Danny Koker of “Counting Cars” cruises the streets of Las Vegas searching for classic and antique cars for his next project. More often than not he finds a suitable project which he restores, flips, or adds to his personal collection.
Many people hunt collectables cars when traveling; I am no exception. My eyes are always searching for an interesting vehicle just waiting for a little love. Rarely do I purchase one, but sometimes I do.
There was a 1954 Packard located less than two miles from my home. I actually knew the owner and had taught and coached is son at the local school. I showed my interest in the Packard several times, but it was not for sale. Finally a few years later the car was for sale, they were cleaning up the yard and getting rid of their junk. I bought this cool 1954 Packard Clipper Super Panama 2 door hardtop for the exorbitant cost of $100. Add this to the list of mistakes that all car collectors make: NOT EVERYONE SHOULD OWN A PACKARD.
The body was rough, the interior was poor, and it did not run. Not only did the “Packin’ Packard,” as my neighbor called it, have these problems, I didn’t have the cash to bring it back to life.
So a driver it became. Believe it or not, we got it running with a little ZEP, and a tune up. The brakes even worked.
I made a deal with my neighbor: he would paint the car, I would buy the materials and construct a small retaining wall near his garage. A great deal for me.
We picked a Packard color and then matched it with a 2004 Ford color that was nearly identical (check out the pictures).
I made door panels, installed a headliner and carpet, and repainted the dashboard. Although we painted the chrome a silver color the old Packard was at least respectable.
A $2500 asking price brought a number of lookers. I sold it once for $2000, but the buyer backed out leaving me $60 cash and a bounced check for $240. No problem, I had his $60 bucks and the car, but it was still unsold.
Thinking I was never going to unload it, a creative deal came to fruition. The Dutch Apple Dinner Theater wanted to buy it and turn it into a stage prop. To meet their budget, I sold them the front half to just behind the front door. I kept the rear and trunk to make a cool sofa. I was to keep the engine, but I blew it up moving the car around the property before they picked it up.
The “Packin’ Packard” has new life as the star of a “Grease” dinner theater production, and a sofa in my man cave. The car destined for the junkyard and later a “not so cool” driver, is now a dinner theater star and a useful, cool sofa.
This is just one of my personal CAR TALES, I have loads more. All cars have them. Leave a comment and share yours!