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June 30, 2009

65 Turn Signals and Valve Concerns


We have a1965 Lincoln which is being restored by my son. The turn signals won't work could it be the flasher or bad bulbs or something else also do we have to replace the stock valves to burn todays unleaded gas.

Thank You,

The Wolfman


Hi Wolfman -

Turn signals....Ya gotta have em.

The turn signal flasher is a good possibility and a good place to start to look for a problem. It should be located behind the dash in the instrument cluster above the steering column. The power runs through the flasher and up the column to the t. s. switch via a blue wire. You could start by testing at this blue wire with a test light. If there is no power there with the key on, then the flasher is suspect. If there is power on this blue wire up the column to the switch the t.s. sw. itself is a good candidate. I strongly advise a wiring diagram and service manual as they can save hours of guess work and time.

As for the valves and unleaded fuel you may hear many opinions but the short answer is that for the most part no problems really occurred to any of us in the old car hobby that I am aware of. In 1972 Fo.Mo.Co and others began installing Case Hardened Valve Seats on the heads of their engines to handle unleaded fuel. The valves themselves are allready hardened. Back then we were all "scared" into believing that the valve seats on all of our older cars would soon recede into the heads and all kinds of roughness and problems would appear. We were told that we would need to remove the heads on our cars and have them all modified s.a.p. This never happened. I own four Lincolns dating from 1954 to 1970 and have experienced NO problems of this type. It is generally understood though that some valve seat recession could be measured if pre 1972's are driven with heavy loads at sustained and constant high speeds. This is our experience at Lincoln Land and of course we would welcome any other opinions and experiences. Good luck with your restoration!



June 24, 2009

Considering A 1966 Convertible


Great website and blog. I have been in the market for a 66 Continental Convertible for about a year. I have watched your site, eBay, local papers, a few auctions, etc. There are a few I have my eye on but this is my first classic car purchase. I am looking to find one that is "done" or has been restored to a nice condition. I want a driver but something of high quality. Outside of the normal items to consider when purchasing a classic car, is there anything in particular to look for on a 66 convertible that I should pay special attention to?

Many thanks in advance!


Hello Sam -

Relating to your "Wants" in a car is kind of easy for me because the Lincolns that I have owned forever are for the most part well maintained presentable drivers (no ground up restorations). One thing that I should be clear on though is that there really is no Daily or Weekend Driver car that is ever "done". Any car that is lovely in all respects with all systems operative will develop problems and will require repairs sooner or later. I'm sure that you knew that anyway. The Lincoln Continental 4dr. Convertible is a great choice and is a well respected and sought after vehicle among car lovers and collectors. As you know, these cars have options and special appointments that were and still are "unique". When looking for one, you need to make sure that All of these options and appointments are working as designed or the car will have plenty of "Down" time which I think you do not want. It would certainly help if you knew the car and or the owner but this is usually not too likely. These are unibody cars with the Quarter panels and Fenders welded and leaded in place. Watch for poor workmanship here as well as evidence of a bad crash. The under body should be inspected for excess or poorly patched areas. All areas of these cars such as a/c, upholstery,exhaust, power steering and bright metal mldgs and chrome etc. are somewhat more costly on these cars than ordinary cars. So in order for you not to be dissappointed in your search for the "high quality driver" you may be many dollars ahead to have an expert of these cars inspect any candidate that you may find. I sure didn't intend to ramble on here but we at Lincoln Land have in the past encountered many new buyers that were somewhat dissappointed when they learned from us that their purchase should have had a much closer inspection. If you follow some of these suggestion, I am confident that you will find the exact car that you are looking for and if you need further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.



June 15, 2009

1997 Town Car Start Up Problems

Dear Bill,

My question concerns startup problems. Recently, after sitting overnight or even for an hour or two, My 1997 Lincoln Town Car is very sluggish, a lot of hesitation as I try to accelerate. After a period of warm-up it goes away and seems fine. This problem is ongoing. Maybe related, one time after driving about 400 miles to Baltimore the car all of a sudden shut down in heavy stall and crawl traffic. It started right up again and has not done this since. I am a bit reluctant to take it on long trips now with these carb issues. Any thoughts?

Thanks so much,


Jim -

Without knowing the mileage on your car or any history of what service you have done to it so far, I would advise first to consider the normal maintenance items such as spark plugs, wiring, air filter and fuel filter etc. If the above is in good order the next step is to have a technician try to pull a diagnostic code from the car's computer. The engine management on the 97 is a fairly sophisticated computerized system and will store problem codes to be retieved by a code reader. I understand that many local Autoparts Stores will retrieve codes for customers at no charge with their code readers but all of the stores do not have experienced employees. All Lincoln dealers should have the latest equipment with trained employees. Accurate and timely diagnosis in these cases always proves to be more than half the battle! Again though I strongly advise to first make sure that the basic tune up items are in good order. Please keep us posted with the results.

Good luck -


June 11, 2009

1965 Hissing Noise Under The Dash

Bill -

I've got a 65 Lincoln that produces a hissing sound under the driver's side of the dash when I start the car.
I assume it is connected to the brakes, as when I apply them, the sound stops, but the brakes are activated far too strong. Anything more than a feathers touch on the brake pedal nearly locks up the tires. Any suggestions?

- Ryan

Greetings Ryan,

I hate it when that happens.

From your description it sounds like you have a classic Brake Booster failure. Something inside is ruptured or has fallen out of position. It must be removed and sent out for rebuilding or swapped for a rebuilt exchange unit. If we can be of further assistance to you please don't hesitate to call us.



Easy Tip To Save Wear And Tear On Steering Linkage

Hi everyone,

Chris always advises that when manoeuvering your pride and joy in tight places such as parking etc. try to avoid turning the steering wheel with the car stationary. When possible try to have the car moving slightly during slow speed turns. When turning the steering with the vehicle stationary there is much more pressure needed to turn the wheels and therefore increasing the wear and tear on the steering components. Of course there are many situations when this cannot be avoided. That is why we always have new steering linkage parts available for you.

We like to steer you right