View Full Version : Some progress on the '56 President Wagon

Brian Lohnes
09-05-2008, 08:38 PM
Hey all,

I've not been around much as my "real" job has been kicking my rear end and my "fun" job has been keeping me up burning the midnight oil at night. That being said, I have been able to sneak in some time with my wagon and begin to disassemble it. This is a lot of high res photos, so if you are on a slow connection, grab a cup of coffee, or do as I am now and sip on some good Bourbon.

This car seems to have been optioned with dual exhaust, despite the little 2bbl WW Stromberg on top of the motor. Is this a strange setup or is it fairly common?

Here are some photos:

First thing first was getting the car up off of the three square tires it was on and onto the jackstands. This work is being done al fresco. I've lined up some space for the winter, but for now, I'm working in God's garage....the outside.

The gas tank was the first thing to come out because it was hanging on by only one small bracket on the frame. The thing that makes me sick is how good the top of the tank is and how bad the bottom of the tank got thrashed when a guy in a ramp truck moved it from the location it was at (sunk in the mud) to the location where I got it.

Note the two exhaust pipes...

I then went on to strip the motor to get it ready to be pulled.
This label on the air cleaner is cool.

Here's the little WW which is in great shape

Here's the air cleaner out of the car

I pulled the valve cover expecting the worst...not too shabby

Here's my "intrepid companion" my 2 year old son Tom

Radiator out

Exposed rat motel after the intake was removed


Depending on the weather the motor and trans is coming out on Sunday.

09-05-2008, 08:48 PM
Thanks for the update and pictures! I was just wondering if you'd made any progress[8D]

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

09-05-2008, 08:52 PM
Holy smokes you have 15 projects on this car going on at once. Best of luck. It is great to see another wagon lover.

58 Packard Wgn (Parade Red)
58 Packard Wgn (Park Green)
58 Packard Sdn (Shadowtone Red)
62 Daytona (White)
63 R2 Lark (Super Red)
57 Packard Wagon parts car
57 Packard sedan parts car
58 Packard 2 dr hdtp parts car

09-05-2008, 08:53 PM
Thanks for sharing those pictures. That is going to be a great car when you are finished.

When I pulled the 60 Lark engine out of my friend's garage, I found a Mouse motel, with an occupant!


Leonard Shepherd


Brian Lohnes
09-05-2008, 08:59 PM
Len, there's no telling what's going on in the bellhousing.

There may be a family of illegals in there! HA!

Other than the valley pan area, the gas filler door was also "hosting guests"



09-05-2008, 09:06 PM
Looks like fun to me!!! Good luck- keep us posted, will ya [?] [?] [?]

Sedans (and wagons) RULE!!!
(Sorry to steal your tag line Chris)

StudeDave '57 [8D]
San Diego, Ca.
San Diego County SDC

'54 Commander Regal 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Parkview 'Betsy' (she's a 2dr wagon...)
'57 Commander DeLuxe 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion Custom 2dr 'Jewel'
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

Part owner of the one and only
'55 PROTOTYPE panel van

09-06-2008, 01:03 AM
Good pics, Brian! Thanks for putting them up.

Man, rodents sure do love that valley pan! I found a large mass of rat turds there when I started dismantling my engine. (There was another one on top of the heater core, too... nasty little buggers.)

It's going to be fun to watch your project come along!


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

09-06-2008, 08:49 AM
Not that you have enough projects going on with the car, but if the tank is banged up too much they look very similar to the Lark tanks, which can still be bought nos, you'd just have to cut and cap off the old filler neck and move the neck over and reweld. Its a possibility.
Not that you have plenty to do already.[:p]

:DThe standard safety precautions, fill tank w/water, clean out and seal tank.:) Red Kote sealer used.

Brian Lohnes
09-06-2008, 09:32 AM

It appears as though I could make that tank work as the filler neck is in the same location. The pickup is kind of negotiable because I can alter the fuel line to get where ever it needs to go as they are all being replaced anyway.

I was considering the old trick of pressurized air to pop the tank back out again, but upon further inspection, the dents are creased and no amount of air is going to pop those babies out.

Looks like the only difference is the rear left corner where my existing filler neck is. I could cut that section out and graft it onto a replacement tank (after following the aforementioned safety procedures). It's going to be a long ass time before I'm doing any of that, but I'll keep this info in my back pocket for when I need it!

Thanks for the tip!