20th Aug 2009, 21:46
Issue is, I don't get fully licensed until December. I'm only 15, and I have no money. I live a good 9 miles from anywhere so I can't get a job and my parents want nothing to do with this car. and, yes cables, sparkplugs, everything, eaten right through by a rat. It ate through the plastic into the copper... and kept going into the copper.
23rd Aug 2009, 16:17
Do you have any relatives that could help you out? Consider doing some odd jobs for people in the meantime, to get some cash.
12th Sep 2009, 19:31
Nah, every one I know thinks I should junk it and gets something else, even my grama who gave me the car. They all hate it.
14th Sep 2009, 12:27
I believe an old Japanese proverb fits your situation best.
"When you reach the last page, close the book."
If you have no money, no family members willing or able to help, and no prospects of making money for the old car, then maybe its time to follow the advice and get something newer. Sorry but it is what it isn't.
16th Sep 2009, 18:43
The sad part is I know it's true, but I just can't, I love that car so much. I've dreamed about it since I was little, and I was basically messing myself with joy when I heard grama and grampa still had it somewhere. All I can do right now is hold out until I can start going on it again.
17th Sep 2009, 13:13
OK, tell you what, E-mail me a complete list of problems with your car and maybe I can give you technical help in properly diagnosing those issues so when you DO have money to buy parts, you buy the right stuff the first time. (I restore Mark III's, IV's, and V's) My email is Miketastic1982@yahoo.com. I might even have some of the parts you need and possibly can make a deal on em'.
20th Sep 2009, 18:01
Sounds great! I'll give it a whirl. Do you want the list of issues now-ish or later when I have enough money? And where are you? And do you do town coupes? My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I may have to see what my parents think, but I don't think they'll approve, but if I have my own money, I'll do what I want with it. Thanks man.
21st Sep 2009, 08:53
You can go ahead and give me that list now. I am in Baton Rouge Louisiana. I haven't done any Town Coupes yet, but the electrical and mechanical systems are the same as a Mark. I'll e-mail you some pics of my daily driver when I get a chance. I'd be happy to help you in any way. I have a passion for these old cars that many of friends and family call an obsession, LOL. So I know what not having any support feels like.
21st Sep 2009, 19:06
WOW! Louisiana!? That's pretty far away, and shipping and handling for parts... I live in Saskatchewan, Canada. Anywho my car has a Lincoln 400 V8. That's all I can tell you. My "little" list of issues is:
Passenger door won't lock at all.
Steering wheel is practically sideways.
Some minor cigarette burns in the upholstery.
Needs a THOROUGH cleaning.
In desperate need of a paint job.
Some of the digital radio number lights are out; I can't tell what station I'm on.
Needs a new alternator, battery, and all new wiring harnesses, and maybe a new stereo. FM sounds like AM, and AM sounds like crap.
Mostly cosmetics that I don't think you need to do, but all together, my car won't work, and everything that isn't cosmetic would cost over 1000$ to fix. My family and friends call me obsessed too, don't worry.
8th Nov 2009, 07:38
I have kept all my cars in my life. A 1966 Thunderbird convertible, 69 Continental Mark III, a 1973 Continental Mark IV, a 1978 Continental Town Car, the 1983 Mercedes 300SD, and the 99 Infiniti Q45.
The Town Car still is the best long haul cruiser in the bunch. It is equipped with the full flat glass roof that seems to be rather rare, as I have only seen one other with this option. Does anyone know about this feature?
It's black on black with dark red velour interior, We call it our rolling bordello. It's a loaded car with every option Lincoln put out. Everything still works like new from the Cartier clock to the power mini vents. It is the plushest luxury car in the bunch. It now has 82,000 original miles on it. We have had offers on it, but as long as I'm alive, it's going to be in our garage!
8th Nov 2009, 15:21
I have a '79 TC sedan and I hope I'll never have to sell it. It's been in the family since new.
18th Nov 2009, 22:58
If you have no success tracking down a bumper locally, try www.lincolnlandinc.com... I'm sure they'll be able to help you out.
'79 TC owner.
18th Apr 2010, 17:22
Attention all Town Car and Town Coupe lovers! I'm the guy who posted the comments about the white Town Coupe with the damaged wires from before, and I'm only just now putting it in to be repaired. I need someone to take a video or pictures of every wire/hose and be clear on where they go! I'm desperate! I need to know these things! Save my car's life!