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1970 Lincoln Continental

1970 Lincoln Continental
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After some restoration.

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The 1970 coupe is the rarest of all 1970s Lincolns.
Only about 3000 were built, and it shows out in the field:
good specimens are difficult to find.
In august 2014, after 6 months of searching, I found this car and bought it – a seldom used California car with only 46,000 miles.
I had it shipped eastward 2,600 miles on a transporter truck, then drove it home.

I started seeking coupes after it became obvious to me that they had much sleeker proportions than my sedan (See comparison:
www.flickr.com/photos/39311243@N05/15163395594)

Despite being largely unadorned, 1970-71 Lincolns are among the most powerful. The early unsmogged and high compression versions of the Ford 385 series 460ci engine have lots of rubber-burning power, even with few modifications.
From then on, as early as 1971, new emission systems started appearing, and by 1975 power drains were everywhere on the drivetrain. This seems to be matched by the styling revisions, which in my opinion made the cars look progressively more civilized over the 1970s.

After getting my own specimen home, I repaired the multiple perforations on the roof (the car had been SITTING a lot), changed the exterior color to white by repainting the entire car myself, lowered the suspension by 2 inches, changed and fixed the ignition, got some deluxe wheel covers & 4 new tires, did some serious rustproofing, and swapped several better parts with the black sedan, namely: the front bumper, front grille, both fenders, headlights + doors + mechanism, external mirror, hood + hinges, header panel, 10-tone electric horn, Edelbrock carburetor, starter cable, oil cap, 4 steel wheels, 4 Eaton short coil springs, and the entire custom-built dual 2.5" exhaust (with some help).

Today, everything works!
6-way electric seat, vacuum-actuated door locks, all four electric windows, electric trunk release, HVAC, all inner and outer lights, vacuum headlight mechanism, wipers&pump, electric antenna, EVEN THE CLOCK WORKS!!

Highlights:
-Very comfortable
-Powerful 7.5L V8, lots of torque
-Inside feels very spacious and luxurious
-No ‘old car smell’ whatsoever: feels &drives like a 2 year-old car!
-Beautiful lines, amazing head turner
-Perfect tan leather interior:
www.flickr.com/photos/39311243@N05/15934249415
-Perfect glass
-Nearly perfect chrome
-Perfect headliner
-Solid floors all over, rust-free body
-No cracks either on dash or steering wheel
-Nice rumble:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UocPSgKBkUA
-Insane 10-tone custom electric horn (transferred from black sedan):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=41hgrm0LHU0

Here’s a list of what I’ve done in the last 9 months:
(C) = coupe, (S) = sedan

(C) Unblocked passenger’s window
(C) Cleaned out tree needles inside ‘A’ pillar, doors & RQ
(C) Installed NOS tail light lenses
(C) Bought a replacement fender skirt
(C) Swapped Original Ford 15×6 wheels for Chrysler 15x7s
(C) Removed all inner panels
(C) Removed roof trim
(C) Removed roof moldings
(C) Removed front window moldings
(C) Removed old and destroyed roof vinyl
(C) Removed rust and glue on the entire roof
(C) Removed both fenders
(C) Repainted fenders
(S) Primed several body parts (2 coats)
(S) Purchased a grinder
(S) Painted fenders (2)
(C) Built sheet metal patches for roof
(C) Waterproofed rear window
(C) Laid body filler over sheet metal where needed
(C) Sanded down sheetmetal for a perfect finish
(C) Removed rear window moldings
(C) Prepared roof for paint
(C) Painted roof (6 coats)
(C) Sanitized metal joint in cowl
(C) Prepared cowl for paint
(C) Painted cowl area
(C) Painted cowl and lower ‘A’ pillars
(S) Removed both fenders
(S) Reassembled headlights & mechanism
(S) Reinstalled fenders (10 hours!)
(S) Reinstalled header panel
(C) Patched transmissions’s oil lines to radiator
(C) Painted headlight covers
(C) Painted entire front area’s metal frame
(C) Rustproofed trunk area
(C) Rustproofed under quarter area window
(C) Made new silicone joint in cowl
(C) Greased up(rust proof) cowl
(C) Repaired rear view mirror’s bracket
(S) Uninstalled 10-tone horn
(C) Reinstalled rear window molding
(C) Prepareed hood for paint
(S) Primed hood (2 coats)
(C) Reinstalled all fender moldings after paint
(C) Aligned fenders (argh, time consuming)
(C) Realigned front bumper
(C) Reinstalled front window molding
(C) Prepared fenders for paint
(C) Painted fenders (6 coats)
(C) Painted header panel
(C) Reinstalled fenders
(C) Reinstalled headlights + mechanism
(C) Reinstalled header panel
(C) Reinstalled 10-tone horn
(C) Reinstalled hood hinges
(C) Repaired seat electrical connection
(C) Raised front seat
(C) Painted hood
(C) Repaired a major ignition problem
(C) Repaired passenger’s window motor
(C) Reinstalled fenders (9 hours!)
(C) Swapped starter cables
(C) Repaired horn’s main cable
(C) Reinstalled hood
(C) Aligned hood
(C) Bought a new horn switch
(C) Swapped steering wheel centers
(S) Painted steering wheel center
(C) Installed dual exhaust
(S) Installed single exhaust
(C) Swapped both carbs
(S) Checked exhaust for leak
(S) Repaired choke tube
(C) Arranged air filter bowl’s small filter
(C) Arranged kickdown rod’s retaining clip
(S) Painted hood
(S) Reinstalled hood
(C) Swapped driver’s external mirrors
(C) Swapped inner rear view mirrors
(C) Bought sandpaper discs for wet sanding
(C) Bought wet sanding pad
(C) Removed trailer package’s electrical wires
(C) Removed trailer’s electrical connector
(C) Repaired minor problem in tail light’s wiring
(C) Removed glove box
(C) Removed electronic spark control’s vacuum tubes
(C) Removed passenger door
(C) Taken passenger door to basement
(C) Prepared areas for primer paint
(C) Set passenger’s door on table, masked surfaces for paint
(C) Primed passenger’s door frames (2 coats)
(C) Bought paint & brushes
(C) Primed passenger’s door edges
(C) Painted passenger’s door
(C) Painted passenger’s door hinges
(C) Painted driver’s door hinges
(C) Removed electronic spark control’s thermal switch
(C) Reinstalled glove box
(C) Repaired passenger’s door frame
(C) Repaired driver’s door frame
(C) Painted driver’s door frame
(C) Removed door moldings
(C) Painted driver’s door
(C) Painted entire trunk area
(S) Removed seat cover
(C) Removed all molding holes on panels
(C) Removed trunk lid
(C) Taken trunk lid downstairs
(C) Painted skirt edges
(C) Prepared rear quarter area for paint
(C) Repaired trunk lid
(C) Painted rear quarters (6 coats)
(C) Painted trunk’s opening edge
(C) Painted driver’s skirt (5 coats)
(C) Painted passenger’s skirt
(C) Painted gas door
(C) Painted trunk lid (6 coats)
(S) Removed 4 short coil springs
(S) ReInstalled original coil springs
(C) Removed all 4 original coil springs
(C) ReInstalled short coil springs
(C) Waterproofed trunk lid
(C) Painted trunk hinges
(C) Repaired fuel trap drainage hose clamp
(C) Repaired transmission cooler robber hose
(C) Reinstalled trunk
(C) Painted passenger’s wheel skirt
(C) Painted driver’s wheel skirt
(C) Reinstalled trunk lid
(C) Reinstalled gas door
(C) Reinstalled trunk’s weatherstripping
(C) Reinstalled chrome moldings
(C) Reinstalled roof moldings
(C) Reinstalled passenger’s wheel skirt
(C) Reinstalled driver’s wheel skirt
(C) Repaired and strenghten armrests
(C) Repaired broken wheel cover
(C) Painted red ring on wheel covers
(S) Installed stock Ford wheels
(S) Installed stock Lincoln wheel covers
(S) *SOLD THE SEDAN*
___ From here on, all for coupe:
Cleaned up tail light lenses
Reinstalled passenger’s foot vent opening
Rustproofed inside both doors
Reinstalled all interior panels
Reinstalled door panels and armrests
Had the car appraised for insurance
Insured the car
Bought a set of new tires
Replaced rear quarter window weatherstripping
Changed the motor oil
Reorganized trunk
Installed a transmission oil auxiliary cooler
Installed rear suspension bushing
Tightened rubber transmission oil hose
Installed Pertronix ignition
Changed 8 spark plugs
Thoroughly cleansed distributor cap
Removed california license plate
Added ATF oil
Reinstalled front grille
Made 12V connection for Pertronix ignition
Designed and built custom anti-theft system
Removed brake controller items
Bled brakes
Repaired trans. aux cooler’s oil leak
Checked coolant’s PH – all good
Obtained a temporary permit
Went for a first DMV inspection
Installed 4 new tires
Tightened alternator belt
Reinstalled custom seat cover
Repaired a stuck parking brake lever problem
Changed front shock absorbers
Installed 3 new brake hoses
Obtained a second temporary permit
Repassed DMV inspection successfully
Got valid license plates at the DMV
Installed license plate
Moved trans. aux cooler higher up
Repaired small vacuum leak
Wet sanded the entire car
Waxed the entire car
Thoroughly scraped and washed all windows
Reinstalled continental script
Painted some black areas under car
Bought a fire extinguisher
Installed new carpets
Checked differential fluid level
Bought brass fittings for trans. oil conduits
Went back from 15×7 wheels to original Ford 15x6s
Rustproofed the car’s underside everywhere
Washed & polished new tires
Bought&installed battery disconnect switch
Waterproofed trunk lock w/silicone joint
Greased up passenger’s window railings
Fixed PCV hose issue
Straightened slightly crooked door
Straightened slightly crooked lower fender
Straightened slightly crooked bumper
Fixed broken quarter window motor gear
Reconditioned some factory decals
Installed a pinstripe
Fixed a minor ding on the front bumper
Unbent the frame of a front turn signal
Finished connecting the auxiliary trans. oil cooler
Gave the car a very decent compound shine
Gave the car a decent polishing job
Repaired the rear window’s shelf
Added relays to both passenger’s side windows
Replaced all 6 control arm bushings
Replaced idler arm + 2 outer tie rod ends

= )

All photos taken with:
Panasonic Lumix ZS3 (aka TZ7)

My other favorite cars (most look GREAT in white) include:
1969 & 1971 Chrysler Imperial coupe;
1972 Cadillac DeVille coupe;
1969 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight (98) coupe;
1967 Buick Wildcat coupe (dark red);
1969 Chrysler 300 coupe;

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