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Re: 1951 Patrician Police Car?
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So maybe it never was an airport car, and maybe it never was a police car. Another case of caveat emptor I guess.

Yes, I think there is an overdrive relay on the firewall and a black knob under the dash to throw it in and out. It would be an interesting car to own and a fun tour car to take on the road. I may go look if it doesn't sell.

Thanks, guys, for all your input.

Posted on: 12/12 11:42:50
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Re: 1951 Patrician Police Car?
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Ah. Thanks, Ross.

I wondered why I saw no interior controls for them. That changes the complexion somewhat in my opinion. Police car? Hmmm...

Also, this Patrician is a 1951 model and the pictured window sticker says, "Indianapolis Municipal Airport." But the airport name was changed in 1944 to "H. Weir Cook Airport." The window sticker would have been seven years obsolete in 1951 when the car was new.

In 68 years and 89,000 miles a car can go through a lot of owners and each has a lot of opportunities to make changes.

Posted on: 12/12 10:45:58
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Re: 1951 Patrician Police Car?
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Seller states that he was told it was an Indianapolis Airport police car. It's close enough to my location that I could go look, I guess. I find it intriguing, but don't really desperately need another Packard. Ask my wife. lol

Posted on: 12/12 7:31:02
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Re: 1951 Patrician Police Car?
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Point taken. I'm not absolutely sure it was factory. I'm going by appearance only. The steering column shows no provision for the Ultramatic indicator. The steering column also has the Patrician chrome cover, which could have been changed. The pedals appear to be standard Packard clutch-and-brake.

All of this conceivably could have been dealer-installed.

Posted on: 12/12 6:55:58
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1951 Patrician Police Car?
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Did Packard offer a police package in 1951? And did anyone ever hear of a police force ordering top of the line? This car is a Patrician and has a stick shift from the factory. It also has dual spotlights, but no other police equipment that I can see.

Does anyone know what this could be? I'm puzzled. I've been in the hobby for 45 years and have only seen two stick-shift Patricians in all that time.

Glad for any education I can get!

Steve in Indiana

Posted on: 12/12 1:41:39
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1956 Carpet Question
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Last fall I bought a 1956 400 hardtop. The exterior is painted the original Scottish Heather and Dover White. The carpet is black, but it's loop pile and looks like a replacement. It's also about worn out. I'm wondering whether the car came from the factory with black carpet or perhaps some other color? Was there a selection to go with those exterior colors? Also, is loop pile correct for the car? I thought maybe Packard would have used a plush of some sort. Can carpet be purchased that's ready to install?

A lot of questions, I know, but I'd like to get new carpet and I'd like it to be authentic, so any help will be appreciated.

Thanks,
Steve in Indiana

Posted on: 2019/6/5 8:22
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Vacuum Wipers
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The windshield wipers on my 1956 400 do work, but they are painfully slow. I seem to remember that vacuum wipers tend to act this way, but I don't remember how to fix them. The older cars, I know, had a vacuum booster on top of the fuel pump, but this 400 has only a single-acting pump.

Any advice on this would by appreciated.

Steve in Indiana

Posted on: 2019/5/13 2:13
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Re: Is There A Fuse Block?
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OK and thanks again. Guess I've got them all working. Time to obsess over something else!

Posted on: 2019/3/5 12:35
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Torsion Level Suspension 1956 400
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I bought this 400 last fall knowing that the TL was inoperative, contacted a reputable restoration shop, and was told they would start on the car in January. It's now March and I'm getting nervous. They don't answer my emails. I want to drive the car this summer and take it to the PAC National Meet in West Lafayette, Indiana, in July.

I'm 76 years old, don't bend the way I used to to get under a car to work on it, and don't know much about the TL suspension, anyway. I want to hire the job done if I can.

Does anyone have a recommendation of a good shop that would be qualified to work on Packard Torsion Level? I'm in northern Indiana, but I would take the car wherever to get the TL working.

Thanks,

Steve in Indiana

Posted on: 2019/3/5 12:01
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Re: Is There A Fuse Block?
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Found the fuse block, should have seen it first time I looked. Now the interior lights appear to be working, but I only find two on the sides above the back seat and one above the radio just under the lip of the padded dash. I guess I was expecting to find a couple under the sides of the dash like in my 23rd Series Deluxe Eight. I looked, but didn't see any. Are there any other interior lights besides those three?

Posted on: 2019/3/5 11:48
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