Post by Geoff & Jude on Feb 23, 2011 17:17:30 GMT 10
the poor old lincoln sat in the garage for over a year before i got interested in it enough to start doing something with it.
brother alan (marvin) and i have been working most fridays on it for a while to get it ready for rego (hopefully in march or april).
boy, what a task it's been and continues to be.
the electrical system is so complicated.
add to that a huge number of cut, by-passed, burned out, abraded or rat eaten wires plus faulty relays and limit switches, it's taken us over 120 man hours just to get the convertible top and the electric windows to work the way they should.
that included replacing all the convertible top cylinders, the boot lid cylinders, all the hydraulic hoses and a new hydraulic pump.
we're working in two areas now, trying to get the vacuum door lock system and the vacuum heater control system working (almost as complicated as the electrical system) and dismantling the dash to replace all the woodgrain panels that are totally rat#hit.
the more we pull apart, the more problems and bodgy fixes we're finding.
costs are beginning to blow out a bit but still less than i'd told judy it would take to get on the road when we were first looking at it.
fortunately, the body doesn't need any real work done on it, so that's one good thing (maybe the only one).
with a bit of luck, it'll be ready to take up to munmorah?
Post by Geoff & Jude on Jul 18, 2011 9:30:09 GMT 10
thought we'd give an update on how the conti is progressing.
after many hours in the garage, alan (marvin) and i have finally got the car to a stage where it's almost ready for a roadworthy check and registration.
all the electrics are now working, thanks to alan's analytical mind - the electric windows and convertible top are working correctly - the rear windows now drop down about 2" to clear the window seals when you press the door buttons - something that commonly doesn't work very often on a lot of these models.
the hydraulic wipers now operate and the vacuum/electric window washers work - the vacuum system operates the hydraulic wiper motor to give 3 wipes when the electric washer button is pressed.
we finally got the vacuum door locks to work correctly last week.
we've had the dash pads recovered and we've replaced all the woodwork on the dash and glovebox (used tasmanian ash veneer).
all the instruments are functioning correctly except for the radio which needs to be sent away to be re-co'ed.
i've got to say that in all the years i've been working on old cars, i've never worked on one that is so complicated and sophisticated as the continental - lincoln wanted them to be the best in the world at the time and they certainly put a lot into them to win that status.
pretty happy with the result though.
here's a couple of pics of the dash for you to drool over - pretty cool hey.
looking forward to the roadworthy and getting it on the road.
I take my hat off to you guys.. Troubleshooting on even a basic wiring harness on any old 1960s car is enough to scramble your head.. let alone something as lavish as that big sucker...
Add to that the years of butchering and quick fixes done to the electrics and vacumn operated systems by previuos owners and thier so called repairers and you sure have had a challenge.
I just hope that thee is no nastys waiting to suprise you in the body and mechanical department when ya finally get her registered and on the road..... All ya gotta do then is pray for a fine day so you can go out and soak up the sun and admiration of all who spot ya cruisin in her.
Car + "The Ritz"= 40ft ( Singin: Give me 40 acres and i'll turn this rig around..) Have ya measured it all up yet......??.. More to the point... GASP... has it got a towbar
Let me guess.. it has a vacumn operated pop up towball...with 3 speed electric overdrive...wwwwaaaayyyyyy cool .
Post by Geoff & Jude on Jul 27, 2011 18:01:17 GMT 10
had a bit of a "yahoo" moment today. ;D ;D ;D ;D
i've been waiting 3 weeks for a day where rain was not predicted to take the continental up to the local muffler place to have a new exhaust fitted, so today i took it out for a road test around home to see how it went before i take it up for the exhaust tomorrow (after 4 cancellations).
i've got to say that i was pretty happy with the way it went.
no rattles, no squeaks (although the holes in the exhaust made it sound like a race car) and it rode "as smooth as".
how could i describe the ride - smooth and wallowing - kinda like driving an ocean liner i think - certainly no sports car, especially with cross ply tyres - but it was big and impressive to drive, and definitely gets a lot of second looks as it "lumbers along the road".
if the weather holds tomorrow it'll get the new exhaust (quiet as a mouse is what i've asked for) and then up to the mechanic who did the engine in the vicky for a roadworthy test.
really looking forward to having it registered so we can have the new rag top fitted, then go for a bit of a cruise and really test it out.
Your description is right on the money. That's the patented "Rock and Roll" suspension - riding in my friend's Impala to high school was just the same (though the car wasn't vintage then, just an old banger!). Turn a corner, and we'd all slowly slide across the bench seat into the far door in a tangle - no seatbelt laws in the US.
As he used to say, "you don't park it, you dock it" and after long road trips you needed to get your land legs back.
Your Lincoln is a real head turner - enjoy all the fine weather and the wind in your hair!
Last Edit: Jul 27, 2011 19:44:05 GMT 10 by seeshell
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ARE YOU PLANING ON BRINGING IT TO kENDAL'S BEACH ! You and I Geoff ...we could cruise along the main street in Kiama .... up to the Blow Hole ..... park out front of the milk bar .... pick up a couple of chicks ...after they've finished their shopping ...and take 'em back to the caravan park for lunch ...... HEY
Oiy.. "öwd ya manage ta get runnin' numbers 42788H and 42789H.....
Ummmmm..I 'spose ya know ya gunna havta book 2 sites when ya go vint vanning now??? One for the car.. one for the van... Its either that of book 2 drive through sites.. park the nose of the conti in the gutter on one street and hang the bumn of the Ritz out in the other street,
Gimme 40 acres andn i'll turn this rig around..
Said it before guys... congrats on persisting and getting it finished . I shook my head when i read that you had gone berserk at an auction and bought it.
What the hell ya gunna do withy that... now that i have seen what you have done... i am impressed.
Hows about a race when i get a new gearbox in the panelvan ;D ;D ;D ;D