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Mike's 53 Clipper
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Posted on: 2008/10/22 11:31
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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 11:55
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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
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Posted on: 2008/10/22 12:15
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Posted on: 2008/10/22 12:28
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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 12:29
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You're fortunate to have found the build slip, many are either missing or degraded into dust. You'll find the build slip codes on this website, but I'll save you the trouble of finding them:

HE = fresh air heater and defroster
RPM = radio, push button, with manual antenna
WS = white sidewall tires
FS = fender skirts
BL = backup lights
OB = oil bath air filter
OF = oil filter

My German is quite rusty but did I catch something about large-chested women in a prior response.

Posted on: 2008/10/22 13:12
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Tobs wrote:........A chrome grill would also help, but that is not in the budget right now.........Tobs


Mike,

Unfortunately can't make a comment in German so English will have to suffice. Thanks for sharing your '53 Clipper and your history and ongoing involvement with the car. The painted grill, at least from my viewpoint, is surprisingly effective and "suits" the car.

Posted on: 2008/10/22 14:25
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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.
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Posted on: 2008/10/23 12:33
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Just was visiting my car in the "tiefgarage" (underground garage) and took note of the number stamped on the block. It corresponds to a 1954 237 5 main with solid lifters... I know the numbers on the head are from 1953...I knew the engine was changed before I got the car, but could they have put the original 53 head on the 54 block, or were they still using heads from the previous year?
Cheers, Tobs

Posted on: 2008/11/18 13:47
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Yes they could have, Mike. Lots of interchangeability on cylinder heads, not only from year to year but from engine to engine.

Posted on: 2008/11/18 14:42
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