RESTORATION OF A 1953 PACKARD CLIPPER...
Here's the first car I ever restored. It was a '53 Clipper, which made it about 25 years old at the time. I was only 16 when I started on it, and 18 when I finished. The 2 doors were fairly rare, as this car was one of only 6,370 produced that year. Consider for a moment that Buick built a total of almost 480,000 cars the same year....
|Here's how we found her. This photo was shot in 1979, probably a day or two after we brought her home.... It's the only photo I have of the car in "as found" condition.... What kind of funky hubcaps are those???|
|During the summer of '79 I spent a lot of hours stripping both layers of paint with a mixture of Methylene Chloride and phenols.... It's a wonder I'm still alive... You can see hints of the original Polaris Blue.|
|A "before" shot of the engine... Here you can see the original color on the firewall.|
|The fender wells and edges were repainted in the proper color before the fenders were remounted.|
|Every piece of exterior trim was removed, even the door and window pieces. The body work was done by a friend who later died in a plane crash around 1988... He was a great guy! His name was Dave.... I've known several people over the years who've been in plane crashes.... Strange.... One of them even lived!|
|Detail.... Nothing had to be rebuilt. The car was super solid and only needed detailing!|
|The engine was repainted and the frame was cleaned. The undercarriage was also spruced up a little....|
|The trunk lid came off before the final paint went on....|
|New paint, ready for the trim....|
|The chrome was all replated, and the car was almost as good as new. (Chrome during the Korean War days was VERY thin, and didn't last long. Especially pot metal...)|
|One sunny day...|
|I only showed this car a total of four times... Here it is at a local mall around 1981...|
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