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Re: PackardDon
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Don't know if the hole was in all bodies or not. Doubt if they knew when a body was built if a car would have manuals or not or might be changed along the line so it probably was.

Posted on: 5/22 21:38
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Re: PackardDon's 1956 Clipper Custom Sedan
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Cleaning up and tossing out the rock-hard pieces of carpet today, I think I found the remnants of the cover for the hole. When it was last removed, it likely slid under the carpet and got lost so someone used a rag to stuff into the hole.

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Posted on: 5/25 0:20
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Re: PackardDon's 1956 Clipper Custom Sedan
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Looking at all the A/C parts in the trunk, I took out the firewall piece to see if it made sense as I want to get it installed one of these days. It looks fine but I was surprised to see how chopped-out the irregularly shaped hole looks! This was from a factory system, yet the hope looks to have been cut with an ax, Surely they all could be this bad, could they?

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Posted on: 5/25 0:25
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Maybe a Monday or Friday car where whomever did the cutting was wanting to be somewhere else. Factory recommendation as shown in these two photos has the hole much smaller and neater. That one doesn't look like the supplied rubber finish grommet will even cover the excess area of the opening.

Are you going to be able to remove the spot welds and neatly keep the blower flange in a decent enough condition for the factory look upon reinstallation?

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Posted on: 5/25 8:57
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Re: PackardDon's 1956 Clipper Custom Sedan
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Are you going to be able to remove the spot welds and neatly keep the blower flange in a decent enough condition for the factory look upon reinstallation?


Thank you, Howard! I was very surprised the last time I was here to discover that there is a vintage car restoration shop here in this tiny rural town and this is something I'll have them do. So yes, it will look like a factory installation. They are already working on the front clip for my 1965 Imperial LeBaron as it needs a replacement fender re-spot welded and leaded per original and they even came out and picked it up.

Looking at photo on this site of someone restoring the firewall on a factory A/C car, it shows a very similar irregular hole as mine.

Posted on: 5/25 9:53
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Re: PackardDon's 1956 Clipper Custom Sedan
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I'm getting ready to finally send off the door panels to SMS so that they will be done in a year or two when I'm ready to get back to work on this car but the work will involve adding power windows. To that end, I got new steel trim panels with the proper switch cutouts for the front doors and they need to be painted before being sent off. The replacements are gray but need to be black so what brand and/or type of primer and paint is used for this type of panel? Is it semi-glass or gloss? Is stripping down to the metal preferred?

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Bulletin 55T-21 says they used regular body lacquer on the dash and that should be the same color on the door panels. Black would be code V Onyx. If that is the case I would say the panels would be glossy.

I am not a paint person but unless you know for sure what the current paint and underlayment is and that it is compatible with whatever product you are going to use for the repaint a removal to bare metal and then repriming with materials made for the new formulation paint might be in order.

Posted on: 8/15 19:59
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Re: PackardDon's 1956 Clipper Custom Sedan
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Thank you, Howard! From what I can find V is actually Corsican Black for 1956 so I’ll have to look for a source.

Posted on: 8/16 1:13
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Since they are to be gloss black you might consider powder coating for the panels and window frames as that will save you a lot of steps.

Posted on: 8/16 6:50
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Re: PackardDon's 1956 Clipper Custom Sedan
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Ross, That thought had occurred to me and if I do that, I’ll need to powder coat the dash too to match. No way to match the proper black but should be close enough!

Yes, there are many shades of black which I learned when trying to touch up some thin areas on my all-original 1952 Henney-Packard Nu-3-Way where the primer was showing through on the front fender top ridges. I used a high quality Ditzler lacquer which, compared to what was on the car, looked gray!

Posted on: 8/16 10:48
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