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Valuation help needed for a 2472
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Hi gang,

I've decided, after much soul-searching, to sell my Packard. I just don't make enough to keep it up, and having no garage, the elements have taken their toll. It deserves to be with somebody who can afford to treat it the way a Packard deserves to be treated. What I need help with is determining how much it's worth and how much I should ask for it. I'm selling it on craigslist, as I'm moving soon, and need it to sell fairly quickly. There's no need to be delicate--I know it's rough, and I need honest opinions.

The condition of the body is a little distressed, but restorable (what isn't?). I've attached photos so you can see the condition. I didn't show the rockers, which are both holed and need replacement. Beyond that, at the bottoms of a couple fenders and a couple doors, there's bubbling, which is also present over each rear wheel arch. The passenger side door window is cracked and needs replaced. I have the pelican--it's removed for security. The paint isn't quite as bad as the photos show. The car is filthy and the sides are covered with cut grass, etc. Living in an apartment makes washing it difficult.

The interior fabrics were redone (covered over, actually) a long time ago, and are still in great condition. They're not original-type fabrics (they're synthetic, I believe), but they were probably the closest match that was available then. The metal interior parts need repainting and the headliner has to be replaced.

Mechanically, the engine and transmission run perfectly, despite appearances. The wiring harness is original and needs to be replaced. The passenger side windshield wiper cable broke, too, but I have everything needed to fix the problem. The biggest issue, though, is the brakes. I had a shoe break loose on the back driver's side, and it wiped out everything between the backing plate and drum. I have all the parts to fix this, but haven't done it.

Photos can be found here:
http://thegreatgildersleeve.net/sharedfiles/misc/51packard300/

Posted on: 2011/5/3 20:01
Darrin ~ 2472
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Re: Battery Light
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bingster
This may be obvioius, but be sure the battery is oriented properly (ground strap to positive terminal, not negative terminal). As David says... Ask me how I know.

Posted on: 2011/5/3 18:47
Darrin ~ 2472
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Re: Trunk Jack
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I thought I was the only one who used a little floor jack. Looks like I'm in good company. My 2472 was missing a jack when I bought it, so I used a bottle jack I had, but the car rolled off of it a couple times. I then went through a couple scissor jacks, one old, one new. Both wound up breaking under the weight of the car. Out of exasperation, I bought the small floor jack, and I've been very, very pleased with it. It does take up a little space in the trunk, but it works better than anything else.

Posted on: 2010/10/23 16:37
Darrin ~ 2472
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Re: Packard Kangaroo Island Safari 2010
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The maroon and black up there is beautiful. Is that the '29?

Posted on: 2010/9/24 17:57
Darrin ~ 2472
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Re: rear foot rests
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Quote:

Stephen wrote:

...any more info on Derham photograph? I notice no power windows and wood grain. No faux reptile hide


Sorry, Stephen, I don't have much information on that particular car. The photo is from an ebay auction from 2003. It was a 100% original car, as I recall, but I don't remember what it went for. I saved the photos, because the Derham car is one of my favorite Packards of the 1950s, and this one is absolutely beautiful (although I could live without the visor). Here are a few others from the listing.

Darrin

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Posted on: 2010/9/11 16:50
Darrin ~ 2472
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Re: rear foot rests
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Here they are in the back of a Derham FS. I really don't see why these couldn't be easily made up of carpet covered plywood. And why does it always seem that the carpet on the hassocks never matches the carpet on the floor?

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Posted on: 2010/9/8 15:46
Darrin ~ 2472
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Re: So you drove your Packard home
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Craig wrote:
A new battery had been installed, eh? Because my Dad had owned a 1955 Clipper when I was in High School, I vaguely recalled that 1955 Packards were positive ground, but the guy I bought it from (not the owner who had the overhaul done) had hooked up the new battery with negative ground!


Mine had precisely the same problem. The guy I bought it from had installed a new battery just to be sure I didn't have battery problems. It didn't cause any trouble on the way home, but it took three months for me to figure out why I had to have the generator rebuilt twice, and had to buy two regulators for it. I discovered the reversed battery by accident, tracing the wiring diagram to remedy a fault with the dome light pillar switch.

I'm loving the stories (the non-Packard ones, too)!

Posted on: 2010/8/19 22:57
Darrin ~ 2472
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So you drove your Packard home
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A recent thread detailed a member's drive home with his new Packard, and I thought it would make for an interesting thread. Have you purchased a Packard and driven it home, rather than having it shipped? If you have, let's hear the story of your trip and any adventures you encountered along the way!

For my part, I bought a 1951 300 in Mansfield, Ohio, and the original intention was to rent a tow dolly there and pull it back home to Northern Virginia. My father and I drove out after work on a hot summer Friday, and arrived in Mansfield in the wee hours that night. In the morning we checked out the car, drove it, and after Dad inspected it (he used to be quite a mechanic in his day) we decided to forgo the tow dolly and just drive it home. I drove the Packard and Dad followed in my truck. After a stop at the DMV, another at an auto parts store for lead additive, a gas station for fuel, and a few other stops, we were running rather late.

That Saturday turned out to be very hot, with temps in the mid-90s (too bad the '51s didn't come with A.C.!). We headed south to Columbus and then took 70 eastward, which parallels the old National Road, through Ohio to Pennsylvania. The fellow I bought the car from happened to relate a little story before we left about his aunt and her husband, who also were Packard owners. It seems one icy winter night, they were traveling the very hilly, winding 70 and went over an embankment in a '52 Packard. The husband was killed in the wreck and the aunt survived with serious injuries. Not exactly a pep talk, considering I was taking the very same route in a nearly identical car!

The trip through Ohio was thankfully far less eventful than the aunt's trip, and Dad and I made it through Ohio and most of Pennsylvania untroubled. The engine ran at normal temps despite the heat of the day, the ride was dreamy, and the car was a real attention-getter on the highway (natch). But we weren't far from the Maryland border when, around 6PM, trouble hit. Suddenly, the car began to overheat. I reduced my speed and cranked the heater, but it didn't help. After pulling over, we discovered the car not only had an incorrect radiator cap (the plunger was too short and didn't seat) but it was broken, too. The car had probably been losing coolant the entire trip, but for some reason didn't overheat until that moment when it had just had enough. A call to AAA brought a service truck with more coolant, and at that point we decided to call it quits for the day and checked in to a motel in Breezewood.

The following morning (Sunday), after a quick stop at another parts store for a proper radiator cap, we set out for home. The remainder of the trip through Maryland and into Virginia was uneventful.

All in all it was a great experience. The thrill of driving off in a Packard for the first time was unforgettable, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Let's hear your tale of adventure!

Posted on: 2010/8/16 22:28
Darrin ~ 2472
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Re: BigKev's 1954 Packard Clipper Deluxe Sedan
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Neat video, Kev. I need to try to get mine in a workable condition, but the nylon cord is broken. I haven't really thought seriously about fixing it, but maybe I can find a donor from a later antenna.

If you can't find the plastic piece that goes between the fender and the chrome cup, yesterdaysradio.com sells them for $15. Mine was smashed and I waited a year for one to show up on ebay. Had I known about this place at the time, I'd definitely have saved all that time.

Posted on: 2009/12/8 1:53
Darrin ~ 2472
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Re: Merry Christmas!
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Posted on: 2009/12/5 6:48
Darrin ~ 2472
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