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August 30, 2019

1979 Town Car Headlight Issues

Bill -

I am the original owner of the car. I must have fiddled with the headlight switch, for now when I close the garage door and it's dark, the headlights come on. Then the battery is drained, and I have to call for AAA assistance to recharge the battery. After repeated calls, it gets pretty irritating, and I cannot figure out the setting to keep the lights off when it is dark. Do you have a diagram of the correct "off setting" to help me? Thank you in advance.

Pamela

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Greetings Pamela -

We have never seen or heard of this problem as you describe before now. We are sending you the Autolamp operation guide from the owners manual in case you do not have a copy.

Did this issue appear suddenly? Did you possibly have any other type of electrical repair performed that may have caused this malfunction? Any additional information that you can supply could be a big help. Otherwise and because of the fact that this issue could be very rare someone would need to diagnose it up close. Let us know if you can supply any other information.

Sincerely,

Bill

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Bill -

Thank you for your response. I have been having to call for battery charging pretty often lately, and no work has been done in the past few months that would trigger this. I truly believe I adjusted the controls somehow and set off this problem. I have checked the controls today to make sure they are in the "off position", and will replace the battery once again. Then, my plan is to close the garage door, and check it again when it is dark. My mechanic will be back in town after Labor Day, so if I cannot figure it out, I will have the car taken to him. I will let you know if we find out anything.

Sincerely,

Pamela

August 29, 2019

1967 Continental Cuts Out While Driving...

Bill -

I have a 1967 Continental with a 462 engine. While I'm driving for about 20 minutes or so the car will shut off, I have tried putting gas or starter fluid in the carburetor it still won't start. I have to let it sit for an hour for me to make it back home, the car runs great but have that issue. I've changed fuel filter, had a tune up done - points set and condenser changed. I don't know what else it could be - do you have any suggestions?

Terrence

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Hi Terrence -

Some of these problems sure can be frustrating when you need to wait for the engine to cool before you can restart and head home.

We have seen this problem many times over the years at Lincoln Land. Most times the problem was a bad condenser in the distributor. In the last few years the problem also in many cases proved to be new ignition parts that were of poor quality. You have already tried adding fuel through the carburetor therefore I would first examine the distributor and rotor for defects. If they are OK I would then try a known "high quality" made in USA brand of points and condenser. Doing this replacement as a test is much easier and faster than trying to trace faulty spark on a cold engine that is running fine when cold. On rarer occasions it could also lead back to the coil. Please let us know how it works out.

Sincerely,

Bill