BigKev's 1954 Packard Clipper Deluxe Sedan

Posted by BigKev on 2007/1/18 15:11:11
Well I guess I will start this forum off with bring everyone up to speed on my project.


I am bringing a 1954 Packard Clipper Deluxe Touring Sedan back from the dead. It was bought this car off of E-Bay for $500 back in Feb of 05 as a birthday gift to me from my wife.

The car was stored outside behind a U-Haul facility in San Bernardino, CA. While the car was all basically there, it was in bad shape.

The reason I bought this car was not so much to have some to go to shows with, but to use as a learning experience to teach myself mechanicals, body work, and everything else that goes into bringing one of these cars back to life. So I was looking for something that was going to need a lot of work, but doable.

When bought the cars condition was as following:

4 Rotted Tires
Smashed Front Grilled
70% Surface Rust
Broken Tails lights
Missing rear door trim, and trunk trim
Missing trunk lock
Missing hood ornament
Missing radio knobs
Missing cigarette lighter
Interior while present is all dry-rotted and was infested with mice
Front floors bad
Rust around rear wheel wells
Small dent in front driver's side fender
Dent in rear driver's side door
All mechanicals in place
Engine stuck
Brakes shot

I am really have started to work on it just in the last 6 months. Work space and time really stalled the project at the beginning.

Attached is the pic of exactly what the car looked like when I found it. I will post more in a bit to catch everyone up.

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