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Update on the 1979 Mark V Garage Door Opener Question

Lincoln owner Brian has stepped forward and made his successfull GDO experiences available to us in regard to this 30 year old Lincoln factory option on his car. We are posting it on the blog in its entirety with hopes that it may be helpfull to John and others who wish to have this option operating on their Lincoln. Please be advised however that we here at Lincoln Land of course have no method to verify or guarantee its success. Brian,we certainly thank you for being kind enough to offer this information to your fellow Lincoln enthusiasts. Also at this time Chris reminds me that we have a number of GDO parts available for any Lincolns with that option. Thanks Gentlemen.




Hey Bill,

NEVER ASSUME: "30 years later, any of this knowledge is no longer available!" Image Blocked

In reference to the question posed about the GDO on the 79 Collector's Series: Yes, this was a dealer prepped option...Behind the visor (right side) there is a small device with dip switches. The switch configuration was noted on a sticker that came on the original Driver's Vanity mirror. This was then matched with the dip switches IN the Wall Receiving Unit that came from the dealer.


Match the ON/OFF configuration to BOTH Visor and Wall Unit.

If you can provide your client with the original Lincoln Wall Unit that came from the dealer, he can open up the visor behind the mirror and set the switches himself to match the receiving unit or change it to anything he prefers as long as they BOTH match. He can then wire the Wall Receiving Unit to his existing GDO. This would allow him to use his original GDO button AND the Lincoln unit. If you have a complete NOS unit, the instructions are in the box. If not, I can provide your client with a copy or explain it to him in greater detail if you wish.

Originally this was intended as a wall unit that took the place of the GDO button usually found next to your entry door, however I wired mine so that the Lincoln unit was wired directly to the opener, leaving my existing wiring untouched. It is VERY simple. Just make sure that the original antenna is connected to the Lincoln unit. With the Wall Unit placed on the ceiling and closer to the front of the garage, this will also help give a better range for opening.

NOTE: I secured the plug to the outlet plate with a HEAVY DUTY zip strap because of the weight,
It will fall otherwise.

The WHITE wires are attached to the opener from the Lincoln Wall Unit. The BEIGE wires are from original garage door. My opener is a 2000 Lift Master.

ONE IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE: Most, if not all New GDO's have a rolling security code system that automatically changes the codes every time the button is pushed. The old Lincoln unit does not have that feature. The downside: loss of security because of the single code used. The possible upside: no one would ever expect that a unit so old would still be active.

Hope this is helpful. HAVE A GREAT DAY!