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Re: 47 Clipper canvas radiator covers and brush guards?
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Front bumper and od green canvas grill covers.

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Posted on: 2019/10/15 17:39
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47 Clipper canvas radiator covers and brush guards?
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Digging through the trunk of this recently acquired 47 Clipper Deluxe Touring Sedan that may or may not have been a military buy back. OD green on most surfaces, grey on firewall and some hidden areas.

I have no idea if this bumper hitch is Packard or aftermarket, but the military would not have used this type.

Canvas pieces with spring clips that seem to fit grill and front whiskers under parking lights. The front bumper thingy looks like some sort of grill protector, but the rear bumper thingy makes no sense to me. Packard accessory? Aftermarket? Chrome plated and heavy steel, so I don't think it is military or bubba.

Supposed to be a set of fender skirts in that trunk somewhere.

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Posted on: 2019/10/15 17:32
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Re: 47 Clipper Battery 6v size?
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I should have taken some measurements or put my CAT 6v battery in there as it is a Group 2 battery. A group 2 is what is used in my 1942 GPW WWII jeep and I know they are not a currently popular group size.

I am sure the Packard crowd is familiar with the Optima battery inside the vintage Willard case for the purists. I take the CAT battery, remove all the stickers, paint the three battery fill tops red and it is a top post battery and it passes the 10 ft test.
For my jeep, I cut out the Willard logo on balsa wood and epoxy glued it in place along with some home made terminal straps on top. Again, passes the 10 ft test.

Posted on: 2019/10/15 15:48
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47 Clipper Battery 6v size?
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Very early in the research process of my 47 Deluxe Clipper restoration. Take the hood off and notice the battery tray is very long, but narrow. Very similar to the size of 6v battery used in some WWII vehicles. My research into that endeavor could not find a battery of that size.
So, what do we do to put a modern battery in this size tray? Remake the tray? Strap a modern 6v vintage looking battery in place?
I've had good luck with CAT batteries. 6v correct group size and 8 year warranty. Not interested in the Optima battery in a vintage battery case at this time.
What do you do with your?

Posted on: 2019/10/15 11:21
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Eisenhower Staff Car
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Haven't picked it up yet, but acquiring a 1947 Packard Clipper with the intention of creating a 1942 Clipper Staff Car assigned to Ike at SHAEF HQ in England. Just getting a head start on the project blog. Serial numbers and other identifiers will be first on the list. But here it is in MI waiting to be picked up.

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Posted on: 2019/10/5 17:35
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Recommend Pictorial Book Packard Clipper
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Acquiring a 47 Deluxe Clipper Eight Touring Sedan that we will resorcreate as Ike's staff car in WWII. The car is pretty rough and bare, not a lot to start with as reference. Can forum members recommend any pictorial or coffee table type books that would show pictures of the models and features of the WWII ear Packards.
We are planning on visiting the Packard Museum in Dayton, OH and will take a million photos, but if there was something to look at to get ideas on interior options, accessories, flooring, headlining, door and window hardware, etc., it would be nice reading in the car.

And, wanting to save as money for the restoration, I'd rather not pay museum gift shop prices.

Thanks in advance.

And, if anyone is in the Atlanta area or has a contact for the Peach State Packard group, if it is still active, I'd like to hook up with them. emails and phone calls to the listed contact have gone unanswered up to now.

Posted on: 2019/9/20 11:57
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Re: Differences in 41/47 Deluxe Clipper Eight
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Supposed to be getting a correct grill wih the pars stash coming with this car. But, we'll look at the FB listing in case we need one.
Thank you for thinking of us.

Posted on: 2019/9/20 5:19
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Re: Differences in 41/47 Deluxe Clipper Eight
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The PO has a 41 grill that is "pretty rough", but as it will get painted OD green and not chromed, if it will fit the existing space, we will consider using it and saving the original grill. I think we will leave the interior differences alone. Again, if we can make some changes that do not drastically alter the sheet metal, and it makes sense financially, we'll give it a shot.
Looking forward to having the actual car in our stable in mid October. Right now, dealing with photos and on site third party inspection.
But excited.

Posted on: 2019/9/18 7:18
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Re: Differences in 41/47 Deluxe Clipper Eight
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Thank you all for the opinions and suggestions. I understand completely to limit the revisions to those that can be unrevised by another owner or collector. My experience level is military vehicles from WWI through Korea with jeeps and tracked vehicles. I have stayed away from "normal" steel body cars due to my limited ability to work and paint metal.
OD lusterless green is very forgiving.

So, tribute 47 Packard staff car. Limited, if any, modifications and keep restoration costs down to a minimum and upon completion, the satisfaction will be with myself and the military vehicle community. If some Packard enthusiasts can appreciate keeping at least one more on the road, than that would be added value to me.

So, any interest if I start a restoration thread for this project? Or will it be perceived by this audience that I am wasting a perfectly good Packard.

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Posted on: 2019/9/16 11:23
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Re: Differences in 41/47 Deluxe Clipper Eight
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The numbers we have found so far are:

Body Number: 2112-22185
Vehicle Number: 2112-22635
Date of Delivery: 9-3-47

I don't think we ever questioned that this was a 47, just inquring how much work it would take to make it look, vusually like a 41 or 42 US Army staff car, or if we just will end up keep it a 47 and painting it OD green and representing it as a "tribute" car.

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