An Index to Service Information for
Research and Introductions by Brian Harpst
~1955-56 (55TH->56TH SERIES)
Following the merger with Studebaker in 1954, there would be plenty of hot topics thanks to a new line of Packards and Clippers for 1955, an all-new V8 engine, the Twin Ultramatic transmission (and with push button control, the following year), and fabulous Torsion-Level Ride. The Executive (chassis 5670) was a late addition to the line-up in the Spring of 1956, sharing equipment with 5660 (Clipper) and 5680 (Packard) models
Changes in service publications were much more subtle. The masthead of the Packard Service Counselor now identified the Packard Division of Studebaker-Packard Corporation. That would again change, in 1956, to reflect the Packard-Clipper Division, in keeping with the plan to establish Clipper as a separate make – though it was a bit too late. Meanwhile, duties for the Service Technical Bulletin were shifted from the Assistant Service Manager to the Service Technical Manager in 1956, but the last few issues weren't even signed.
Publications would continue for several months beyond the end of Detroit production in 1956. Then, South Bend offices assumed service responsibilities for Packard vehicles, and service communications were consolidated under Studebaker titles. Although I had been aware of some two dozen references to the V8 models in Studebaker bulletins, I was able to track them all down by way of a pair of indices published by Studebaker and one compiled, years later, for 1958 through 1962 – thanks to Mr. Richard Quinn, a highly-regarded historian and collector in Studebaker circles.
While we have several Zone-only issues of the Service Technical Bulletin for this period, we're still missing some issues from 1955 and one from 1956:
We're also in need of the following Studebaker Service Bulletins:
If you can provide any of these missing documents, please contact the webmaster, and we’ll assimilate that info accordingly. - BH
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