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Re: Flasher
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Just what's printed on the flasher, as pictured above.

I figure it's a polarity issue. Solid state devices tend to be quite picky about such things.

Posted on: 8/7 18:45:47
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Re: Flasher
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For future reference, I obtained the electronic flasher with adapter and can report that it doesn't work in the '55 no matter what pinout is configured. I tried every combination.

Posted on: 8/7 17:49:04
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Re: Flasher
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Based on that wiring diagram the socket doesn't match either standard, so no electronic flasher will work without wires to change the pinout. I was already looking at the one that came with the adapter but if one of the standards were adhered to I could get one with adjustable rate. For that I guess I'd need to make my own adapter.

Thanks for the info.

Posted on: 8/2 8:27:16
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Flasher
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I'm looking to replace the flasher on my '55 400 with an electronic unit, replacing the stock P273D Tung Sol mechanical flasher, but I've been unable to determine if the socket is a CF13 or CF14 type, which determines the pinout polarity. Does anyone know which socket is applicable to the positive ground system?

Posted on: 8/2 7:33:47
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Ultramatic Park
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One thing I've encountered with my "new" '55 400 is that it's often extremely difficult to get the Ultramatic out of the park position, even on level ground. I suspect I'm not the first to run into this. Ideas?

Posted on: 7/29 15:57:23
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Re: Shock absorbers on torsion level cars
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Thanks. Fixed the typo.

I found the specs on the KYB 343149 recommended for the rear, 8.66 Stroke, 21.57 Ext, 12.91 Compression, but not the originals.

It's very possible the application charts are wrong. Some of the same sites list shocks that are supposedly applicable to the '55 400, but obviously are not.

The only '55 listed that this shock fits is the Chevy Bel Air (rear).

Posted on: 7/21 18:08:50
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Re: Shock absorbers on torsion level cars
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Thanks for the information. So as far as anyone knows the '55 rear shocks are somewhat available but fronts are unavailable short of modification? (The Gabriel and Monroe models referred to in the past are no longer made.)

As for the rear a point of confusion with the recommended KYB 343149 shocks is that the vendor sites I've checked with all say they don't fit the '55 Packard.

Anyone happen to have detailed specs on the stock shocks regarding length, etc., or have any other recommendations?

Posted on: 7/21 17:34:02
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Shock absorbers on torsion level cars
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Regarding my '55 400, anything special about the shock absorbers? I recall long ago reading that they damped in only one direction. Is that the case? Any recommendations regarding replacements?

Posted on: 7/20 20:28:53
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Re: Torsion level wheel alignment
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As for ball stud lubrication, I can say that whatever lubrication was ever there has been entirely replaced with a thick layer of dirt, sand and gravel. That's the only lubrication now. That location collects it. A cleaning and application of grease will hopefully resolve the issue.

Thanks for the tip on the radio modification. I'm looking into it. I wasn't aware of that particular vendor.

This is pending return of the car. It's been at the muffler shop for the past three days to have a reproduction exhaust system with resonators installed. This shop is operated by a single person that's been doing it for 40+ years. He has the experience and does quality work but can't be rushed.

Posted on: 7/13 21:50:55
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Re: Torsion level wheel alignment
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This vehicle is 5587-5509. The bulletin says the new ball studs started with 5587-6739. So it could be the issue described in the bulletin being the pop seems to occur when the car suspension is unloaded.

The bulletin mentions a "special lubricant" applied to the ball stud seats. Anyone know what this lubricant was? I would think maybe a silicone grease would be appropriate. I don't see any specific reference to it in the bulletin.

Posted on: 7/10 16:21:14
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