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Mkpow1988
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57 Packard

Post by Mkpow1988 » Wed Jul 07, 2021 6:05 am

First off, Hi!
Second....just bought a 57 Packard Clipper. It's a pretty clean car but does need some work.
Now I ask, where??? Do you add fluid for the power brakes?
Also, on the power brakes, there are two bleeder valves on top. I would assume these must be blead also. I would guess before the brake lines? And which one first?
I've been looking for info online, or for a service manual but haven't found either.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

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Re: 57 Packard

Post by Dave Czirr » Wed Jul 07, 2021 9:55 am

Sorry to say, I'm not familiar with your vehicle but wonder if you are aware that it's essentially a rebadged 1957 Studebaker. I suspect that the majorityy of owners of the 1957 and 1958 Packards are far more active in Studebaker activities than Packard sites, thus you might find answers more quickly by the obtaining Studebaker service manuals, and/or posting your query on the Studebaker Club forum.

Mkpow1988
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Re: 57 Packard

Post by Mkpow1988 » Fri Jul 09, 2021 3:21 am

Thanks for the reply. I did know of the merger, but was thinking that the 57 Packard was closer to the 56 Packard than the 56 Studebaker.
Thus the reason for coming to this group.
I likely could be wrong though.....I usually am. :roll:

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Re: 57 Packard

Post by Howard56 » Fri Jul 09, 2021 3:27 pm

You can go to www.packardinfo.com and find some 57 service and sales literature available for free download and it might be good to ask your question again there too. A few 57 owners are frequent posters at packardinfo and might have some information to share. I remember a similar if not the same brake question came up on that forum not too long ago and a specific sequence of bleeding is required to get all the air out of the Hydrovac.

As to the 57s being closer to the earlier Packards, am afraid that is not entirely the case. They did take styling cues from the 56 Packard line and did a miracle facelift with some new sheetmetal and fiberglass pieces to try and keep the overall look in the Packard family. Because the 56 Packard was a much larger car with a completely different frame from the 57, except for some trim, dash instruments, tail lights and a few other small items taken out of the 55-56 Packard parts bin everything mechanical and the chassis pinnings under the new sheetmetal is almost if not completely identical to the 56-57 Studebaker Classic models. The 57 service manual details a few differences but is a thin supplement to the much larger 56 Studebaker service manual which is also available for download at packardinfo. The 57 parts book consists of model designations for various pieces where they differ from Stude parts but the info is carried in the Studebaker parts manual.
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Re: 57 Packard

Post by Mkpow1988 » Sat Jul 10, 2021 11:01 am

Than you very much!

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