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Duane's 55 Clipper
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To start, I have owned this car over 20 years. I have driven it over 70,000 miles, not all trouble free, but fun. I got it as a parts car and repaired everything on it.
It took over 4 years to get it from parts car to driver. It is not a show queen but a daily driver.
When I bought it, the front grill was complete, I thought. The upper grill piece was missing the outside 'loops' to hold the ends to the fender. I have bought new upper grill pieces and noticed I am missing the part that goes from the side chrome piece through the front grill piece to the fender. It looks like it hooks to the side chrome piece and goes through the front grill piece to the fender.
The parts book does not show me how it goes.
Can some one post a picture of how this goes together?

The first picture was taken 15 years ago as the after.
The second pictures is the before picture as I found it in north Phoenix in 1998.

I have 5 other Packards,
one is Debi's 53 Patrician in another blog.
I have a 40 160 Sedan (running)
A 2nd 55 Clipper (with a blown head gasket, but it runs and needs everything)
A 48 Limo (141" wheelbase), doing brakes and need to put engine back together (the machine work is done).
A 48 Sedan its a parts car.

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Posted on: 2019/2/7 17:18
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Re: Duane's 55 Clipper
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Here are the pictures of the side chrome piece. All the holes have threads to hold a screw. The one near the grill is just a hole. I never had the piece for that part.
Is is a hook with threads on the end or what?
If you have a picture, please share it.

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Posted on: 2019/2/7 17:22
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Re: Duane's 55 Clipper
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Have you looked at the photos in the service manual, section X, Fenders and Sheet Metal? There are several photos of the grill assy and how it mounts in that section. The long side pieces have studs which thread in the tapped holes in the diecast and pass thru the fender holes. There is a rubber washer and either a flat washer and regular hex nut or in some cases a one piece stamped sheet metal nut which has a integral flange to take the place of the flat washer.

Posted on: 2019/2/7 17:30
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Re: Duane's 55 Clipper
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Howard,
It says,"To remove the grille assembly, it is first necessary to remove the fender side mouldings to gain access to the corner retaining bolts."
It is these 'corner retaining bolts' that I am not sure about.
I thought that these bolts should hook to the fender side moulding to secure that as well.

Posted on: 2019/2/7 17:43
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Re: Duane's 55 Clipper
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As I recall the side piece ends just go over the bolt on the corner piece with the end sliding under the corner piece a tiny amount to hold and hide the raw end of the side piece. The diecast is very rigid and not too far away from the end is the first stud.

Figure 3 of section X shows what they call an upper corner bolt that appears to be a hex head bolt already in place. The side piece is uninstalled and I don't believe there is anything else that can mount to the bolt or any way to access the corner bolt to tighten it if the side piece was on and fastened down.

One thing I can say is that due to tolerances there can be a gap between the bolt hole tab on the corner piece and the fender. If the bolt is tightened down with the gap the tab can crack or break off which, if someone didn't try to remove the grill not knowing there was a corner bolt to remove first, could also have been what happened to your original grill. If you run into that gap situation strongly suggest you add washers or shims between the tab and fender so the tab cannot be pulled down and break.

Posted on: 2019/2/7 18:05
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Re: Duane's 55 Clipper
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Thanks, now I'm waiting for my new chrome pieces.

Posted on: 2019/2/7 19:05
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Re: Duane's 55 Clipper
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Nice looking Clipper, Duane!! I just picked up a Panama. needs some love. I'm thinking about fixing the brakes and just enjoying it for awhile. I'll start my blog soon. Wish me luck!!

Posted on: 2019/3/22 1:21
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