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April 28, 2010

1991 Town Car Update #3 and Mark III Blower Motor Questions

Hi Bill -

Well, we did it. We replaced 4 lifters and valve seals on the third and fourth cylinder on the driver's side. We tuned it to boot, so it seems to be fine - no ticking. Thanks for your help on this.

I want to ask you a question too about getting a heater/ac blower motor for the 70 Mark III. I have put in a question to Lincoln Land parts but have not heard back yet. Is it possible to rebuild these motors and if so does Lincoln Land do that? I've got all the parts except the blower. I have the original and while I could hear it turn before I took the unit apart, I'm not sure what kind of shape it is in other that being very rusty. I've cleaned it up quite a bit, but I would like to replace or rebuild it before I put everything back together.

Thanks for being there.

Gregg

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Hi Gregg -

We're glad that you got the 91 looked after and I bet that you are glad that you went ahead with that repair.

As for the Mark III blower motor, we don't rebuild them here at Lincoln Land at this time because we are still able (in most cases) to supply new units. However, if you have been able to actually take your unit apart successfully as you indicate, why not check with a local small Electric Motor and Alternator/Generator Repair shop in your area. They may be able to supply you with new motor brushes and perhaps bushings also if you need them. Don't forget to oil the bushings. Failing that, I am sure that we can arrange a new motor for you if necessary.

I'm not sure who took your original inquiry at Lincoln Land but you should be getting a similar answer back from that inquiry as well.

Sincerely,

Bill

April 27, 2010

2000 LS Cranking Issues

Hi Bill -

My 2000 Lincoln LS just cut off on me one day. I cranked it up and turned out of the parking lot and my car just shut down. It now sound like my car is trying to crank up, but wont crank up all the way. I took it to three different shops and got three different answers. One man said I needed a new wiring harness. Another one said that my harness was good, but my computer system is messed up. The last one said my computer system is just fine but my timing chain was gone with two bad valves. Can you please tell my anything about what you think may be wrong with my car.


Thanks,

Shawnte

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Hello Shawnte,

Ah Yes, Car ownership can be frustrating. The problem that you describe also shows up in the many Lincoln Town Cars that we service here at Lincoln Land and in many cases it turns out to be a failing Crankshaft Position Sensor or CPS. Unfortunately though we do not see many Lincoln LS vehicles here in our shop and therefore I am not going to do you wrong by making a specific guess. I believe that in your case you should visit the largest Lincoln dealer in your immediate area and speak to the Service Manager or the Shop Foreman only. State your problem (show him this e-mail) and ask him if he has a Technician with LS experience. A good technician with the proper experience will be able to locate your problem and repair it in short order and will save you much time and money in the long run. Leave your LS for repair only at a Ford or Lincoln dealer or a trusted shop that actually has LS experience. I hope the above advice will lead you to a quick repair. Please let us know how it all turns out.

Sincerely,

Bill

April 21, 2010

1991 Town Car Engine Noise Update 2 ....

Hi Bill -

Thought I would drop a quick line on the 91 Lincoln. Monday morning the 19th "Ms Lincoln" goes in to repair this noise, I will keep you posted. From time to time I come to realize that I am in actuality restoring two cars at the same time: the 70 Mark III and the 91 Town Car --- it's no wonder that I am so tired and so broke some times!!! I've got to tell you though it is fun, and they are on the way to becoming two beautiful Lincolns.

Thanks for being there.

Gregg

1979 Lincoln Continental Power Issues

Hi Bill,

I bought 1979 Lincoln Continental 4 Door Sedan about two weeks ago. The car drove fine until yesterday, when it totally died on me. It seems like there is no electricity in the car at all, I mean the dash board doesn't light up, no interior lights - even lighter is out.

The battery is fine; the solenoid off the battery lets the electricity through (checked with voltmeter). By my mechanics suggestion, I changed the ignition switch, with no results. I also am not able to locate a wiring diagram for this car.

Seeing how you are helping people out with all these issues I was wandering if you could give me a suggestion on what to try next.

Thank You

Taras

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Hi Taras,

Welcome to the Lincoln hobby, and yes we will be pleased to help you.

If you are sure that your battery is fine as you say, you must start at the battery and follow the electrical path to wherever it travels from the battery. Do not try to guess and replace parts without testing first and proving them faulty, this only adds to your frustration and expense.

I don't have the wiring diagram in front of me at this time for your car but the power path should lead you to the Solenoid from the Battery, and then to a pair of Fusible Links, and then to the Circuit Breakers, Fuses and the Ignition Switch, etc.

Whenever you and your mechanic are ready, call us at Lincoln Land and we can arrange to send to your address any Wiring Diagrams or Manuals that you wish. Problems such as this should not take too long to diagnose, but the proper wiring diagram in this case is definitely is a must for you.

Good luck on the repair -

Bill

Issues Locating Fuses In Europe

Hi Bill -

Can you tell me something about the fuses a 1971 Mark 3 use? I have some bad fuses and I want to change them out, but now it seems that they do not sell the fuses here in The Netherlands. I am talking about the shorter ones used for example for the Turn Signals, Low Fuel Warning, etc. There is also one fuse a little bit bigger and that's the (20 AMP) for Rear Reading Lights, Map Lamp, etc. I hope you can tell me the Fuse names or ordering codes, so I can look for them online. I hope to here from you soon.

Best regards,

Ray

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Greetings Ray -

That must be frustrating for you. I would think that something as small as a fuse should be easy to obtain. We don't have any problem here at Lincoln Land with fuses, and I can't think of any special names or ordering codes for them but I do have an idea.

Why not call, or e-mail George R. Miller here at Lincoln Land (email: georgermillerll@att.net) - and I am sure that he will be pleased to put together a special complete package of 1971 Mark III fuses and send them to you. Ask him to include 8 or 12 each of the popular ones so that you have enough spares. Fuses are light in weight, so the cost of mailing or shipping should be reasonable. Also at this time if you have any other needs for your Mark III, George can look after them for you as well.

Sincerely,

Bill

1965 Exhaust Smell

Hi Bill,

I recently bought a '65 Continental Convertible in fair condition. I am new to owning older cars like this and I am afraid my wife won't go near this thing because of the smell from the exhaust.

Mechanics report that the current exhaust system is working fine, but I can tell it is getting towards replacement soon anyway.

What is the best route to go to reducing fumes and emissions from these cars?

Thanks,

Brent

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Hi Brent -

Congratulations on your purchase and welcome to the Lincoln side of the old car hobby. Because neither of us knows the condition of your engine I can offer several hopefully logical suggestions.

Your question is regarding fumes and emissions so therefore a competent technician should be allowed to completely evaluate your engines condition. This should include a complete tune up in all respects along with a report of the engine's general condition regarding compression and oil pressure etc., as well as whether the valve stem seals may possibly need replacing (blue exhaust smoke).

The positive crankcase ventilation system (PCV) should also be inspected and serviced as necessary as per the 1965 Lincoln Shop Manual, and of course all oil and coolant leaks should be attended to as well as they are a common source of smoke, and or fumes, etc.

I also cannot stress strongly enough that the Shop Manual is a must for you and can pay for itself many times over in the long run. All of the above should be a good place for you to start and may lead to some pleasant cruising for you and your wife. If you do decide on the Manual or need any necessary parts for your Lincoln we are always at the ready to quickly look after your requirements.

Sincerely,


Bill

April 13, 2010

1991 Town Car Engine Noise Update....

Hi Bill -

Thanks for the encouragement on the 70 Mark III. Hope to have most of the immediate mechanical work done and have "Ms C" in the body shop by the end of May, lots to do.

About the Town Car, I took your advice, and my mechanic and I have come to the conclusion that what we are listening to is a hydraulic valve lash adjuster on the exhaust valve of the last cylinder on the driver's side bank. We have put Rislone in on the last three oil changes and the tap seems to come and go, and when the engine is warm that's when it seems to quiet down, but is still noticeable if you know what to listen for.

I'm wondering what the next step is.

My mechanic and I talked about replacing all of the adjusters, however I've been wondering about going ahead in say six months and rebuilding the engine completely. It has 152,000 miles and doesn't use oil between changes, but I'm inclined to head in the direction of a complete rebuild. Would you care to offer a take on the situation?

Thanks for being there.

Gregg

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Gregg -

Congratulations on 152,000 miles with no oil consumption between changes. My thoughts are that 6 months is a long time to wait with an engine noise that may possibly develop into other damage if left unattended.

If your technician is confident, and is familiar with these engines, could he be persuaded to replace the offending hydraulic valve lash adjuster at this point in time? At the same time, he could replace the valve stem seals if this has not already been done on your engine.

Performing a much smaller repair now may save much added expense at a later date. Good luck on a proper decision that only you and your technician can make.

Sincerely,

Bill

April 12, 2010

73 Continental Starter Installation Problems

Bill,

I got the carburetor replaced on my 1973 Lincoln Continental I asked you about a few months ago. Now my starter is gone out, and I had a heck of a time getting it out. Now I'm having trouble getting the new one in. I just can't seem to get it in the right position.

Any ideas on an easy way to get the starter in, if it didn't have the solenoid it would be easy to put back in. Any Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help and advice.


Lincoln

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Greetings Lincoln,

Not knowing what your starter is binding on and assuming that you have the correct starter we can offer two scenarios. If it is binding on the steering linkage you can loosen the idler arm at the frame to allow more room for installation or if the motor mounts and or transmission mounts are crushed or deteriorating you can loosen them and jack the engine up for more clearance. These are the only suggestions that come to mind that I can relate to at the moment. Hope this helps. Be sure to let us know if we can be of further help.

Sincerely,

Bill

April 6, 2010

1991 Town Car Engine Noise

Hi Bill -

I have a question about my 1991 Town Car. I have just within the last month begun to hear a tap on the left bank at the rear. I am assuming that I have a lifter problem. The car has 152,000 miles with regular oil changes every 3,000 miles, and I have put in an additive for the lifters over the last several changes.

I'm wondering what my next step should be - can you help there. I don't want to damage the engine by over looking or postponing work that should be done soon. The engine is a 4.6. By the way, I have picked up for the Mark III a new heater core, a used evaporator, resistor for the blower and an expansion valve for the evaporator from Lincoln Land. I will start to put this back together this Saturday. Thanks for all your help and resources.

Gregg

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Greetings Gregg -

Good to hear that you have the Mark III repairs underway. As for the 91, these engines have proven to be a very good engine but of course they too can develop problems. I have discussed your engine with several people here at Lincoln Land and we all agree that you should visit a trusted engine shop in your area for an experienced opinion based on the actual sound that you are hearing. Some sounds turn out to be easy to repair and others may be indicative of a costly future problem. Abnormal noises are hard to describe to others and therefore I believe that an honest mechanic with an experienced ear at your engine will give you proper guidance. Let us know how this works out for you.

Sincerely,

Bill

April 1, 2010

1971 Mark Distributor Vacuum Questions

Hi Bill -

Thanks for answering my last questions about the turn signal lever and the rim blow horn! I am busy with these problems as we speak. Now I have a new one for you, and that's about my distributor.

I have installed a new intake manifold and carburetor (Edelbrock) in my 1971 Mark III. But now I do not know if the distributor vacuum port is timed (no vacuum at idle) or full vacuum (vacuum present at idle). I hope you can help me with this one, so I can connect the vacuum hose to the designated port at the carburetor.

Ray

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Hi Ray -

That era of Ford built engines is set up to provide no vacuum to the distributor at idle. They did however provide an override that would automatically apply full manifold vacuum to the dist. in the event of an overheated engine coolant condition. This feature consisted of a sensor mounted into the thermostat housing with an additional vacuum line to the intake manifold. When the engine is overheated the engine timing will advance to increase the engine idle and subsequently the cooling fan and water pump speeds during the overheating in order to assist with the engine cooling. Many of these are now by-passed or wrongly installed and the system is generally not considered crucial as a cooling feature but is nice to have in order to maintain authentic engine controls. The theory of operation and its plumbing can be seen in the Shop manual. Hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Bill