1978 Lincoln Continental Town Car from North America - Comments

19th Apr 2005, 07:37

I'll keep my 1997 seville SLS, oil leak and all.

12th Jul 2006, 00:38

How on earth is a bad fuel pump introducing gasoline into the engine-lubrication (oil) system?

22nd Oct 2006, 11:12

I bought a 1978 Lincoln Continental, 2 door, pretty much power everything, drivers side lock doesn't work, but it's only because the motors burnt out. My fuel pump was leaking as well, and when I bought a new one the rocker arm was shaped differently, about 3/8" longer and not arched upwards at all like the original part. I don't want to put it in for fear of damaging something inside the engine block, does anyone know if this is just a design change, and this won't cause a problem, or the company sent me the wrong fuel pump?

6th Nov 2006, 20:06

I recently bought a 1978 Mark V 2-door coupe with a 460. This car has 59k miles, totally stock. Love it and plan on keeping a long time. Still cold R-12 a/c, even the clock works. These cars were built almost bullet-proof. Found mine surfing ebay, gas mileage isn't anything to brag about, but any one knows this, and I have 4 other vehicles to drive anyway, so gas mileage doesn't weigh in too much. Had one repaint, and other than that it looks really well preserved, last of the big cars for sure, if you find one to play with or Sunday cruise you won't be disappointed.

25th Nov 2006, 02:16

Ah, the good old, big Lincolns; a mix of Lazy-Boy on a waterbed in a package the size of a ship. I've got a 1976 Continental Town Coupe. It's a great car, although the fellow who owned this before me didn't tend to its needs, so it ran like crap. It sounded awful because of exhaust leaks and timing that was off by 12 degrees. It also needed brakes - not unusual for a car this heave. It runs great now without cat's, a tune up, and good old Sunoco Ultra 94 that adds just a little more power. This ride rules and, going from that to my friends Cavalier, well, the Cavalier is riding on a board with metal wheels. You feel every bump including a flat piece of paper. The Lincoln has a good engine that runs well on 10w30 and two flow-pro mufflers installed, it sounds better than my brothers Camaro. It gets looks everywhere, always starts, and is pretty easy to take care of, maintenance wise. EVERYONE WHO LIKES OLDER CARS SHOULD HAVE ONE! With a cast iron 460 big block, C6 auto, and about 5000lbs gvw, it's a floater. I'm in my 20s but keeping this for a while, though I may add a 60's 4 door and, maybe for fun, a '70 Road Runner.

19th Jan 2007, 16:57

I had the same problem with my Town Car, the 460 pump that came out of the engine was different than the one that NAPA sold me. I brought it in, and the guy matched it with a better one. The model that I had didn't even reach to the cam eccentric so when I tested the pump, the engine would just crank, but no fuel would come out of the carb intake hose.

29th Jan 2007, 22:04

I love these cars too. I have a 460 4 barrel that runs terrific. I am told that these carbretors are very rare.

Anyone know of a good replacement carburetor should I need to replace it? Anyone have any advice on keeping these carburetors clean and running good? Thanks

7th Feb 2007, 14:07

I just bought a 1978 town car... looks messy, but runs fine..

Will be looking for parts so I can start cleaning him up and fix things..

I hope that spare parts can be found in the Netherlands..

Great forum and good reading. greetings gus.

21st Mar 2007, 16:54

I have recently bought a 1978 Lincoln continental town coupe, and I was wondering if someone could point me in the direction of some replacement hood ornaments and trunk key hole covers, as mine have gone missing, other than that it needs to be re-vinyled and it is in need of a new paint job. 460 engine, of course, and the interior is musty at best so has anyone ever cleaned out their car to rid it of smell?

Thanks, and they are indeed the greatest of the truly great cars.

2nd Apr 2007, 06:08

I just picked up a 77 lincoln continental for 400 dollars. Runs good and very little rust. Still has the plastic on the rear seat belts. The only thing I need is a pass. side tail light. Car runs and drives like a dream.

19th Apr 2007, 11:13

A new hood ornament can be purchased from www.bakersauto.com for $65. They are a Lincoln parts specialist. You can email them and get a catalog for free.

26th May 2007, 23:32

The HID headlights cost a lot of money, but they would be worth it. You need a headlamp with an HID projector. I have only seen one model that you can purchase off the shelf, which is a 5001/5006 size headlamp with a bi-xenon projector built in. They are DOT approved this way. You could also buy some lenses that retrofit to a halogen bulb and install a projector of your choice.

11th Aug 2007, 01:44

I've spent the past 5 years upgrading my 78 Town Car 4 door. New-rebuilt motor, paint, interior, 23 inch rims, stereo system. Every little thing you can imagine is either replaced or remodeled. If you get your hands on one of these cars, hang on to it. Rides like a dream and isn't bad on gas at all. I had my mechanic work on getting me better gas mileage. What he did, I couldn't tell you. But I'm not complaining about gas any more. No complaints other than poor turning radius. Definitely a keeper.

3rd Mar 2008, 11:28

I'm 20 years old and I just bought a 1978 Lincoln Continental Town Car for 500 dollars. The man I bought it from had it in his airport hanger for 15 years, and it has 80,000 original miles. It is in amazing condition, and I still wonder how I got the car away from him with that little amount of money. It has all the options for that year and it has a 460 in it and it runs like a dream. I was wondering what the gas mileage is on these cars. I havent driven it enough to know. Thank You for your time!

31st Mar 2008, 15:14

I need a right rear axle, or the whole rear end for a 1977 Lincoln Continental coupe.

6th Apr 2008, 20:11

Post a "wanted add" on the internet or in your local newspaper first. If you have no luck with that, visit www.lincolnlandinc.com.

8th Apr 2008, 04:55

Yes, this car is definitely a gas sipper!

8th Jul 2008, 00:46

You can probably order a copy of the schematics from www.lincolnlandinc.com.

11th Jul 2008, 15:05

Give me your e-mail address, I can e-mail you a copy of the vacuum schematic. The schematic only shows the accessory vacuum: A/C, Speed Control, Headlamp Covers, etc. but no engine vacuum routings: Distributor, Ported Vacuum Switches, Carburetor, etc. I have the original 1978 Vacuum Schematic.

30th Nov 2008, 04:27

Hello; I have read all of the comments. For some time I have wanted a 1977 or 1978 Lincoln Town Car. Not in spectacular shape nor a rust bucket. Green interior and/or exterior is not an option. Any suggestions? My preferred colors would be black or blue. I am located in Washington State. Thanks, Scott

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