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47 body issues
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R Anderson
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I've only ever owned 55/56s, but may be looking at a 21st Series 6 cyl car in the near future, a car that shows surface rust, appears mostly solid, but certainly a project car.

Anyone out there who knows well or has restored a 21st and can pinpoint specific body areas to inspect closely for issues? How vulnerable were the frames, is weakness there a problem or rare? I don't want to get into a frame-off restoration. My goal is a solid driver with some original patina. Other potential pitfalls to be aware of, other than those typical of any 60+ yr old car?

Posted on: 2010/12/10 11:41
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Re: 47 body issues
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strong frames, but usual lower edges rust on body. The column shifter slip/slop (lots on it here). With a six, I'd be looking for a less common body (2 dr or taxi).

Posted on: 2010/12/10 13:23
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The floors and rocker panels of my 47 Clipper were the biggest challenge. Check where the center post between the doors where it is attached at the floor to make sure it is solid. If you are looking for a dependable/comfortable driver, then a good old 4 door would be my choice. The 6 cly engines are very reliable and they have surprising power. I have driven 65- 70 mph all day long without overdrive and not had any problems. Overdrive would be a big plus.

Posted on: 2010/12/10 14:14
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Good advice, thanks. I'll be looking at 4 doors, I'm not concerned about collectibility, just a fun car for local putzing around in the summer.

I've always liked 6s, with their short stiff cranks and perfect primary balance. Good to know one will move a Clipper around pretty well.

Posted on: 2010/12/10 16:04
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The front drivers floor, rockers and the shelves (for lack of a better word) behind the headlamps were replaced on mine and are usually not in good shape on any rust belt Clippers. I did some small welding repair at the rea floor also. Unlikely you will find any problems with the frame.

Posted on: 2010/12/10 18:40
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I concur with the above. Front driver's floor near the kick panel and inner rocker structure on both sides are problem spots. (Probably insufficient drainage.) Also, watch out for the trunk floor...mine looks like Swiss cheese but with more holes than cheese if you know what I mean. I'd make sure that, in general, body panels line up reasonably well, the doors/truck close properly and the B-pillar is solid.

Good luck...you'll love these Clippers...I love pushing mine around in the driveway and I'd bet they're even fun to drive!

Posted on: 2010/12/10 21:23
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