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Re: Brian's 1956 Clipper Deluxe
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Thanks Howard

I should have guessed you would know about this! I'll check out potential sources of an original style pad, as you suggest.

I see what you mean about the stitching on the repro job. It looks neat but is obviously not original (not that I would know!). Not an issue since my car will never be a concours contender. I imagine originals of these covers have long since deteriorated - as they do in modern cars. If I draw a blank, I might just cover the metal surface with something a bit more attractive to see and touch. My car has seat belts, so I guess the padding itself does not serve much purpose but it sure looks better.

Thanks for your helpful reply.

Cheers

Brian

Posted on: 7/15 20:46:17
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Re: 1956 Clipper Deluxe
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Howard suggested that the padded dash might have been an option on the Clipper and I was about to ask that very question! I have a senior dash that I was going to put into my Clipper Custom but had wondered whether or not the pad should stay. Still not sure if Iíll do it or even if Iíll get that far on the car but at least I know that itís proper to do so.

Posted on: 7/16 0:31:32
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Re: 1956 Clipper Deluxe
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The parts book has 2 parts numbers for the pads, 55 & 56.

Plate 30B group 10.0008

http://www.packardinfo.com/xoops/html ... tslist5556/PartPlates.pdf


http://www.packardinfo.com/xoops/html ... 6/10_Instrument_Board.pdf

It does not list models, just 55th & 56th series.

The 55 did not have the stitching, but I believe it is correct for 56 to have the stitch.

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Re: 1956 Clipper Deluxe
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Hello Don

Yes, if you have one of those dash pads it would make sense to put it on.

I began thinking about this only when I saw the parts book illustration. I had already contemplated covering the metal dash with something else, but that would be the perfect answer if I can find one of the pads.

Howard put me on to Just Dashes. They have restored an earlier (1955) pad, but cannot make repros. Still not sure how I'd get one shipped here. It looks pretty bulky. There is a school of thought that the 1956 pad had the stitched edge, but I'd be happy with either style.

Regards

Brian

Posted on: 7/18 21:43:34
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Re: 1956 Clipper Deluxe
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I just spotted a 1956 dash (or parts of one) on eBay. Lo and behold, it has the pad attached and is showing a stitched seam at the "front".

Hardly had I digested this than I wandered down to fire up the old Clipper. Was busy admiring the reflection of the brake lights in my wife's car, when I noticed that the right hand turn signal was not working at the front and both tell-tale lights on the dash illuminate faintly together when I turn the indicator lever that way. The other direction is working fine. Oh, how I love electrics. Not.

So tomorrow's job is to check out the leads to that front turn signal unit, which holds a combined parking light and turn signal lamp. The old lamp was well and truly fried. I fitted a spare which did not fix the problem so now I'm resigned to checking for an errant ground in the wires or maybe the bulb holder itself. I'm assuming the problem lies somewhere there. If it were the flasher unit, the other direction signals and rears presumably would also not work. While ferreting around under the dash - to find the flasher can - I noticed that a couple of the instrument lights are also not working. Hoping it's the globes. I have some small replacement LEDs with the same #57 bayonet fitting. Hopefully, I'll find a trained monkey to get in there to change them. Hoping the LED replacements work ok so I won't have to do it again anytime soon. I presume that the clock is lit by a similar globe, which is also not working. Come to think of it, neither is the clock so I had better check the power to that while I'm there.

Brian

Posted on: 7/23 4:24:36
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Packard park and tail light assys do seem to have an affinity for the grounds going wonky. On 51-4 parking lights mounted in the pot metal grills it happens fairly often but there have been reports 55-6 housings had issues too. Corroding pot metal where the assys touch sheetmetal or rust between fenders and attaching bolts make for poor connections. Many have resorted to adding a dedicated ground wire between the pot metal housings or sockets and a reliable ground spot on the sheetmetal.

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