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Posted on: 2008/8/25 19:47
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Interesting. Just FYI, Packard wt specs were for the 200 3675#; 250 3835#; 300 3880# and 400 4120#. Assume those were empty wt.

Posted on: 2008/8/25 20:07
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What is an SSR ???? Somekind of Super Sonic Right wing airplane or something??? I have no idea.

Posted on: 2008/8/25 20:51
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JimGnitecki,
This is about the most interesting thing I've heard in a long time. When I looked up the weight of my 51 300 I was surprised that it only weighed around 3800 lb. I would have thought it was a lot heavier. My 1976 Lincoln Mark 4 comes in at 6600 lbs with it's 460 ci. engine. One thing that comes to mind that in part explains the reason for the Packard being so lite. The frame under it looks much heavier than it really is. By the general look of it the metal is only half as thick as I've seen on other cars of the 50's It's strong because of the X frame member but not as hefty.


I'm one of those guys that likes everything as stock as it can be but this makes me want to buy a second packard install a modern engine and trans. I never owned a car that even had enough power to get out of it's own way. This would be fun.

Posted on: 2008/8/25 21:34
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SSR is the chevy truck that looks like it is a retro truck but is new. it was a complete waste of time in my opinion and it is ugly. again my opinionpic of ssr

Posted on: 2008/8/25 21:39
1937 Packard 138-CD Deluxe Touring Limousine
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[url=http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/modules/registry/View.php?ID=232]1955 Packard
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Just for reference, the weights for specific Packard models are listed on the Model Info pages here. Lots of good info squirreled away in there!

Jim, is your '52 not listed in the Owner Registry? I went to look to see what exact model you have so I could bring up the spec sheet on it from the model info pages.

Posted on: 2008/8/26 0:42
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I follow your logic exactly. But why do it the hard way? Why not just buy a 1955 Clipper?

It's substantially the same car you have now but with a V8. If it's not fast enough you could transplant a 374 into it. There are a couple of guys on this forum who could show you how a Packard V8 will kick sand in the face of any stock small block Chev.

A Clipper 4 door with a hopped up 374 and 5 speed transmission. Now that sumbitch would GO. And when you pop the hood there sits a 50 year old Packard engine. The Corvette, Camaro and Mustang drivers you just humiliated would be amazed.

Posted on: 2008/8/26 7:15
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BigKev: You are right - I have never yet "registered" my Packard on the forum. I'll take a look at what is involved and try to do that asap.

I have a 1952 Packard 200 Deluxe, Model 2562, 4-door sedan.

Jim G

Posted on: 2008/8/26 7:32
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Rusty O'Toole: I don't own a Packard V8 engine, but do own a GM LQ9 6.0 liter out of a Cadillac Escalade, that has already been cammed, has MSD electronic ignition fired off the stock reluctor ring, and has had the fuel injection replaced by an Edelbrock performance manifold with dual 4-barrel carbs, all polished for effect.

The Packard V8, despite its non-SAE-compliant "gross" hp rating, would be plenty strong enough, and would certainly be an easier project, since, as you point out, the '55 used the same body (disguised a bit), BUT I don't have one.

You use what you got whenever you can and money is tight . . .

The GM LS series engine is also serviceable anywhere, and very reliable - the LS series V8s are used in all GM V8 vehicles except Cadillac Northstars, including in all the pickup trucks, so the bugs were worked out long ago. And, if the insanity strikes you, Magnacharger makes packaged supercharger kits for them that get them to about 600 crank hp while still being incredibly reliable (and 16 inches of vacuum at idle).

Jim G

Posted on: 2008/8/26 7:40
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I just today received a complete steering wheel from someone, from which I plan to harvest a few parts to replace mine. It's 18 inches in diameter. I weighed it on the postal scale.

It weighs over 8 pounds!

Jim G

Posted on: 2008/8/26 17:42
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