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  1. 1929-1956 Packard National Automotive Service Data
    Here is the National Automotive Service Data covering Packards from 1929-1956. This contains quick reference on engine mechanicals by model, engine wire diagrams, firing order, etc. This has been broke in sections by series, and by specific models.
  2. 1950 -1956 Complete Utltramatic Service Information
    This is a complete set (3 Parts) of everything Ultramatic. It has all the STB's, Service Counselors, and tons of other stuff in a 3 volume set.
  3. 1951-1956 Turn Signal Wire Diagram
    This is the 1951-1956 Turn Signal Wire Diagram.
  4. 1955 "Sensations" Torsion Level Brochure
    This is the 1955 "Sensations" Brochure that covers the Torsion Level Suspension.
  5. 1955 "Torsion Level" Sales Presentation Letter
    This is a very interesting letter from PMCC to all the dealers and salesmen on how to properly demonstrate the Torsion Level suspension that was new for 1955 to customers.
  6. 1955 - 56 Instructions for installing Leece-Neville Window Lift Motors
    This is a set of instructions and diagrams for installing Leece-Neville windows lift motors and circuit breakers in 1955 & 1956 Packards equipped with power windows. This document is dated 6-9-60 and I believe this covers new field replacement parts for fixing power motors in 55/56 Packards.
  7. 1955 55th Series Wire Diagrams
    This is the 1955 55th Series Wire Diagrams.
  8. 1955 Accessories Booklet
    This is the 1955 Accessories Booklet. A very interesting read of all the stuff that was available from the dealer in 1955.
  9. 1955 Build Sheet and Production Code Chart
    The availability of optional equipment wasn't always clear from the showroom literature or even the parts catalog, but it was spelled out for the dealers for the purpose of ordering and pricing vehicles via factory-issued Trade Letters, which are rather hard to come by these days.

    To help decode build sheets and production orders and figure out what equipment your car came with as standard and what else was available, optionally, this information has now been summarized in a format similar to what you might have seen in sales brochures in more recent years.
  10. 1955 Clipper Motor Road Test Article
    This is a Road Test article on the 1955 Clipper from the June, 1955 issue of Motor Trend.
  11. 1955 Clipper Owners Manual
    This is the 1955 Clipper Owners Manual and covers the care, operation and minor maintenance of the vehicle.
  12. 1955 Dealer Book
    This is the 1955 Dealer Book. It contains the paint chip samples and color schemes as well as upholstery samples for the 1955 Packards and Clippers. It also contains V8, Ultramatic and other technical information.

    **UPDATED: Upholstery Link fixed**
  13. 1955 Ditzler Paint Chips
    Here are the 1955 Ditzler Packard Paint Chips.
  14. 1955 Ditzler Paint Chips
    This is the 1955 Ditzler Paint Chips showing the available colors and combinations.
  15. 1955 Double Prize Winner Torsion Level Suspension Brochure
    This is a Brochure for the 1955 Torsion Level suspension which announces that Packard won the International Award for Merrit for it's design.
  16. 1955 Double-Prize Winner Brochure
    1955 Brochure about Packard winning two design prizes for the Torsion Level Suspension.
  17. 1955 Dupont Paint Chips
    Here is the 1955 Dupont Packard Paint Chips
  18. 1955 Flat Rate Manual
    The Flat Rate Manual provides labor times for specific repair operations. Such schedules are usually based on time studies performed under the most optimal of conditions and were used primarily to reimburse dealers for warranty claims.
  19. 1955 Mark IV A/C Installation Manual
    This is the Installation Manual for the Mark IV aftermarket A/C unit in a 1955 Packard.
  20. 1955 Packard Motor Trend Article
    This is an article from the February 1955 issue of Motor Trend that covers the new 1955 Packards. "New Ride, New Look, New Engine"
  21. 1955 Packard Service Counselors
    Here are the 1955 Packard Service Couselors. These were sent out as addendums to the standard service manuals.
  22. 1955 Patrician Owner's Manual
    Here is the 1955 Patrician Owner's Manual. If you own a '55 you need one of these. This explains the care and operation of you '55.
  23. 1955 Promotional Mailer
    This is a 1955 Packard Promotional Mailer send by Dealers to perspective customer. This particular mailer is a blank and contains no customer or Dealer address.
  24. 1955 Rinshed Mason Paint Chips
    This is the 1955 Packard Rinshed Mason Paint Chips
  25. 1955 Rochester 4GC Service Training Manual
    This is the Service and Rebuild manual for the Rochester Model 4GC Carburetors.
  26. 1955 Sales Spotlight Bulletins (Parts & Accessories Merchandising)
    Sales Spotlight Bulletins were sent to dealers to promote the ordering and stocking of featured products - typically, accessories, maintenance, or new items - to help build additional sales and profits. Attachments are included, where available.
  27. 1955 Service Technical Bulletins (STBs)
    Here is the almost complete set of 1955 Service Technical Bulletins (STB's). I created the index below to make it easy to find the correct one. If you can fill in any of the missing ones please let me know.
  28. 1955 Studebaker-Packard Corp Paint Chips
    Here are the 1955 1955 Studebaker-Packard Corp Paint Chips
  29. 1955 The New Packard Brochure
    This is the 1955 "The New Packard" Sale Brochure folder. It contains 16 pages and wonderful illustrations of the various models that were available in 1955.
  30. 1955 Torsion Level Suspension Brochure
    Here is the 1955 Torsion Level Suspension Brochure. This was a sales piece that explain the features and benefits of the Torsion Level Suspension.
  31. 1955 Two Great Lines - Packard Magazine/Brochure
    This is a large format 20 page brochure that is setup almost like a magazine. Beautiful full color illustrations of many of the 1955 models and chassis setup. This is the first time I have ever seen this brochure anywhere. So not sure if it is pretty rare or not.
  32. 1955-1956 Flat Rate Manual
    The Flat Rate Manual provides labor times for specific repair operations. Such schedules are usually based on time studies performed under the most optimal of conditions and were used primarily to reimburse dealers for warranty claims.
  33. 1955-1956 Packard Service Manual
    Here is the 1955-1956 Service Manual turned into a PDF and broken down into sections for easy download and viewing.

    **UPDATE** All the sections have been replaced with Higher Quality versions. Thanks to Howard for rescanning this!
  34. 1955-1956 Parts and Accessories List
    Here is the 1955-1956 Packard Part List (also called the Parts Manual). This piece is an essential companion to the Service Manual. Not only does it provide information on what part number is what, more importantly it provides the exploded part views that are needed when rebuilding components.
  35. 1955-1956 Torsion Level Wire Diagram
    This is the 1955-1956 Torsion Level Wire Diagram.
  36. 1955-56 A/C Install Guide
    Here is the 1955-56 A/C Install Guide.

    "Some might get a kick out of this. Even though hang on and trunk units were available and probably much less cost & trouble to install, guess East Grand thought they were not befitting a properly attired Packard so the kit was made available mid 55. Wonder if anyone has info on how much it cost to be done after the fact rather than ordered up front." - Howard
  37. 1955-56 Packard Rochester 4GC Service Information
    Published by the United Motors Division of GM, these sheets provide detailed breakdown of components (with GM Rochester part numbers), adjustments and specifications.
  38. 1955-SAE “The New Packard V-8 Engine”
    This is SAE Paper 560020 (Number 479) which covering “The New Packard V-8 Engine” and was written by W. E. Schwieder from Packard. This was given at a the:

    SAE Golden Anniversary Passenger, Car, Body and Material Meeting at the Sheraton_Cadillac Hotel, Detroit, MI on March 1-3, 1955.

    This cover the history, engineering and mechanics of the new Packard V-8 engine.
  39. 1957-1941 Shell Service Charts
    These are Shell Service Charts covering Packards from 1957-1941. Contains lube information, tune up replacement part lists, and model identification.
  40. 1958 S/P Service Bulletin #339
    A number of items concerning Supercharger Fuel Pump, Ultamatic, Twin Traction, Windshield Washers and others.
  41. AEA Packard Tune Up & Wiring Diagram Charts
    These charts, printed on both sides of a single piece of card stock, provide detailed specifications for starting, charging, ignition, fuel and miscellaneous systems - a quick reference for independent service facilities from decades ago. Wiring diagrams are also included - space permitting.
  42. General Letters
    These are General Letters issues by Packard to Zone and/or Dealers on various issues.
  43. How Potent is the Packard V8 - HotRod Magazine Article
    This is an article for the Auguest 1955 Issue of HotRod Magazine. It covers all the in's and out's of the 1955 Packard V8 motor.
  44. HOW TO: Ranco Heater Valve Seal Replacement
    This is a "How-To" on how to replace the valve seal on the Ranco heater valves that were used on most of the Post-War Packards. The seal replacement is typically all that is done in most valve rebuilds. I took all the pictures and while rebuilding my valve and hope you find it usefull.
  45. HOW TO: Rebuild a Trico Mag-Nu-Matic Washer Pump
    This is a How-To article I wrote while rebuilding my Trico Mag-Nu-Matic Windshield Washer Pump. Hopefully it provides information for those looking to rebuild their own pump. Enjoy.
  46. HOW TO: Rebuild the Packard Bendix-Treadlevac Master Brake Cylinder
    This "How To Article" gives step by step directions and pictures on rebuilding the Bendix-Treadlvac Master Brake Cylinder used on 1952-1956 Packards.
  47. HOW-TO: Adapting a Modern Fuel Sender
    This is a great article written by Howard Hanson on how to adapt a modern $18 JC Whitney Fuel Sender to work in the a 56 Packard. According to Howard he belives this should for for any Packard from 1951-56.
  48. How-To: Pushbutton actuator removal guide (Revised)
    a revised version of my earlier document for owners of pushbutton cars to supply to transmission shops or local mechanics (aka "wire cutters") to aid in the proper removal of the pushbutton actuator.
  49. Luster Seal Mailer
    This is a mailer that was sent to customers about Luster Seal that was available from their local Packard dealer. No date, but based on the "S-P" would be 1954-58.
  50. Novi A/C Service Information
    This information was published in "Service Automotive Air Conditioners by Dale Mericle" and was published in 1956. It covers the Novi system that was used by Packard and Studebaker.
  51. Packard Advanced Engineering Division Project No. 354. Dynamic Studies of (Fuel) Injection Nozzles
    This is a set of documents from the Advanced Engineering Division at Packard that was investigating the use of fuel injection on Packard V8 engines. This document provides a rare look at some of the hush-hush R & D that was going on behind the scenes at Packard.
  52. Packard and Studebaker-Packard Annual Corporate Reports
    These Packard and Studebaker-Packard Annual Corporate Reports were prepared each year for the annual stockholders meeting and distributed to the shareholders. They contains interesting information on both what occurred the previous year and also the some outlooks for the coming year. Some contain wonderful pictures of new models, new plant renderings, etc.
  53. Packard Carburetor Application List
    This is a list of carburetor application by model. It is a work in progress and will be edited and updated and information is discovered.
  54. Packard Engine Serial Number Reference
    This is a list of Packard engine serial numbers from 1899-1956. Hopefully this will left to provide not only a reference to those wanting to know if their engine is correct for their model, but also some basic information about all the engine in a quick reference.

    **UPDATED 2/27/12**
  55. Packard Hub Cap and Wheel Cover Identification Guide
    This guide was put together to help identify Hub Caps and Full Wheel Covers that were used on Packard models. This is a work in progress, so it will be updated as folks are able to give me more pictures and information.

    (Updated Rev 4)
  56. Packard Model-Series Progression Chart
    This is a chart showing how the model years and series interrelate with one another. I also tried to show the a specific models evolution across the various years and series. I hope you find it usefull.

    ***UPDATED 11/17/2008***
  57. Packard Patent Filings
    The is a collection of Packard Patent Filings grouped by initial filing date. Please note that Packard filed for patent many years before those items were used in production in some cases.
  58. Packard Post-War Material Cards
    These are sample Material Cards that cover upholstery materials, carpet, and roof materials.
  59. Packard Radio 462047 and 472048 Owners Manual
    This the 1955 (56) Packard Radio 462047 and 472048 Owners Manual. If covers basic operation and usage.
  60. Radio Instructions PA-439661 and PA439665
    This is a single sheet (double sided) set of radio instructions covering Packard radios PA-439661 and PA439665.
  61. RHD V8 Packard Roadtest Article
    Here is a roadtest by a British publication of a right-hand drive V8 Packard. The V8 cars were converted to RHD by Leonard Williams, the London Packard dealer. From 1939 thru 1954 the RHD cars were assembled at Detroit; before that by Packard Canada starting in 1933 I believe.

    There are several things interesting about the RHD conversion. Firstly the V8 models were the first to Dave Czirr knowledge where Packard did not do the conversions themselves, either in Detroit or at Packard Canada. Secondly, the omission of the clutch pedal let them move the two pedals and dimmer switch to the right in the conventional arrangement, previously notably in the early to mid-30s, the accelerator was placed between the brake and the clutch due to the confined space.
  62. SAE Torsion Level Engineering Specification
    A very interesting piece describing the history and engineering specs of the Torsion Level Suspension
  63. Service Development Bulletins
    These are the Sevice Development Bulletins that were sent to the Zones and Dealers to cover a number changes in regards to service.
  64. Serviceman's Training Book: The 55th Series V8 Engine
    This is the Serviceman's "Training Booklet: The 55th Series V8 Engine with Test Procedures - Trouble Shooting". These are essential companions on the Service Manual and help to fill in the missing gaps of "assumed" information.
  65. Serviceman's Training Book: 1955 - Mechanical Changes and Torsion Level Suspension
    This the Serviceman's Training Book for 1955 covering mechanical changes for the 1955 series and also the Torsion Level Suspension.
  66. Serviceman's Training Book: Packard Power Steering
    This is the Power Steering Training Book (circa 1953) that was used to train mechanics how the power steering system works, and how to rebuild it. Thanks to Brian DeBoeck for the donation of this content.Power Steering Training BookThese PDFs were crea...
  67. Serviceman's Training Book: The 55th Series
    This is the 1955 Service's Training Book that covers Clipper and Packard Mechanical Changes and the Torsion Level Suspension. If you have a 55 or a 56 this is good information to have in your toolbox.
  68. Serviceman's Training Book: Ultramatic
    This is the Ultramatic Service Training Manual. These were given to new mechanics in training.
  69. Serviceman's Training Manual: Brakes and Easamatic
    This is the Serviceman's Training Manual: Brakes and Easamatic booklet. This was part of the training program for Packard Mechanics. Produced in 1952 it covers the new Easamatic Brake Booster and general Packard brake servicing. Applicable to 1952-1956 models.
  70. Servicing Auto-Lite Generator Regulators
    "This booklet is designed for use by Auto-Lite servicemen. It is a refresher on how the Auto-Lite Generator Regulator works and on service procedures."
  71. Technical Letters
    Technical Letters issues by Packard on various issues.
  72. Torsion Level System and Load Levelers on American Vehicles
    Torsion Level System and Load Levelers on American Vehicles provides descriptive data on the 1955 Packard Torsion level system.
  73. Trade Letters
    Trade Letters on various matters that were issued by Packard to Zones and Dealers
  74. Ultramatic Info from Studebaker STBs
    This represents the Ultramatic Service information and updates from that were contained in Studebaker service bulletings from 1957 thru 1961, but apply to 1956 Ultramatics and earlier.
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