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An Index to Service Information for 1937-42 (15th->20th Series) Packards

An Index to Service Information for
1937-42 (15th->20th Series) Packards


Research and Introductions by Brian Harpst
MAIN SERVICE INDEX
     ~1937-42 (15TH->20TH SERIES)

Introduction

The Super Eights and Twelves were redesigned for the 15th Series, and their chassis updated with independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes. The Eights were gone, though perhaps in name only – as the Super Eights now used the old Eight's engine and wheelbases. The following year, the Juniors were redesigned, with a longer chassis, and mainstreamed into the 16th Series as the new Six and Eight. The Super Eight was again redesigned for the 17th Series, based on the One Twenty chassis; it would get a new, more powerful, engine the next year. However, 1939 was the end of the line for the Twelve. As this period drew to a close, a handful of 19th Series models would carry over into the 20th Series, to fill slots that could not otherwise be accommodated by the expanded Clipper line.

With a bounty of new equipment, like rear spring inserts, column-mounted gear-shift, overdrive transmission, hydraulic valve tappets, automatic clutch, power windows, and air conditioning, there was plenty of material for the Service Letter during this period – and onward into WWII. Meanwhile, the Master Parts List (parts book) was revised for 1940, providing a new functional Group classification and model interchangeability information. This new format would continue through all subsequent editions.

Although our collection of Packard Service Letters is fairly complete for this period, we are missing a few from 1937:

SL Vol. 11, No. 1SL Vol. 11, No. 2SL Vol. 11, No. 19

We're also looking for any relevant Technical Letters that may have been issued during any of these years.

If you can provide any of these missing documents, please contact the webmaster, and we’ll assimilate that info accordingly. - BH


Topics are now organized by subject headings that more closely follow the service manual layout, which are hot-linked to the online index that follows:

ACCESSORIESAIR CONDITIONINGBODYBRAKES
CLUTCHELECTRICALENGINEFENDERS & SHEETMETAL
FRAMEFUEL & EXHAUSTINSTRUMENTSLUBRICATION
RADIATOR & COOLINGREAR AXLESPECIFICATIONSSUSPENSION & STEERING
TRANSMISSION & OVERDRIVEUNIVERSAL JOINTSWHEELS & TIRES

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