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Was there no post between the doors? Don't seem possible but it is a Packard.:confused:

Oh yeah, there was - already popped them out, only a few screws holding them to rotten wood... these Packards still used wood in the roof and subrails under the floor.
Got it all marked for the cutting - settled on a 2 1/2" cop and a 3" section, plus a hump-ectomy... :D
 

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time for another clinic

Glad to see you back at it ZZ. A car build and a golf cart at the same time. LOVE IT. Will be watching the "Sawsall Surgon" at work, and taking way better notes than in school. You amaze me how you can visualize the ugly away. And then, have the skills to make it happen.
 
Time to man up and start cuttin' ! Off comes the top and the humpback. Also took the 3" section out of the cowl and placed it back on for a look-see.
 

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You gonna send photos of the finish product to the last owner on this one too? :D

I got this one from an estate sale, so the trail is cold on the history of it. Executor had no idea, only that it may have been brought out from Manitoba by the old fella that had it - at this point, all I know is that it was made in Canada and sold in Winnipeg Manitoba.

Took out the 3" section from the rear quarters and cut the rockers to slide the cowl back so I could set the roof roughly in place to get an idea if I'm going in the right direction...
(hmmm, little late to turn back now :rolleyes:)
Front window is 9 1/2" high (legal !) and posts line up pretty good. Some work will be needed in the rear quarter window and the back window corners to smooth the curve at the cuts but it gives a general idea of how it will look. The body will get shortened 5" so I'll cut the roof at its widest point, line up the front and rear posts, then shorten the roof accordingly. Sounds easy enuff :cool:
 

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Chop looks awsome! Must be a very solid body doing all that cutting without any braceing! If you move the cowel back does it measure up? The reason I ask is when I did that to my 37 Pontiac I had to widen it, but at that time I was planning on useing the stock frame and that was what made it get wider.
Are you building a frame? Really like it without the hump wish I had the nuts to do that to the 37 might have made the difference I was looking for.
Looks great so far, I love it when a go for it plan works out![cl[dr
 
That's going to look awesome! That Packard has some really cool lines, I hope you can retain most of them in the build!

That independent suspension looks interesting for 1936 tech, definitely not up to todays standards, but it looks way ahead of its time.
 
I guess I better quit looking at your build.I was going to change the running gear in mine and leave the body alone,but now????? Oh boy!
 
Chop looks awsome! Must be a very solid body doing all that cutting without any braceing! If you move the cowel back does it measure up? The reason I ask is when I did that to my 37 Pontiac I had to widen it, but at that time I was planning on useing the stock frame and that was what made it get wider.
Are you building a frame? Really like it without the hump wish I had the nuts to do that to the 37 might have made the difference I was looking for.
Looks great so far, I love it when a go for it plan works out![cl[dr

Bracing ?? I don need no steenkin' bracing !! :D
Took a ton of measurements before any cutting started. I'll assemble the pieces on a dolly beginning with the rear section, welding the shortened rear door pieces in, then put the cowl together, join the rockers then tackle the roof. The Caddy build was a good learning course though rebuilding the rear into a flatback will be an extra wrinkle.
Measure, measure, measure is the rule here, all the way up to doing the doors, there will be tweaking.
Yes, I'll be building a frame, it's just easier than making all the changes I want to do than it is to modify the stocker. That way I can build the frame to fit the modified body and get the ride height I want.

At this point my wife looked out and asked me why I was scrapping this car!! Apparently she doesn't share my vision for the end result.....
 

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At this point my wife looked out and asked me why I was scrapping this car!! Apparently she doesn't share my vision for the end result.....

I think you either
A: like the challenge
B: like the feeling of accomplishment from taking a pile of scrap metal into a full blown custom :D

or C: Mrs. ZZ hopes to park in the garage more than six days a year. :D

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As I shake my head with a huge smile......WOW![cl
You got some big ones, look'n at that pile I would be wondering,,,,WTF have I done:confused:
This is gona be fun[;) Please keep the daily updates comeing.
 
U sir are a man of action.. You jump right in... I would still be staring at it planning in my head what to do!
 
A whole pile o Packard pieces - hard to believe it's a whole body in that pile...
Went to see my buddy on the weekend who has a plethora of Packard parts in his possession. I have parts he wants and he has the pieces I need, including the hood so some mutually beneficial part swapping will be done soon.
For now I must step away from this project to get my golf car built, should only take a couple months.
 

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While working on the golf cart I've been keeping an eye out for an engine for the Packard. Scored one today, a 454 and T400 tranny, both rebuilt with about 3000 miles (so he said...) complete with HEI, headers, polyurethane mounts, etc. I took off the valve covers and it is spotless inside, compression seems very good when turning by hand, seems to be what was represented as. Another piece of the puzzle....:D
 

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