My 1955 Packard & Nash

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thielbar1
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My 1955 Packard & Nash

Post by thielbar1 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:37 pm

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I bought this last week for $650, very little rust
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Engine turns over
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Hope to get it running tomorrow, its all original, and I hope to keep it looking that way.
--if anyone has any cool Accessories, I am looking for some
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Adam
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Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Post by Adam » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:18 am

Nice car. Looks very complete and cheap at the price, I should think.

Please keep us posted with your progress. Photos are always good. ;)

Adam..
"Do not underestimate the English cousin.....they are not as stupid as they look!" - Signor Altabani in The Italian Job.

thielbar1
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Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Post by thielbar1 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:13 am

Decided to sandblast and powder coat my air cleaner.... looks nice
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Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Post by thielbar1 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:06 pm

Just bought a replacement radiator, came out of a 70's ford truck. Its a bit short, but should fit perfectly.
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Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Post by Dave Czirr » Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:26 pm

I'd recommend checking the flow rate of that radiator and seeing how the rate compares to the OEM specs before spending the effort to put it in. Modern engines hold a lot less coolant and do with much smaller radiators than the old timers.

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Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Post by thielbar1 » Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:42 pm

Tested new radiator and it worked fine, This Sunday I'm taking it to a local shop to do some minor bodywork and paint it.....Thinking of keeping it original or painting it white....

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Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Post by thielbar1 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:48 pm

Have a question, I am not sure because I am new Packard's, but on Packardinfo.com in the "Model Info" it says the Super wasn't offered with torsion bar suspension but mine has it, is it a misunderstanding or is my car a rarity?

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Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Post by Dave Czirr » Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:24 am

Initially torsion bar suspension equipment had limited availability and only senior models got it as standard or mandatory optional equipment. As production of the TL ramped up to meet demand for cars and management's confidence in it grew with market acceptance, it became available on other models though a standard suspension was still available on the bottom-of-the line model or models.

To quote from the Kimes-edited book, "it was standard on the Caribbean, a required option on the Patrician and Four Hundred, optional at $150 on the Clipper Customs. ...It was brand new, a big gamble and they (Packard management) decided to hedge their bets. First the weren't going to put it on the Clipper at all, then decided to offer it on the Custom and additional cost. The decision was made to build 25% of the Clippers with torsion bars but three months later the dealers were ordering Torsion Level on 75% of their cars. Thus the system was later made available on Clipper Supers."

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Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Post by thielbar1 » Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:52 am

Thanks, I knew it something like that must have happened :D

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Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Post by thielbar1 » Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:11 am

Latest work on the Clipper, having body work done at Highway 34 customs in my hometown of Madison SD. Going to have it painted soon!
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