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  • JayBird
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    Dwight - That would be and interesting project/build and would look nice sitting next to the one of a kind 58 2 door Packard wagon

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  • 58PackardWagon
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    If you need some parts, feel free to give me a call... 612-508-3518. I would like to help. I too looked at the collection but took a pass due to an already full shed.

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  • Dwight FitzSimons
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    This looks like a great car to make a 1957 Packard HT out of. That is, put a '57 Packard front clip on it and delete the fins. And, put a supercharged '57 Packard engine in it. It would still be all Packard, just not as S-P manufactured it, but as S-P should have made it.
    -Dwight

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  • JayBird
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    The car came with the motor, transmission and drive line missing in action. Since this car will be used to tour the country my intent at this time is to upgrade the motor and drive train. The current thinking is to try and retain the vintage look yet have a modern mill. So the plan is to use the existing air cleaner, add valve covers (not sure if I can use stock ones) and a few other ques like the oil filler tube to give it that faux original look. Of course this is a ways down the road so plans can and will change but this is the direction the project is moving in.

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  • S2Deluxe
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    Did it come with an engine? If not, what's your plan?

    Mark

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  • tsenecal
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    They left a couple of hub caps. They're usually the first to go.

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  • 52-fan
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    Rough neighborhood.

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  • JayBird
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    But I was only gone for a few minutes

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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by t walgamuth View Post
    That is the coolest pair of taillights ever (if same as 57)!!
    I believe they are also the same as a '56 Clipper. BP can tell us for sure.

    Craig

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  • JayBird
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    Originally posted by t walgamuth View Post
    That is the coolest pair of taillights ever (if same as 57)!!
    Without a doubt one of the more elegant tail light designs of the era, not to garish or cluttered with extra add on trim. The real test is time and these are still in demand today. Sets in need of re-plating are selling on ebay for anywhere from $550-750 there are a couple on there now for $1,000 to $1,800 but that is only the listing price and they have been on there for a while. Of course we all know that re-chroming is not inexpensive. Good news it there are reproductions available for the lenses and gasket kits too.

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  • showbizkid
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    I love these J-cars. Glad to see you bringing another back to the road.

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  • JayBird
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    It's been pointed out that the fenders I procured from SI are not for a 58 Packard but are for a 58 Studebaker HT. Basically the same fender but the area at the front where the fiberglass air deflector fits is different.

    Speaking of the air deflectors SI lists the right side on in their on line catalog but when I ordered it the cupboard was bare. Not to worry I luckily was able to get a pair off of e-bay! Everything has a history and these came from Oz Welch who created the 58 Packard HT Custom Roadster Show Car Rita https://www.customcarchronicle.com/n.../#.XQjcyohKiUl.

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  • BobPalma
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    'Looks like a great undertaking on a worthy car, Ken. Best wishes. BP

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  • JayBird
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    Originally posted by rkapteyn View Post
    I need a pair of fins and a left front fender for a 1958 J.
    I have many hard to find parts to trade.
    Robert Kapteyn
    Studebaker International has front fenders for the 58 Hardtops and Sedans. I just bought a left and right NOS from them

    So far I've not found any NOS rear fins for the hard top. You might find rear fins for the sedans/wagons it will work on the hard top but it is missing the front section. Look also at the 58 President hardtops as they shared similar parts and they may work with some modification. Most of the salvage cars I've seen are rusted along the bottom of the fin where it attaches to the car.

    I'm sure as the project progresses that I'll find something that I'll need

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  • JayBird
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    Originally posted by scott.rodgers View Post
    Just Dashes is not cheap, but they do fantastic work. Your dash should look better than new and never disintegrate again!
    For the price and wait it better be! Here is one from their web site photo archive that they did for a 57 Packard which shares the same dash as the 58's and the same disintegrating foam.

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