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55 Constellation Build
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This one's going to be a long one just warning all. With one car infront of it. Might take 3 or maybe more years. But who cares, we got to start somewhere. I'l be directing all my questions to this thread regarding the Packard. The direction of this car is still unknown but we will get thier together.
Story on this car is I got it for a 350$ song. I couldn't pass on it. Had to dig it out with a crowbar and my hands because it had no front or back driver side rims, slapped some tires on it ( that day I learned not all 5 bolts will line up and that Packard had a pin that only accepts Packard rims so I gave them the hammer, for all you young guys always roll with a big hammer) and towed her out. Cars at my mom's house as I'm in the process of getting my own home.
1955 Packard Clipper Custom Constellation. 352 v8, twin ultramatic. Hardtop.

Posted on: 2018/3/16 0:10
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Re: 55 Constellation Build
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When I was taking her to my mom's house.

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Re: 55 Constellation Build
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At my mom's house

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Re: 55 Constellation Build
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Pictures like this keep me going and optimistic on what she can be

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Re: 55 Constellation Build
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Had these photshoped

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Re: 55 Constellation Build
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So the first thing in order is my mind is the stabilize and stop the rust so as time goes by it wont be deteriorating much.

Any tips on how I should attack this job?

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Re: 55 Constellation Build
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Start by cutting out the rusted metal and patch in new.


Disclaimer: body work is like Italian cooking--ask 5 Italian Nonna's how to make Sunday sauce, you get 5 completely different answers, and each one of them is absolutely right and the other 4 are wrong. Body and paint work is the same. Ask 5 different professional body men how to do a particular task and you are going to get 5 completely different answers. Which answer is right? They all are.

Posted on: 2018/3/16 13:21
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Re: 55 Constellation Build
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You left coast guys are too funny. My rust-belt eyes only see a really dry hardtop that's been faded by the sun.
Where exactly is it rusted?

Around here, if its drivetrain is intact, that's on CL for at least $3500.

Good luck with her!

Posted on: 2018/3/16 20:38
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Re: 55 Constellation Build
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Thanks Mr.Pushbutton. now that I think of it I have heard that about ask 5 different people how they would prep a car for paint and you'll get 5 different answers.

Scoot thanks for wishing me luck, I does have some rust down in the picture bellow. But your right too. Car was from Texas and has been sitting in the Californian High Desert for many years so the sun has been beating on it some. Someone has advised me to give it a good scrub with comet or some other product similar to it, so I'm going to do that and report back.
Thanks

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Posted on: 2018/3/17 0:28
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Re: 55 Constellation Build
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That bad boy is begging for a change over to a 3 speed W/ OD.

Posted on: 2018/3/17 7:04
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