1937 Packard

Packard was an American luxury automobile marque built by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, United States. The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899, and the last Detroit-built Packard in 1956, when they built the Packard Predictor, their last concept car.

Packard bought Studebaker in 1953 and formed the Studebaker-Packard Corporation of South Bend, Indiana. The 1957 and 1958 Packards were actually badge engineered Studebakers, built in South Bend.

Packard was still the premier luxury automobile, even though the majority of cars being built were the 120 and Super Eight model ranges. Hoping to catch still more of the market, Packard decided to issue the Packard 115C in 1937, which was powered by Packard’s first six-cylinder engine since the Fifth Series cars in 1928. The decision to introduce the “Packard Six”, priced at around $1,200, was in time for the 1938 recession. This model also tagged Packard’s as something less exclusive than they had been in the public’s mind and n the long run hurt Packard’s reputation of building some of America’s finest luxury cars. The Six, redesigned 110 in 1940-41, continued for three years after the war.

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We will be doing a new paint job along with a new interior and fixing some mechanical issues.

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Beginning to tear down the interior of the car.

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We have removed the fenders, grille, running boards and hood.

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The interior is getting close to being completely torn out.

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Started doing some body work on the grille surround, fenders and deck lid.

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Working on getting the body ready to be epoxy sealed.

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The body is in the paint booth to be epoxy sealed.

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The doors and body have been epoxy sealed.

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We removed the firewall due to bad metal.

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The new metal has been cut and welded into the firewall.

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Mocking up the doors, deck lid and rumble seat lid.

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Preparing the grille and hood side pieces for primer.

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The firewall is completed and has been epoxy sealed.

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With the LS Conversion we are having to reinforce the frame with a custom fabricated brace that we have tack welded in.

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We have welded in the custom fabricated brace to reinforce the frame.

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We have gotten the body back on the frame.

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We have installed Dynamat Xtreme to make the vehicle ride cool and quiet.

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Working on installing the new wiring harness.

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The steering column and steering wheel have been installed.

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Test fitting the dash with the gauges installed.

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We have re-primed the grille surround.

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We have filled in the aftermarket tail light holes.

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We have installed the door handles.

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Taking the rumble seat upholstery apart for some new work to be done.

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Working on getting the panels and carpets together for some measurements and work.

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Breaking down the driver and passenger seats.

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We are using burlap to repair the foam of the seats and using seat decking to reinforce the bottom and back of the seats.

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Adding some extra padding to the original seats.

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We are modifying the armrest for a new design.

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Making the seat covers out of white leather.

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The body has been painted Way Beyond White, a custom paint mixed in house for this convertible.

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The rumble seat and front seats upholstery have been completed in white leather.

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The steering column has been painted Way Beyond White.

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The tail lights have been installed on the rear fenders.

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The deck lid has been painted “Way Beyond White”.

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Mocking up the rear bumper to adjust the brackets.

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The tail lights have been painted a custom Silver Ice.

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Both fenders have been painted a custom Silver Ice.

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We have applied foam to the dash pad in preparations for the leather.

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The rear drivers side fender has been installed.

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Cutting out the new kick panels and convertible hinge cover panels

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The dash has been wrapped in leather mocked up with the instrument clusters in.

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The drivers side taillight has been installed on the rear fender.

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We have begun to install the white leather to the interior panels.

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The drivers side running board has been installed.

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The rear passenger fender and running board have been installed.

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The convertible top pieces has been painted Way Beyond White.

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Assembling the convertible parts and covering the bows.

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Covered the dash in white leather.

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We have begun fabricating the headliner for the convertible top.

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Working on cutting out the side panels for the convertible top.

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We have begun sewing the pieces together and now have them mocked up on the bows.

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Fabricating the headliner rear window panel.

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The headliner has been completed and installed.

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The deck lid strut arm has been painted.

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Trunk side panels wrapped in white leather.

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