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Leaburn Patey

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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2010, 07:39:44 AM »

Now that pic got fixed t hat's a nice car.
Nice touch having the door handles high up on the door.
I can see that Packard was after some Cadillac sales with the influence in their styling.
The caddy may have started  the fins fad,but Packard sure did provoke Cadillac and other car companies with their excellent fin and taillight design.
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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2010, 08:23:48 AM »

So.  Thath thang is a "stick", huh?
Lemme see.
Stick? Check.
V8? Check.
2 door sedan? Check.
I'm thinkin Hot Rod Packard. NO????

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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2010, 08:55:18 AM »

There HAVE been a few hot rod Pcakards... a guy in MD I know even
builds Pack-ups... Packard pickup trucks that he makes from 51-56
Packard 4 drs,  they are quite cool, he does a beautiful job and
he gets good money for them. In fact the red 56 I resold to him will
become one.



This one is a 4 dr seedan btw, not a 2 dr. They made a 2 dr true
pillarless hardtop, but no 2 dr post sedans.  By 1955/56 they were
running out of $$$ and reduced body styles to only 3: vert,  2 dr
hrdtp, and 4 dr seedan. Then in 57/58,  they were all
Packard-bakers, just a bunch of  re-worked Studies, including a
wagon and the Packard Hawk - the one to have.



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« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2010, 08:58:43 AM »

I have a great front pic but it's 10x too big at 2100kb - how do I shrink it? 

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« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2010, 09:58:23 AM »

email it to me
 
joe@ justservers . com
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« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2010, 05:06:05 PM »

On the way...

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« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2010, 09:10:56 AM »

You have a very nice car there! How does it drive? Smooth I bet as it must weigh a few pounds. Can you get radial tires that match the look of the bias ply tires?
 
When I was a kid my first car had bias ply tires on it and when I wore them out I installed some radial Michelins onto it...they sure made a difference in ride and handling!
 
I am also curious what cars like this are worth? Also, could you please post some pictures of the dash and interiour?
 
Good luck with your projects!
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« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2010, 03:18:24 PM »

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Although samller in CID, the 354 Hemi in the 300 B had more HP.  I think the 345 deSoto did as well in top trim tune.  If you're talking stock, non HP power you statement would be correct.  A stock 354 had less than 300 HP.
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« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2010, 04:53:31 PM »

How does it drive? The Torsion-Level suspension was the most advanced
suspension ever put on a car up to that time, and maybe ever, with
electric motor
pre-tensioned torsion bars front AND rear, with auto leveling
standard.  Check out the road tests of the time, they all raved
about it...it was invented by Bill Allison, a Hudson engineer, but they
wouldn't spend the money to put in in their cars, so he went to GM,
Ford, Chrysler, and they wouldnt either, but Packard saw it's potential
and took the gamble... there is nothing like it, a ride in a 55/56
Packard is truly a revelation,  but unfortunately it was also very
expensive, one of the factors that did Packard in. The M1
Abrams tank has a very similar suspenson. Cost: multi millions each.


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« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2010, 04:55:13 PM »

Steve - did u get the 2 pics? 

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« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2010, 05:19:28 AM »

Earth to Steve.... sent the 2 pics to joe@.....

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« Reply #26 on: March 17, 2010, 08:43:52 AM »

Electric auto leveling! Wow, That is a cool feature! I always loved the ride of my torsion bar equiped Mopars...I can only imagine what that car would ride like.
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« Reply #27 on: March 17, 2010, 10:19:16 AM »

Planet Hobby to earth. . .

Yeah, they were n my spam
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