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Re: Clipper 47. Leaf spring bushing replacement - is this a drive way job?
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It shouldn’t be too difficult without a lift but you will need a good jack and stands to support the rear end once you’ve jacked up the car itself and placed it on stands so you’ll need at least four stands. I’ve replaced leaf springs this way and even complete rear ends.

Posted on: Yesterday 18:51
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Re: Rust in gas tank
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I used the cleaner and sealer products from Hirsch many decades ago and when I recently drained the tank, the petrol still smelled like it should and was clean! It was not too flammable, of course, due its age but the sealer did its job.

Of course, it was a 1954 without the whistle. You didn’t say what year you were working on, if it’s the 1949 that your profile shows, it does have the whistle so care will be needed.

Posted on: Yesterday 18:49
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Re: 1954 Packard Patrician Sportster
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The long wheelbase versions don’t seem right if we’re going for a 4-door hardtop look. They do not seem formal enough. Keep the narrower B-pillar as the 122” wheelbase version had which makes it look sporty and elegant at the same time!

Also, while I like the 1954 senior rear window and C-column that it creates, it has always seemed a little disproportioned due to its height. It makes the rear of the roof look odd where it comes down to meet the window!

Posted on: Yesterday 0:48
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Re: 1954 Packard Patrician Sportster
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I think that your original design looks the best regardless of wheelbase and the Caribbean trim should be left to that exclusive model. I’m not too keen on the minimalist 1953 Caribbean style either (not that I would turn one down if offered!) as it too is better on the Caribbean than on a 4-door of any sort.

Skirts or no skirts is another issue. If none, then it could have the moldings as found on the Constellation.

Ditch the 1952 hood ornament too as by 1954 it was too old school! The 1953-‘54 ornament looked good so let’s keep it.

Posted on: 10/22 21:56
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Re: A Tale of Two Patricians
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Back to the voltage regulator, the one I found along my spares will be a good candidate for a solid state conversion as it’s already in near-perfect cosmetic condition! Not sure why I didn’t think of that before as the one I was planning for the conversion is from the parts car and quite rough.

Posted on: 10/22 17:14
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Re: BigKev's 1954 Packard Clipper Deluxe Sedan
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Sounds like you’re getting good help but in case you need to see an old, tired seal on another 1954, I can take a look at my two 1954 Patricians when I’m next at my shop in December. One has the fenders removed so may reveal something.

Posted on: 10/22 17:10
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Re: 1954 Packard Patrician Sportster
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From a purely design point of view, the window drop looks fine but from a technical point of view it would never work as there is no room for any lift or tilt mechanism. The bottom edge of the window is against the front inside of the door (not accounting for the door’s own structure) so no lower holder is possible. Also, such a mechanism, even if it would have fit, would be costly and is totally unnecessary!

Even with windows that go straight down, something like this is needed which is ‘60 vintage and probably a bit more complicated using ‘50s technology.

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Posted on: 10/22 13:35
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Re: 1954 Packard Patrician Sportster
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I don’t think the large rear windows would be able tilt on any wheelbase of 4-door so as nice as this concept is, some other way to seal the seam would be needed. Maybe not an issue if it’s a pillared sedan but if a true hardtop, then some way would be needed such as sliding back slightly before going down.

My 1965 Cadillac Fleetwood is a pillared sedan and the rear windows don’t need to tilt or do anything fancy in order to seal and, as I recall, on my 1965 Imperial LeBaron which is a true hardtop, the rear windows slide down and slightly back at the same time.

Posted on: 10/21 19:27
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Re: carforce number one
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Fascinating story and gorgeous Darrin! I nearly bought one just like in black when I was 18 years old for $18,000 but sadly did not. One of several Packards that “got away” and for which I have regrets!

Posted on: 10/21 19:18
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Re: Interchangeability 1941. 110 & 120
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A sedan seat would not work in a coupe although you could probably use a coupe seat in a sedan if you didn’t mind the tilt-forward backrests. Otherwise 110 and 120 should be the same but maybe try comparing numbers in the Parts Book. If it lists seats, you can easily see what fits what.

Posted on: 10/21 19:14
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