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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Turbopackman, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Turbopackman
    Joined: Sep 6, 2004
    Posts: 193


    After chasing this car for 15 years, I have finally purchased a 1948 Packard Deluxe Eight Club Sedan. Every time I got close to this car, someone bought it out from under me, about 3 times total! This time, all it took was a LOT of persuading the wife, some buttering up, and a promise that it "runs and drives". Well, it runs and drives, but needs that gas tank and radiator fixed, as well as all new brake hydraulics, lines, fuel lines, and fuel pump. So, it's "almost" there! I'll have it home in a couple of weeks, it's presently at a friend's shop getting prepped for "presentation" to the wife. This means, that when it gets here, it will be running and driving so I won't have to hear too much bitching!

    Plans for the car: I'm going to add an o/d trans, floor shift, and power steering first. (Later model Packard power steering looks to be a direct fit!) Eventually, 12v, a 356 or 359 straight eight, and a/c is on the list. Also, if anyone has any parts for these I need a few, like a decent steering wheel, both door handles, and a few little odds and ends I can't think of right now.

    So remember, even if the car you have been looking for for a long time gets sold out from under you, it may eventually come to be yours, but it may take a while!

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  2. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,544

    Okie Pete

    Sounds like it finaly found a good home.
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
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  4. jonathan
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
    Posts: 390

    from Phoenix,AZ

  5. congrats on your new ride man..
  6. thepolecat
    Joined: Mar 24, 2009
    Posts: 687

    1. S.F.C.C.

    good for you- i would n ever have lasted that long

    15 years though would have made me 11 when i started looking.
  7. Jim Marlett
    Joined: Aug 12, 2003
    Posts: 867

    Jim Marlett

    I used to know a guy in the Wichita area that was into Packards. Can't remember his last name now that I am in my advanced years, but his first name was Kenny. He was into trains back when that was my main hobby.

    Well, congrats!
  8. 390Merc
    Joined: Jun 29, 2008
    Posts: 659

    from Indiana

    I really like these years of Packards! Just saw one for sale less than 2 weeks ago, it was a light green 4dr model and looked good but we didn't actually stop to look at it. If anybody is interested or knows this car, I think it was northern Arkansas on 9 between Salem and Mammoth Spring, or else east of Mammoth Spring on 142 in southern Missouri. Pretty sure thats where I saw it though.
  9. crashgravis
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
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  10. povertyflats
    Joined: Jan 8, 2007
    Posts: 8,282

    from Missouri

  11. T.W.Dustin
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 883


    Way to stay after it - nice lookin' ride!
  12. it pays off holmes...I looked for my 56 for over 25 years before I got they will bury me before it goes away..........good luck and enjoy
  13. wlspdshop
    Joined: Jun 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,585

    from Missouri

    Nice...and congrats...I have only seen one other 2dr.
  14. I've never seen a 2dr before.
    Very cool.

  15. Edelbroke
    Joined: Dec 12, 2008
    Posts: 770


    is that the factory spot for the radio antenna? Looks cool there
  16. temper_mental
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,718

    from Texas

    Way to go very cool looking car
  17. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,344


    killer car. congrats.
  18. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,020

    Member Emeritus

    As running, driving cars go. What is that in the picture of the pan rail?
  19. Turbopackman
    Joined: Sep 6, 2004
    Posts: 193


    I feel EXACTLY the same way, this car will never be sold or traded for anything!

    There's actually a couple more on eBay right now.
    Yes, and I have a couple of Hudson antennas that look almost exactly the same, and I think will interchange.

    Leaves! Running and driving in a sense, it'll take some work to make it a dependable daily driver. I'm hoping to have it driving by the Automobilia car show down here in Wichita next month, I'm crossing my fingers for that one!

    And thanks for all the congrats everyone, it's been a long time since I last seen this car in person, but the wait was worthwhile. Now I'm older, more experienced, and won't do some of the stupid shit I did in my youth to this car.... I'm not going to extrapolate, but you all know where I'm coming from!

    BTW, here's me at 19 with the first one, the one that I wrecked:

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  20. Insane 1
    Joined: Feb 13, 2005
    Posts: 973

    Insane 1
    from Ennis TX

    They are some pretty cool cars, I've got a 4 door for sale in the classifieds right now. I have a few of those that I've been trying to buy buy for some reason never could so feel ya!

    Good Luck w/it!
  21. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,470

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    That is an awesome car!!
  22. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 4,197


    HAHA! Great job Eric. She is a peach. Can't wait to see it when you get her back on the road.

    Just keep this one "shiney" side up...
  23. Such cool cars, congratulations on finally getting it. Dont let it go, I did with my holy grail and will kick myself for ever.
  24. Turbopackman
    Joined: Sep 6, 2004
    Posts: 193


    Shiney side up is the plan, I don't want a repeat of what happened to the first one. And if I had a decent scanner, I'd scan the pics I took of the first one and show you what one of these looks like after you roll it 3 times!

    This car IS my Holy Grail, and I will never let it go. I've already had 4 chances to sell it, and I've only had it since this Tuesday!
  25. greasy50chevy
    Joined: Dec 24, 2008
    Posts: 547


    youve been looking as long as i have been alive
  26. MetalFlaked60
    Joined: Oct 11, 2003
    Posts: 917


    Thats really cool!! I'm glad I wasn't the first one to say that I've never seen a 2dr before! Congratulations!
  27. Doctor Destructo
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 418

    Doctor Destructo

  28. KooDaddy
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 753

    from Wis.

    Nice car man.
    Those interiors are so big you could make some extra cash and rent some out as income property.LOL
  29. Turbopackman
    Joined: Sep 6, 2004
    Posts: 193


    I've only "seen" 2 of them here in Kansas, and I've owned them both. They're pretty rare cars, and which is why I don't want to do too many irreversible mods to it. I'm thinking about simple, reversible stuff.
  30. Termites Ate my Chevy
    Joined: Jun 26, 2007
    Posts: 544

    Termites Ate my Chevy

    I have a packard straigh eight if you wanna deal! Its in a 4 door parts car too. PM me for details.

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