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Re: Great Uncle Larry's 1955 Caribbean 5588 MDF 92
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I'm late to your project blog. I'm live near Louisville. I'm glad you got have the car and bringing it back but hate to see it leave the state. Packard's in KY are just few and far between. I personally have never laid eyes on a Caribbean.

The West Point Brick Co, is interesting. I know exactly where that place was located. There were still brick kilns there until about 10 years ago when they cleaned it up.

Good luck with your Caribbean.

Posted on: 12/6 19:09
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Re: Great Uncle Larry's 1955 Caribbean 5588 MDF 92
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Just wanted to say this is a great glimpse into an original Caribbean. I've only ever seen one (at Petersen Automotive Museum I believe). But the icing on the cake is the top - remarkable! Love to see what happens next.

Posted on: 12/6 20:54
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Re: Great Uncle Larry's 1955 Caribbean 5588 MDF 92
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Zero cool,

When ever you get a chance to be under the car, could you look under the tail shaft of the twin ultramatic transmission for what is stamped there?

Look at this thread to see the location,
http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... =ASC&type=&mode=0&start=0

Posted on: 12/7 13:44
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Re: Great Uncle Larry's 1955 Caribbean 5588 MDF 92
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Ok,

So part of the 0.3% missing is the glovebox lock. But I also see now, that the components (10.03197 and 10.03193) on the inside of the door are missing. (10.03193) Anyone have a detailed picture of what the "RETAINER-GLOVE BOX DOOR LOCK" looks like?

Also the gas/fuel cap is missing. So the 99.7% is bumping down a point to 99.6%. I guess I'll keep a running count.

-zeroCool

Posted on: 12/8 12:07
1955 Packard Caribbean 5588 MDF 92 (restoring) (Preserving)
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Re: Great Uncle Larry's 1955 Caribbean 5588 MDF 92
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Gas tank cap is available at NAPA and better auto parts stores.

Posted on: 12/8 13:18
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Re: Great Uncle Larry's 1955 Caribbean 5588 MDF 92
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Look at this eBay listing. The retainer fits over the lock and a screw holds the cover against the back of the glovebox door.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-56-Packar ... 3d37fb:g:~Q8AAOSwOgdY0UpK

Similar, but NOT the correct one for your car, for reference.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-Glove-Loc ... c712ef:g:xxAAAOSwSeVeAigd

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Posted on: 12/8 15:08
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Re: Great Uncle Larry's 1955 Caribbean 5588 MDF 92
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Thanks LTRD,

Now I have a good idea of what I am looking for.

-zeroCool

Posted on: 12/9 9:03
1955 Packard Caribbean 5588 MDF 92 (restoring) (Preserving)
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Re: Great Uncle Larry's 1955 Caribbean 5588 MDF 92
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I made a new post the other day requesting to see photos of how the carpet was laid in the front of a 1955 Caribbean, as I am getting ready to re-do the carpet in ours (same color as your car). Could you take a few close-up photos of the front carpet in your car, please, and another photo showing the weave of the carpet as well?
Thanks.

https://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... id=232722#forumpost232722

Posted on: 4/21 10:49
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Re: Great Uncle Larry
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There are factory carpet weave samples in the photo archive. Here are 3 of the 4 listed for 5588 models. Archive is missing the dark green 463170

https://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... album/photo.php?lid=10657

https://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... album/photo.php?lid=10679

https://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... album/photo.php?lid=10655

Posted on: 4/21 11:11
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Re: Great Uncle Larry's 1955 Caribbean 5588 MDF 92
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Quote:

ZeroCool wrote:
This boot cover is what I thought I had when I came across the folded up 'cover' that was with the car. I was surprised to find out it spans the whole passenger compartment and the 'boot' too.


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Can you take a close up pictures of the top and bottom of this cover?


Here are a few pictures of the inside/outside of a portion of the side, and one of the back corners. (The snaps indicate inside vs outside) The inside/outside images are paired up with the same snaps

If might be the same as the outer top material, will check closer later.

-zeroCool


Somehow, whatever I posted earlier in this thread has become erased. Pity.

Anyway, what you have here is not a boot... and not a "cover." It is tonneau. And this is the difference between a "tonneau" and a "boot." Either way, this is an aftermarket component accessory. It is not a factory component. And the extra snaps, snap studs and bag are not factory components... and not official Packard dealer accessory items either. The item showing in the photos is an aftermarket accessory tonneau.

People in 2021 either never knew or have forgotten that it was once common for convertible owners to go to professional trim shops and have custom-made tonneau covers created for their car. This was not tremendously unusual at all. And for whatever reason, some convertible owners did not like to raise their top... some just insisted on keeping the top down all of the time, everywhere. All of which leads to the next point.

Several Caribbeans and other Packard convertibles have turned up over the years with tonneaus and extra fasteners to hold them on. Of course this does mean that these tonneaus are some rare Packard component. Quite the contrary.

Also, of the six Pan American concept cars, somebody who owned #2 had a tonneau made for it. Of course in #2's case there was no top installed when it was built (see the history in The Packard Cormorant magazine).

Tonneaus were always more common as a sports car accessory and I personally suggested to offer one during the development of Mazda Miata. And in fact, one indeed was sold as both a dealer and factory accessory. We had these tonneaus made by Robbins Auto Top Company– which in those days was located in Santa Monica, California. Robbins also made a couple of Caribbean tops for me in the 1970s.

As for the Caribbean top here, the reason why this Caribbean top is bleached-out grayish/off white look on the inside facing is obvious to a pro trimmer. It is because somebody kept it lowered a LOT and apparently did not use the factory boot. What you are looking at in the photos is severe damage from a combination of both night dew, other moisture and ultraviolet rays of prolonged sun exposure. This is what happens.

If you read the article in the March edition of the Packard Club Cormorant News Bulletin, you can get more info on how and why this appearance change from the original baby blue interior facing has taken place.

Posted on: 4/21 16:08
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