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by Leeedy
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Fond Remembrances
Topic: Passing of Predictor modeler and former PMCC employee, Tom Beaubien
Replies: 0
Views: 26

Passing of Predictor modeler and former PMCC employee, Tom Beaubien

Hello All, It is with deep sadness that I have to report to you my friend and former Packard Motor Car Company man, Tom Beaubien has passed. Tom left us on August 15, 2019 in Southern California. Tom was a good friend for many years. Ironically we once worked together for Mazda Corporation where Tom...
by Leeedy
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Ask The Man Who Owns One
Topic: Former President Of Creative Industries of Detroit Has Passed
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Former President Of Creative Industries of Detroit Has Passed

I wanted to pass along some sad news to all Packard fans and vintage automotive fans as well. Verne T. Koppin, former President of Creative Industries of Detroit (the company in the book of the same name) has passed away on March 2, 2019. Verne was 99 years old. Mr. Koppin is survived by two daught...
by Leeedy
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Ask The Man Who Owns One
Topic: Help Me Identify These Parts
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Help Me Identify These Parts

The glass I see in the photos does not appear to be a windshield at all. It appears to be a Clipper or pre-1955 backlite rear window and not a windshield. Suggest that you match it up with images online.
by Leeedy
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Ask The Man Who Owns One
Topic: 1956 400 - AC Evaporator
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: 1956 400 - AC Evaporator

I have not done a Packard factory air system in a long time, But the folks who had all of the parts were a nationwide string of shops that fell under the name of "ARA"... In southern California there were several ARA facilities... Fountain Valley, downtown Los Angeles, Ontario, California. All had ...
by Leeedy
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Ask The Man Who Owns One
Topic: 1956 400 - AC Evaporator
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: 1956 400 - AC Evaporator

Howard has his method... and–respectfully– I've got mine. And I've pulled and installed a bunch of these 1955-56 A/C units, I assure you. A bunch of them over the years. I've also sent others to pull systems at junkyards for me (that's how I know about the break-off issue when 2 wrenches are not us...
by Leeedy
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Identification & Numbers
Topic: 1948 Packard-Bentley
Replies: 4
Views: 998

Re: 1948 Packard-Bentley

OR... perhaps the friend has some mix-up in something made for Packard via Mitchell-Bentley. Whatever it is... why don't we see a photo of this thingie?
by Leeedy
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Ask The Man Who Owns One
Topic: 1956 400 - AC Evaporator
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: 1956 400 - AC Evaporator

I guess I should mention that the most common way an evaporator leak occurs on 1955-65 factory air is if a hose is removed/detached on the engine side without using TWO A/C wrenches. There is not enough strength on the hose fittings where they join the core. So IF the core side of the fitting is no...
by Leeedy
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Ask The Man Who Owns One
Topic: 1956 400 - AC Evaporator
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: 1956 400 - AC Evaporator

There is no real shortcut here. If the leak truly is inside the evaporator housing there is only one option: • un-bolt the steering column, disconnect all of the electricals with it (horn, turn signals, pushbuttons) and remove the entire column. • un-screw and remove the bakelite vent doors on top ...
by Leeedy
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Ask The Man Who Owns One
Topic: Packard Plant Update - February 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 413

Re: Packard Plant Update - February 2019

On another site, someone asked if the area surrounding the plant has stabilized. This entire area has been on the skids since the late 1950s when Packard (or Studebaker-Packard–as some might insist) pulled out. The only thing that held the area together after Packard's departure was that there were ...
by Leeedy
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Body, Trim & Paint
Topic: 1956 Executive 4-Way Power seat removal
Replies: 5
Views: 432

Re: 1956 Executive 4-Way Power seat removal

The lower seat cushion is not detachable. There is only one way to do this: 1.) Remove the side trim from the left and right ends of the seat cushion. 2.) Get under the car with a deep socket wrench and extension 3.) Locate and remove the nuts from the seat mount studs... 4.) Open the doors and care...