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Re: The Greatest Packards of Them All
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Packard had capability to do the smaller stampings like radiator splash shields and core supports, etc., but starting with the 1941 Clipper program, they let all body stampings go to Briggs. The last body stampings they did on East Grand were for the traditional non-Clipper bodies. When those models were not brought back after the war, Packard had de facto exited the body stamping and building business.

It might be discussed in the new Heinmueller book, but part of the problem with trying to move body stamping and production out of the Connor Briggs plant after 1954 was the size of the presses. There were almost insurmountable issues with trying to move the presses to East Grand from Connor, so Nance's people ultimately recommended that they move to the sort-of one story configuration of the Connor facility. According to Robert J. Neal, there were hardly any operations in the existing Packard buildings south of East Grand in 1954, so it wasn't an issue of floor space. They felt that the efficiency of the one story layout was the way to go. It ultimately may have been, but the problem is that they needed a lot more sales (and a lot more car output) to make money. I don't even know that Connor would have been capable of the kind of output Packard needed. Maybe an all-new plant at Utica would have been the ultimate answer?

Posted on: 7/16 19:58
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Re: The Greatest Packards of Them All
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I haven't had a chance to dig into these volumes as much as I would like to yet, but when I first got them, I did a cursory once-over and was blown away by all the new photos and source materials we had not seen previously. Dwight has been writing about and researching Packards since before I was even in the hobby! If you are a PAC member and read his articles in the publications, or you have read his contributions to the Packard history edited by Automobile Quarterly, then you already know that this is going to be a scholarly and outstanding work. I'm really looking forward to being able to immerse myself in these books!

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Posted on: 7/16 16:45
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Re: Don Summer
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Don passed away in 2019, I do not know the status of his company, but Cyndi will.

https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars ... n-sommer-dies/1762424001/

Posted on: 6/29 0:51
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Re: Diecast
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If you like 1:43 scale die cast cars, the popular Brooklin Models range had a 1950 Deluxe Eight that was in production until 2009, but that's as close to a 1948 sedan that I know of. Brooklin made a Station Sedan variant, the aforementioned Custom limousine, and even a couple of Henney bodied hearse and ambulance versions.

Most if not all of them were packaged with a separate cormorant/pelican hood ornament that you would attach yourself with a white glue like Elmer's.

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Posted on: 6/15 15:25
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Re: Parting
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The second 1954 Henney true limousine with a divider window has now shown up on FB Marketplace in Cincinnati: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/334210605436468/

Posted on: 5/23 12:31
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Re: Parting
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You got it right, Joe, OP in internet lingo is Original Post or Original Poster.

Posted on: 5/21 22:03
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Re: 1955 Caribbean top material
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Go ahead and post away, West, the photo was already in the Packard Info photo library. It was just easier last night to send you the scan I had made of the original print than it was to find the URL.

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Posted on: 4/15 9:38
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Re: 1955 Caribbean top material
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Hi West, I don't have the measurements, but I have a few photos of the rear window of the 1955 Caribbean I sold last year, and which still had the original top. I think there are also some factory photos of the 1955 Caribbean in the PackardInfo library (I had submitted them) that might be closer to being square-on, so they could be easier to work with do some mathematical scaling.

I know who to contact at the PPG regarding the blueprints; if you want to pursue that, I can PM you the info to get ahold of him directly.

Also, Joel Ray has probably one of the most carefully restored 1956 Caribbeans on the planet. You could always reach out to him and ask if he would mind taking a measurement for you.

Sorry this is becoming frustrating, but we're all here to help if we can!

Posted on: 4/14 20:18
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Re: State of the PackardInfo Union
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Very sorry to hear about your health challenge, I certainly hope that the treatment methods continue to agree with you and show extended effectiveness, and let's all hope for breakthroughs in research and new kinds of treatments.

Posted on: 3/24 23:43
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Re: LED bulbs
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Our Motor City Packards region of The Packard Club (PAC) has been testing different LED bulbs for use in 6-volt Packards, focusing on ability to fit under the various lenses, as well as light output. We are now selling a broad variety of bulbs that have been physically tested in the various Packards. You can see what kinds of bulbs are available now plus their prices at https://www.motorcitypackards.org/information/services-and-ads/

Only 6-volt compatible bulbs are available at this time.

Posted on: 1/23 17:34
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