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How interchangeable is a 52 200 and 55 Patrician?

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:30 pm
by Paul Murdock
Forgive me if this info is somewhere already. I ordered some books that would have this info I haven't received them yet. I have a 200 deluxe with a shot interior but solid engine and body. I found a 55 Patrician that has a shot body (rust holes in floor)but great looking interior. Can I use the seats, glass, and other assorted goodies on the 200?

Re: How interchangeable is a 52 200 and 55 Patrician?

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 4:58 pm
by Dave Czirr
The short answer; though the 55/56 body architecture is derived from the new for 1951 body, the restyle was very comprehensive and you won't find much that interchanges.

Re: How interchangeable is a 52 200 and 55 Patrician?

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:58 pm
by Paul Murdock
Thanks Dave! I had a feeling that was the case, but figured I ask the tribe.

Re: How interchangeable is a 52 200 and 55 Patrician?

Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:49 am
by 5682-4775
Hi

Since it sounds as if you are not planning on a factory-correct restoration but a mild, all-Packard customization of the 200, here is a bit of advice and encouragement.

The seats will interchange, the door panels with modification as the Patrician has less rear wheelhouse intrusion and the 1955 models have the wraparound windshield which affected the front door panels. Front and rear windshields aren't interchangeable, only the door window glass might be, certainly for the rear doors, perhaps for the front doors.

The front fenders/hood 'doghouse' will interchange, something seen back in the day when this mixing of model year parts was done by body shops less interested in factory authenticity, more interested in returning a functional car to the road. Grafting of rear fender sections to accommodate the 'cathedral' taillights had been done at times too, though requires much more sheet-metal working skills.

As the '51-'52 200's were among the highest production models, have a high survival rate, and significant numbers of preserved, original cars exist, a mildly customized 200 to your taste and done for your enjoyment would be welcome too. Ross Miller, well-known Packard enthusiast in Maryland, has created several such cars, enjoys the heck outta them! Hope you'll do the same.

Steve