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Re: TrevorK's 1955 Packard Patrician
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*sigh*

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Breaker Bar: 0

Maybe it's time for an impact wrench investment.

Posted on: 2019/6/18 18:08
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Re: TrevorK's 1955 Packard Patrician
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Not a bad idea and it could be that the shocks were put on by a garage or tire shop that used an impact wrench to tighten the nuts. I usually buy quality tools but for light or one or two time use Harbor Freight has saved my sanity more than once.

Posted on: 2019/6/18 18:16
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Re: TrevorK's 1955 Packard Patrician
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Take a Dremel tool and cut off wheel and slice the nuts.

Posted on: 2019/6/18 19:24
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Re: TrevorK's 1955 Packard Patrician
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Almost impossible to wrench the nuts up there. I hold them still with a 9/16 box wrench and turn the shock off with the big honking vice grips. Otherwise it is fire up the grinder with a cutting disc and cut the shock off on the bottom side.

Posted on: 2019/6/19 4:09
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Re: TrevorK's 1955 Packard Patrician
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Well I actually succeeded in getting it done with a very limited amount of trouble...pain on the other hand...I swear I have the hips of a much older man. Funnily enough I was injured more while washing the car than working on it...pro tip: keep clear of that damned cormorant lest you fancy a puncture wound!

The impact gun was a dream, with the exception of the passenger side where the watts linkage was partially blocking the nut. Either way I got it done and the top nuts weren't frozen in place, thankfully. Probably because the shocks I did remove were oil filled from Sears and leaked all over the place!

The car squeaks and rattles even less now (the new windshield gasket helped with that too) and definitely rides better. Next up? The rear exhaust hanger!

Posted on: 2019/7/8 6:47
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Re: TrevorK's 1955 Packard Patrician
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Funnily enough I was injured more while washing the car than working on it...pro tip: keep clear of that damned cormorant lest you fancy a puncture wound!


Can you imagine how Ralph Nader would have run with that hood ornament, the prominent and not rubber ended "dagmar's" and the protruding "sternum buster" horn ring emblem. If he would have had distinguished Packard still around to take on, Corvair might not have even rated a full chapter.

Posted on: 2019/7/8 6:57
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Re: TrevorK's 1955 Packard Patrician
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I read "Unsafe at any Speed" and I think the opening of the book was too distracting from the central issue. However, I saw a girl's face after hitting the dashboard of a Corvair and there was nothing left. Worse than being kicked by a horse. When Nader was in college he hitch hiked across the country and witnessed the mayhem taking place at accident scenes. I'm fortunate to never have been in an accident. When I was a kid I lived next to a gas station on Route 22 and saw cars with blood spattered throughout the interior. So I would heed Nader's advice and drive those Packards in a conservative manner.

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Re: TrevorK's 1955 Packard Patrician
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OUCH!

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Re: TrevorK's 1955 Packard Patrician
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Anyone have part number 465710, the rear exhaust hanger? So far seems like everyone is out, thought Max Merrit did offer to rebuild mine - I thought I'd check here first

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Re: TrevorK's 1955 Packard Patrician
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I've decided to rebuild my exhaust hanger using some old tire. Now I just need to figure out how to get the riveted part that's still on the frame out.

Posted on: 2019/7/15 11:44
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