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1955 Packard Clipper Custom – Rare Barn Find Impresses at 2017 Detroit Autorama

 

A 1955 Packard Clipper Custom – From Barn Find to Crowd Pleaser

Sometimes when you are not looking, the most amazing things drop in your lap. At the 2017 Detroit Autorama, we had the opportunity to speak with Larry Telles about his incredible barn find, a 1955 Packard Clipper Custom. Have you ever uncovered a hidden classic? Share our video with other car enthusiasts and see if they have. Tell us your stories in our comments. We would love to hear them.

Despite 15 Years in a Barn, It Was in Great Shape

Larry was not looking to add another car to his collection. It just happened. At a friend’s request, he reluctantly checks out a barn find. Whatever reservations Larry had vanished when he saw the car. The 1955 Packard was in great shape despite having been stored in a barn for 15 years. Larry’s biggest problem wasn’t getting the car out of the hayloft but rather breaking the news to his wife.

Merry Christmas, Dear – It’s a Packard

Fortunately for Larry, his wife understands what marriage to a classic car collector means. After 50 years, she realizes sometimes you just have to get on board with your spouse’s restoration dreams. That is why she made the Packard her Christmas gift to Larry that year. (Have we mentioned just how lucky Larry is?)
 

 

One of Only 25 in the U.S.

Larry knows his 1955 Clipper Custom is exceptional. It is one of only two in Michigan and twenty-five in the U.S. His Packard has 37,000 miles on it, little body damage and still possesses all the original parts, trim and glass. Larry keeps the original color combination of Citrine yellow and white and redoes the upholstery. His biggest obstacle is overhauling the engine and transmission.

The 1955 Packard Was Ahead of Its Time

The 1955 Packard Clipper Custom was direct competition for mid-level models by DeSoto, Oldsmobile, and Mercury. It was an innovative car for its time. The torsion-level suspension allows the car to compensate for load and weight. It provides better handling and a smoother ride. This unique suspension became a popular option on Packards.

Packard’s DeLorean Connection

The Clipper Custom features a powerful 352 cubic inch V8 engine that generates 245 hp. The Twin-Ultramatic transmission, designed by the engineering team of Forest McFarland and a young John Z. DeLorean, features futuristic push-button controls on the dash. This model also comes with power windows, power brakes and 4-way power steering.

Last Packard Produced in 1956

With difficulties on the corporate level and quality issues plaguing it, sales for the Packard Clipper plummeted. Though the Studebaker-Packard Company continued to build cars until 1958, many consider the last true Packard made in 1956. Collectors consider the 1953-56 models to be some of Packard’s best.

Preserving a Piece of Packard History

As a member of the Packard Motor Car Foundation, Larry wants to preserve the cars and history of this once great company. By restoring his 1955 Packard Clipper Custom, Larry is saving a piece of automotive history for future generations. Finding the car may have been chance but hard work and determination brought it back to life. Having the opportunity to enjoy this fantastic car makes us the lucky ones. Thanks Larry.

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Posted: 6/22/2017 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments


1968 Chevy C-10 – A Modern Look for a Classic Truck

 

1969 Chevy C-10 Gets a Modern Update

The Detroit Autorama is called “America’s greatest hot rod show,” and you’ll also find some cool trucks on display. We speak to Mark Giambalvo of Creative Rod & Kustom, the creative force behind this build. He and his crew restore and modify a 1968 Chevy C-10 into a sleek, modern-looking pick-up. What do you think? Do you prefer a classic look? Share our video and talk truck with other fans. Don’t leave us out - leave us a comment!

A Distinctive Look Takes Time

The owner of this Chevy C-10 wanted a truck with a distinctive look that he could drive. He wanted a modern industrial feel to it. What starts as a simple paint job for the Creative Rod & Kustom team soon stretches into a six-month modification. “We spent seven days a week for six months working on every detail,” Mark says. “It was hard work but I’m extremely proud of how it turned out.”

 

 

Everyone Wants to See This Truck

The hard work is paying off for this restoration team from Womelsdorf, PA, a small-town west of Redding. “The attention we have received is overwhelming. We débuted it at 2016 SEMA and haven’t stopped showing it since,” Mark says. “The owner still hasn’t driven it much, but he will.”

Your Typical Restoration - One Thing Leads to Another

To turn the C-10 into the modern, updated pick-up the owner wants, Mark and his team first smooth the body out. They remove rivets from the bed and get rid of all the seams. They lift the bumpers and shorten the lights. “Like most restorations, when you change one thing, you have to change another,” he laughs.

First Impressions Last

The metal work is a challenging part of this build. The C-10 is in decent shape but previous repairs aren’t done correctly. For Mark and his team, getting the body perfect is key. “The first thing people see is the body. We really try to get the seams, gaps and paint just right.” They complete the restoration by swapping the existing LS engine for a supercharger. Even under the hood, the truck gets the custom treatment with fabricated fender wells and a smooth firewall.

 

 

This Builder’s Passion Begins Early

Mark has been honing his craft since he was 19 years old, when he started Creative Rod & Kustom. Even with 14 years of stellar customization work under his belt, he still enjoys what he does. He makes it look easy. “Creating subtle modifications throughout a truck or car, that go unnoticed to the untrained eye, is the fun part of building great cars.” This 1968 Chevy C-10 is a perfect example. Great job guys!
 
 


Coming Soon from Classic Auto – Project C-10

The C-10 is a perfect blend of the things we love about our trucks; strength, dependability and good looks. This is why we are devoting the entire year to restoring a 1965 Chevy C-10 Truck. Stay tuned for video updates on Project C-10, powered by American Modern. It’ll be a classic!

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A lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into restoring our classic trucks. Protecting them is a top priority once they are done. Classic Auto Insurance offers affordable coverage for your collection. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions and customize a policy to meet your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call and see how we can help safeguard your dream truck.
Posted: 6/15/2017 2:42:59 PM with 0 comments


Classic Racers Hit the Track for 2017 Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational


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See Racing History Come Alive

Vintage race car fans rejoice! The 2017 SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational is happening June 16 -18 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway just in time for Father’s Day this year. Over 500 classic cars, from pre-war racers to modern day marvels, are competing on the IMS oval and Grand Prix road course. This is your chance to see the vintage sports cars of your dreams. Which classic car do you consider the ultimate race car? Which Indy 500 driver is the best of all time? Share your opinions in our comments section. We’d love to hear them.

Some People Collect Art …We Race It!

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), the largest vintage racing organization in the U.S., is the driving force behind this amazing gathering. Classic sports cars are restored to their original racing specifications, with added modern safety features to protect drivers. As the SVRA proudly says, “Some people collect art … we race it.”

Indy Legends Race for Charity

One of the weekend’s highlights is the Indy Legends Pro-Am Charity Race, which pairs 33 veteran Indy 500 drivers with amateur racing partners. Classic 1963–1972 Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs race the IMS road course to raise money for local charities. This event is a crowd favorite. Spectators get the opportunity to see racing history behind the wheel as well as on the track.
 


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Indy 500 Veterans Compete in Pro-Am Race

Two-time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser will serve as Grand Marshall for the Pro-Am race while the rest of the Unser family takes to the track. Competing in the event will be his brother, four-time Indy winner, Al Unser Sr., Bobby’s son, Robby Unser and his nephews, two-time Indy winner Al Unser Jr. and Johnny Unser. Among the many other Indy veterans competing are A.J Foyt, Davey Hamilton and Lyn St. James.

Vintage Race Cars Take on Modern Competitors

The Indy Legends Oval Race Car Exhibition and Concours pay homage to the history of the Indy 500 with three group races over the weekend. Pre-war Indy cars, roadsters and rear engine racers compete together on the famous 2.5-mile oval track. SVRA’s goal is to showcase the earlier vintage cars while ensuring the safety of the faster, modern racers.

 


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Trans Ams and Mazdas Come to IMS

This race lover’s weekend is packed with something for everyone. In addition to a vintage motorcycle race, two new modern events are set to début. The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli and the Mazda MX-5 Cup are sure to impress those with a need for speed.

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift – Vintage Race Cars!

SVRA has compressed a week’s worth of vintage race car events into a single weekend. Add live music, fireworks and a classic car auction and this is the perfect Father’s Day present for any car enthusiast. Witness automotive history up close when the 2017 SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational streaks into IMS June 16-18. Oh, so much better than a tie.

Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less

For classic race car collectors, preserving a piece of automotive history is their duty. Classic Auto Insurance understands this commitment. We can help you protect your one-of-a-kind sports car with the right coverage. From tiered mileage plans to agreed value, our knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions and tailor the right policy to fit your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 6/8/2017 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments


DreamMakers Automotive 3rd Annual Spring Block Party – Car Show for a Cause

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Car Lovers Give Back

DreamMakers Automotive is hosting their 3rd Annual Spring Block Party on June 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at their showroom in Fort Wayne. This popular kid-friendly car show is expecting close to 10,000 guests, all in support of Riley Children’s Hospital at IU Health. From high-end exotics and muscle cars to tuners and trucks, this highly anticipated free event has something for everyone.

Indiana Car Community Helps Riley Children’s Hospital

Riley Children’s Hospital is a cutting-edge facility at IU Health with top-notch clinical care and breakthrough pediatric research available. DreamMakers is proud to support this amazing organization through its tee shirt sales, silent auction and an on-site donation table at the Block Party.

 

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Come Quiz the Experts

This is a car lover’s event! DreamMakers has lined up an impressive list of vendors. Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, Auto Value Parts Stores and Millennium Sounds will all be on hand to talk shop. Come meet the experts and pick up a few pointers.

Good Food and Great Cars Make for an Incredible Day

Fort Wayne Food Trucks is once again serving delicious food throughout the day. One of their eight trucks will certainly have something you like! Main Street Bistro and Club Soda will quench your thirst with some delectable bar drinks. Great food, cool drinks and amazing cars are sure to make for one incredible day.

 


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Show Off Your Car!

Is your classic ready for its 2017 car show début? Hurry up and polish that baby, because DreamMakers is welcoming all makes and model cars to participate in this event. There’s no registration fee, so come early and get a great spot.

 


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Mark Your Calendars

DreamMakers Automotive 3rd Annual Spring Block Party is June 3 at 6393 Cross Creek Blvd., Fort Wayne, Indiana from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Enjoy plenty of tasty food, live music and fabulous cars for the whole family. Come out and help raise money for the Riley Children’s Hospital. See you there, gearheads!

 


(www.dreammakersautomotive.com)
 

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We are proud to be a part of the Indiana collector car community. If you are a car lover and need affordable collector car insurance, give us a try. The friendly staff at Classic Auto Insurance will answer all your questions and find the right policy for your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 6/1/2017 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments


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