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A Winter Packard Wonderland


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Don't get too sore at me for not putting the Clipper away -- I don't have a garage at home, and I didn't have a chance to take it to its winter roost yet. I did clean it all off after I took the picture, though! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif" alt="" />

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Guest Kevin AZ

Say what in the HE (double tooth-pick) is that stuff all over that poor Clipper? Marshmellows or goose down?

Kevin AZ

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Hey Whatcha'all got on your car .... grits. Y'all got to move down heaha like we done 17 years ago. I used to live in that stuff, but one day I woke up.....

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Here's another poor snowbound Clipper, this time you can barely tell it's a'54 hiding under there. Albert Skinner of Toronto emailed me these pictures this morning. He bought this '54 Deluxe for parts to finish off his '54 Special. He towed it from Worcester MA to Toronto behind a 6 cylinder Pontiac Tempest. Then it snowed two weeks later. The weather gods are not always kind to the greatest cars ever built!

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That snow wont hurt them a bit once in a while. In fact, take an old wool suit coat or pair of pants and brush the snow off kinda like polishing the car. Especialy good for laquer.

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Guest Randy Berger

Steve, I drove mine every day including winter - about 12 mile one way to work. It never failed me. With decent snow tires it went everywhere. For you folks who actually eat grits, snow tires are NOT tires made of snow, but tires designed to give good traction in inclement weather. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif" alt="" />

YFAM, Randy Berger <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif" alt="" />

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Like Randy, we drove them every day. My Wife was a Nurse, andI always Winterized her 4dr.with 2 bags of sand and a discarded license plate to put sand at rear tires if needed. Never once were the sand bags opened. Was a "55" Clipper with gears. Jack Harlin

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RHO, I'd love to get mine indoors, if I had an indoors to get it to! Unfortunately, somewhere along the line someone decided that it was a good idea to eliminate the garage on my parent's circa 1956 (how appropriate) split level house. So we have an extra den but no garage. Big help. Believe me, the main criteria in my current house hunt (impending marriage in August) is a two car garage!! Especially since I'm heavily considering starting work on a '54 Clipper Super Club Sedan that I bought with some friends in college. Not the most exciting car ever made, but it runs like a top!

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Same here would love to havea an indoor place to work and store my cars, so far I have spent 3 years working on the Packard from a frame up outside, next spring it should be on the road complete. Now that the cooler weather is here (-10 eariler this week) Just been doing the stainless and fixing the bumpers before they get rechromed waiting fo all this to melt and go away... this weekend there is a fleamarket here in Toronto the we are planning to drive the 55 Clipper to if the roads are dry.

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I'll trade that snow for the hugh ice storm we had in NC last week. I've been without power for the last 5 days and am thankful I had a fireplace to camp out by during the 25° nights. Over one million lost power in the area. I did manage to have the foresite, even if it was the day before the storm, to put cable in a fork of a 50 ft cedar tree next to my garage. It would have surely broken under the weight and landed on my garage if I hadn't.

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