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Re: Packard model sales numbers
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This site's Model Information section lists production figures by model, where such information is available. AFAIK, there are no unsold, never-been-titled Packards out there, and production should therefore equal sales.

Posted on: Today 8:55
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Re: No brake lights or load leveler
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Additionally, the levelizer control box may be on the fritz - failing to shut off until the external (undercar) limit switch kicked in. If you can figure out which solenoid to energize, you may be able to lower the car, but leave the cut-off switch under the dash in the OFF position.

Posted on: 9/13 9:52
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Re: Torsion Level System
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The torsion bar suspension settles out about the car's center of gravity. Check out the T-L primer in the FAQ section of this website.

The electromechanical leveling system is what returns it to level.

It's possible that 2 dangling wires have rendered your levelizer inoperative.

Posted on: 9/4 8:18
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Re: Starter Switch Bezel
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Download and read the PDF from the link at the end of Howard's post and you'll see that he took just such an approach, with a piece of copper tube.

Posted on: 7/25 8:45
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Re: Sema
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The notion of going with an all-electric fleet makes me laugh. Any of the mainstream automakers that puts all their chips on electric vehicles is gonna fall flat on their face.

Just take a look at what's been going on with Lordstown Motors and their electric truck - the Endurance. Never mind the corporate shell game, the truck couldn't even complete a 250-mile Baja run. I suspect that GM has been waiting patiently in the wings to swoop in and pick up the pieces to have their first electric pickup on the cheap.

Meanwhile, the driving range of electric vehicles is a joke. A nearby municipality recently purchased an electric excavator (a backhoe on crawler tracks) It runs 2 hours on a single charge. That's gonna do wonders for productivity! Now, it did come with a generator for recharging, but that takes 8 hours to do so and runs on DIESEL - LOL! Admittedly, that's not a passenger vehicle, but the problem is the same. Also, keep in mind that power output of a battery falls of as ambient temperatures drop; conversely, charging rates are also affected.

Then, consider all the rolling blackouts being reported during heat waves. Yet, even if the infrastructure can be upgraded to support demand, how are they gonna generate all that additional electricity without burning even more fossil fuels? Environmentalists don't seem to like hydroelectric or geothermal. After Chernobyl and Fukushima, I don't want anything to do with nuclear power. All that's before giving pause to consider environmental thermodybamics.

Electric is fine for light-duty, occassional use - like yard equipment and power tools. However, electric cars had their day in the sun a century ago, and were ultimately pushed out of the market for similar reasons.

Our country seems to be overpopulated with carpetbaggers and idiots.

Posted on: 7/11 9:06
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Re: Treadlevac booster working?
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Is it only application that is affected and not pedal return? If so, it could be a vacuum-related issue - anything from the engine source through the poppet valves.

Posted on: 7/11 8:28
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Re: Packard Engine to GM Auto Transmission Adapters
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When I set out to drive my first 56 Patrician home from deep in the heart of WV, the front pump seal in the Twin Ultramatic started leaking badly, shortly after I crossed into PA.

My dad ran the H-D truck shop at a Chevy dealer and came down after work with a C60 wrecker to haul it back to the shop. The following week, he had the mechanics put the Pat up on 4 jack stands with nothing more than a (big) floor jack and use his old Walker transmission jack to get the tranny in and out. Although I wasn't there to watch, he had no complaints about doing the job. Of course, having worked as a mechanic in a Packard dealership, this wasn't his first rodeo.

As you can see from the illustration, this is a low slung jack. There are four bolts that get run up through the bottom of the lifting pad at four of any of several threaded holes, which allow for some adjustment, even in play. It originally came with a piece of chain to throw over the top of the unit to secure it, but my dad used a tarp strap. IMHO, a lashing strap might be better.

Actually called a "unit lift", the manufacturer also promoted it for R&I of rear axle assemblies. My dad told me that he also used it to R&I Corvair engines. A subsequent generation of this jack had a tubular frame.

Althpugh yo seem to be well past this point, good luck with the rest of the conversion on your 53.

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Posted on: 7/1 8:47
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Re: Engine will not turn over
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Spun main bearing?

Posted on: 6/30 16:02
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Re: 55 Packard Clipper Super
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Yes, and if you look for the 55 dealer showroom album (listed as a dealer book, here), you will find a section on paint with a chart that shows you which upholstery was available with what exterior colors.

Posted on: 6/27 17:14
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Re: No time or skill to fix torsion-level issues
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So, it sounds like your levelizer shut off with the rear too low and isn't responding to the out of level condition. The problem could be independent of the levelling motor, but you haven't followed the advice previously given.

If the motor (and linkage) was still operational, you could study the wiring schematic in a factory bulletin and come up with a simple, yet safe, manual override of your own making for very little cost and time.

However, since you seem to have made up your mind, I'll bow put of this thread. Just know that the Torsion-Level suspension system was a Packard exclusive, and nothing else comes close.

Posted on: 6/22 8:43
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