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Compatible replacement solenoids for 1955 self-leveling system
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Tim Wile
I'm looking to replace the two solenoids in my 1955 Patrician's self-leveling system and I'm having difficulty finding new solenoids that are compatible to the original ones on my Packard. Going through the parts book, I believe the solenoid part number is 455944, and I've been unable in my internet search to find any compatible ones. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on: 2017/1/1 23:48
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Re: Kanter Project: 1955 Caribbean out of long term storage
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Nice looking engine.

Posted on: 2017/1/1 20:57
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Re: Merger
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The merger was a disaster for Packard. It is ironic that it was Studebaker that kept producing automobiles up to 1966 while Packard's last true vehicle was made in August of 1956.

Posted on: 2016/12/31 11:19
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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Quick update. There is a NOS heat riser valve for sale on eBay right now.http://www.ebay.com/itm/1955-56-Packard-Heat-Riser-Valve-440853-NOS-/322254562349?hash=item4b07de642d:g:-10AAOSwjVVVxkua&vxp=mtr. Cost is $134.99. Hope that this helps.

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Posted on: 2016/12/31 11:17
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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I've seen NOS heat riser valves on eBay every now and then. As I recall, the prices were around $115 to $130. I picked up one for my '55 Patrician about 18 months ago for less than $100 still in the S-P box. Good hunting!

Posted on: 2016/12/31 11:14
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Re: Ward 1956 Packard Patrician stolen by Charles Starkweather
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The Packard was owned by C. Lauer Ward of Lincoln, Nebraska. I haven't seen any side shots of that Packard.

Posted on: 2016/12/29 17:20
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Re: Ward 1956 Packard Patrician stolen by Charles Starkweather
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Tim Wile
I recently watched "A Crime to Remember" on Investigation Discovery on the Starkweather homicide and they used a 1956 Studebaker instead of a Packard. Very disappointed.

Posted on: 2016/12/29 17:14
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Ward 1956 Packard Patrician stolen by Charles Starkweather
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Tim Wile
I've recently read a number of articles and books on the Starkweather homicide spree that took place in Nebraska and Wyoming in late 1957 and early 1958. In doing so, I noticed that the vehicle in which Starkweather was captured was a 1956 black Packard Patrician. Starkweather had stolen this Packard from a businessman, by the last name of Ward, in Lincoln, Nebraska, after the husband, wife, and maid were killed.

I've appended two photos of the Starkiweather Packard that I managed to find on the internet. Notice the shattered rear window that resulted from the Wyoming chase in which Starkweather was captured. The window was shattered by police gunfire. While Starkweather was not shot, he was hit by some of the flying glass from the shattered window, causing him to bleed, which is why he pulled over and surrendered. The left rear bumper also looks damaged. Whether that happened during the chase or when police towed the vehicle from the scene, I have not learned.

I was curious whether anyone knows what happened to that Packard. Was it repaired and continued on as someone's vehicle? Was it destroyed or junked by the family after it was released by the police? It would be something if that '56 Patrician was still extant and in whose ownership it is in now.

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Posted on: 2016/12/29 13:45
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Ward 1956 Packard Patrician stolen by Charles Starkweather
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Tim Wile
I've recently read a number of articles and books on the Starkweather homicide spree that took place in Nebraska and Wyoming in late 1957 and early 1958. In doing so, I noticed that the vehicle in which Starkweather was captured was a 1956 black Packard Patrician. Starkweather had stolen this Packard from a businessman, by the last name of Ward, in Lincoln, Nebraska, after the husband, wife, and maid were killed.

I've appended two photos of the Starkiweather Packard that I managed to find on the internet. Notice the shattered rear window that resulted from the Wyoming chase in which Starkweather was captured. The window was shattered by police gunfire. While Starkweather was not shot, he was hit by some of the flying glass from the shattered window, causing him to bleed, which is why he pulled over and surrendered. The left rear bumper also looks damaged. Whether that happened during the chase or when police towed the vehicle from the scene, I have not learned.

I was curious whether anyone knows what happened to that Packard. Was it repaired and continued on as someone's vehicle? Was it destroyed or junked by the family after it was released by the police? It would be something if that '56 Patrician was still extant and in whose ownership it is in now.

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Posted on: 2016/12/29 13:45
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Re: New Old stock (NOS) or Re-Chrome?
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Owen, your estimate for having a '55 or '56 grille re-plated was spot on! I submitted my grille to a plater's for an estimate and the plater came back with a quote of $5,000, right in line with your comment. I had carefully chosen my best pieces to send for re-plating, few, if any pits, etc. Still came back with a $5K quote. Ouch! I think I'll try my luck with the rear bumper parts next.

Posted on: 2016/3/29 9:46
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