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Re: PackardDon's 1956 Clipper Custom Sedan
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Try rotating distributor back-n-forth, while pulling up on it. Give it a squirt of motor oil where it enters the block. Work it some more. Sometimes they get a little corroded and dry down there.

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Re: PackardDon's 1956 Clipper Custom Sedan
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Point of clarification on electrical equipment. Effective March 5, 1956, Delco equipment was introduced in production for all 5640-60-70 (Clipper and Executive), due to an engine detonation problem - per STB 56T-14. While updated parts were available for the Delco distributor on senior cars, that was not yet the case with Autolite.

However, ALL electricals, that is starting, charging and ignition, on my Dad's Exec, which was delivered in April, were Delco. This supports that the factory did not play mix-and-match.

Yet, since the parts book shows Delco equipment available for ALL 56th (in addition to Autolite for 5640-60-70), I have to wonder how many mistakes might have been made by partsmen when it came to replacing assemblies.

Posted on: Today 12:13
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Re: 57 Brochure
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Although you may not presently have it, there is also a prestige catalog for 55.

However, there is also a seldom seen prestige color catalog for 56 that features both Packard AND Studebaker lines. It has a glossy, lacquered cover, which tends to degrade over time, if not stored carefully. That weakness may contribute to their relative scarcity.

Posted on: 1/19 9:20
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Re: 57 Brochure
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HH56 -

This looks like the prestige color catalog that I have for 57. Downloaded your PDF to my Android phone, but it wouldn't open. Downloaded it to my Chromebook, and it opened fine.

I picked up this and several other pieces for 57-58 decades ago just to compare and contrast with 55-56. I couldn't scan this one at home, and Staples wanted too much to do so.

Glad you were able to do this for the site. I Hope BigKev adds it oi the archive.

Posted on: 1/18 17:07
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Re: Trying to fix my 56
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Posted on: 12/31 22:48
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Re: Car Paint Chips & Colors
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IIRC, it's been reported here that the old Packard paint/color codes (not sure how far back) have been converted to modern formulas, but your local supplier has to contact PPG for those formulas.

However, I'm no where near ready to pursue that avenue.

Perhaps others will chime in with additional details and more recent experience.

Posted on: 12/30 16:19
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Re: Website
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Don -

I just noticed this anomaly when I clicked to see the recent post for "Stewart' 55 Packard 400" blog. The headings for all of the posts show only "Stewart" - that is, those made after a post from HH56 of 7/27/21.

UPDATE: Same problem with "Rik's 56 ultrsmatic" thread, but it starts with his post of 1/16/21.

Posted on: 12/22 17:58
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Re: 1955 Packard brochure
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Mal,

This appears to be a dealer showroom album for 1955. This site's Literature Archive does include an example of this, listed as a "1955 Dealer Book".

Posted on: 12/19 10:39
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Re: Packard Serial Numbers for 1958
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OK, maybe "rebagded" is a bit of an overstatement, but the 58s are still a Studebaker in Packard clothing.

In the images that you provided, you're comparing apples to oranges. The 58 Packard was not built on the Scotsman shell, but the larger Studebaker President shell (and chassis).

Still even the Scotsman fenders, all the way around, have feature lines in common with the Packard. Studebaker merely fabricated extensions to the front fenders to accommodate quad headlamps and tailfins to the rear fenders to accommodate the 56 Clipper taillights. Looks like they modified the 55-56 front bumper tooling. I believe the only unique piece of sheet metal is the hood. Other fiberglass extensions and bright grille work were produced to provide the unique front end.

This is NOT to say that the 58 Packards were bad cars. They were probably the most luxurious Studebaker product to roll off the South Bend line. The Hardtop is the best looking of the four models, IMHO. However, the 58s just weren't what previous Packard owners were looking for - as evidenced by sales numbers.

Posted on: 2021/11/28 10:04
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Re: Treadle-Vac master cylinder losing fluid mysteriously
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If the plunger rod in the hydraulic section is pitted, it will work like a cheese grater on the big rubber seal. Then, fluid finds it's way back toward and could end up in the vacuum cylinder. There are reproduction plungers available that are now made of stainless steel.

However, how much time has elapsed between top-offs? Unlike more modern vehicles, the BTV was not sealed to atmosphere, and over time, the fluid will condense due to evaporation - even when the vehicle is not being used for prolonged periods. This ultimately leads to the congealed mess that is often found when trying to revive one of these cars from a long sleep.

In a past thread, someone provided sources for a replacement cap used with trailer brakes that has a diaphragm/bladder that will fit the BTV.

Posted on: 2021/11/28 9:41
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