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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lowburban, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. lowburban
    Joined: Jan 9, 2003
    Posts: 446


    So I'm looking at a 55 Packard Clipper. Good = Runs and drives 352 auto , xtra set of tail light bezels, Interior pretty clean especially the dash, front bumper and grill nice, headlight bezels nice, glass is nice. Bad = Usual rust but not bad, hood has some damage, No rear bumper, 4 doors.

    Guy only wants $300 for it. It keeps getting passed around because it's got no title because it has no real vin. Packards didn't have em, just the manufacturers stamps on the engine and door jamb. Local DPS is clueless because it's not a modern vin. I think I could take it to austin and let them check it and then have a vin assigned. I know it's clean because I know the family that bought it new. Even if I didn't wanna hassle with it I'm thinking I could part it out and haul it across the scales and make money. What do you guys think? Should I?
  2. for 300 part it out and cut it up for scrap
  3. Nothing had a VIN until the mid '60s.
  4. Lazer5000
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 729


    New titles are pretty easy to get (at least in my state) so I wouldn't worry about that. I would pick it up, stare at it a while then cusomize the shit out of it. Test your skills and try some new things. If it works, you gain alot of knowledge and an awesome car, if it doesn't, you still learn a lot and you part out the rest.

  5. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,020

    Member Emeritus

    Get it. I did the same thing right down to the $300 a while ago. Before long the word got around and Packards started following me home. That's how I got the engine that I put in my Vega. It was in the trunk of a '55 donation. And Packs are cool. If you find a stick bellhousing late Ford transmissions (3 and 4 speeds) are near bolt ons.

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  6. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 16,266


    I'd be all over it for $300, sounds almost too nice to part out though. If you do get it and part it, I wouldn't mind having the tail lights and a big chunk of the quarters surrounding them.
  7. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    All '55 Packards...even Clippers are cool!
    For 300 bucks I'd grab it in a heartbeat.

  8. edcodesign
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,414


  9. lawman
    Joined: Sep 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,665


    Gooo For it !!!!! Tom (Tired Old Man)
  10. Tell me where its at. I'll go pick it up.
  11. I could probably come up with 300 hundred bucks and wouldn't mind the title hasstle, and I don't have 2 nickles to rub together.

    Does that answer your question?
  12. 76cam
    Joined: Sep 30, 2010
    Posts: 643


    Get it and go get a vin and then drive the hell out of it....
  13. autobodyed
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,943

    from shelton ct

    unless your having trouble scrounging up 300 bucks, grab it. i really don't think you can't lose on it.
  14. lowburban
    Joined: Jan 9, 2003
    Posts: 446


    Thanks guys, that's kinda what I was thinking just needed confirmation. Cool stuff tends to blur my vision sometimes if you know what I mean. ;)
  15. metalix_421
    Joined: Mar 24, 2010
    Posts: 890


    yes they did both my 50s have a factory vin
    Joined: Nov 22, 2005
    Posts: 7,877

    from SIDNEY, NY

    ????????????????? I've owned about 40 pre-mid '60s cars that all disprove this statement.
  17. J-Gilmoore
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 235


    Is it a clipper custom? whit the leveling system id go for it, those cars are awesome, you can scrape the yellow lines of the asphalt whit its rear.
    I had one myself a while ago.
    Or you can ship it here to sweden!
  18. Ole_Red
    Joined: Jul 29, 2009
    Posts: 596

    from 206, WA

    why did you even bother asking?! GET IT!!!! i would pick it up in a heartbeat and deal with an angry wife when i got it home haha
    Joined: Mar 30, 2010
    Posts: 3,253


    i would'nt buy the damn thing , hell no . Thats alot of beer money .
    i hate "should i buy it " questions.
  20. big bad john
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 4,727

    big bad john

    .......Hell.... its only $300.........go for it.....
  21. R A Wrench
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 501

    R A Wrench
    from Denver, Co

    Sounds like a deal to me. Drag it home jusr for yard art. And, Voodoo, VIN's have been around for a long time, my 34 has it stamped so does the 48 etc.
  22. 73super
    Joined: Dec 14, 2007
    Posts: 778


    Christmas is coming up.. buy it for someone else... HEY! LOOKIE! That's on MY Christmas list!!!!
  23. Some questions of that type (should I buy/what's it worth) can be pretty dumb, true, but not all. Here's a pretty good example of one that's valid, at least to me:
  24. brad chevy
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,627

    brad chevy

    You said you know the family who bought it new ,see if they have the last time they had it registered and that and a bill of sale should get you what you need.
  25. lowburban
    Joined: Jan 9, 2003
    Posts: 446


    I also am not usually fond of these type questions. I however truly have no idea where to even start to value it except for the tail light. :) I just didn't want to see it scrapped if someone wanted it or could use parts. Not worth loading it up to haul to the scrap yard just to break even. Just making sure others thought it was worth saving. And not trying to be a dick but if you "don't like" these questions then don't open them.
  26. Ocean56
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 128

    from Michigan

    Yes! Do!
  27. Ocean56
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 128

    from Michigan

    You need to go to Great bunch of people who will be more than happy to answer your Packard quextions!
  28. lowburban
    Joined: Jan 9, 2003
    Posts: 446


    Awesome guys, Thanks for the advice and info.
  29. Here we go again... It can be known as the "VIN", "vehicle number", "serial number" or "engine number" on the title - SAME FUNCTION! All of these identify the vehicle and are used in the titling and registration of said vehicle

    And, like others have said, I've owned MANY cars and trucks that have a "Vehicle Number" on the door jamb, on the cowl, on the frame, on the engine, that were anywhere from 1929 and up. Your statement is BS.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2010
  30. Frankie47
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 1,878

    from omaha ne.

    You have never posted anything but nonsense, and this is just another one of your usual posts. Feel free to grow up. It doesn't hurt as much as you would think........

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