revving flat head straight eight was a piece of craftsmanship: Iron/chrome/molybdenum alloy block as hard as a rock, rifled drilled oil passages in the connecting rods to ensure positive oiling of the wrist pins, and every rotating part was balanced to withing a gram, even the camshaft and timing gear. Using today's synthetic oils one of those motors could easily run a million miles.

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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2009, 09:38:15 PM »

I'm going to North Carolina to get a 60 Plyme Vert for someone.  I am told there is a barn full of cars there all going cheap.  I can check it out while I'm down there.  OR!  You can get yer ass down here and go with us.
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2009, 03:57:40 AM »



Wow - that'd have been a Custom Super Clipper 8, model 2126 - it had a
356 cu in straight 8 w/ 9 MAIN BEARINGS ... their smaller 327 straight
8 had 5 bearings, as did all the GMs and just about everyone else's
straight 8... the 356 weighed over 1000 lbs! and it was a
masterpiece... there was a reason all the PTs had 3 Packard V-12s and
that Packard was chosen to build the Rolls Royce Merlin for the P-51 -
Packard was known as "The Master Motor Builder"... they were late to
the
V8 game, not till '55, but their 352 and 374 V-8 was, in my opinion,
the strongest and best built overhead valve V-8 ever made. The heaviest
stock V-8 of any mfr. ever. Stude Hawk's had em optional - way too
heavy! My '56
Packard Patrician had the 374. The Ultramatic relay selector, and
electric motor
preloaded front and rear torsion suspension were trouble prone,
unfortunately. What a car though! ... I'd still like an Executive with 3 spd column shift.



Steve - my Nov is looking crazy, but let me know if any '41 to 47 or 55-56 Packards are in that barn!


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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2009, 03:59:20 AM »

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  I am told there is a barn full of cars there all going cheap. 
Is that the barn right next to the big mound filled with burried Harleys in the crate packed in Cosmoline?  Yah, I know that barn...

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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2009, 05:22:04 AM »

I dunno - there are still finds like that - about 4 yrs ago someone I
knew  in CA got hit by the town for illegal car storage and under
threat of huge fines, he sold 13 '55/56 rust free Packards, 3 of whicn
ran fine, for $5000!!!


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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2009, 05:33:01 AM »

Yesterday, Lance the Destroyer and I went out on a "hot tip".  Finally tracked down a '74 burgandy Imperial 2 dr.  Knocked on the door. A feeble, barely coherant guy on thedge of dementia answerred.  Asked if he wanted to sell it.  His response?  You're not gonna believe this (well, actually, you will):
No.  I'm gonna fix it up some day....
 
 

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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2009, 07:45:58 PM »



Yep, that was the one, and what a beautifully made car. The ten foot long, 150 lb cylinder head would give you a hernia trying to lift it off the studs, and it took two strong men to lift the 200 lb crankshaft into place - I think it had 3 1/2" main bearings, and their were nine of them.

It is too bad they went out of business, but they were just too expensive for their time, especially when compared to other companies who had overhead valve V-8's while Packard was still using flatheads.

 Pop also had a beautiful '53 Clipper 2dr hardtop (butter creme yellow body with a coral top) It had the little 327 straight eight, and a lot of trouble with it's GM sourced Hydrovac power brakes. When they were working properly that was one smooth riding car that he used on several VMCCA cross country tours.
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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2009, 11:33:53 PM »

Firedome,  Last summer there was one (I'm thinking 46 or 47) around here, but I haven't seen it lately.  Will keep my eyes open.
 
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2009, 09:41:12 AM »

Dan - let me know if you see it! MI isn't too bad from NY...

The lady who was secretary of the Packard club drove a yellow 48 'vert - man, what a tank!!

Packard cars were really beautifully built, except for the last couple
years...that's a story in itself, but it had to do with buying the
Connor Ave factory from Briggs/Chrysler!!  folks who haven't been
around Packards have no idea the quality that used to go into cars. But
even '40s Chryslers were made way better than later ones.  I've
always loved Packards, just wish I could afford more of them! Or even 1
at this point!!



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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2009, 03:38:35 PM »

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So are you coming with us to Greenfille?  Be at my house at 8 the day after ThanksGiving
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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2009, 11:02:21 PM »

Always loved packards.
 
So, how'd the trip go? See any good schtuff?
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« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2009, 05:18:10 AM »

I think Steve found  lot of overpriced stuff on that trip, he
mentions in another thread... the 34 Airflow he found is intriguing
though. 

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« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2009, 06:58:50 AM »

BTW  All I saw IN NC was a Stude
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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2009, 07:17:55 PM »

Just caught that thread. The prices people think their things are worth never fail to amaze me. JSands2009-12-06 00:18:34
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