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Old 02-21-2005, 11:12 PM
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Help me hash out a plan of attack

I will finally be starting to work on my '53 Packard Clipper this spring, but I honestly don't have a clue as to where I should start. Starting is the hard part, once I do that, I will be on a role. Should I rebuild the engine first, then go to the chassis then do the body? Or chassis, engine, then body? Where would you start?

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Old 02-21-2005, 11:31 PM
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order of build

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rolling chasis
drive train
body
plumbing
electrical
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rolling chasis
drive train
body
plumbing
electrical
paint
Yup this is the way to go...As I remove parts from on of these I clean them and primer them with a good 2k primer..then they don't rust and they are ready to reassemble..Hope you have some good storage to keep things clean and out of the weather while the project is underway..

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take a LOT of pictures and make up a list......

use baggies to put the bolts and screws in and put in a note as to what they are for. If your rebuilding the stock running gear make sure to take pictures of trans linkages and wiring and accelerator linkage routeing. The more pictures the better...for you!!! If you have a digital camers fill it up a couple of time's and edit out the duplictate pictures later. YOU CAN'T TAKE TO MANY PICTURES!!!!!!!!!


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What you didn't say was what you wanted to achieve with the car. Are we looking for a full restoration, a cosmetic restoration, a little updating or what. A lot of people charge into a restoration or rod job and get discouraged because it takes so long. If the body and interior are in reasonable shape you can rebuild the running gear in a reasonable amount of time and put it back in and enjoy it before taking the next step. To really do the body you have to take it completely apart (glass, sheet metal, chrome, wiring, interior). This takes time, patience and money and you have to decide if you have all these things. I have purchased several cars that people tore completely apart and then lost interest.

As has been said before buy a digital camera and take many, many, many pictures. Load then on your computer and then burn them to CD. Take many before and after shots at the highest resolution you can. You never know when you want to blow the shot up. Get a movie camera and mount it on a tripod and film everything you do. You never know when a spring will pop and a part will fall as you are taking it apart. Get several paint pens with different colors and mark on every part where it came from and on a full size drawing of the car indicate where it goes. Use one color for driver side and another for the passenger. As was said before get many plastic bags and go to yard sales and buy tupperware to put parts in.

Get a three ring binder and make up a baby book with all the pictures you have and research material. Put the pictures in plastic protectors and make an extra set for greasy hands.
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Wow, lots of info here. Thanks guys. Pictures are a deffinate "check". I have been doing a lot of research since I got the car back in '99. I even have a Shop Service manual that I have been using. I have also been collecting bags and boxes too. The paint pen idea is a new one, and will be used.

I pulled the frame yesterday while I was off. Talk about a job. Here are the pictures

Any more info is wonderful. Thanks again.

I will be doing a full restoration to factory specs. The only things I plan on upgrading are the stereo, paint color, and possibly the electrical system to 12V. I do realise this is going to take a lot of time and money, and am prepared for that. If it takes me 10 years, so be it, I can wait. Well not really but I don't have a choice. lol

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I use zip lock bags. I reuse them over and over. I always take pics and put my projects on the web after they are done. I store my parts wrapped in clean rags and stored in cardboard boxes. I do a section at a time each winter and drive in the summer.

My ongoing projects;
http://www.geocities.com/corvettes2001/restoration/
http://members.shaw.ca/g.body.building/
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