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Re: HILLBILLY PACKARD ~ 41 & 46 Clipper Bros.
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I started this Hillbilly Packard Project Blog just 15 months ago. My repair and restoration of "Clipper Jack" goes back SEVEN years to the fall of 2007.

This was ----
NO Frame-OFF job;
NO SHOW CAR project;
NO PRO SHOP garage.
JUST a DIY, tinker, grease monkey, knuckle-buster, hobby, TLC repair, recondition, rollin, restoration.


I recently discovered some photos of the 2007-2008 trip to KY to pick up this Clipper, along with early repair work that followed. These pictures reminded me of how neglected this engine was as well as all the work I have done in the last seven years.

So I would like to post them here and elaborate in the narrative that opens this Project Blog.

HAULING RIG
Having NO car trailer, I rented a U-Haul trailer in South Dakota. The trailer was shorter than I wanted, but I thought it could work. SO, I hooked up my Chevy Silverado to the trailer and packed to go.


Once I got to Versailles KY, Louie Logan had parked the Clipper in front the blacktop road in front of a horse barn. It was a beautiful sight. WE shook hands and I loaded the beast onto the little trailer. As we turned around in the lawn around the barn, I realized how short to\he U-Haul rig actually was. Photos 2 & 3

The trip home was nearly a 1,000 miles. The Clipper pranced along behind me as if it was happy to be on the road and have a new start even if it was only a tow.

Once I got back to SD, I started repairs. The engine was a mess as seen in Photo 4. The air cleaner had 20 years of gunk in the oil bath.

The water pump needed replacement Photo 5 and 6. The back plates of the water pump, (old on left and new on right), are examples of the replacement repairs. 6, and 7.

Eventually, I had the frame up on blocks, floor jacks, and a hydraulic jack (I like 2 or 3 backup supports before I crawl under 3800 lb of old steel.

The water pump and brake master cylinder were rebuilt, repainted and reinstalled.

When I replaced the center grill, I paused for a photo opportunity on the design that facinates me most on the 41 Clippers, including Clipper Jack.


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Posted on: 2014/12/5 20:34
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Re: HILLBILLY PACKARD ~ 41 & 46 Clipper Bros.
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Posted on: 2014/12/1 18:02
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Re: HILLBILLY PACKARD ~ 41 & 46 Clipper Bros.
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ONE LAST TRY!!!

The second photo shows the FIRE in the wood stove.
This is HILLBILLY Packard Brothers INC.

The last shows the Brothers themselves.
RAY on the left and DAN on the right.
CLIPPER JACK in the middle. The good lookin' 41 Clipper.

Dan Leininger

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Posted on: 2014/12/1 16:39
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Re: HILLBILLY PACKARD ~ 41 & 46 Clipper Bros.
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The photos keep attaching UPSIDE DOWN!
Obviously we are NOT working on the ceiling here.
BUT the whole shop seems to be "down under."

Posted on: 2014/12/1 16:27
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Re: HILLBILLY PACKARD ~ 41 & 46 Clipper Bros.
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"Clipper Jack" has made it into the PACKARD CORMORANT current ISSUE FOR WINTER 2014, PAGE 25.

I WAS SURPRISED to see that Stuart Blond used my photo and description in the Clipper feature issue. The section on 1941-1947 Clippers is well done.

I am in Missouri at Hillbilly Packard Bothers (which is what brother Ray and I call our Packard tinkering hobby.) Ray's is a 1946 Clipper. Mine is a 1941.

Clipper Jack was back on the road today after a long year of dis-repair. After a much needed car wash and fresh gasoline he sailed Twenty miles down the road. 50 to 65 mph and going well.

This is an old photo of Clipper my 41 from when I kept it at my home in South Dakota.

Tomorrow we take the front clip off of Rays 46.
Joy. Joy (Not Henry Joy)

More later ....
Dan

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Posted on: 2014/11/20 20:55
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Re: 37th Annual Texas Packard Meet
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Arrived in Salado today just as the 630 supper was being served up. But was unable to bring Clipper Jack with me.
We left SD early Wednesday morning and arrived in Bolivar, MO at my brother Ray's (the secret location of Hillbilly Packard Brothers). Tinkered on the 41 on Wednesday and Thursday, but without sufficient success to bring it down to TX.
Saw JWs 47 Clipper (maroon) with a For Sale sign in the window. Wish my name was "Sale."
Will go back in the morning to see cars and swap meet. I will try to post a few photos from TX for all of you to enjoy.
Here is an old photo of my Clipper Jack from 2009 National in Brandon, MO.
More later,
Dan Leininger

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Posted on: 2014/4/4 20:47
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Re: 37 Super 8 with sidemounts $5,000.....
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Yes, foolishly overpriced.
No danger of me picking this one up.

And while I am a worshipper of authenticity...
...
there are times I would long to have a beautiful Packard with 12V system, A/C, and all the luxuries that are now necessities
on our highways that would still cruise the interstates at 70-75 mph all day ...

I guess none of you other PI posters have such sacrilegious thoughts,and Pack-religious fantasies as I do.

But I could do MY fantasy for less money than this Matchbox Packard.

DanL

Posted on: 2014/1/8 19:29
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Re: Cool Xmas for BigKev ?? READ THIS NOW PLEASE
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Better than Cash.
Dan

Posted on: 2013/12/6 19:51
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Re: 37th Annual Texas Packard Meet
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Webmaster Joined: 2006/4/17 13:22 From Riverside, CA Posts: 7675 One of my favorite meets to attend. All real driving cars and owners, not just trailored museum pieces. Posted on: Yesterday 23:20:42


Thanks for all the encouragement from John and Mr. Ride Decide.
I have started making plans, maintenance and repairs.

I liked Kevin's comment about real driver cars. I have two old "drivers". My Clipper Jack and a 1939 LaSalle survivor. I have never owned a car that was TOO nice to drive.

We'll, Salado it is. Now I need to get my brother (from HillBilly Packards ) down there too.
Dan

Posted on: 2013/12/4 8:45
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Re: Two Choice Patricians, CL
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The black 56 just shows-off some meaningful chrome styling.
Just beautiful lines accented by the trim and panels.
Not the excesses of the other autos of the period.
Yes, the years only make it more to admire.

Posted on: 2013/12/4 8:24
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