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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: 7/10 10:04
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Re: Randy
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Al -

Your labor continues to bear fruits that are true to Randy's vision for this car.

Keep up the great work!

Posted on: 4/29 18:41
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Re: State of the PackardInfo Union
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Kev -

I am shocked and dismayed by the news of your health problem. We have lost far too many good people in recent years. You deserve so much better than this!

I can think of no other single person who has touched so many in the Packard hobby - not only by virtue of the resources you collected for this website (with a little help from some friends), but through the leadership by example demonstrated with your project blog. You took a car that was languishing in a back alley (and probably would have been crushed/melted to make Toyotas) and made a reliable, show-worthy cruiser out of it.

Yet, I am buoyed by the news of your response to treatment. Stay vigilant, hold your oncologist's feet to the fire if necessary, and recognize when it's time to get a second or even third opinion from another provider/system.

Meanwhile, I'm glad to hear you are able to enjoy woodworking. There's just something about working with those organic materials. Wish I had time to do more of that.

In closing, I wish nothing less than a long, full life for you, my friend. Although I have less time than ever for hobbies right now, it has been a pleasure helping you with content for this site.

Posted on: 3/26 20:36
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Re: McColloch Supercharger for Packard V8
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This was discussed some years ago, here, in another thread:

Packard V8 supercharged engine

Also, a previous member, Turbopackman, made his own bracket to mount a McCulloch/Paxton supercharger to a 56 Patrician. Though the rest of the car was not restored, it was nonetheless drivable. The car ultimately wound up in the hands of the Packard museum in Dayton, but may have been cut up for parts.

After repeated clashes with another member, Turbopackman left the site and shifted his focus to Studebaker. He later fell off the radar completely.

Posted on: 3/13 8:54
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Re: 1956 Packard 400 Valve cover color
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Silver lettering? You must be thinking of Chevy V8.

Follow the scheme outlined by HH56 for painted valve covers.

However, if the base metal is in good enough shape and you can afford to get them chrome plated, the Packard lettering was left chrome for 55, but painted red for 56.

Late friend and member, Randy Berger had individually-boxed, NOS
chrome covers - one with red script, the other plain, but same P/N.

Posted on: 3/12 13:47
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Re: Modification to OEM fender
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I have an NOS 56 Clipper front fender that has that same "strut".

Many years ago, I saw an NOS 56 Senior front fender for sale at Hershey with same feature, and I was told it had to be cut out for the Senior lamp.

It makes sense that the 55 Senior would be same.

Posted on: 2/27 9:14
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Re: 56 lower A arm bushings
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Looks like an alignment shim used with later vehicles. Appears to be of relatively recent origin (shiny metal).

Perhaps they didn't know about the upper outer eccentric, didn't have proper wrench, or just didn't want to be bothered with it.

Maybe they had an alignment issue the eccentric couldn't solve.

Found a piece of round steel wire formed into a "U" shape used as shim on LCA of one of my Pats. Removed it and didn't seem to affect handling, but never drove it much. Hoping to get back on the cars if I ever get the estate wrapped up.

Posted on: 2/21 21:11
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Re: car revivals
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Math is simple, but the guy is too obstinant to check the figures he's using. Bore is 3-1/2 diameter.

Sooner or later the chickens will come home to roost.

Posted on: 2/20 10:08
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Re: Randy's Caribbean
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Al -

This is a three-part affair.

- a black, plastic terminal BODY, P/N 472088 (Gr. 30.38774)

- a corresponding, flat, phenolic COVER, P/N 472089 (Gr. 30.38775)

- a couple of (wafer/truss head phillips?) SCREWs to hold them together, P/N 472096 (Gr. 30.38775)

Sorry, no pix.

Also, Randy and I had some exchange, privately, about two different designs for the terminal body and (cover?), yet under same P/N. I cannot recall the details, however. I believe Randy had these in his private stock at one time, but they may have gone to another car.

Posted on: 2/17 17:23
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Re: Body Panels
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I've been at this long enough to know that, but they're not showing them for 55-56 on their website.

Posted on: 2/15 14:15
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