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Re: Resurrecting my 56’ Patrician
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Marvin
In trying to remove the manifold bolts I thought if the fender wasn’t here how easy this would be. Only removed 1 bolt so far. I will need to examine the starter and brakes as well as align the exhaust gasket and manifold to reinstall. Examining the wheel well it appears to be an inner fender, but I do not see a seam up top. Is the fender two pieces and how hard is it to remove. Again, the manual didn’t help. Does anyone have an article or diagram of the left front side?

Posted on: 8/7 14:30
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Re: Resurrecting my 56’ Patrician
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Marvin
Tired of seeing my exhaust sitting on my pool table and realizing that August isn’t getting cooler, I decided to jack up my baby and attempt to install at least the left side of the dual exhaust. After many trips back and forth to various tool boxes, trying to find the right socket or wrench to get the one bolt out I decided to read the manuals. Quite brief on the subject of exhaust. Thought about using a Sawzall, but the question is how to reinstall. I was considering removing the exhaust manifold but thought better to ask on the forum. So, I took a few pictures to show my dilemma and while adding yellow circles to the photo, another problem became extremely apparent. My manifold is cracked!
Not very happy right now, wondering where I will locate a left side exhaust manifold.
The cat isn’t talking.

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Posted on: 8/7 9:49
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Re: Resurrecting my 56’ Patrician
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Marvin
Still too hot to want to try handling steel pipes in the sunlight. Today was 95⁰. So, I decided to read in the forums and came across “safe highway speeds”. This got me to ponder, the Patrician and safe highway speed. I live close to I-64 and use it all the time. I never really thought it would be a problem especially since I had to pay a gas guzzling tax for the large V8 under the hood. Trying to figure out if the ultramatic has an overdrive.
Once I manage to get her started, deal with the cooling system, braking system, lighting, and instruments my plan was many short drives (like around the neighborhood) before I dare farther and interstate travel. I also want to take the car in to have the transmission serviced and flushed. Haven’t a clue where to get a transmission filter. Highly doubt the local shop has one on the shelf.
So my question is, what is a comfortable cruising speed of a 1956 Packard Patrician?

Posted on: 8/4 15:23
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Re: Resurrecting my 56’ Patrician
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Marvin
The good news, is that my exhaust came in. Bad news, no instructions. Really don’t need any, but a picture of what goes where would be nice. It’s just too hot outside to work on it in the driveway. Exhaust parts heat up very quickly in the sunlight. Went to my manuals. They discussed the exhaust but no photos. Looked through the literature archive but failed to locate a photo or diagram. Hoping perhaps someone could steer me in the right direction. Plus any advice is always appreciated.

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Posted on: 7/23 15:28
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Re: Resurrecting my 56’ Patrician
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Marvin
I have heard of the pick-up tube in the gas tank but could never locate a photo of how and where the tube picks up the gas. My experience in the past has always been a pick-up screen attached to the sending unit. Since I have a new tank, I decided to cut my old one in half to see this tube. Note the one photo showing the debris that was in the tank. Never found the float for the sending unit. I am so glad that I followed the advice of a member and bought a new tank.

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Posted on: 6/13 16:46
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Re: Resurrecting my 56’ Patrician
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Marvin
O’Reilly’s auto parts, provided the gasket for the differential and gear oil (85-140). The reason I stopped was realizing the depth of my ignorance. I reviewed the “Packard Service Manual” but failed to answer my questions. Mostly it covered how to repair the internal components of the differential. It also stated that the fluid should be changed annually.
Before I begin loosening bolts, I would like to know a few things.
1. The plug the arrow is pointing to, seems to be the only plug front and back. Is this the check level / fill plug?
2. It’s been a few years since I checked a differential for fluid capacity. I seem to recall, removing the fill plug, and sticking my finger in to check to see that oil was at the bottom of the hole. Is this correct?
3. What else should I look for when the cover is off?
My thought process is that this is a 66-year-old car and I have no way of knowing if any maintenance was done and when. As always, your patience and guidance is extremely appreciated.

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Posted on: 5/30 10:02
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Re: Resurrecting my 56’ Patrician
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Marvin
Hadn't thought of that. As you can see in the photo, someone already cut the original fuel line.

Thanks, I'll do that

Posted on: 5/22 17:36
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Re: Resurrecting my 56’ Patrician
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Marvin
Received the gas tank Friday, but haven’t installed it yet. The hose connection from the old tank is definitely aftermarket and does not appear to have the right thread. Next week I will take the tank to my local parts store and find the correct fitting fuel nipple, plus a new gas cap. I did install the rear shocks from KYB. While I was under the car, I noted a little wetness on the bottom of the differential cover. My thought is before I install the tank, to remove the cover, drain the fluid, inspect the gears, and install a new gasket and fluid. 1st thought is where to buy the gasket and what type of fluid. I will read my manual for the later. Also thought it best to wire brush and clean the cover prior to removal. FYI the cardboard box the tank came in, made laying on the gravel a lot easier.

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Posted on: 5/22 16:46
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Re: Resurrecting my 56’ Patrician
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Marvin
Just dropped the gas tank and removed the sending unit. Bottom line, this tank was never cleaned and sealed as I was led to believe. The pickup tube is totally blocked, and the tank has seen better days. So, I just ordered a new tank and sending unit from Kanter. Another member suggested this awhile back and I truly believe it is the path to take. Waiting on more parts, meanwhile there is a lot of chrome to polish. The previous owner did have a small piece of copper wire twisted around the sending unit hold down ring, and the other end to a body ground. Is this something I need to re-create? And do I need to paint or treat the exterior of the new tank prior to installation?
Thanks

Posted on: 5/9 16:22
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Re: Resurrecting my 56’ Patrician
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Marvin
Just an update:
I've had other projects come up so I haven't done much in the way of work on the car. I have been reading a lot. Managed to come across a box of SUN spec sheets and found two for the 56' Patrician.
I am waiting on the exhaust, have the KYB shocks in, but the weather teases me. When I have off, it rains. The weather is great when I am working, so the shocks are sitting on my pool table. I have removed all the drums and examined everything done by the previous owner. It all looks great. Haven't gotten into the master cylinder. Have removed all the flat tires (they were only flat on the bottom) and wired brushed/painted the rims and new tires. No hub caps, but I think they look great.

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Posted on: 5/6 16:34
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