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Re: Power window master switch
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I don't know if you will find any new switches but there are probably some used around. There are two main causes for switch problems that have been found so far.

One is the plug that mates to the pins on the back of the switch has contacts inside the plug that bend or stretch and lose shape and contact with a pin. This is probably because of the pull of the wire bundle and the lack of fastening to the switch body.

The other and more common issue seems to be a relatively tiny surface area on the movable switch contact or "button" burns away because of the high motor current and the arc that develops as you let off the switch when the motor is stalled at top or bottom of travel. The contact surface is actually the small end of a rivet and as far as I know there is no repair that has been figured out or being done by anyone. I looked for a compatible rivet but did not find anything that was small enough or shaped properly. Trying to repair using silver solder to build up the surface I think would be very difficult if not impossible because the mounting piece is phenolic and can't take a high temperature.

To add to the problem is apparently Packard had two vendors or two versions of the switch. I have not compared them myself but another poster who had hoped to repair his switch with parts from another found his two switches were different and parts would not interchange. If you cannot find another good switch the parts are the same for each switch section inside the master. Two sliding "contact buttons" are used for each switch section. You could move the bad contact to a window not used often and swap a good piece for the drivers window. The 4 chrome visible pieces are held by a pin which can be pushed out of the switch body. Once the pin is out the chrome part can be lifted off and the "buttons" will then come out as well. There is a spring under each "button".

It was mentioned at one time that Cadillac might have used the same switch. Does anyone know if this is true. If so there is a Cadillac place that has some switch repair parts and if there is a chance Packard and Cadillac used the same internal parts maybe some kind of repair would be possible.

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Re: wanted sunvisors
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The actual complete visor assy depended on trim code so while they might fit some would be in horrible color combinations or have different treatments including chrome bits which are one some but not others. With new upholstery that is not a big deal so I would say yes, for the most part those for closed cars are interchangeable and maybe even thru 54. Convertibles have different brackets and I believe different shapes so are not.

The bracket and arm is what is interesting and I don't know what if anything might have changed mechanically. 21st seniors use one number for right side and another for left side so one of each per car. Those brackets are chrome finished. There are different numbers for prewar and lesser 21st models. Again, one for each side. No idea the difference but I suspect it is only finish.

22nd thru 54th senior cars use the same chrome bracket as the 21st right side number and a quantity of two for each car. I believe appearance and function wise the only difference in brackets is the color of the bracket paint on the lesser models vs chrome on seniors. Not sure what changed to go from a side specific application on 21st series to a bracket that works on both sides for later models but kept the same part number. I think a visor from a later senior car would seem to be able to work in a 21st and probably those from a junior car would too but I didn't dig deeply into those part numbers.

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Re: 1956 Packard 400 Clock wanted
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Hope it works out too. If it doesn't and your guy can't fix one of them at least you will have a core that looks complete. Should be enough to convert to a quartz movement and the original can keep the hole in the car filled while that is done. I had mine converted many years ago.

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Re: Battery Cable to Starter
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Most solenoids Packard used have a 3/8 battery terminal.

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Re: 1956 Packard 400 Clock wanted
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The one on ebay said it came from a bunch of old Cad, Buick and Packard parts and the comment "Nice" is in the description even though he has it listed as parts and no warranty might be what you want. At $22 don't think it is too outrageous.

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Re: 1956 Packard 400 Clock wanted
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There is a 56 senior clock on ebay listed for parts. Pictures are not the best but it looks complete -- although I am not sure where the single small chrome piece in the last photo goes. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Packard-Clock ... :USPSPriority!93727!US!-1

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Re: Trunk lock with/without key
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Too bad you are looking for the whole thing. Cylinders interchange over several years but the case appears to be specific to 51 and very early 52 and is probably going to limit the search. They changed the entire locking mechanism in early 52 to a stronger build and the case as well. Don't recall seeing anything where the new assy should or maybe could be retrofitted. The case is probably specific to fit into the mechanism. No idea if anything from other years could be made to fit.

Posted on: 7/18 14:53:28
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Re: Henney Brake Cylinder Rebuild Kits and Hoses
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If you are still needing info on a Custom 8 bore am thinking the master bore was 1" on everything but the 156" chassis. That is the case in the 51-4 models where specs are given. Didn't find specs for earlier cars but my 2106 Custom Clipper is also 1".

Posted on: 7/18 14:09:57
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Re: Trunk lock with/without key
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Parts book says bare lock cylinder is the same from 48-52 so more years might open up more possibilities in finding one.

There is a different number for 53 and later. I don't know if the actual cylinder changed as far as size or the end casting that fits in the mechanism but they did make a change to the way new replacement cylinders were fitted to the original key. Old way required new pins to be inserted in the cylinder to match the bumps on the key and new way required inserting key in the cylinder and then filing down pins already in the cylinder to match the key. Since the new and easier keying method required the pins be in the cylinder instead of empty holes that might be the only difference and why there was a new number.

Packards1 has a 53 trunk cylinder on ebay and you might compare to yours to see if the end that works the mechanism looks the same and it is only the extended pins that are different. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1953-55-Packa ... 941b1a:g:RpYAAOSwo4pYW-x4

Posted on: 7/18 13:09:38
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Re: The Duchess Project: 1940 Super 8 Convertible Sedan
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I am thinking the 3 shortest go front and right middle. Breather and longest go to the rear with breather on right. Can't tell if the middle left where the breather is in the photo is raised as much as the rear two but if so, the other long one.

If the length of the breather bolt reaches the same depth to oil in the rear hole as in the previous location then is the oil level proper or was the car parked at an angle that could let oil level get high enough on that side to flow out the bolt?

Posted on: 7/18 12:18:27
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