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torsion load arm
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What is the preferred method of holding the Torsion Load Arm while
removing the upper and lower control arms.
My local AutoZone did not have the J6065 tool.......

Posted on: 2017/7/11 20:30

Re: Repairing '55 Clipper seat panels
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I to have run into the problem with the older plastics breaking.
Interesting not on my 56 Packard, but on my 62 Ford and my 74
Dart swinger.
I thought I had the answer to all of these problems by using
the (3d printing) but even though I live in Los Angeles, I can't seem
to find such a business that is not flakey , I did just find out that
Office depot does 3d printing.
what is needed is the scanning, scan the parts then have them either
made with 3d or have a mold made...
On my 62 there are to many angles to try and fiber glass it, I tried, I tried
super bonding clue, nothing would hold the plastic.
But I think the 3d might be the way to go...
Anyone have any thought on this.

Posted on: 2017/7/6 18:26

Re: 56 Packard 400
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I understand Randy

But from my point of view, the monroe is the correct way
to go, because it is the way the Packard lower mount is designed.
and also because I'm Lazy.


Posted on: 2017/7/5 14:39

Re: 56 Packard 400
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hello Randy

Since the Monroe Matic (5801)

has nearly the same specs as the KYB

and it has the bar at the bottom with the 2 bolt support..

why do any extra work


Posted on: 2017/7/5 10:30

Re: 56 Packard 400
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Thanks for that info... talk about a company waisting money.
Talk about be going nuts,, thought everyone else was wrong

Well the Monroe Matic 5801 work fine...
the ones that are on the car, came with the car when I bought it
back in the 80's...

guess I could just make a plate drill 3 holes and there I go..

Thanks again

Posted on: 2017/7/4 12:27

56 Packard 400
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OK, I must be missing something.
the x-ref page shows a KYB Kg4503 for the front shocks on a 55 Packard.
Did they change for 56, as my current shock has a 2 bolt bottom support
and a single stud for the top.

In fact everywhere on the net I searched they all listed a dual
stud (top & bottom)

My current Monroe Matic, part number is 5801

OK, I did some more checking for Front shocks

here is a comparison between the KYB KG 4503 and the Monroe Matic 5801

compressed 9.53"
extended 14.53"
stroke\travel 5.00

compressed 9.250
extended 14.735
travel\stroke 5.125

very, very close...
and no need to modify the lower mounting..
think, I'm back on the Monroe Matic 5801
for the 1956 year

Posted on: 2017/7/4 11:20

Re: 56 Info??
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What can I say.

Posted on: 2017/6/14 21:33

Re: rubber
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Thanks for that info HH56
I'll look into it.
Right now it's working on the hydroboost and the disc brake setup...

Posted on: 2017/6/10 9:00

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Hey that's all I could think of

Now that I've got the rear lights fixed and know how to get the
tail light assembly out, I noticed there is rubber under each of the back
assemblies. Did this rubber also carry across the back pan extension?
I notice stables in the sheet metal

Posted on: 2017/6/9 19:23

Re: Battery\Rear Tail light housing
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Ok, thanks to all who have had input to my many
questions.. Back just after I bought my 56
I did as much research as possible, without the
aid of a computer, in those days.
I've had the car sitting in the garage since
2004, and probably longer that's just the last
sticker on the plate.
you know how life is, other things get in the way

So I had asked about getting the tail light assembly
out of the car.
I did this today.
There are 3 bolts that need to be loosened.
2 hold the end section and the last with is
up high is loosened and you can been the end section
down. Being somewhat dumb.. I forgot that the
rear bumper is in 3 pieces or if you like sections.
On my car the left tail light not only has the
4 studs but 2 screws from the front of the housing.
up on top.. on my left housing there is the square
punch out for a (head light style insert) on the outside
edge, but the inside had just a threaded hole.
The right side had 2 insert style. hope you can
follow my terminology..
I spent the morning rewiring the back lights and
radio anntena.
Next is bleeding the brakes...
As you all know the location of the M\C really sucks
and I am sure many of you have figured out different
ways of getting around this problem. I am doing
a remote reservoir using a M\C from the back of a
motorcycle.. about 4oz. mounted high on the fire wall
then I'm making a new top plate for the Packard
M\C. I'll drill a hole in insert a fitting that will
except a hose connection, and run a clear "plastic"
from the remote to the M\C..

Posted on: 2017/6/3 13:30

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