Tom Laferriere

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  1. 1956 Packard Caribbean Chassis no. 5699-1107 Motor no. 5699-1107 Series 5688. 310 hp, 374 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine, twin four-barrel carburetors, Ultramatic automatic transmission, front and rear torsion bar self-leveling suspension, and power-assisted four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127 in. Many consider the 1956 Caribbean to be the last true great Packard – a limited-production automobile, beautifully fashioned to the highest levels of engineering excellence and sumptuous luxury. Packard had refined the previous year’s design, improving the transmission for greater reliability, and fitting a special “reversible” interior, with loose cushions faced on one side in cloth and the other in leather, as well as a metallic grille insert. Caribbeans also came standard with almost every available factory accessory, including dual four-barrel carburetors. The Caribbean offered here is accompanied by copies of its Studebaker-Packard build information, noting it to have been originally finished in this sparkling color scheme of Dover White, Danube Blue, and Roman Copper, a trio that proved quite a popular selection for many of the 276 1956 Caribbean convertibles built. Other features included Solex glass and the optional Twin Traction Safety Differential, which was optioned on this car. Interestingly the records on file note that the car was delivered directly to a customer at the Packard factory’s Service Garage, on February 9, 1956; however,1955-56 Caribbean Roster Keeper Stuart Blond’s records indicated it as assigned as a Public Relations car to Ellis Craig of the Universal Advertising Agency in Hollywood, California, and so may have led a rather interesting early life in Tinseltown! The Caribbean made its way to California collector Bill Huffman (sometimes spelled Hoffman), who accumulated Packards for thirty years. He ultimately amassed a large collection that including around eighteen Caribbeans in the dry climate of the Mojave Desert east of Los Angeles. In the mid-1970s, Huffman sold his entire collection to another collector who hauled them to his tow yard in Santa Ana and began selling them off. In 1977 when circumstances pressured him to downsize, the remaining hundred or so cars were auctioned at a poorly-advertised sale, with any unsold cars immediately being fed to the crusher. Sadly it was too late before many club members learned of the auction; this infamous event became known as the Packard Crushathon. Fortunately, this Caribbean was saved from the crusher by Joe Clayton’s stepfather, Wesley Norris, of South Gate and some work performed on the car over a number of years, including gathering many parts required for the restoration. The current owner acquired the car around 2007 from an owner in Montana, and began a body-off restoration. An avid and knowledgeable Caribbean enthusiast and serial collector of Caribbeans and other postwar Packards he has also been a member of both Packards International Motor Car Club and Packard Automobile Classics for the last five decades. Much of the work, including a thorough mechanical restoration and paintwork, was completed by Mike Dotson of Montana, while a beautiful, correct interior was also fitted. The owner proudly notes that it retains its original engine, numbered to match the chassis, equipped with a correct factory dual four-barrel carburetor setup, and the restoration particularly with respect to accuracy and authenticity, benefitted from his years of experience with this model. Since completion of the restoration in 2009, the car has been driven several thousand road miles, which tested the mettle of this car and has resulted in an extremely reliable car. Many of these trips were taken to various national meets, and it was a class award-winner at the Packard Automobile Classics National Meet at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 2010. Accompanying the car is a meticulous list of work and restoration costs kept by the owner over the years, as well as many of the corresponding invoices. An unusually well-sorted example of the last great Packard, this Caribbean is offered from a loving, knowledgeable home, and is sure to be a favorite cruiser for the next owner’s collection. This wonderful Packard is located with me in Smithfield, RI and the asking price is $66,500. More pictures at the link.
  2. Hi All, Planning for a water pump rebuild. We seem to be stuck in how this water pump comes off. Please have a look at this video. I don't have an owners manual or motor manual on this engine, so its challenging us. Your thoughts are appreciated. Thank you, Tom Laferriere
  3. Carl, thank you for the feedback and suggestion. I do shoot through a slightly telephoto lens and on occasion, I see a distortion of sorts. My wide angle is just too wide, so I may have to invest in another lens. I am certainly an amateur photographer (always on the automatic setting) and always welcome feedback from anyone with more experience than me. I will play around with some new lenses, but I do seem to gravitate to this look.
  4. Without doubt, this 1932 Packard 904 Sedan is the ideal preservation class candidate for the 2020 concours season. An original time capsule with unsurpassed originality, this car has not been touched or massaged and has never been publicly displayed. Coupled with its extraordinary provenance including single-family ownership from new until 2009, now is the time to acquire this car for application to 2020 events including Pebble Beach. Unseen, untouched, unparalleled. History from new and ready for use. Please share with your car friends. Located with me in Smithfield, RI and the price is $75,000 Many pictures available. Full details at the link.
  5. Mike, I listed it in the fall of 2019 for a client. Tom
  6. This is simply a great survivor Packard that was maintained its entire life. It starts easily, runs well, drives and shifts great, stops perfectly, cools and charges. Everything correct under the hood. All lights work and it is simply ready for use when you it shows up in your driveway, however I would put 4 new tires on it before motoring down the road. Motor runs smooth, but is tired. Pictures should tell the story, where else can you get a Packard like this for this price? $14,500 and located in my building in Smithfield, RI. All pictures at link:
  7. 1942 Ford Super DeLuxe Station Wagon Chassis no. 18-6840075 Engine no. 18-6840075 96 bhp, 221 cu. in. flathead V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 114” Ford updated its successful 1941 design for 1942 with a new front end, featuring modern one-piece fenders, a stamped grille, and redesigned turn signals. The dashboard was also reconfigured, with conventional round gauges inspired by General Motors designs. Ford would produce 160,432 of the 1942 models before February 2, 1942, when the building of civilian vehicles came to a halt for the duration of World War II. This production run included a mere 5,483 of the Super DeLuxe station wagons – making this season’s model the rarest Ford “woodie” produced between 1936 and 1948. Rarity was further ensured by the fact that most of the 1942 models were driven into the ground during the war years, when the materials and care required to maintain a wooden body were in short supply. The example offered here was acquired in 1973 by John R. Anderson of Westford, Massachusetts, from whom the current owner and his father acquired it in August 1985. Together father and son embarked upon a most carefully researched restoration, with authenticity and correctness their foremost concern. Fortuitously, all of the original wood remained with the wagon, and all could be restored and preserved with the exception of a single piece above the rear window. The original engine, numbered to match the chassis, remains in place, with later 59AB heads. LeBaron Bonney supplied correct upholstery, while the vinyl roof was replaced by a skilled local upholsterer. Such was the attention to detail that while the headliner-mounted straps, for storage of lap robes, were carefully replaced, the new straps were fitted to the restored original mounting clips. The body moldings, door handles, and hubcaps are all the original components for this wagon, fully restored. Following completion of the restoration the wagon was shown only once, at a 2001 Early Ford V-8 Club of America National Meet, and there received its first Dearborn Award. It has not been shown again since, only conscientiously maintained; the owner reports that he has run the Ford every month and replaced all fluids annually. When not on the road for brief exercise runs, it has been maintained in a heated garage. The owner notes that the heater, lights, and radio still work. Accompanying are the original headliner straps; a pair of stone guards, never fitted to avoid damaging the wood; a radio blanking plate; and an original rear dustbin, configured so it can be mounted to the rear bumper without the necessity of drilling holes. Without a doubt, this is one of the most superlative 1942 Ford “woodies” extant. Many pictures available at the link. Located in Smithfield, RI and priced at $89,500. About half of the restoration cost and the car is free. 🙂
  8. This Ford Deluxe Coupe was certainly the pride in the estate collection and meant to be driven. Well maintained throughout, it starts easily hot or cold, runs smooth, drives well and will cruise all day. Upgraded wheels with radial tires gives this Ford a nice stance along with comfortable driving with its radial tires. Paint is shiny with a few blemishes from years of enjoyment. The interior, as the pictures show, is quite handsome and clean. Asking $34,500 and located with me in Smithfield, RI See link for additional photos.