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Re: No time or skill to fix torsion-level issues
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It's not as hard as you might think - just different that anything else you ever saw or worked on.

Go to the FAQ section and read the primer that I wrote several years ago. There's a link to a training manual. Shop manual sections on suspension an electrical covers typical repairs. Then, the index to factory service bulletin index that I compiled may also help fill in some blanks.

We can't give you much guidance unless you tell us what's wrong.

Posted on: Yesterday 7:31
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Re: Dad
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Since it looks like the head is off the engine, remove the valve keeper and springs, making note of what cylinder they came from and whether intake or exhaust.

Get a dedicated pump oiler, and fill it with a rust penetrating oil. Many swear by a 50/50 mixture of ATF and acetone. Squirt the valve stem liberally, and let it soak overnight.

Take a mallet or hammer with a plastic face and tap the end of the valve to see if it moves. Repeat the application of the penetrating oil, and try, try again. I imagine you'll be having valve guides installed with new valves, but you don't wanna cause more damage with excessive force.

I'm sure others will be along with their thoughts and further recommendations.

Posted on: 6/11 7:27
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Re: Carb identification
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I donated a set of service sheets to the archive which may be of help:

1955-56 Packard Rochester 4GC Service Information

Posted on: 6/10 7:07
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Re: 1953 clipper carrier install
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Glad to hear that people are still enjoying ing the fruits of my labor in compiling those indices - just as intended.

Posted on: 6/9 16:55
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Re: Carb identification
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I can't tell you the carb number, but I can narrow it down a bit.

The fuel bowl sight plugs were eliminated from the Rochester 4GC for 1956. The choke coil covers on the dual 4-bbl. 4GCs were cast metal (rather than Bakelite) and included a threaded fitting for the heat tube. Since this carb has the threaded fitting on the choke housing, it is intended for use with a single 4-bbl. setup.

The Exec used a Carter WCFB 4-bbl.

Posted on: 6/9 11:58
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Re: Website
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Mal-

I'm not the webmaster, but I noticed that in each such instance, the corresponding entry for the "Last Post" starts off with the word "Today". That suggests to me that this prefix shows the number of posts made to that thread made today.

Posted on: 4/24 7:30
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Re: 1955-
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Jack -

I've only seen the "MS" production code listed (as "Transmission Manual Shift") for the 56 Seniors on a set of pages of "APPROVED CODES FOR 56TH SERIES" on the Aller Collection of CDs published by Mid-America Packards.

However, auction images for the subject vehicle include a Car Production Order from S-P, and "MS" does not appear among the line of production codes. Friend Randy Berger obtained a similar document for a uniquely equipped 56 Patrician that he owned, and it showed a special code, "REQ. 209", which I believe represented a special build request, and I've since seen other examples of this "REQ." coding. In the absence of such code for this car, I doubt if the 2x4 and manual trans was factory install.

Engine number might shed some additional light.

Regardless, it is an unusual and interesting. Sadly, I don't have time, space, or money for it.

Posted on: 3/26 11:41
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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 9:09
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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 8:08
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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 18:28
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