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My 1955 Packard & Nash

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:37 pm
by thielbar1
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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

Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:18 am
by Adam
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..

Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:13 am
by thielbar1
Decided to sandblast and powder coat my air cleaner.... looks nice

Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:06 pm
by thielbar1
Just bought a replacement radiator, came out of a 70's ford truck. Its a bit short, but should fit perfectly.

Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:26 pm
by Dave Czirr
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.

Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:42 pm
by thielbar1
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....

Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Posted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:48 pm
by thielbar1
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?

Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:24 am
by Dave Czirr
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."

Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:52 am
by thielbar1
Thanks, I knew it something like that must have happened :D

Re: My 1955 Packard Clipper

Posted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:11 am
by thielbar1
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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