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Re: Randy's Caribbean

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When I was trying to source some of the clips I needed, I couldn't find the exact original size in both directions. So I looked for clips that were the correct height, the width isn't that important. If I remember right, I found some clips that had the measured the correct sized needed for the height, but in their width dimension. So I bought those and just installed the clips rotated 90 degrees. Neither the trim, nor the hole in the body cares,as long as the clip is tall enough to firmly fit the trim height. So this may open up a few additional options.

Posted on: 11/30 20:56
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yes I would , Thank you.Can't seem to reply to your E Mail.Please send phone number.Have some of your parts.

Posted on: 12/4 20:04
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Making more progress than I thought I would in this much time . With help of a lot of Randy's friends missing pars have been located and united with the Caribbean. Seems to me as if Randy still has hand on whats going on I will be first to admit I welcome guidance on this project

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acolds wrote: Making more progress than I thought I would in this much time....

Kudos to you for taking on and finishing the Caribbeans restoration. From the look of that door things are going well.

Posted on: 12/15 21:36

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ewrecks wrote:
This may be a little off subject but I watched with interest the auction in Utica and was curious as to whether the Caribbeans in that collection had been known to the Packard Community and whether the auction company or owners had the time to log all serial numbers or identifying information for future tracking.
Some time ago I inquired as to the number of remaining 55:Caribbeans and received a reply that it was believed to be around 100.
There were several in this inventory…in addition to several 53-56 models and I was mostly curious as to whether any made the registry or other dats bases.
I was stunned at how cheaply the majority of cars sold for ..and happy that it appears that most cars will end up either as parts inventory or cores for restoration rather than ending in the crusher.
In 2009 I considered myself lucky to find a basket case 55:Caribbean with a title and numberes matching engine for $15,000. It took two additional parts cars and lots of chrome and stainless from around the country to get the car back on the road.
Hopefully some who acquired the cars will be offering parts through the Forum or on eBay
to allow projects to be completed.
I doubt that Leeedy’s missing 56:Caribbean ended up in Utica but unless cars from these kinds of collections can be documented before disassembly or destruction, the trail will go cold
With prices dropping on many old Packards while costs of parts, chroming , interiors and other things escalate, I hope that the inventory from Utica will allow at least some of the cars to see the road again…or supply the needed parts for Restoratiom of others .
I wish I were a decade younger…..I would have been a bidder to reckon with for the Caribbeans and some parte cars.
If anyone who bought a 38-40 convertible coupe wants to recoup their purchase price quickly…check to see if the door dovetails are in place and PM me. LOL
Good luck to all who bought and best wishes to the seller who assembled this amazing collection.


I can assure you that "Leeedy's missing 1956 Caribbean" was not in Utica. I believe it was unscrupulously auctioned in Phoenix in 2010 by a big auction company that should have known the car was not legitimate– and for several reasons.

However the Caribbeans in Utica (at least some of them) were indeed on "other databases"... my own. I have kept my own roster of Caribbeans since the 1960s and officially started what was once known as The Caribbean Roster (its own entity and not part of a club) in the 1970s. It was even listed for many years in Hemming Motor News Almanac.

And at least one of the Caribbeans was indeed once owned by me in the 1970s and sold. It originally came from Malibu, California, playground of movie stars and celebrities. I was 3rd owner from new. But again, I sold this car and it went to New York. I even arranged the shipping. Its history is well known by me. Of course it has deteriorated immensely from when it lived with me (it was a nice driver then), but happy to see it saved and alive.

And yes, if I were a lot younger man, I would happily have taken on restoring most of the V-8 Caribbeans in this collection. I wish the former owner and the new owners well. And I hope that most of these Caribbeans can and will be returned to their former glory. They've survived this long– certainly they deserve a future.

Posted on: 12/17 14:04
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