In 1988 I bought a totaled 77 Continental for stripping, and back then I swore to buy a car like this someday. Someday finally appeared in the spring of 2010 when I bought a 1976 Lincoln Town Car on eBay Germany. I drove this thing for one week, and got around 9.4 MPG, and got a dream of a ride for about 310 miles before the plates expired. Currently I'm rebuilding the whole thing, because the small bugs can be found in every corner.
The 1978 dash looks maybe better than the one of 1977, but keep in mind that the 1978 dash is just a pimped up version of the 75 to 78 Mercury Marquis dash, with the sewed leather look on the dash cap, as well as on the glovebox door and different wood appliques.
You may view some pictures of my 1976 Lincoln on http://picasaweb.google.com/HaraldMack
I'm so happy I can't seem to wipe the smile off my face as I read every one's comments, all while looking out the window at my 1979 Collectors Edition Towncar in dark blue with a gold grill in the drive way! It's only a 400 2bl, but I'm loving it, from bumper to giant bumper, and from the padded top, to doors thicker than my ex-wife's head.
Turning radius isn't great, but still better than my Tundra, and you're right about the factory stereo; run new wires, shared grounds will kill a Sony stereo, replace the speakers too as they're only a little better than the ones in your clock radio!
I've always loved Lincolns, this is my first one, and now I truly understand the phrase "Lincoln, it's what a luxury car should be".
I have a 1978 Lincoln Town Coupe... I have the same problem with the headlight (eyelids) opening after it's shut off... Can someone give me a deeper explanation or a picture??
I'm scared to trust anyone with the soft top... but it needs work...
Any websites for pretty, big rims???
I found my 1978 Lincoln Town Car 4 door with the 460ci in it. I just love this car. I live out in middle of nowhere Kansas, and found this car on craigslist. When I called the guy, he told me he thought it was sold, but because it wouldn't stay running for a test drive for the prospective buyer, he sold the car to me for $500 dollars. What a great investment! Trailered it back home 100 miles, and found rust and trash in the gas tank, and the fuel pump wasn't working that great after sitting for a couple of years. Replaced and repaired the whole fuel system, and decided to take it for a test run. HA HA! I wound up going on a 219 mile round trip, and it ran great! Nice ride!
Then tonight, I took my whole family on a 138 mile round trip to shop and go out to eat. Ran great, and they loved the ride it gave. I was happy. I still don't know much about the car, but sure is a strong motor and transmission. Like a new car all the way around.
Thanks Lincoln, you can be depended upon.
Original poster here... I still own the car and haven't had any issues with it since I typed this review over 6 years ago. The only thing I did was replace a master cylinder about 6 months ago.
Jgmack823@gmail.com -- If you are having problems with the headlight doors, you need to get a copy of the 1978 Continental vacuum/electrical troubleshooting manual. It is a large book with large color diagrams and pictures. Very useful, as the shop manuals do not have detailed wiring or vacuum diagrams. There are too many variables to diagnose over this message board.
I suggest anyone who has questions about their Lincoln, to go to www.thelincolnforum.net. There are some other Lincoln forums out there, but this one is by far the best. This site is all about the older models, and chances are that someone has already had the same problem as you, and knows how to fix it.
I have a 1978 Lincoln Continental Town Car. It has no oval port windows in the rear. Great car though.
Bought it from an insurance company for $300 3 years ago with 25,000 original miles. It had never been touched under the hood.
Replaced the water pump and master cylinder. Other than that, it's been maintenance free for another 25000 miles. I now have 52,000 on it, and it still rides like a dream.
I did put Supercomp headers and Flowmasters on it. Quiet cruising, but barks when you get on it.
Getting ready to drive it from new Hampshire to Florida during thanksgiving week. The car has always been great, and I get around 16 mpg on the highway. Would recommend these cars to anyone, and I love the all black interior.
Hello! I am a Norvegan. and I bought a Lincoln Town Coupe 1978 model for a month ago. I absolutely love the car! Very much car for my money.
Gas mileage doesn't matter. I drive it when I want to, and when I can afford it; otherwise I drive a VW diesel van.
Only problems on my car is passenger side window motor was rusted shut and did not turn. This was because it had been submerged under water inside the door (clogged drain holes in bottom of door). Anyone else had this problem??
The other problem is the fuel gauge stays in the empty spot, even if the tank is full of gas. I think I will take the tank down and have a look at the plunger.
And the damn button in the driver's seat has hitched a ride on someones ass in my car to hehe, but not a big deal.
Regards to all Lincoln owners, take good care of your cars!
It was a design change. I had the same style OE pump, and replaced it with another one that had a straighter arm. It worked.
I'm having problems with my 76 Lincoln Continental Coupe. The headlight doors don't close.
My e-mail is fernandomonto at yahoo.com. Could I ask you to please send me some info on that?? Thanks a million.
Vacuum leak(s) will cause the headlight doors to open after the car has been sitting.
Hi, I have a 1978 Continental. I need some help to find the gaskets or parts that are needed to install a new fuel tank.
My email is email@example.com
I was at Lincoln Land yesterday, and saw parts for the fuel tank install. I have a 1978 Lincoln Continental Town Car, and am looking for the dash instrument cluster. Just a suggestion, don't try to get to any of the gauges on the dash, Ford decided to make it out of some really "FLAKY" material..
Hello, we have a 78 Mark V that we can't get the headlights to close either, any info? Thanks Sara
I replaced the original 4350 Motorcraft carb and the intake manifold with Edelbrock Performer series pieces. Runs great with them. And at my mechanics suggestion, I replaced the original electronic ignition with a aftermarket H.E.I. unit.
A common replacement carb is the Edelbrock (can't remember part#) and there is a matching intake if you need or want one. I have that combo on my stock 460 Lincoln. Works really well.
Please call me. I have a 79 Lincoln, where the lights have been "stuck up" since doing an engine rebuild. I thought it might be the air not being connected right, but I don't know. Anyone that can find a diagram, please call me at 561-870-7864 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi SS, one of the cars I currently own is a Midnight Blue Metallic 1977 Lincoln Continental Town Car. In full sunlight it appears as a very dark blue. On an overcast day, in shadows, or at night it looks black. In my opinion, that's the best exterior you could get on one of these cars. Also has an Oxblood red leather interior.
I would go with a station wagon to absorb the big rear end hits. Engine size doesn't matter so much backing up.