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front shocks question
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Gary49eight
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Hi All.
Does anyone know if the front shocks/upper control arms on a Series 23 are interchangable with any other cars of the era (i.e. the big 3), or specific to Packard?
Gary

Posted on: 1/21 7:29
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Apple Hydraulics shows various models of lever type shocks Packard used. They also provide a chart where they list a shock by model number along with another photo showing what the particular model of shock looks like and a partial list of some of the several other cars that used that same shock.

The main difference between cars using the same shock will be in the internal valving which depends on car weight, springs, and with what the mfg wanted in ride quality. Because of the valving, if you use a shock made for a completely different class car, even though it might fit, I doubt you would be entirely happy with the ride.

Posted on: 1/21 10:22
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Unfortunately my interchange manual doesn't go back that far, but if you can locate one, you might be surprised.
The "P" part list doesn't generally give manufacturer info or cross reference.
Did you check the part cross reference on here?
Alternately, a period Motor repair manual or similar may contain that type info. These are research projects as far as I'm concerned.
In the old days one could just bebop down the local junk yard and take a look, but those days b-gone.

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Just as an aside, I did check a Hollander Interchange manual to see if any other mfgs used the same shock. Hollander and the Apple chart show several used the same Delco model 1946J/K series shocks which are externally the same. Only some 42 Packards are listed as using the exact same shock as the 46-50s. That is undoubtedly due to the particular valving characteristics inside the shock.

Posted on: 1/21 11:16
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Thank you Howard and Jim, that is a great help.
Gary

Posted on: 1/22 3:20
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Well, we discovered that 48 Packard and 48 Buick front shocks are not interchangable. On to Plan B.

Posted on: 1/27 3:22
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If getting an exchange set from Kanter or Apple Hydraulics is not feasible there was a how to article written a few years ago by a Packard owner who rebuilt his lever action shocks. If you have time and a bit of mechanical aptitude that might be another option.

Posted on: 1/27 9:54
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Gary.

You probably don't have to go all the way to the US if you're going to rebuild your shocks.

When I had the '50 the front shocks on it leaked badly, kept topping them up with hydraulic fluid, and became quite adept at doing that. Of course, it helped they were readily accessible!

But, the reason I'm posting is that ...... I found a place in Brisbane that will rebuild them - W. W. Shock Absorbers When they quoted $350/shock for a rebuild(That was in 2018 so probably more now), the topping up of the hydraulic fluid looked like the best cost option at the time!

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