1978 Lincoln Continental Cartier 460 CUID (7.8 Liter??) 4 barrel carb
Good old DETROIT steel that lasts
Power steering high pressure line.
General items like brakes, tires, battery...
I bought this car right out of college. 87k miles and it cost me $1200 in 1988. I drove it for 5 or 7 years and ended up selling it at around 213k miles. I saw it 3 years later on the road (I could tell because of the 2 bumper stickers I had) and it was still going. Very little rust, no leaking fluids, no burning oil, and still passed the emissions tests back then.
It was an old car when I got it, and while I owned it a few things broke. I had multiple starters because the local auto parts store rebuilt starters were not that great. I went through about 5 in 3 months. One lasted 3 starts. When I brought that one in they said they switched to a new supplier and that was the last starter I ever needed.
I replaced the starter, the radiator, and the carb myself. Easy to work on and cheap parts (found the radiator at a junk yard).
What can I say? It's a freaking BOAT that got 9 or 10 MPG. The A/C was ICE COLD and the heat was great. A smooth ride. I backed over a metal garbage can and dragged it down the block as it was stuck under my rear bumper and I didn't even know it. A person walking their dog tapped on my windows and said "Did you know there is a garbage can stuck under your bumper?"
A great car for taking your friends out. I could fit 7 people total in the car. 3 in front and 4 in the back. Street parking was difficult in the city.
It did have a nice 460 V8 with a 4 barrel carb. It was not much off the line, but once it got moving it would pass anything except a gas station.
It felt safe too. Like being in a German Tiger Tank. Hondas and Subarus just bounce off this thing. I accidentally dozed off one night when driving and clipped some of those metal construction horses with the little flashing light. I bumped liked 2 or 3 going 40 and no damage to the massive chrome bumpers. It was smooth like riding on glass.
Mine had a trailering package which included a 3 core radiator, 4 wheel disc brakes, and a posi-traction rear end. It was great in the snow. The extreme weight along with the better rear end meant I never got stuck. It didn't fishtale very easily either, but once it did, watch out. Lots of weight = lots of momentum.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th December, 2016
22nd Dec 2016, 01:00
I lived in America for three years and I loved Lincoln cars. TBH the Town Car was the only one we had and I wish I could get one in UK... I mean not at the ridiculous price they are over here.
23rd Dec 2016, 04:31
Never meet your heroes.
26th Dec 2016, 04:16
FYI - If the heat shield is missing from the starter, no matter what quality level of the starter you put in, it will die a premature death. The Ford 385-Series V8 (370/429/460) V8 is a heat factory. Good thing you got the 3 core radiator :).
Does your car have dual catalytic converters? Some late-70s Ford/Lincoln/Mercury V8s do. If so, you can legally run a true dual exhaust - both fuel economy and performance improve :)
The 460s LOVE big carburetors - E.G. Bigger than stock (600 CFM). Problem is, most aftermarket carbs that flow better (E.G. 750 CFM) do not mix fuel and air well enough to keep the catalytic converters happy - very sloppy fuel/air mixture control :(
27th Dec 2016, 16:47
I put starter heat shield wrap on my cars to prevent heat soak. Especially if a big block or headers are present. Cheap and very effective.