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(1401) Clipper - Daniel Leininger
Model Information
YEAR: 1941
SERIES: 19th
MODEL NAME: Clipper
MODEL NUMBER: 1401
VIN NUMBER: 14019733(1951)
General Information
FOUND WHERE: Versailles, KY (restored in El Reno, OK)
FOUND CONDITION: Average
CURRENT LOCATION: Sioux Falls, SD
CURRENT CONDITION: Good
PLANNED USE: Daily Driver
Interior Information
INTERIOR CODE:
INTERIOR DESCRIPTION: The upholstery was redone 25 years ago with corded cloth on seats (not authentic) and smooth camel-color wool broadcloth on door panels and headliner (close to authentic).
Exterior Information
PAINT CODE:
PAINT NAME: Flare Taupe (or close) 1941-only color
EXTERIOR DESCRIPTION: Solid metal without old damage. Older repaint (25 yr old) shows well with nicks and scratches. Color is close to Flare Taupe and waxes well with lots of curb appeal. The paint code might originally be BG which is two-tone with the top (above the rain gutter) being Laguna Maroon Metallic with the bottom as Flare Taupe. I may repaint it those colors IF I become wealthier than I ever expect to be. ;)
Drivetrain Information
ENGINE: 282 8cyl
ENGINE SERIAL: D407534C
TRANSMISSION: 3 speed, Overdrive R-9 (Aero-drive)
Other Information
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT: radio (rebuilt & reinstalled 1-2009) Aero-drive is operational, oil filter added. Turn signals and seat belts added for safety, [double bulbs added in rear turn signals and hazard lights]
VEHICLE HISTORY/
PROJECT STATUS:
"Clipper Jack" -- I found this 1941 Clipper in Versailles, Kentucky in 2007, stored at Brookdale Farm ( http://www.brookdalefarm.com/contact-us.shtml ) by the nephew of the original restorer.  After an interview by Louie Logan, manager of the nephew's thoroughbred horse farm, I now realize I was approved for the 'adoption' of this family-heirloom-retirement-project Packard.  It is an older restoration from the early 1980s; a retirement-hobby project of a Packard lover who I never knew, named Jack Williams, from El Reno, Oklahoma. Thus, I named the car "Clipper Jack" in tribute to them both. Clipper Jack has  been silent for about 20 years since Jack's death.  Evelyn, his widow, kept the car for about 15 years after her husband's death.  I surmise that selling it to someone who would 'hot rod' it, would have broken Evelyn's heart and the family members' honor as well.  I found a rusty screwdriver (presumably Jack's) under the back seat which I also rejuvenated and added to the tools I am using on the car. I am pleased to watch this Packard puppy come back to life with each new upgrade. A 1941 Packard Clipper -- first of the Clippers.
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Modification Detail:
I am doing ongoing maintenance and  rehab on the original engine (120,000 miles), generator, starter, and distributor.  Other work has involved brake and master cylinder rebuild, front suspension, and drive train rehab. I  use it as a daily driver vehicle 8 months out of the year.  Turn Signals and Seat (lap) Belts are added for safety.  [double bulbs added in rear turn signals and hazard lights.  Also 4" turn signal lamps concealed behind the side grilles].  The original radio is rebuilt and working with an authentic rotary roof antenna added.  Drive train is now refurbished to operate at highway speeds.  Overdrive is operational in all three gears. In the front suspension the upper control arm pins and bushings were replaced. Front end aligned.  The shocks were not operational (no fluid) when purchased in 1997, and then they leaked fluid badly whenever I added it.  I considered rebuilds.  However, after adding fluid about 3 times (with higher viscosity each time) they quite leaking.  (Someone told me many shocks had leather washers in them that become dry and rehydrate in fresh fluid, Don't know).   BUT the shocks have been functioning for the last 1000 miles.    The re-upholstery is corded cloth on seats (not authentic) and smooth camel on door panels and headliner (close enough to authentic).  Incorrect carpet replaced with closer match to original colors. 
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