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Pillar Medallion Removal 1955 Seniors


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Guest Kevin AZ

Any suggestions for removing these old brittle medallions from the rear roof pillars? <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/confused.gif" alt="" />

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Kevin, indeed those two studs on the back are pretty fragile. I did get one of mine removed but it came out fairly easily with just a little bit of pulling. The other side and those on my Clipper I have just given up on. There is a place called emblemmagic or soemthing like that that reproduces the Senior models ones but at like $125 each...too $$$$$. Maybe someone will have a clever trick on these.

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More recollection or confused memory. I believe they may have to be removed starting on the inside and that means getting under the headliner.....I cannot recall but just remember we backed off on it.

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Kevin:

The medallians on my 1956 Clipper were easily removed from the inside AFTER the headliner was removed. Ooopps..., a problem on your car, but not impossible. Remove the rear side window interior molding (unscrews). You may also have to remove the rear seat & back to gain access. THEN you may be able to just lift up the headliner on the side enough to get to the medallians. If not enough access, then remove the nearest molding around the inside rear window. If you don't tear anything, then you should be able to glue it back on and reassemble.

Good luck.

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Guest Kevin AZ

Craig:

I experimented with parts car and managed to remove both from the pillars. In actuality, the medallions on the parts car are better then those on the 400. The headliner disintegrated upon the slightest contact however, as it 'puffed' just like smoke! The 'vee's' are in good shape but the plastic is brittle. I was surprized by the amount of surface rust on the backside of the pillars. Years of mositure slipped under the medallion and followed the mounting studs inside. Seemed like a poor system for that eras most stately of cars.

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Kevin: When you tackle your 400 and IF the headliner turns to dust... You can buy another one from Kanter for $175...which I thought was a great price considering the source.

Installing a headliner in a 2dr HT seems straight forward, although I haven't got that far on my Panther yet. Just keep the steel rib rods in numbered order when you remove them. Having an extra pair of hands would not be a bad idea either.

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Guest Randy Berger

Kevin, I am surprised that the medallions did not have rubber washers before the speed clips as they do on the PACKARD lettering on the quarter panel. Another example of 55 sloppiness??

YFAM, Randy Berger

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Guest Kevin AZ

RB....a very good point you've made. When I removed the front fenders & Packard scripts, I noted all those small rubber 'washers'. I kept them all to help cut new ones when that time comes. You would think with all the water wicking from the roof that Packard would have use a rubber backing of some kind. Front end kit has now been ordered from Kanter! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif" alt="" />

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Guest Randy Berger

Kevin, I made a small donut of dumdum around each pin and then pushed the rubber washers on backed by the speed clips, or some pins I threaded and put small nuts and washers on to tighten down the rubber washers (thinking about later removal).

YFAM, Randy Berger

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