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Re: Okay, so how do you remove the dome light cover????
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I think a lot of it stems from that the mechanics at the time would have experience or someone to ask, so the imprecise/unscientific stuff did not seem necessary to describe in detail.

For me, something as simple as removing the back seat: The manual says "lift out the rear seat cushion". I'm sure most here will know that you just lift up the front then pull it forward to slide it out of place, but having never done that before, it was far from obvious and it took me a couple minutes to figure out that it's not actually attached anywhere (i.e. there was nothing to disconnect first), just held in by gravity and upholstery friction.

Posted on: 10/2 14:10
Owner of '55 Clipper Deluxe. Back window broken; installing a new one soon. Trying to get it started...
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Re: Packard model sales numbers
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Thanks! I would also assume that there are no untitled Packards out there.

A couple years ago I heard of some guy with a (IIRC) '99 Chevy S-10 with 0.5 miles on it, bought without a dealer trim-out. But obviously such cars are exceedingly rare/nonexistent.

Posted on: 9/17 15:20
Owner of '55 Clipper Deluxe. Back window broken; installing a new one soon. Trying to get it started...
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Packard model sales numbers
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humanpotatohybrid
Is there a thread, literature, etc. on here that lists sales numbers of different models by year? Specifically I'm interested in 1955 but if such an archive exists of that information it would be nice to browse through. I'm just curious, basically.

Thanks in advance

Posted on: 9/16 23:13
Owner of '55 Clipper Deluxe. Back window broken; installing a new one soon. Trying to get it started...
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Re: Torque specs for wheel lug nuts packard twelve
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humanpotatohybrid
Quote:

Wat_Tyler wrote:

Had a '65 Dodge that was baffling me until I recalled how Mopar over-engineered/thought some things like that.


Indeed, a classic Mopar "feature".

Posted on: 9/4 1:33
Owner of '55 Clipper Deluxe. Back window broken; installing a new one soon. Trying to get it started...
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Re: Various CL Pickings
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Posted on: 9/3 18:10
Owner of '55 Clipper Deluxe. Back window broken; installing a new one soon. Trying to get it started...
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Re: Those needing door panels.
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humanpotatohybrid
By "embossing" do you just mean the decorative grooves on some of the vinyls? I would honestly consider leaving them off, but you might be able to contract a machine shop with press brakes to make a pair of groove-forming dies out of some thicker gauge sheet metal. You'll need to search or figure out the optimal temperature for the vinyl reforming; if it's less than the boiling point of water then you could control their temperature easily by soaking them in water of that temperature before using them and carefully pre-heating the vinyl with a hair dryer or heat gun.

Another idea is getting a thin piece of steel rod, and wrapping the vinyl around it while the rod is heated, basically the same idea as above but cheaper.

Hopefully there is a more obvious solution that I am missing but those are my thoughts

Posted on: 9/3 17:59
Owner of '55 Clipper Deluxe. Back window broken; installing a new one soon. Trying to get it started...
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Re: Is This a Packard
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Was thinking about making such a list in Excel before; there's almost 1400 entries there. Got around to doing it this time, after a couple of hours of Word macros, find-and-replace, Notepad CSV-ing, and custom Excel formulas, I got the data processed into an Excel spreadsheet.

There are a few errors in the sheet here and there with double-entries. For double-entries with a "year defunct" the year info should apply only to the second name in the cell, with the first one having no info on it. If anyone wants to patch these up (and maybe fix Excel's random alphabetizing errors) it would be appreciated, but I don't think anyone will be looking too closely at it; the Wikipedia page is still there for a proper reference.

Note: there is a "macro enabled" (.xlsm) and normal (.xlsx) versions. Just open the normal one unless you want to see the Excel macros I used (Excel will give you a warning if you try to open the macro one).

Attach file:


zip defunct car makes.zip Size: 507.71 KB; Hits: 49

Posted on: 8/24 20:36
Owner of '55 Clipper Deluxe. Back window broken; installing a new one soon. Trying to get it started...
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Re: Someone hooked the battery up backwards / new member 55 Clipper Deluxe
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humanpotatohybrid
Minor update: went looking in the trunk to check the backup lights situation and found that they're wired up, but not a wire connected to the main wiring harness. Instead, it's a black wire that runs UNDER the car, like up over the gas tank towards the front. Not even gonna try to trace that one down... at least right now. Looks like the backup lights are aftermarket, I assume dealer-added or something, seeing how many times I've read on here about cars with "impossible" options combinations equipped. This would also explain why there's that dark green wire screwed onto the ACC post running thru the firewall.

Posted on: 8/11 21:16
Owner of '55 Clipper Deluxe. Back window broken; installing a new one soon. Trying to get it started...
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Re: Packard locks and keys
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humanpotatohybrid
Quote:

R H wrote:
Picture 3.

If you can remove those pins holding the brass key pins. Then it's easy to make a key.

Key cylinder..


The wafers? I leave them in, insert the key blank, mark around them with a ultra fine point Sharpie so I know where to file (in between the marker marks) and then take the blank out and file the grooves down with a square needle file turned diagonally and test it often to get it exactly right.

Posted on: 8/11 12:42
Owner of '55 Clipper Deluxe. Back window broken; installing a new one soon. Trying to get it started...
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Re: Packard locks and keys
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humanpotatohybrid
Progress on the trunk lock: this wire pin is the only thing holding the lock cylinder in place proper. However, the escutcheon does not rotate out of the way enough to actually remove the cylinder. To remove the escutcheon plate, gently but firmly pull it away from the lock body while rotating it back and forth. Do not try to rotate it past its stops, you are only trying to rotate the retainer against the spring force to let it slip apart from the rod. Once the escutcheon is off, bend and remove the wire pin, pick the lock (if needed), and push it out the front. End result shown.

Edit: Reinstallation is done in reverse; the only tricky part is the spring. The spring is charged by ~2 turns and it tends to slip out of the brass retainer. I recommend to pull the spring about 1/2 a turn thru the retainer, then turn the retainer 2 1/2 turns from the spring neutral position which should line it up with the rod correctly (more or less) when the escutcheon is in the closed position.

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Posted on: 8/10 11:44
Owner of '55 Clipper Deluxe. Back window broken; installing a new one soon. Trying to get it started...
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