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January 26, 2018

1966 Continental Coupe Transmission Questions

Hi Bill -

I have a 1966 Lincoln Coupe which was restored 8 years ago and had only traveled 1500 miles since. The transmission was rebuilt and it changes smoothly under load but is a bit lumpy from neutral into reverse or forward and at lower speeds. Is this normal?

Also excuse my ignorance but the transmission positions are of course low, then drive (green dot) and lastly a white solid dot. In green/drive it kicks down when you put your foot into it but doesn't in the solid white dot. Is that the way it should also be?

Many thanks for your advice.

Craig from New Zealand

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Greetings Craig -

Welcome to the land of Lincolns. Not sure what you mean by lumpy in your case but if you are experiencing a coarse shift into gear from neutral or Park the most common cause is too fast of an idle. A good transmission shop will be able to verify and if that is so, they can easily correct the engine idle for you. If the issue is not too fast of an idle, you may be faced with an internal transmission glitch. Let a trusted shop diagnose this for you. I will ask George at our office to send you the information regarding the transmission selector usage from the owners manual. It will help you to understand how the selector choices operate. We of course have access to all of the manuals if you may need them. Good luck with your issues and if you have any further questions, we are here for you.

Sincerely,

Bill

January 22, 2018

1976 Mark Electrical Shutdown

Hi Bill,

I started my 1976 Lincoln Mark IV today. After one minute at fast idle, I tapped the accelerator to slow the idle and the electrical system shut down completely. Dead as a door nail. No lights, no horn, no nothing. What's my solution?

Please help.

Charles

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Greetings Charles -

Some electrical problems can be a nightmare. When a vehicle has lost all power and those accessories such as you have described, the only wise approach is to diagnose the cause in a logical sequence. Is the battery in real good shape? In your case you should begin at the battery and follow the power path from the battery to the various junctions and connections downstream. From your description though your issue sounds strongly like the classic bad battery cable connections at the battery or ground at the engine and frame. Let us know what you find.

Sincerely,

Bill

January 8, 2018

1979 Mark Headlight Switch Questions

Hi Bill....

My 79 Mark V has the autolamp system which allows for auto dimming of the headlights from high to low beam and has the delay feature for the lights to stay on after the car has been shut off. My question is do you set the flag dial to the right and left of the headlight switch with the headlights off on the car?? The reason why I ask is when I turned the lights on the other day and tried to move the flag dials they were both real loose..I am not sure if it is broken and I need to replace the whole switch..If I need to replace he switch do you have a replacement and how much are they??

Thanks,

Bill

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Hi Bill -

Both of those AUTOLAMP adjustment tabs on the headlamp switch can be moved to a new setting at any time with no problems. This operation will be explained in the owners manual as well. You should inspect the switch to find out why these tabs are loose before purchasing a new switch. The fix could possibly be simple and easy to see and repair by yourself. If not we can repair most switch problems for you with the spare parts that we have available or we can special order a new switch if necessary.

Repairing and testing your switch would cost $125.00, and a NEW one (if needed) would be $275.00. After you or your mechanic have checked your switch for a simple fix and find that you need to have it serviced here or a new complete switch ordered please give George a call at our office. In any case, please let us know what you find and good luck with an easy repair.

Sincerely,

Bill

January 3, 2018

Worthwhile Tip for collectible Lincoln owners...

Greetings fellow Lincoln owners -

Whether or not you are planning on doing your own maintenance and repairs, the correct FoMoCo Shop Manual and Wiring Diagram set is a must for you to have at your side. The pluses for having this information on hand cannot be over emphasized. They can save you many hours of confusion, along with saving you from replacing parts that are not faulty, etc. However if you are having a local favorite technician diagnose and repair your Lincoln, he or she will be delighted to have these manuals available as a reference as they could speed up the procedures and even save you many dollars and time wasted. Used correctly they can be the most valuable tools in your tool box.

The factory manuals have changed over the years and after approximately 1967 the detailed wiring diagrams were a separate publication and therefore needed to be obtained as a separate item by the Dealers from FoMoCo. In some years, there are even separate vacuum diagrams to aid in your repair.

If you would like more information on these manuals please contact George at our Lincoln Land office at any time...727 446 2193...

Sincerely,

Bill