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  1. First of all, congratulations on being the new caretaker of, in my opinion, one of the best looking Packards ever produced. With the top up or the top down, they look very stylish. And mechanically, they are very reliable. I am not aware of any vendors that sell reproduction dash parts for the 1937 dash. There are reproduction dash parts for the later year Packards that have the plastic knobs, but not the 1937 120s that have metal knobs and metal instrument surrounds. Are yours missing or are they just in bad shape? If missing then I would keep searching for replacements on the Internet; if in bad shape, they can be rechromed. Do you have any pictures of the car that you can post?
  2. Sean: Thanks for the information. Very interesting and informative. And, as you said, the "85" number found on my car is still a mystery as I don't see any reference to it on the material you posted.
  3. Sid: I had the exact problem with the first trunk seal Steele sent me, it was 13" too short. They sent another one that was a bit longer than needed. Must have been a bad batch.
  4. Sid: I DID use Steele Rubber's trunk seal on my '55 Century and it seemed to work out just fine. The trunk shuts easily and there are no water leaks. The first few times I shut the lid I had to slam it shut but after sitting for a while it got easier and easier to shut. Here are some pictures that I hope will help. And I think I got the orientation of the seal installation correctly shown. Sorry for the blurry picture of the end of the seal; Santa didn't bring me a new camera for Christmas.
  5. Apparently I need to provide the entire picture in order to solve what the 85 number means. So, here is what I have deciphered from the build sheet: 85 (No clue as to what this means. I could be the “build number.”) 4236B – R060 (The B could be a 13) 4236 is the Body Number, and if it is a B, it may indicate 1955 as it does in the VIN number. The R could mean Riviera and the 60 could mean 60 series. 4637-BSS462 Fisher Style=4637 Paint=BSS (Dover White on top, Cherokee Red in middle and bottom) Trim=462 which means Charcoal Pattern Nylon – Red Cordaveen A I – M – Q A = Dynaflow I = Easy Eye Glass M = Accessory Group (chrome wheel covers, electric clock, trunk light, and license plate frame) Q = White Wall Tires B – D – F B = Defroster and heater D = Radio (Sonomatic) and Antenna (manual) F = Safety Group (backup lights, windshield washer, glare proof mirror, parking brake signal light For future reference, here are all of the build codes: A - Dynaflow H - Deluxe Steering Wheel I - Easy Eye Glass Q R - White Wall Tires - Oversize (7.60 X 15) B - Defroster and Heater D - Radio (Sonomatic) & Antenna (Manual) F - Safety group (the safety group included: back-up lights, windshield washer, glare- proof mirror, parking brake signal light M - Accessory Group (the accessory group included: chrome wheel covers, electric And here is a picture of the data tag on the firewall:
  6. After pulling the radio out of my 1955 Century for repair, I found a sheet of paper on top of it (build sheet) with the following faint numbers written on it: 85 4236B – R060 4637-BSS462 A I – M – Q B – D – F Also, after pulling the engine for an overhaul, I found scribbling on the firewall with the numbers/characters: BSS , 85, and 46. I have deciphered all of the numbers in both codes except for the 85. Any clue as to what the 85 refers to in each code? Was this the 85th car produced that day on the assembly line?
  7. Oh, and this is a picture of the underside of the door. The metal tabs hold the weather seal.
  8. Sid: I don't know if these pictures will help you or not, but they are of my 1955 Century 2-Dr. HT passenger door.
  9. Anyone ever try these methods? I hope not. Actually I installed a 2-post lift about a year ago. Once up in the air, the car still rocks fore and aft if you reef on a bolt or do something else that causes rocking. So I purchased 2 under hoist jacks and place them under the frame in the front and back of the car. No rocking and I feel a lot safer.
  10. OK, I think I can finally put this topic to rest. There is an ad on eBay that is selling an NOS white horn button with “Power Steering” written on it (ad 113338832625). The ad says it is for a 1955 or 1956 Buick. The ad also shows a picture of the box that the button came in, part number of 566432, Group 2.820. While I don't have a 1956 Buick parts book to look that part number up, I do have a 1955 Buick parts book and it lists part number 1167529, Group 2.820 as the correct horn button for the 1955 model with a flexible steering wheel. They call it a “Monogram” horn button. As no other horn button part number for the flexible steering wheel is listed, it can be assumed that this is the only horn button offered for all four 1955 series cars. I think, therefore, that the ads claiming a white horn button is for a 1955 Buick are essentially implying eBay's term “Fits” for that button (I hate that term when I do a search). A black horn button is correct for 1955 Buicks, all models.
  11. I do the same as EmTee and use ethanol-free in all of my old cars. I think it is 90 octane in our area. I use it because ethanol will destroy your fuel pump (and possibly other components) unless they are made to resist the ethanol fuel effects. I had to replace the fuel pumps in 3 of the 4 vintage cars I own before I switched to ethanol-free gas. And in one of my old cars. the baffles (if that's what you call them) in the see-through fuel filter had actually come apart and was floating around in the filter's casing. We have also had problems with our small farm equipment too (i.e., weed whackers, ATVs etc.). By the way, there is an app you can download on your Smart Phone called "Pure Gas" which will tell you the closest ethanol-free gas stations nearest to you. This is great to have when you are touring in your old car and want to keep using ethanol-free gas.
  12. I did as "56 Buick" suggested and got on Google Images and typed in "1955 Buick Steering Wheel." Overwhelmingly most had the black horn button but a few had the white ones. Then I did the same search for the 1956 Buick. Overwhelmingly the white horn button was prevalent on those cars. So here is my theory. The standard horn button on the 1955 Buicks was black; the standard horn button on the 1956 Buicks was white. BUT, they are interchangeable so the owner could switch colors if he/she wanted to.
  13. I only remember the black one with all the '55 Buicks my father had (Centurys and Specials) and the 2-Dr. Century I have but, then again, we could never afford a Roadmaster so I am not sure which button they came with. For what it's worth, my Century has factory installed power steering and does not have "Power Steering" written on the horn button.
  14. Thanks, Wes. I appreciate your feedback.
  15. Greetings: I picked this LaSalle emblem up at Hershey this year and was wondering where it was used. With the 4 tabs on the back, rather than a threaded shaft, was this mounted on a LaSalle automobile, if so, which year and where on the car did it go? Or was it a cereal box giveaway? It measures 3" diameter. Thanks.