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June 18, 2012

1965 Is Running Rough

Hi Bill,

I just picked up a '65 Continental and it's been running great! I changed all the fluids when I bought the car.

The other morning I went to start the car and it started, but immediately ran very rough. It sounds /feels like its running on 7 cylinders. I've verified that spark is there, but I'm new to his car and the 430 so I'm not sure what to look at next. Any suggestions?

I can tell you anything else you want to know about what's going on but need some direction.

I'm quickly becoming a HUGE fan of the site!




Hi Chris -

If you have only recently bought the car and it has developed a miss on one cylinder ONLY, you should isolate that cylinder and do a compression test on that cylinder. These engines are known to bend pushrods if they have been sitting unused for a period of time and if they are running with old fuel. If that is the case the bent push rods can be replaced but if the issue continues to repeat, a valve job may be needed later. If the rough running is NOT confined to only one cylinder and after doing a thorough under hood inspection for disconnected ignition components and vacuum hoses etc. you may need to do a complete engine tune up. If you have no knowledge of any previous engine tune up or maintenance a general tune up is a good idea in any case. You should begin though by starting the engine cold and verifying that the carburetor choke is dechoking as the engine warms up. If the choke is not retracting as it should, the engine will receive too rich a fuel mixture as it warms up and will run very rough and the spark plugs can become carbon fouled. A shop manual is strongly recommended if you are going to be servicing and maintaining your Lincoln yourself. I hope that the above helps get you on the path to a speedy diagnosis.

As you can see from the above, your rough engine can be caused by any one of several problems therefore it makes good sense to check the easier to repair items first such as the choke and tune up suggestions. If you need any further advice or any repair parts please contact us at any time.



June 11, 2012

1966 Lincoln Brake Questions


I have a 66 Lincoln I got from a field in Oregon. I am working on the brakes and when I press the pedal it stays down. I hear air when I push it but no spring back. Does it just need bled or is something busted. It was damp but not a lot of fluid in the master.had to put a new rubber hose kit on the calipers. Any ideas?



Hi Anthony -

Your 66 Lincoln has a great braking system. The front brakes are very ample four piston disc design while the rear are the large drum style. As far as the condition of the brakes on your car is concerned your first sentence "I got it from a field in Oregon" says it all. If you have no knowledge of any previous brake maintenance and the car has been sitting in a field for an unknown period of time the complete brake system should be disassembled, inspected and serviced as necessary. Many of the movable hydraulic parts along with their seals can be seized, leaking or failing. The disc pads, rear shoes, rotors and drums and all lines and hoses etc. will be included in this inspection. When the system is serviced properly and is brought up to par you will be happy to have very safe brakes. If you plan on driving the car safely this is the only way that we would advise anyone to approach the braking issues as you describe them.