Hello all, I want to tell you about my Packard 2382-5-16469. I have finally
gotten a clear title for it from the great state of IN! I first saw an ad for this car on Craig's List and thought that it
was well within my means (read money and time) to restore this rare old beauty. They only made about 4722 of these Super 8's
so I was really interested in preserving it and there is only ONE other one listed in the Packard Owners Registry at the Packard
Forum! I was working full-time then so I took on a lot of part-time work to buy parts for this car. Then disaster struck and
I lost my job.
As I'm looking at the ad I
saved, I'm still surprised by my own gullibility. These are some quotes from the ad. It stated, "It is missing the grill,
but other wise compleat", "looks like someone has rebuilt the engion", the only major rust is in the rockers",
"the front floors and trunk are good", "only minor rust". When I got there to look at the car it was parked
in the middle of a lot of other cars in a big downtown warehouse and you could not even open the doors. The trunk was full
of old, and some new, parts. Plus, the engine had plastic over it so you could not see it; but, the guy seemed honest enough
and I am a trusting type of guy myself (too much for my own good I've been told). So I forked over the money to buy the car
and asked him when he could get it out of all that mess and if he would hold it for a month without charge. He agreed so we
made out deal. Well, you live and learn and I've learned a lot if he is any indication of the "hot rod" crowd.So,
I'll sell this one and take a loss and count my fingers the next time I make a deal with someone like that.
So, now about the car, it is a 1950 Packard Super 8 Touring Sedan
with a 327 engine and a 3-speed overdrive transmission. The body actually is in pretty good shape with only surface rust and
no major rust through except that the rockers are gone below the front driver's side door and pretty bad below the front passenger
side door. The engine looks like it might have been worked on at some point because there is a set of engine gaskets with
the car and a lot of used gaskets BUT whoever did it left the oil pan off the car and the rod bearing have rusted to the crankshaft.
Can this be turned down and fixed? I have no idea and that is one of the reasons it is for sale.
The driver's wing window is gone but the frame is there; just replace
the glass. The driver side rear wing window is cracked but there. The rear window has a big hole in it. The passenger front
wing window is missing but the frame is with the boxes of parts I have with it.
The interior is what you might expect. The upholstery all needs
to be redone; but, the springs feel pretty good so there is a good framework to start with. The dash has all of the controls
and all of the knobs are there. It even has the radio. All of the door panels are there but are off the car because someone
had started a restoration before I got it.
BUT, that is a positive! Think of all of the work that you have been saved since you don't have to take these parts
The floor pans
ARE SHOT!!! They have holes big enough to put your hand through so enough with them being "good". The same goes
for the trunk. Please see the pictures. By the way, you can click on a picture and blow it up to the original size for good
Finally, there are a lot of parts that either are new or came of the car. For instance, there is a new tailpipe.
There is a box of old valves and push-rods. I even have the Cormorant and grill for the car. I bought the grill because it
did not have one when I bought it and the Cormorant came with it but had been removed for its safety.
I believe that the car is over 98%
complete. I say 98% because there are probably some nuts and bolts that may be missing and the spare tire is gone. Other than
that, I don't know of anything but with this many parts off the car it is hard to tell. I've got detailed pictures of all
of the parts if you'd like any additional pictures.
What I think it needs to be running is a front and rear floor pan,
a trunk pan (all available), carpet, uphostery, and the motor rebuilt. From that point there will probably be some minor issues
to contend with as there always are. If you have any questions just give me a call at 765-628-2377. Gene
Here are pictures of this fine old Packard.