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1970 Lincoln Continental

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:

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-Perfect glass

-Nearly perfect chrome

-Perfect headliner

-Solid floors all over, rust-free body

-No cracks either on dash or steering wheel

-10-tone custom electric horn

 

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 15x6 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 15x7 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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Taken on May 12, 2016