The car as I first saw it. It had been stored in a barn in west Texas for about 35 years. It is a 1928 Packard 633 with a special body built by Henry Binder of Paris.
Most of the 6th series Packards were made in 1929, but this one is an early one, build in late 1928.
The car when it first arrived at the shop in Hutto, TX. for me to start the restoration for the owner in west Texas. In the early 1970's he had someone do some work on the car. The work done on the car was not satisfactory and the owner retrieved it. The parts were attached with duct tape and a few bolts to show that most of the parts were being returned. None of the wood parts that were made were good enough to use and no attempt was made to label the parts and bolts that were removed.
The first trailer load of loose parts brought to the shop.
More of the first load in the SUV.
Some of the parts laid out to label and group like parts together.
Original wood from rear body.
Original wood from the rear body to make patternd from.
The new wood made from the original wood as patterns.The dark colored piece was the pattern for the rear bottom piece behind it.
The rear part of the body with the new wood installed.
Working on how the original wood was put together in front cowl area.
Making new wood for the front part of the cowl from the original wood.
More of the original wood and brace from horizontal beam to front cowl wood.
The top wood starting to come together.
A splice for the new front part of the right hand horizontal beam.
Parts of the left hand front door. The plastic bags are labeled and filled with small door parts.
More labeled door parts in Zip locks.
The original grab handle to help get into the rear seat.
The frame before sandblasting.
Fitting new wood into cowl.
My Dads 1950's DoAll band saw used to cut both wood and metal parts.
Some poor woodwork that a previous restorer did and some rusted out metal that will be replaced.
The bad portion of the metal is almost cut off.
The metal ready for the patch panel.
The lower corner piece made to replace the the poorly made one from a previous restorer.
Another view of the new wood piece.
The new wood piece in place.
The patch panels from both sides, the old metal and the form I made to form the new panels
Another view of the form.
The panels ready to weld on the cowl.
One of the panels welded in place.
The view of the other one from the inside.
View of the inside of the cowl with the new wood and panels.
Hoisting the cowl to put it on the frame.
The cowl in place on the frame.
The cowl from the front side.
Inside view of the left side of the cowl.
This is a oil level gauge - used instead of a dip stick.
The straight eight engine.
The frame after sandblasting.
The frame after being sandblasted, primered and painted.