Sent the Packardbaker out for some transmission work

Posted By on August 21, 2020

StudepackardlogoMy dad’s 1958 Packard Hawk, mine for the last 5 years, has hardly been touched since it was flatbed delivered from Sidney, Ohio. I moved it once … and then covered it up with a battery tender after I noticed a pool of transmission fluid all over the floor.

So on the 5th anniversary of my dad’s death (it is hard to believe) … and more appropriately to the day, my dad’s memorial service, I PackardOut4TransmissionWork200818decided it was time to either make dad’s car .. “my car”  or sell it and be satisfied with working on the old Mercedes, BMW X5 35d (and MGB, if Taylor decides not to buy house and take on the project – that was the plan .. even though I’ve tinkered on and off with it over the years).

So today I sent it off to the transmission shop to see what it is going to take to get it shifting again. Of course I’ll need to install a new master brake cylinder and do a full brake service before getting it back on the road (I’ve never tackled transmissions). Who knows what else I’ll find that needs some attention since the car has been sitting 7 years or so … since my Dad and I went to the Sidney Applefest in 2013 (below – Sidney OH Courthouse Square panoramic photo below. Good father and son memories!)



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