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Re: 1955-1956 Ignition Bezel Reproduction is back ON
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Al,

Looks like the slot might need to be made a little deeper, as well, but it almost looks too wide as it is now. Hiwever, Al has since told me, privately, that the slot is intentionally tapered on the OE part.

I think the only way you could get more detailed is if one were to model from an original with all the plating stripped off, but I don't see that happening.

I'd like to get in on the next run.

Posted on: 1/22 10:27
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Re: 1955-1956 Ignition Bezel Reproduction is back ON
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Was wondering about such an approach, but gotta figure out the right grit and some kind of tool/mandrel to get the same look.

Posted on: 1/1 17:38
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Re: 1955-1956 Ignition Bezel Reproduction is back ON
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Thanks for the report, Al. I'll have to go in on the next run for 2 or 3 of these. Does it have the brushed finish for the background where it's labelled "STARTER"?

Glad the provision for the little white lens was retained. I like how it shows you the opening for the key at night.

Posted on: 1/1 15:25
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Re: '56 Patrician Side Mirrors
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Although I seem to recall a production order posted on this site that directed the PA mirrors to be installed at the factory on a V8 Packard, you are correct that they were NOT a regular production option (RPO).

Factory-installed driver's outside rearview mirrors did not become commonplace in the industry until the 1960s. Availability of passenger side remained spotty until the mid 1970s.

Posted on: 1/1 12:15
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Re: '56 Patrician Side Mirrors
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See this post from 2014 for pix of the repro mirror that Don Sommer stuck me with decades ago, which I had purchased for my 56 Packard. Long story short, it is clearly a 51-54 base, but he insisted it was a 55-56. Notice the angle of the head and stem. Further down the post you'll see a correct 55-56 mirror.

Posted on: 12/30 19:40
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Re: '56 Patrician Side Mirrors
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Packard Don wrote:
This is the 1955-1956 type mirror which looks very much like the 1951-1954 type but it mounts differently. The 1951-1954 type mounted to the belt molding while the 1955-1956 type mounted to the door itself or, optionally if desired, to the fender. Left and right for all was the same.

I beg to differ, but the mirror shown in your photo is for 51-54. Note the angle of the stem. Mounted upright on a 55-56, there's no way the head can be adjusted to give much of anything but a view of the pavement. Note the little "tit" at the bottom of the tail; that is designed to engage a locating hole that's drilled in the 51-54 belt molding - per the accessory installation instructions.

Posted on: 12/30 7:24
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Re: What about the 25K 105mph V8 Patrician?
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Do you know what stretch of US-19 this was? 

A stretch north of Mercer PA, which ran past the small town of Fredonia. Some hills and curves, but plenty of straight stretches. Nothing like Pittsburgh.

Posted on: 12/18 10:14
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Re: Mirrors
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There was a good bit of discussion about these mirrors some time ago, when I brought then up as an alternative:

https://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=13898&post_id=213390#forumpost213390

Fine by me for a driver, but I wouldn't recommend them for a car like Randy's Caribbean.

Posted on: 2022/9/28 19:29
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Re: Anyone know if there's a PDF of all the illustrations on the Max Merritt website?
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Take a look at:

https://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/downloads/partslist5556/PartPlates.pdf

... the Parts Diagram Plates from the 1955-1956 Parts and Accessories List in this site's Literature Archive.

Posted on: 2022/9/15 8:49
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Re: The Greatest Packards of Them All
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I ordered this title shortly after this topic appeared.

I have nothing against the use of media mail, but this package came to Western Penna. by way of Dallas TX, and arrived late. No wonder the postal system keeps losing money. Also, the package was in pretty rough shape by the time it arrived - dirty and with one corner crushed. However, the books survived, thanks to Dwight's use of heavy stock for the pages. While the wire comb binding was deformed near the top of Volume Two, I nudged it back into shape. It will be awhile before I have time to read this set from cover to cover, but I paged through both volumes to make sure that everything else was OK.

I've been looking for a book like this for decades. With all due respect to all, if it weren't for my late father's ownership of a brand-new 56 Executive, I would never have gotten interested in Packards.

Over the intervening years, I collected a lot of literature on the V8s, but was surprised by the details on the proposed V12 - more than what the well-known, stretched V8 illustration could ever tell you.

I especially looked forward to the info on the 57s. Back when I first started reading about Packards, there was just that one picture of Black Bess circulating around, and I thought it was just a hastily cobbled-up 56 Clipper. This books show that it was clearly not and that a lot of time and engineering went into it. Yet, I wonder if Packard, after all the talk of issues with the 55-56 cars, would have been able to do any better with the 57s.

As for moving to Conner being a bad decision, I'll have to disagree. It's one thing to talk about moving body assembly, paint, glass and trim to East Grand, but what about sheet metal stamping? I once toured Chrysler's Twinsbirg OH plant, which had been a Briggs facility, and can tell you that it takes a lot of additional infrastructure to accommodate a stamping facility. Just one panel has to go through a series of dies and presses.

These books are a must read.

Posted on: 2022/7/10 10:04
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