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Tom Bradley has prolonged been infatuated with Packard motorcars, so it was not uncommon for him to attend Packard activities. At just one event he located a outstanding 1942 Packard that, simply because of the war-shortened production yr, was a quite rare — and pricey auto.
He pointed out to a pal that he wished to receive a write-up-war model of the prewar Packard they had noticed. The mate informed him a 1947 Packard Super Clipper was being provided for sale on the internet. Bradley jumped on his computer system, noticed photographs of the Packard, was smitten, and bought the exquisite sedan.
A several weeks later it arrived by trailer. The Packard would not start, so it was winched off the truck. Batteries usually are unsuccessful on this kind of trips, so Bradley only pushed the automobile into his garage and summoned a couple of buddies to come with their 6-volt vehicles so that he could soar-commence his new/previous Packard.
Which is when a revelation happened. Close to the firewall on the remaining aspect of the vehicle is a 6-volt battery that operates every electrical perform, besides the starter. The generator recharges this battery. Remarkably, on the correct facet of the motor was a 12-volt battery linked only to the starter. Bradley suggests he gets about a dozen starts off out of the battery ahead of he has to recharge it. He surmises the 12-volt starter battery method was set up in response to the former owner’s Canadian winters.
Bradley has had the grasp brake cylinder rebuilt, but over and above that, he has completed minimal more than polish his new Packard. Documents suggest the car has been painted coral blue from the time it was marketed new to Brewster’s Tour Co. in Calgary for use in transporting skiers.
At the significantly reach of the trunk is a stand-up 7.00×15-inch spare tire. The two bumpers are capped at the two finishes with chrome-plated wing suggestions. Foglights are mounted on the entrance gravel pan. Powering the common Packard grille is a 356-cubic-inch, nine-bearing straight-8-cylinder motor generating 165 horsepower. The two-barrel downdraft carburetor drinks from a 20-gallon gasoline tank. Fuel financial system never was Packard’s strong fit.
The deluxe 4,100-pound Super Clipper is a 50 %-inch shy of 18 toes long and it rides on a 127-inch wheelbase. It has served no unpleasant surprises to Bradley. The paint is perfect, the chrome is perfect, and it has no mechanical woes. His desire definitely arrived accurate.
— Vern Parker, Motor Matters