1937 Packard with a Twist

1937 Packard with a Twist

 

A call came in that a 1937 Packard was coming in for some work. Having just purchased this unfinished project, the new owner wanted us to check it over. Upon arrival, we did a walk around.  It had a nice color combination, the paint was pretty good, and the interior had a cool “hotrod” custom look to it. We activated the air suspension and moved it into the shop, where it was put it on the rack and lifted into the air. Then there was the OMG! moment.

The center of the “X” frame was missing. It had been cut out to fit the new drive train. The transmission was dangling by a 3/8” threaded rod. The tie rods were bent because they were hitting the frame. The air ride suspension had been poorly executed, and more!  This would have broken a lesser man, but our customer was determined. An extensive amount of work would be needed to correct the problems. He inquired if we were able to do it? After assuring him we could complete the work, he said “let’s do it”.  

First came the front suspension. The front clip was removed to gain access to the components. The air ride mounts were completely redesigned and the chassis was strengthened. (pics 1-5)The rear suspension was next on the list. It had to be moved back 1 ½” to center the wheels in the wells. The air ride assemblies had to be relocated and mounted in a more secure fashion. (pics 6-8) Next up was the missing center section. A new design was needed and the fabrication began. Incorporated into the design was a stronger brake booster mount. (pics 9-11) The engine mounts were a little “iffy”, so they received some attention as well. (pic 12)

The car will be driven regularly, so all of the necessary safety equipment had to be operating properly to be licensed. The wiper system was a challenge, but now operates perfectly! (pics 14-15) Of course, this is just a brief overview, but we thought you might enjoy seeing what is possible at Branson Collector Cars, The Shop.