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    Came home with something unexpected over the weekend!

    Long story short, I went to Delaware to buy a rebuild-able 259 and came home with a Packard 352. Ive got a stupid grin on my face to say the least.

    I have always been intrigued by this engine. A friend of mind had a 352 Golden Hawk that I had the privilege to see and hear and examine about 4-5 years ago. Love that engine and I started looking for one. I searched on and off for about 3 years and found some but something always got in the way. That is until Saturday the 27th when I showed up to a "now" friends house to buy his 259 and saw the 352 next to it. I had to ask, he was hesitant to sell it as he had been saving it for 15 years but he gave me a reasonable price and I was happy to pay it with a quick trip to the ATM.

    Thanks Randy! Im still smiling and Im selling one of my cars to fund the build. I also have a lot of research to do to.

    I knew this engine is heavy but WOW, its heavy!

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    Last edited by what huh; 07-29-2019 at 08:12 PM.
    1961 Lark Regal VIII 259/auto -- Lucy

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    'Way cool; they are good engines, Charles.

    Question: Are you sure it's a 352?

    Reason I ask is that red 1955 Packard V8s were the smaller 320s used in Clipper Supers and Clipper DeLuxes, of which they made quite a few...and, yes, they had 4-bbl carburetors.

    Look for a stamped engine number roughly where they are on Studebaker V8s. But the number is stamped on a rough casting area, not a machined pad, so it's a little harder to read. Post the number or send me a PM and we can know for sure. BP
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    It reads S2842

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    Quote Originally Posted by what huh View Post
    It reads S2842
    Cool beans, Charles; thanks.

    It is indeed a 1956 Golden Hawk 352, originally equipped with Twin-Ultramatic transmission, as denoted by the "S" prefix. BP.
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

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    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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    Thanks bud! Interesting that it came with an auto trans cause I believe that it has a manual bell housing bolted to it

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    Those are good engines. Great score!
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    Here is what you need to complement that engine https://www.ebay.com/itm/1956-Studeb...780c%7Ciid%3A1

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    Sure is! If I had the cash flow I would buy it but I’m not there yet. My current plan is to start looking for a car when the engine is done.

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