King Faruq Packard (the last king of Egypt)

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Project by savannah505 posted 01-17-2009 07:20 AM 3035 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, after talking to a couple of fellow LJ’s, I decided to dig out the only 2 photos of this car that I have of some work long ago, when I was in my mid 20’s. I lived in Washington state at the time, and a fellow in Auburn, Washington was a Packard nut. He bought the former King of Egypts 1936 Packard. King Faruq was the last king that Egypt had and this was his “limo” that he drove around in. When I started on this car, it had no woodwork in it, it had all been stolen or removed from the car, all I had was a single black and white picture of what it used to look like. I steam bent mahogany and made all the curves to all windows, door trims, dash, and anything else in there that required it. I used Carpathian elm burl wood veneer, and if I remember right, I used a laquer for the finish. The rest of the upholstery is in mohair, very common back then, in high end cars of that era. I wasn’t really into pictures too much back then, and of course no one ever heard of digital camera then. This was about 1979 when I did this, the man liked it so much that I did another 2 Packards that he owned, but this is the only one I have showing the woodwork. This was the first time I worked with veneer.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#1 posted 01-17-2009 08:19 AM

looking forward 2 future pics

what could be more fun?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 01-17-2009 11:28 AM

King Faruq…that’s the correct English spelling, I believe…yup…and very famous….

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#3 posted 01-17-2009 11:33 AM

oh, and some spell it: Farouk, Farook, Faruk, Farouq, El-Farouk, Al Farouk.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#4 posted 01-17-2009 02:46 PM

Hi Dan;

It looks like great woodworking, but it’s unfortunate they’re the only pics you have. I would have liked to see the dashboard. But, like you, I never used to bother with pictures, or the ones I did take, I’ve lost track of.

It’s always good talking with you.


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#5 posted 01-17-2009 03:39 PM

Great pictures, It would be nice to see the whole car.

Nice historical piece.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#6 posted 01-17-2009 06:21 PM

Hi Dan

From what I can see … knowing you I’m Sure it turned out Really nice .
The King would be proud {:o)

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#7 posted 01-17-2009 06:41 PM

Dan – great timing for this post as we have the Barrett Jackson Scottsdale auction on the tv.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#8 posted 01-18-2009 04:52 AM


We all wish you had more photos. Wonder what that car is worth today?

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 01-18-2009 07:43 AM

What a great historical project. Do you still have contact with this friend? Do you know where this car is now?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 01-18-2009 07:52 AM

To MMH – No – Actually the guy was a real jerk, putting it nicely, son was nice, but I was happy to say good riddance to him, by the time I was done with all 3 cars. I’m sure the guy has passed on by now.

-- Dan Wiggins

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