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April 12, 2021

1959 Dash Lights Not Working


I'm started with a basic question for you, my dash lights are not working. I'm technical savvy enough to know it's a fuse or the headlight switch. I have the Service Manual to trace the wiring diagram to try and locate the dash light fuse but can't seem to find it, but all of the fuses in the fuse box under the dash are all good. What fuse controls the dash lights so I can double check it to insure its not a fuse before I go behind the dash to remove the headlight switch and send it to you for a replacement. Also since everything is so brittle under the dash can you let me in on any tips or tricks on getting that headlight switch out "easily".




Hi Tom -

1959 Lincoln.....Nice car!! The dash lighting circuit is protected by a circuit breaker within the H/L switch. An internal dimmer coil is also included for dash light dimming. If your bulbs are ok and you strongly suspect the headlamp switch ( these do give problems in many cases ), you could send the switch to us at Lincoln Land for inspection. We will test the switch properly and suggest the best way for you to proceed in order to repair the situation correctly.

We are not aware of any special brittle issues with these Lincolns under the dash. Because the switch can be difficult to remove and replace, call us before you remove the Headlight switch though and Erik will advise you with a couple of helpful removal tips. Just be careful and use the correct fitting tools when working on old vehicles under the dash . Also be sure to use good under dash work lamps to see clearly what you are doing. Let us know what you decide to do.



April 6, 2021

1977 Mark V - Tracking Down A Noise

Hi Bill,

Thanks for all you do for us Lincoln owners!

I have an interesting question to ask...one that I have not seen on your forum.

Today, I took my 1977 Lincoln Mark V with a 460 four-barrel to a local transmission shop to swap out a leaking transmission gasket (minor leak in the area of the bell housing). About three days before (Saturday) I brought it to them, my car began making a loud noise that sounds EXACTLY like a driver's side exhaust manifold leak, or even crack. It's loud enough that you can hear it when the car is driving by you and gets louder on revving or acceleration. I asked the mechanic doing the transmission work to diagnose it and he says he does not believe the sound is coming from the manifold. They believe it is coming somewhere from the front of the intake manifold area and they do not want to take on the job to further diagnose or repair.

The only other clue I have for you is that there was a little bit of ticking prior to the noise becoming Much louder...the kind of ticking one would associate with a small manifold gasket leak, or noise from inside the valve cover.

The car has 47,000 miles. Is there anything involving the intake manifold, which, in your experience would cause a sound exactly like a cracked or leaking exhaust manifold? It is almost certainly coming from the drivers side front of the vehicle and is louder forward of the wheel when you're on the ground than behind the wheel when you're on the ground.

Thank you again. Any insight would be much appreciated.



Southampton, MA


Hi Andy -

The only advice that I can think of without being there and hearing the actual leak is for you to visit a well-known local muffler/exhaust shop. One of their techs can use their stethoscope to pinpoint the actual leakage and then possibly repair it. This is where we would probably begin the diagnosis at Lincoln Land. We will have easy access to any parts for you that may be needed for the repair etc. Good luck!



April 5, 2021

1964 Continental Slips Into Reverse

Good morning Bill -

My 1964 Lincoln sometimes slips into reverse on its own and other times when I try and start it it sounds like it's in gear and if I move the shifter level all the way down to low and back to park it usually remedies the situation and car starts fine. Also once running I believe the transmission works fine, i.e. smooth shifting etc. Thanks as always, Vinnie


Hi Vinnie -

What you are describing is a very common situation, but it is very uncomfortable for you and could be further detrimental if ignored.

You or your mechanic will need to inspect all of the transmission shift linkage from the shift lever to the transmission looking for wear/looseness and any bushings etc. that may be damaged. Pay close attention to the Parking Pawl that the shift lever locks into in the steering column. Also check the Steering Column Bushings and Sleeve. Another possibility is that the engine and or the transmission mounts have rotted out and are now useless. This could allow the engine and transmission to look ok at the mounts but rotate or shift around slightly during " torque situations" enough to change the manual shifter settings. Please check out all the above asap to avoid further damage. We will have any parts available for you if needed. Good luck with the diagnosis and let us know what you find defective so that we can let other customers know.