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Re: Randy Berger's 1956 400
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Knowing how meticulous Randy was in restoring and maintaining this car, I would have expected it to bring top dollar. I just hope it found a good, stable home and doesn't pass through a series of flippers.

So long, old friend.

Posted on: 3/23 10:09
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Re: Website
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I completely forgot about the multi-chassis applications.

Packard didn't always provide model application as a subheading, either, but I always tried to extrapolate that from articles so afflicted.

Also, sometimes they advised of "All Models", but when that was merely implied, I tagged it as "(all models)". However, using the Advanced Search function, here, you have to select "EXACT MATCH" to get all the results to come up for the keywords "all models", However, you literally get ALL of them - regardless of Series/chassis/body. It may be that only Kevin and I know how huge the collective master file is for the Service Index.

I have a gut feeling that there may not 100% solution to this. Anything less than 100% could leave relevant articles out of the result, but we don't want to overwhelm the user with superfluous results, either.

For example, what might have been applicable to all models in 1937, might not be so in 1956. That's why I organized entries into groups of related years/Series - much like the parts books and service manuals.

Thinking about what Don offered up, it just might be possible to branch the search into some sort of filter on year/Series, by extrapolating that from the supplied keywords, provided the user specifies a chassis or body number, but it could be a lot of work - and the devil is in the details.

Perhaps a dedicated, more specific, search function is in order for this index.

Posted on: 3/23 9:08
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Re: Website
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One problem that I see with searching the Service Indices by application is the way that I coded this, which is an extension/refinement of the factory's approach.

For example, if you search for articles pertaining to a 1956 Clipper Custom (Chassis 5660), the results only include those articles which specifically show "5660" in the corresponding application field.

However, there could be other articles that actually apply, but are omitted from the results because they are coded "56th" - for all models that year/Series. Some may be coded "(all models)" - for all years/Series. A little tweaking of code might help pick those up.

However, as diligently as I worked to keep a uniform approach to application information over all the years and formats of these publications, it seems like it could be very difficult to get the results to include a range of Series, such as 24th-56th.

Posted on: 3/22 19:28
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Re: Website
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Great addition. I was looking for something like this years ago (dynamic totals by year/Series and body type), but not sure if the software would have supported such a thing back then.

Looking ahead, I suspect there could be potential for additional statics if we can collect enough info from owners.

Posted on: 3/22 8:10
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Re: Can't find my thread.....
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I just searched on "fun used" and found it. Last entry:

https://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... id=224901#forumpost224901

Can't tell you why, though. Cyberspace can be fickle and fragile.

Posted on: 3/13 9:32
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Re: Monroe power steering pump
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I've got 'em both ways.

An early 56 Pat, with chrome-plated steel grille screen, has Monroe.

A late 56 Pat has Bendix. So does my Carib H/T.

Posted on: 2/11 11:00
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Re: Randy Berger
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Sad news - another one gone too soon.

I only ever met her once - at Randy's 754th birthday celebration, with many other of his friends in attendance. She did a great job with that event - as I'm sure she has with his estate.

Posted on: 2/2 11:07
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Re: Modern frame for 23 series?
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If you study the pix he posted, it looks like he bobbed the hell out of the rear fenders:

http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... t_id=56557#forumpost56557

WARNING: Subsequent conversation in that thread gets a bit tense.

Yeah, there was a rash of old cars being dropped onto 4WD truck chassis around here, several years ago. To each their own.

My late father used to run the H-D truck department of a Chevy dealer, where they would often take a cab and chassis unit and lengthen or shorten the wheelbase by cutting, inserting a section of steel channel as a backing plate or to lengthen, then drill and bolt it all together for whatever purpose required.

The driveshafts were sent out for lengthening/shortening and re-balancing. Decades later, I used the same source to re-tube and repair shafts damaged in a collision, but NLA in OE or aftermarket.

Dunno if any of the modern, body-on-frame chassis lend themselves to this approach. If not, then you might need to go the route of a custom/hot-rod frame and transplant the powerteam and requisite electronics of your choice.

Hope this helps.

Posted on: 1/5 10:06
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Re: Modern frame for 23 series?
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I had to use the Advanced Search and make sure the Forum box was checked, but the results were slow in coming. The member's username was " A Man Who Owns One!", but he did not chronicle the process.

I only found this one post...

http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/mod ... t_id=57797#forumpost57797

...where he mentioned using a Dakota chassis, but perhaps not in the way you (or I) were thinking.

Posted on: 12/31 20:18
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Re: Modern frame for 23 series?
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IIRC, several years ago, a fellow came here and offered rolling chassis 22nd or 23rd Series - after he took the body and successfully dropped it on to Dodge Dakota truck chassis.

I believe that member PackardV8 acquired the rolling Packard chassis.

I don't recall much else, but you might find additional details by doing a forum search, here, on "Dakota".

Posted on: 12/28 9:35
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