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Tom Bradley has lengthy been infatuated with Packard motorcars, so it was not strange for him to go to Packard situations. At one particular party he identified a magnificent 1942 Packard that, simply because of the war-shortened manufacturing calendar year, was a very rare — and high-priced motor vehicle.
He outlined to a mate that he wished to receive a write-up-war variation of the prewar Packard they experienced found. The mate advised him a 1947 Packard Super Clipper was staying made available for sale on the internet. Bradley jumped on his personal computer, saw pictures of the Packard, was smitten, and purchased the stylish sedan.
A several weeks afterwards it arrived by trailer. The Packard wouldn’t start off, so it was winched off the truck. Batteries often fall short on this sort of trips, so Bradley simply just pushed the motor vehicle into his garage and summoned a few of buddies to appear with their 6-volt cars so that he could soar-begin his new/aged Packard.
Which is when a revelation transpired. Close to the firewall on the remaining facet of the car is a 6-volt battery that operates just about every electrical function, except the starter. The generator recharges this battery. Amazingly, on the right facet of the motor was a 12-volt battery related only to the starter. Bradley suggests he will get about a dozen starts off out of the battery prior to he has to recharge it. He surmises the 12-volt starter battery technique was set up in response to the past owner’s Canadian winters.
Bradley has had the grasp brake cylinder rebuilt, but outside of that, he has finished small much more than polish his new Packard. Documents reveal the car has been painted coral blue from the time it was bought new to Brewster’s Tour Co. in Calgary for use in transporting skiers.
At the far reach of the trunk is a stand-up 7.00×15-inch spare tire. Each bumpers are capped at the two finishes with chrome-plated wing ideas. Foglights are mounted on the front gravel pan. Powering the traditional Packard grille is a 356-cubic-inch, nine-bearing straight-8-cylinder motor making 165 horsepower. The two-barrel downdraft carburetor beverages from a 20-gallon gasoline tank. Gas economic climate under no circumstances was Packard’s robust suit.
The magnificent 4,100-pound Super Clipper is a fifty percent-inch shy of 18 feet prolonged and it rides on a 127-inch wheelbase. It has served no disagreeable surprises to Bradley. The paint is ideal, the chrome is fantastic, and it has no mechanical woes. His would like truly arrived genuine.
— Vern Parker, Motor Issues