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Re: 1941 PACKARD MAKES ICE CUBES
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Guscha - you are a continuing source of amazement at the things you find!


McLean, TX is in the Texas Panhandle east of Amarillo. Pampa, where the news clipping you found was printed is north and slightly west of McLean. The legendary old Route 66 went through McLean. Its replacement, Interstate 40 goes just south of the town.

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Posted on: 7/12 8:21:55
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Gear Head Tuesday - Proposals for the First Post War Packard
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Today we see renderings by Carl Evers of his ideas for the first Post War Packard

https://56packardman.com/2020/04/21/ge ... he-first-postwar-packard/

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Posted on: 4/21 6:02:10
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Re: 1953/4 Caribbean 4-door hardtop sedan exploration
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Packard really should have had a V-8 no later than 1953. Had Nance arrived at Packard in 1949 when Packard first approached him, this might have happened. I've long had a theory - and I've never found anything to either prove it or disprove it - that Christopher, because he had worked at Buick and was trying to shape Packard as Buick's chief rival rather than Cadillac's chief rival, that Christopher stuck with the straight eight because Buick was sticking with the straight eight. In the same vein because Buick was developing Dynaflow, Christopher had Packard develop Ultramatic. Thus no V-8 was in the pipeline for Packard. This was one of the major nails Christopher hammered into what would become Packard's coffin.

1955 was really a watershed year for the industry. With major restyles/new bodies at GM and Chrysler and the handsome '55 Mercurys, Packard HAD to have the refresh that it got for '55. Had they gone into '55 with warmed-over '54s, they wouldn't have had the volume they had, Conner quality issues aside.

I think the ideas you post here for '55 would better fit '54, even though I understand your rationale of preparing for the all-new '56s by saving tooling costs in '55.

The wrap-around windshield was a have-to-have feature in the mid'50s. I think Teague's solution for '55 on the '51 body shell was the correct one. A step toward that for '54 could have been a Studebaker-like tilt to the front door vent wing while leaving the windshield alone:

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Posted on: 4/18 22:10:44
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"Light Painting" a '56 Executive
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Last October, "BHappy" posted a series of "Light Paintings" of a '56 Executive.
We show these fine photos, linking back to PackardInfo, as the topic of today's "Gear Head Tuesday":

https://56packardman.com/2020/04/14/ge ... ting-a-packard-executive/

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Posted on: 4/14 9:20:25
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Gear Head Tuesday (a day late ...) Packard's Predictor
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Posted on: 2/26 5:19:55
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Caribbean musings at the blog "Disaffected Musings"
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Posted on: 1/20 14:27:32
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Re: '58 Packard Hawk for sale at Bring-a-Trailer
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I'm encouraging the man in Sacramento who owns the white '58 Packard Hawk to register it here. He has his Hawk listed at Studebaker Drivers Club.

Photos of it here:
https://56packardman.com/2019/10/01/ge ... bakers-at-mcclellan-park/

The mylar on the fins shows silver in these photos but it is the correct gold. The silver appearance is a function of the available light and some fading - it is an older restoration.

Posted on: 12/28 21:54:24
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Re: '58 Packard Hawk for sale at Bring-a-Trailer
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Mal - You are both gracious and humble. As I've written to you in a PM, you really do yeoman's duty the way you keep track of the cars and encourage readers of PI to register their cars. It's really an important service you do IMO. So a tip of the hat to you!


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Posted on: 12/28 21:49:01
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Re: '58 Packard Hawk for sale at Bring-a-Trailer
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Don - Thank you very much for this!

Posted on: 12/28 21:26:14
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'58 Packard Hawk for sale at Bring-a-Trailer
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This one is definitely a project but it is a very salvageable car:

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1958-packard-hawk-5/

This question has arisen in the comments at the listing on B-a-T: "How many of the original 588 built survive?"

The seller thinks the number is around 50. Mal only has 5 registered in his registry at PI. Can anyone "in the audience" point us to where we might find the number?


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