1978 Lincoln Continental Town Car 400, 6.6L
A luxury, pleasureful car to drive
Great freeway car, awesome on trips. This Lincoln has had the kinda doggy 400, 6.6 ltr engine with the 2 bbl carb, smog engine. Driving on mountain grades was not good, so I did some engine work right after I bought this beauty. I put in a new Melling RV camshaft, lifters and pushrods, put in a timing gear set from a 1971 non-smog 400, put on an Edelbrock performer 4 bbl carb intake manifold and a 625 CFM carter AFB carb, and took off the 2 catalytic converters, since here in Nevada, 1981 up needs catalytic converter.
The torque and power is amazing, it will out perform a 460 of the same era. The torque of this engine will snap you head back now.
My gas mileage improved, from 17.5 MPG to a flat 20 MPG on the freeway, and the 400 is easier to work on than the 460.
I love her more now that she rolls like a locomotive down the road.
This is my 6th Lincoln Continental from the '70s, and my favorite also.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 7th November, 2017
9th Nov 2017, 17:00
I also own a 78 Continental and love it to death! I’ve owned an ultra classic 61 Continental in the past, and although that car was nice and well built, the 78 Continental hands down is the better car. It has the best ride quality, its interior space is unmatched and it’s overall way more comfortable to drive compared to the 61, and surprisingly the quality of the exterior trim of the 78 Lincoln is really good for being a late 70s vehicle.
Apologies for the rambling. Congrats on your purchase!
12th Nov 2017, 03:29
You did all the good stuff to the 400 to wake it up :)
Watch your oil pressure - the Cleveland/Modified needs lots of it to keep the bottom-end alive - 60 PSI minimum, and if you are winding it, 80 PSI is not unreasonable. This is is not a small-block Chevy - for better and worse ;)
11th May 2018, 03:54
11th May 2018, 03:57
Yes, thank you. I was told about the oil pressure, that's why I put in an oil pressure gauge, so I don't have to worry about the dash oil light.