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Re: Mike's 53 Clipper
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Thanks for the translation of the buildsheet! Now I know for certain the wunderbar is not correct. I pulled that out of a patrician in a junk yard in Maryland about 13 years ago.
And the painted grill doesn't look bad, but somebody once commented that there were no "cheap packards" Painted grills are more often seen on pick ups from this era....Someday... after my rockers and wheel arches are free of oxidation.
Tobs

Posted on: 2008/10/23 13:33
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Re: Mike's 53 Clipper
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Some more pics of my weekend activities. In one photo you can see the kickpanels I made years ago and never painted or upholstered. Also visible is the ignition push button, and the switch for my hazard lamps. The H4 Mazda Miata headlights are also to visible. They look a little funny because they are flat, and not convex like the original lights. The light pattern is a little better than the old lights.

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Posted on: 2008/10/22 13:29
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Re: Mike's 53 Clipper
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I did some 'fun' jobs over the weekend. I got a few things from Kanter, and after calling DHL 10 times and tracking down my package paid the import tax and claimed my long lost parts.

Gas tank spring. I didn't even know there was supposed to be one before this website. The door feels a little more luxurious now.

High beam switch rubber boot. Really a silly thing to do, but adds a little more luxury to the experience.

New parking light lenses. Brightened up the front of the car a little. A chrome grill would also help, but that is not in the budget right now.
More Pics to follow
Tobs

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Posted on: 2008/10/22 13:15
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Re: Mike's 53 Clipper
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Here is a scan of the Build Sheet (?) I found. It was located on the topside of the glove box. Between the glove box and the back side of the dashboard. A pretty sketchy place to put your hands if your car has been in the weeds for a while. (Spider zone)
If you can't read the scan it says:
2665 KO 5386 52 HE RPM WS FS BL OB OF ...
There is also an 87 hand written on there.
From what I have researched KO is the color code.
52 is the interior code -green striped bedford cloth.
WS means that the weatherstrip on the rear quarter window was updated.
Any other information about these codes would be interesting for me to know. Or if I can find it here, let me know!

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Posted on: 2008/10/22 12:55
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Mike's 53 Clipper
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Posted on: 2008/10/22 12:31
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Re: BMW after WWII
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I know it's quite a while after WWII, but from what I remember reading/seeing at the BMW museum (3 miles from where I live) BMW didn't really thrive until the 60's when with the 1600's or cars similar to the 2002 came out. The 507 (cabrio similar to the Z8 of a few years ago) was also designed more for the American market, if not actually designed there during the 50's.
Also, regarding the isetta, I heard the front door handle is actually from a refrigerator.
Aufwiederlesen.
Mike

Posted on: 2008/10/11 10:48
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Re: Checking brake fluid level in master cylinder?
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On my 53 with manual brakes, the master cyl is on the frame rail just in front of the firewall. I have to reach all the way down over the fender and fresh air duct to get down there. The cap unscrews with a pretty big wrench. Be careful you don't touch both contacts on the brake light switch with your wrench when opening the mc. That brake electrical circuit is hot all the time.
Happy stopping.
Tobs

Posted on: 2008/7/7 6:04
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Re: Reproduction Rear Wheel Arches?
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Well, since I have been asking on the forum, and around my neighborhood shops here, I've gotten a lot of options... I'll give "classicparts" a shot, and if the parts don't satisfy me then I'll chalk it up as "Lern Geld" (education money) and fab the parts locally. I think the work will be done in the fall either with parts I ship from the US, or made here.
Tobs
I also learned how to say "bondo" in german, "spachtel" in case anybody was wondering

Posted on: 2008/6/1 13:28
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Re: Reproduction Rear Wheel Arches?
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Hmm, the rear fenders are for a 4 door, so I guess the dogleg area in front of the wheel arch would have to be modified/fabricated, but might be worth a shot.
Thanks for the tips!
Just went to an American car show outside of Munich today. Really fun to see what shows up there. I will be very surprised if I meet another Packard someplace.

Posted on: 2008/5/31 11:35
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Reproduction Rear Wheel Arches?
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Hi all,
It's time for me to start taking care of the rear wheel arches that are rusting again. I guess after 15 years or so the first restoration is starting to fade. The rear wheel arches are bubbling/rusting and I might even have to do the drivers side rocker panel/threshold outside.

Is any reproduction sheetmetal available on the market, or is this all to be self fabricated?

Car is a 1953 Clipper delux club sedan. Here's a couple of pics so you get an idea of the extent of rust. I guess it would also be possible to fab the sheetmetal since I don't have the lines like the 51 cars do.

Thanks,
Mike

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Posted on: 2008/5/30 10:44
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