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Re: No paint code-What color was my car???
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My transmission problems didn't stop there. I wasn't too upset about the smoke because my plan was to have it rebuilt. About a year after owning her, I saved enough money to get it fixed. I found a company in Hemmings Motor News that would send you a rebuilt unit when you send in your core and $1800. I took the car to a local transmission shop. He removed the old one and shipped it. I never got a good feeling from this guy. My dad picked him out of the phone book and he didn't seem to know what he was doing. After about 3 weeks the new trans arrived and it took him another 2 weeks to install it. He called and said he was all done, but it wasn't working right. Great! I had to call the trans company and they figured it was the valve body and sent a new one free of charge. I really didn't trust this guy so I took the car back. On the way home, I noticed that the car was shifting fine and it just needed a tune up. At least I got an extra valve body for free! A week later, the guy's shop mysteriously burned down.
The car was working great for a couple of months and then it wouldn't go into low gear anymore. I dropped the pan and took out the valve body and found a metal plate that goes from the band to a hydraulic cylinder. That fixed it for a couple of weeks until the car stopped going in low gear again. By that time I was fed up having spent so much money and still had a car that didn't work. That was about the time I stopped working on the car.

Posted on: 2009/8/17 18:58
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Re: No paint code-What color was my car???
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Wow...I have to wonder why they chose green. The quality of the covers are excellent. I didn't even think that the fabric underneath could be the original seat. I thought it was just some filler fabric. The fit looks so much like it should come from the factory like that, especially the back seat. I'm going to have to figure out what I should do with the interior once my restoration gets to that point. I have to admit that the covers look way better style wise than the striped cloth.

Posted on: 2009/8/16 12:38
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Re: Results of Benoy Auction?
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Even if the cars needed a lot of mechanical work from sitting, the interiors seemed in really good shape and the chrome looked good too. I watched the auction online. A guy named rodthebod bought a bunch of cars, mostly the Packards. I wonder if they will be on ebay soon. I'm sure any of them could turn around and resell them and make a quick buck with little effort.

Posted on: 2009/8/16 12:31
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Re: No paint code-What color was my car???
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Here are pics of the fabric exposed under the green vinyl seats. The first picture shows how brown it looks, but when I took a closeup, it appears more gray. Must just be really dirty. I guess this would be the original seat material? Where would the green vinyl part come from? Would that be a dealer accessory or maybe they sold them aftermarket for people who wanted to freshen up their interiors?

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Posted on: 2009/8/16 12:24
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Re: No paint code-What color was my car???
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My dad loves old cars, but never worked on them. I think he liked to see me enjoying them so much. We would go to car shows together and it was great for bonding.

Both of my parents were very understanding. Before I moved out, I had my Packard, a 1966 Cadillac DeVille Convertible (had to use up space in their garage because it didn't have a roof) and a 1978 Porsche 924. My dad had a 1977 Lincoln Towncar as his daily driver and a 1973 Pontiac LeMans with a Chevy 350 as a backup. Needless to say, the driveway and garage were pretty crowded.

Having those old cars around really taught me a lot about cars. I'm no expert, but now I'm not afraid to tear into modern cars trying to fix them myself.

Posted on: 2009/8/16 12:06
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Re: Funny things said to you while driving your Packard
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Back when my car was still working, on it's maiden voyage after getting it running, I got several thumbs up. At a stop light, the guy next to me asked if the car was road worthy. He said it didn't look safe to be on the road. Later that day, my brakes went out and I took out my parent's chain link fence. I guess he had a point.

Posted on: 2009/8/16 0:14
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Re: Results of Benoy Auction?
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Here were the results http://www.proxibid.com/asp/Catalog.asp?aid=20722&p=&vt=1

I live near the place the auction was. I would have loved to have bought one of those '56 survivors, but the money wasn't there, not even for the one that went for $600 or the other for $900. Most of them are still on the lot waiting to be shipped to their new owners. I drool every day when I pass them going to work.

Posted on: 2009/8/15 23:48
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Re: No paint code-What color was my car???
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Now I need some thoughts as to what is original in the interior? I think the back door panels are original since that color would go with a gray car better than a green interior. Could the striped cloth be the original seat and the green vinyl be an accessory from the factory? Maybe the seats were replaced with some from a donor car? I know tastes were different in the 50's, but a gray exterior with green interior?

Posted on: 2009/8/15 23:10
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Re: No paint code-What color was my car???
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Thank you for all of your help guys! I was really thinking the car was supposed to be green, because of the interior. I was even repainting it with green Rustoleum paint to see how it would look. Gray seems like it is the likely candidate because of it being on the firewall and door jambs. I have seen a lot of cars with this color firewall painted blue or red or black. I guess a lot of people don't like it? From what is left on the car, I think it will look nice. My car is in rough shape and I'm not going to pretend that I'll ever make it 100% perfect, but I am very anal and prefer cars put back the way they came from the factory rather than customized. I'm not dissing anyone into that, it's just that I'm a purist. I'm not talking about having every bolt factory correct, but I like them looking and working mechanically like they were originally intended. I figure if I have to repaint the car, I might as well make it the original color.

Posted on: 2009/8/15 23:07
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Re: No paint code-What color was my car???
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Owen_Dyneto wrote:
If you can't determine the colors from the VN plate or traces of the original paint as you've been looking for, then the only other chances are to find the build-slip in the car (over glovebox, perhaps behind rear seat back or around gas tank vent), or perhaps get a copy of it from the Studebaker Museum which has some (but not many).

If you are lucky enough to find the original slip, handle with extreme car as it was just cheap teletype paper and by now is probably very fragile.

I believe but can't be 100% certain that the engine-side of the cowl was body color (lower body in the case of two-tone).

PS - if it's not too much trouble, could you get for me the large embossed number on the cowl, above the heater box? Probably begins with the letter "A". Ignore the brackets or diamonds at each end.


No build slip above the glovebox. That would have been the safest place for it. If it was anywhere else in the car, I'm sure it is gone.
The number is AO7265. I read somewhere what this number is, but I can't remember. What does it tell you?

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Posted on: 2009/8/15 22:57
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