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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. 1941 - 1953 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.
  3. 1948-1954 Packard Parts List
    Here is the 1948-1954 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 1951-1954 Service Manual
    Here is the 1951-1954 Service Manual turned into a PDF and broken down into sections for easy download and viewing.

    Just click on the links below to download/view:
  6. 1951-1956 Turn Signal Wire Diagram
    This is the 1951-1956 Turn Signal Wire Diagram.
  7. 1953 26th Series Wire Diagrams
    This is the 1953 26th Series Wire Diagrams.
  8. 1953 Dealer Invitation
    This is a 1953 Dealer Invitation sent out to perspective customer to invite them into the dealership to see the new 1953 model.
  9. 1953 Ditzler Paint Chips
    Here is the 1953 Ditzler Packard Paint Chips.
  10. 1953 Dupont Paint Chips
    This is the 1953 Dupont Paint Chips showing the available colors and combinations.
  11. 1953 Packard 26th Series Operators Manual (Owners Manual)
    This is the 1953 Packard 26th Series Operators Manual (Owners Manual). It covers the care and operation of the 1953 Packards.
  12. 1953 Packard Balboa-X Brochure
    This is a brochure of the Packard Balboa-X and how it received the Gold Medal D.S.C. Design, Comfort and Safety award.
  13. 1953 Packard Retail Sales Conference Training Booklet
    This was a Training Booklet given to the Salesmen at the 1953 Packard Retail Sales Conference.
  14. 1953 Packard Service Counselors
    Here are the 1953 Packard Service Counselors. These were sent out every year to address problems and as addendums to the factory service manuals.
  15. 1953 Parts and Accessories Bulletins/Letters
    Parts & Accessories Bulletins were sent to advise dealers of matters requiring immediate attention or new items or special pricing in the Parts Dept. Attachments are included, where available.
  16. 1953 Road Test: The Packard '300' Cavalier
    This is an interesting road test article on the 1953 Packard '300' Cavalier. It covers options that were available, hits on the strenghts and weaknesses of the '53 Cavalier.
  17. 1953 Sales Brochure
    This is the 1953 Packard and Clipper Sales brochure. This is a very nice piece and also shows some of the optional accesories that were available in 1953.
  18. 1953 Sales Brochure promoting Ultramatic, Power Steering and Easematic brakes
    This is a sales brochure for the 1953 Packard and Clipper models which highlights the Ultramatic, Power Steering and Easematic brakes.
  19. 1953 Service Technical Bulletins (STBs)
    Here is the complete set of 1953 Service Techincal Bulletins (STB's). I created the index below to make it easy to find the correct one.

    *Update Thanks to Howard Hanson for filling in 54T-8, which I didn't even know was missing.
  20. 1953 Shareholders Invitation Materials
    That is a combination of materials about a program but together to invite Shareholders into the dealers to view the new 1953 models and features.

    This includes a Company letter to the dealer explaining the program. A copy of the shareholder invitation brochure, and an invitation card.
  21. 1953-1954 Packard Air Conditioning Serviceman's Training Manual
    This is the 1953-1954 Serviceman's Training manual for Air Conditioning. This was sent to the mechanics at the dealerships for they could learn how the A/C works and how to service it.
  22. 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.
  23. 288, 327, 356 & 359 Head Compression Ratios
    Have you ever wondered about the compression ratios you would get from mixing & matching heads from 288, 327, 356 & 359?

    Attached is table with the info first in order by Compression Ratios then by Years/Types.
  24. 53/54 Packard Article
    Here is an article on the Packard Line for either 53 or 54. Not sure.
  25. Borg Warner Overdrive Manual
    This is The OVERDRIVE by Borg-Warner. It covers the R10 and R11 overdrive units used in Packard and other vehicles. It has 21 diagrams.

    Topics covered include: Troubleshooting and Servicing the unit, Common Causes of Trouble, Performance, Mechanical, Electrical, Service Operations, Mechanical Faults, Operating Principles.
  26. General Letters
    These are General Letters issues by Packard to Zone and/or Dealers on various issues.
  27. General Service Bulletins
    These are the General Service Bulletins that were sent to Zones and Dealer. They contain additional information that is useful in regards to parts and special service information
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. How To: Rebuilding a Packard Fuel Pump
    Here is a 'How-To' article that I wrote on the process of rebuilding a mechanical fuel pump on my Packard. If you have never rebuilt a pump yourself or are just curious on how these pumps work I hope you find it an interesting read. I took pictures at every step of the way, so if you want to rebuild your own pump you can use this as a guide.
  32. 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.
  33. Owners Service Card 2652-2917
    This is an Owners Service Card for a 1953 2652-2917.
  34. Owners Service Card 2672-9732
    This is a Owner Service card for a 2672-9732.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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**
  38. 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)
  39. 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***
  40. Packard Monoblock Inline 8-Cyl Engine Specifications 1935-54
    Compiled table of Packard Monoblock Inline 8-Cyl Engine Specifications for 1935-1954.
  41. Packard Parts and Accessories Merchandising Memos
    The are the Packard Parts and Accessories Merchandising Memos that were send out to Zone and Dealers to let them know about new Parts and Accessories to mechandise to customers.
  42. 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.
  43. Packard Post-War Material Cards
    These are sample Material Cards that cover upholstery materials, carpet, and roof materials.
  44. Packard Section from period Motors Manual
    This I belive is a Packard Section from a Motors Parts and Labor reference manual. It contains basic information about all the models from 1940-54. It has a lot of tune up information, engine and body serial numbers. If has several exploded parts breakdown sheets that include the Transmission, Overdrive, Ultramatics, Trendle Bendix unit, Powersterring, Front Suspension, and steering. As well as a pretty comprehensive mechanical parts list.
  45. Parts and Accessories Bulletins
    These are the Parts and Accessories Bulletins that were sent from Factory to the Zone and Dealer about changes in Parts and Accessories.
  46. Philadelphia Zone Office Letters
    These are letter issued by the Philadelphia Zone Office, to dealers located in their zone, on various Service related subjects.
  47. Radio Instructions PA-439661 and PA439665
    This is a single sheet (double sided) set of radio instructions covering Packard radios PA-439661 and PA439665.
  48. 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.
  49. Serviceman's Training Book: (Carter) 4 Barrel Carb
    This is the Carter 4 Barrel Carburetor Training Manual. These were given to new mechanics in training. This has a 1953 printing date on it.
  50. Serviceman's Training Book: Engine Diagnosis and Tune-Up
    This manual was part of Packard's Service Training Program and covered engine diagnosis and tune-up for 19th, 20th, 21st series cars. But general procedures apply to any Packard with a Straight 8 or 6 motor. Printed July 1947
  51. Serviceman's Training Book: Know the 24th Series Packard
    This training book was sent out to all the dealers for mechanics to understand the new 1951 (24th Series) cars that were coming. This has a wealth of information about the new cars, their construction, and features. Information is relevant to all 1951-1954 Packards.
  52. 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...
  53. Serviceman's Training Book: Ultramatic
    This is the Ultramatic Service Training Manual. These were given to new mechanics in training.
  54. 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.
  55. 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."
  56. Technical Letters
    Technical Letters issues by Packard on various issues.
  57. Trade Letters
    Trade Letters on various matters that were issued by Packard to Zones and Dealers
  58. 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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