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Re: hph's 400
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Of the cars I've seen, I tend to prefer the black lines on the side trim. It seems to look more finished. How would you go about adding them? Paint pen, marker?


Buegler striper worked for me. Just need the correct size wheel.

Posted on: 4/19 14:26
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Looks great! Just curious, I've seen 1955 and 1956 Packards with both chrome and with gold scripts even on different cars of the same model. Was the gold an accessory or was it standard only on certain colors?

Posted on: 4/19 16:53
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Pretty sure the Clippers used silver, and the Packards used gold.

This pattern checks out for what restored parts are on sale for 55. I assume/ IIRC 56 is the same.

Of note they changed from a silver to gold "egg crate" in early 56 production for the seniors, is the only exception I'm aware of.

Posted on: 4/19 18:51
'55 400. Needs aesthetic parts put back on, and electrical system sorted.
'55 Clipper Deluxe. Engine is stuck-ish.
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I’m talking strictly senior models and I’ve seen both. Some of the online suppliers even have both chrome and gold available for the same models.

This all-original 1956 Four Hundred near where I live is a case in point as the scripts are all chrome even if they do not look it in the photos.
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Posted on: 4/20 11:09
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Clearly all gold in this brochure. Would be curious what you can get in silver.

Except hood letters which I forgot to mention were chrome on all models.

https://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/modules/archive/content.php?op=&catID=5&ContentID=554

Posted on: 4/20 11:13
'55 400. Needs aesthetic parts put back on, and electrical system sorted.
'55 Clipper Deluxe. Engine is stuck-ish.
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Brochures were typically airbrushed into existence before the cars themselves were built so are probably not a good resource for research. For example, the brochure for my 1965 Imperial shows huge chrome LeBaron scripts on the C-Pillar when it actually got a small delicate one with a gold shadow-like backing. Looking on eBay and talking with dealers I have seen NOS chrome The Four Hundred and The Patrician scripts which is what prompted the question.

Posted on: 4/20 12:03
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I believe it is detailed in one of the books that early 56 senior grills were chrome but some in styling felt it was a bit too much as the eggcrate detail was sort of lost in the bright background. Around that same time Cadillac came out with a similar gold grill mesh treatment on one of their models and styling took notice. As soon as it was possible to get parts they had the change to gold mesh put into production.

I don't remember reading of any chrome scripts on 55-6 senior models but articles said they did make the Executive scripts chrome when that model came along as a means to denote the Executive as being a slightly lower cost offering.

Posted on: 4/20 12:44
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Thank you Howard. Yes, I know about the gold grille mesh and about the Executive but it’s the other seniors, especially for 1956, where I’ve seen both chrome and gold scripts. I would expect it to be gold on the Caribbean but the others seem to have both gold and chrome. Maybe the earlier ones before the gold grille mesh appeared had the chrome but that’s just a guess.

Posted on: 4/20 15:33
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Pretty sure mine are gold.

Posted on: 4/20 16:46
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Well I got about *THIS FAR* out of my garage before realizing I have NO brakes. So looks like I'll be doing a brake job on both of my cars this year. 😂😭 Just slammed it back into park since my hand was still on the shifter from shifting it into drive immediately before.

To be fair I should have noticed since I was pumping the brakes while it was still in park, but as some of us know the TV brakes have pretty much the same feel and travel with a gentle push when building NO pressure as a regular car's brakes do normally, and I didn't consciously notice that it wasn't right.

What's strange is that, even though there's a puddle under the car for diff fluid, trans fluid, and coolant, I don't see the brakes leaking anywhere, so I suspect something is up with the check valve. I presume the brake fluid needs changed and the unit cleaned; I'll also install new hoses. (Edit: Yeah, I can push it all the way down with the engine off, even.)

The only fluid it's not leaking is engine oil, which is strange since I'm pretty sure it was when I bought it, but I'll take what I can get. The coolant leaking appears to be from the water pump but that was like that when I bought the car. In the one year and 50 miles I've driven it, it's only lost half a gallon, so that will wait for now.

How we got here is I just did a basic tune up on the engine; checked plug gaps, replaced ignition wires, and set the timing. Once it's drivable I plan on taking it somewhere for a full tune-up if it's not too expensive.

I also did get some of the interior trim put on and importantly I finally got the radio re-installed with a working power antenna. I would have posted more on this, but I've been quite busy.

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Posted on: 5/19 16:37
'55 400. Needs aesthetic parts put back on, and electrical system sorted.
'55 Clipper Deluxe. Engine is stuck-ish.
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