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January 24, 2011

1991 Transmission update - and another problem

Bill,

The problem I had with the transmission on my 1991 Lincoln was that it was shot. I found a transmission at a wrecking yard, the used transmission was rebuilt by Ford. I had it put on the car, and it works fantastically.

Now I have to work on the front end air suspension. The car sits higher on the passenger side, than it does on the drivers side and the passenger front tire seems to bottom out when I hit potholes.. Any idea on what I should try with this issue? Thanks for your advise,

Lincoln
Ogden, UT

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Hi Lincoln -

Maintaining the nice Lincoln ride and steering is important to most of us Lincoln enthusiasts. If your Lincoln has the 4 wheel air suspension it is computer controlled and requires some advanced suspension knowledge and diagnostic equipment. The first item on your list if you wish to embark on your own repair is to obtain and study the correct FoMoCo shop manual for this vehicle in order to form a plan. These manuals pay for themselves in a short time. Keep in mind also that all of the other suspension and steering items should be inspected at this time as well. Contact us if you would like the correct manual or any parts etc. that we may have for you to complete the repair.

Sincerely,

Bill

January 13, 2011

Cleaning Question on 1979 Mark

Bill -

What can I use to clean the vinyl top and side moldings on a 1979 Mark 5 ? How do I have to redye the top and side moldings?

Chuck

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Chuck -

Most Car Upholstery shops in your area would be able to refinish your Side Mouldings and Top if needed. As far as cleaning, I have reposted a question from August of last year for your review.... Good luck!

Bill -

August 19, 2010
Mildew On 1979 Mark V Vinyl Roof

Hi Bill -

What can I use to get the mildew off my 1979 Mark 5 Cartier top?

Chuck in North Carolina

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Hi Chuck -

This type of damage to a vinyl top can really take away some of the beauty from these beautiful cars. You have probably tried some household cleaners already with limited success therefore I think that the best advice for you is as follows. Because we don't know the extent of the penetration of the mildew or mould damage into the actual depth of the vinyl I would show it to an experienced automotive upholsterer in your area. He will have seen such problems before and may be able to recommend an ideal product that works best in the environment that your car was in. Failing that, you can check on line and see if any specialty products are available that may suite your needs. Keep in mind though that you may be able to remedy only a partial portion of the damage or you may possibly find out that a new complete vinyl top will be the only answer. If you could possibly send us some photos we may be able to assess the problem better and render further advice. In any case we wish you good luck and please let us know how this turns out for you.

Sincerely,

Bill

January 11, 2011

What Have I Done To My 1969 Continental Now?

Hello Bill,

I have a 1969 Lincoln Continental. I just replaced the points, condenser, cap, rotor, wires and plugs. The point gap is set at .017, and the spark gap is set at .035 as recommended. I did not adjust the distributor/timing.

I also replaced the thermostat due to the old on being stuck open. The old thermostat that I removed was a 160 degree "racing" thermostat. I put in a 195 degree thermostat which the parts store said was recommended original temperature.

Since replacing these item, the engine now pings much worse than before. Also, once the engine is warmed up, it is very difficult to start once turned off, almost like a dead battery. Once the engine cools down, it starts fine and runs fine. Other than the hard starting and pinging, the engine runs great after the tune up. Could the warmer thermostat cause these changes? What else should I check?

Last question I have, would you know where I could obtain the turn signal / tilt arm with the cruise control? Mine is plastic and it is cracked.

I would appreciate any feedback.

Thank you,

Curtis

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Hello Curtis -

Since you indicate that the pinging and hard starting is now worse with the new tune up parts installed you must perform some critical final adjustments. Also be aware that the batteries, starting and charging systems in these 460 CID engines along with their associated wiring must be in very good condition in order to perform correctly. The points adjustment should be checked using a Dwell Meter and adjusted to 26-31 degrees. Next, the initial ignition timing must be adjusted according to specifications with the use of a timing light and the vacuum advance disconnected. If the timing mark is unreadable due to Vibration Damper slippage. the distributor can be rotated Counterclockwise in small increments to reduce the pinging. This can be done of course only while road testing the car. If the Vacuum Advance unit is the adjustable style, it should be tested to make sure that it is operating and adjusted correctly to approximately 3 1/2 turns from max. These adjustable Vacuum advances are shipped in the maximum advance position and will likely contribute to a hard ping condition if not adjusted to your 1969 distributor. This is done with an Allen key through the vacuum line nipple. The original advances are the "take apart style" and are adjusted with the addition or removal of washers and springs, etc. From your description, I believe that most of your concerns can be resolved with the above Dwell and Timing adjustments.

Your 195 degree thermostat is correct as these engines were so equipped when new. We hope that the above will help you to obtain a smooth running and easy starting car. Some of the above may seem difficult or unclear therefore if you feel that you need any further advice or Shop manuals please contact us at any time.

The Cruise Control lever is a very rare part - yours is a good example of most. We can not supply you with any better quality at this time.

Sincerely,

Bill

January 6, 2011

1991 Continental Transmission Issues

Hey Bill,

I just bought a 1991 Lincoln Continental. I was told that it needed a MLPS to get the car to drive. I put one on and I was able to move the car a little bit at a time. It doesn't seem to want to go any where. When the car is in neutral the car acts like it's in gear, but goes no where. When I give it gas it seems to bog down at a high RPM. When the car is in drive I can give it gas and it maintains a high RPM. I don't know if this is enough information for you. I Is there something else I should try? You have given good advise for my 1973 Lincoln Continental.

Thanks,

Lincoln
Ogden, UT

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Hello Lincoln -

The MLPS ( manual lever position sensor) and any linkage on an automatic transmission must of course be installed and adjusted correctly as you probably already know. Because of the description of your problem I would advise that you have a competent transmission technician sit behind the wheel of your car and give you an accurate diagnosis. Your description does sound to me like a transmission problem but one needs to be very careful that further damage is not caused by over revving a slipping transmission. An on site diagnosis by the right person will probably save you time and money in the long run. Let us know what you find out.

Sincerely,

Bill

January 5, 2011

1973 Mark IV Owner's Initials Monogram Placement

Sorry for the language, please where put these are plates on one Mark IV 1973?
Thanks,

Roberto from Italy

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Roberto -

What a great looking car..... The Monogram Plates were sold by the dealers, and could be mounted at the owners choice. However, most were mounted just below the pinstripe - at the center of the doors.

Sincerely,

George @ Lincoln Land, Inc.

January 4, 2011

64 Intake Gasket Installation

Bill,

I have purchased a 64 Continental that is missing a few parts including the intake manifold. I am trying to put an intake on it but am not sure about the way to put the gaskets on. The new gaskets have 2 open coolant passages and 2 restricted passages. The gaskets can go either way to restrict the front or rear passages in the heads. There are no markings on the gaskets to indicate which way they go and my service manual just says to install them with the word front on the gasket to the front of the engine. Do you know the correct direction to install them ?

Thank You,

Steve

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Hi Steve -

Our gasket set indicates that the front portion is the restricted section therefore the blocked off part on your gaskets should be to the FRONT of the engine. Please see attached photo. Hope that this helps.

Sincerely,

Bill

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1958 Convertible Cowl Shake

Hello Bill,

I have a 1958 Lincoln convertible and have serious cowl shake between 35 and 45 MPH. The car runs smoothly at low speeds and high speeds but the shake begins at 30 MPH and ends at 50 MPH. The car is fully restored and everything is adjusted to factory specifications. The car runs perfectly straight and smooth at 100 MPH. My Lincoln is an early 1958 production unit and does not have the engine compartment braces. Would installing these braces eliminate the cowl shake? Is there anything else I could do to eliminate or reduce the cowl shake? It is very annoying and makes for an unpleasant ride because most of my driving happens to be in the 30 to 50 MPH speed range where the cowl shake is at its worst. By the way I am also missing the front underside corrugated steel reinforcing plate located near the rear of the transmission. Could this be causing the cowl shake? Thank you very much for any help that you can provide.

JNT

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JNT -

The kind of cowl shaking and shuttering etc. that you are describing can really make for an unpleasant ride in a fine luxury car such as a 1958 Lincoln Convertible. I fully understand your desire to eliminate as much of this as possible. You mention that "everything is adjusted to factory specifications" so I will assume that the tires and wheels as well as the driveshaft etc. are in balance. I also will trust that there are no loose panels or doors etc.

This series of Lincolns and Marks underwent many, many running changes during their years of production. It is no secret to us Lincoln and FoMoCo lovers that the factory engineers at Wixom were scrambling especially during the months following the 1958 introduction to eliminate the structural problems in order to improve the cars overall performance, handling and ride characteristics. Therefore I agree with you completely that any bracing, dampening or isolating features that were installed on later production vehicles would somewhat improve or eliminate many of the above annoyances that you are experiencing at this time. Chris Dunn has advised me also that some of the early production models - will likely continue to experience some of these issues, even if modified. I would seek out any of these "factory fix " items that can be located and have them retrofitted to my Lincoln. If you like, we at Lincoln Land will assist you in any way that we can to source out any of the required parts. Feel free to contact George or Chris here at Lincoln Land at any time for further help or advice.

Sincerely,

Bill