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No time or skill to fix torsion-level issues
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I need some help and/or advice. I don't have the time or the skill to fix the torsion-level suspension on my Dad's Executive. Does anyone have any advice for me? I don't know of any mechanic willing to try. Just getting frustrated.
Thanks.

Posted on: 6/19 23:24
Matthew Victory
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Re: No time or skill to fix torsion-level issues
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What area are you in? There may be a competent shop or collector in the area who can help.

It wouodnalso be helpful to know what issues you are experiencing. Is the the car collapsed due to broken parts? Or is it staying up but the leveling mechanism is broken? Does the mechanism work but nothing is happening or it is not leveling correctly?

Posted on: 6/20 0:16
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It's not as hard as you might think - just different that anything else you ever saw or worked on.

Go to the FAQ section and read the primer that I wrote several years ago. There's a link to a training manual. Shop manual sections on suspension and electrical cover common service. Then, the index to factory service bulletin index that I compiled may also help fill in some blanks.

We can't give you much guidance unless you tell us what's wrong.

Posted on: 6/20 8:31
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Where is the car located?
Are you a member of The Packard Club, and or a region of PAC. They might be able to assist with sources in your area.

Posted on: 6/20 10:10
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I agree with Brian that it is not a hard system to understand and figure out. When mine stopped working, I used the information here to troubleshoot. As it turned out it was a loose and/or corroded electrical connection underneath the car.

My fix was to clean all of the electrical connections underneath the car and whenever possible to solder the crimp on connector to the wire.

Good Luck

Posted on: 6/20 20:21
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R H
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And use silicone grease. On all connections.

Posted on: 6/20 20:44
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I would wager almost all the issues today are electrical. Broken wires at a limit switch on the 56 models and bent brackets on the 55s. Bad brake switch, dirty wire connections, or the control switch contacts oxidizing so current will not pass thru the time delay portion in one direction or the other are the usual for both years. Once in awhile you will find someone has picked up an ordinary starter solenoid at a parts store so they replace it and being the wrong type solenoid it still won't work. Fortunately that is not as common an issue.

Posted on: 6/20 21:00
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We're in Franklin, TN. The rear of the car is about 2 inches off the ground. The mechanism appears totally shot. I would like to remove it from the car or otherwise try to apply some voltage to the car, but no time and no way to get under car are a hurdle.

Posted on: 6/20 21:17
Matthew Victory
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The solenoid. On mine the top one is up. fender..

Like hot wiring a car.

Jumper positive to center terminal. If wiring is ok it should go up.

If wiring is grounded. It will start to go down.

Vice verse a.

S a far as jacking..start where you can center front. Then start blocking rear.. Till you got where you want it.

Jacking. Pull the battery cable..

Posted on: 6/20 23:06
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I have owned several 1955/56 Packards and I am in the Franklin area for a couple of days. Give me a call or send a text and I’ll drop by. Two-eight-one 793 three 377.

Posted on: 6/21 6:26
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