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Old 09-15-2014, 03:39 PM
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Speaking of buckets...

I went to check out this bucket of bolts that's on my automotive bucket list:



Doesn't run, in need of interior and exterior work, but man oh man, it's all there!

Thoughts?
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Can't really tell if the body is solid or filled with bondo. Good car for summer cruising as long as there are no grassy knolls nearby.
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:18 PM
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1965. First year for front disk brakes, which peel yards off of high-speed braking distances compared to 1961-64, and last year for the M-E-L engine in its 430 c.i. displacement (increased to 462 c.i. for 1966, and finally abandoned during the 1968 year for the then-new Ford 460). The Continental saw a lengthening of wheelbase for 1964, which was carried over to 1965, which gave it more reasonable rear seat legroom. It doesn't have the dual-cowl dash of 1961-63, and the accountants got ahold of the car for '64 and changed out the curved side glass windows for cheaper flat glass. It's not a bad year for a Continental convertible, particularly if you don't go for the next-generation styling which debuted in 1966.

Watch out for front-end wear, as these cars are seriously heavy and put their suspension components through a work out. A lip of weather stripping on the metal trim of the leading edge of the rear side windows actually sits behind the edge of the front door glass when all doors are closed, which helps reduce wind noise/water incursion, but does require that the rear windows lower slightly to allow that piece to clear the front windows when the rear doors are opened. This means that the circuitry for the rear power window operation is tied into actuation of the door handles. Between this little feature and the convertible top, this car has more than its share of electrical relays and switches. If the top and rear door windows do not work perfectly, you probably will need to find someone experienced with these cars to sort them out. Bring your wallet.

This is an excellent car to buy fully restored and sorted out.

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Old 09-15-2014, 08:17 PM
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Can't really tell if the body is solid or filled with bondo. Good car for summer cruising as long as there are no grassy knolls nearby.
As far as I can tell, no bondo. It does look like it may have been resprayed at one point in its life though.

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1965. First year for front disk brakes, which peel yards off of high-speed braking distances compared to 1961-64, and last year for the M-E-L engine in its 430 c.i. displacement (increased to 462 c.i. for 1966, and finally abandoned during the 1968 year for the then-new Ford 460). The Continental saw a lengthening of wheelbase for 1964, which was carried over to 1965, which gave it more reasonable rear seat legroom. It doesn't have the dual-cowl dash of 1961-63, and the accountants got ahold of the car for '64 and changed out the curved side glass windows for cheaper flat glass. It's not a bad year for a Continental convertible, particularly if you don't go for the next-generation styling which debuted in 1966.

Watch out for front-end wear, as these cars are seriously heavy and put their suspension components through a work out. A lip of weather stripping on the metal trim of the leading edge of the rear side windows actually sits behind the edge of the front door glass when all doors are closed, which helps reduce wind noise/water incursion, but does require that the rear windows lower slightly to allow that piece to clear the front windows when the rear doors are opened. This means that the circuitry for the rear power window operation is tied into actuation of the door handles. Between this little feature and the convertible top, this car has more than its share of electrical relays and switches. If the top and rear door windows do not work perfectly, you probably will need to find someone experienced with these cars to sort them out. Bring your wallet.

This is an excellent car to buy fully restored and sorted out.
Where's the fun in buying a fully restored car? I like sorting my "junk"!
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:32 PM
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Then I've found your car!



Only $69,900 and the front and rear bumpers are tweaked, which will give you the ability to put in a little sweat equity and cherry this car out.
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:13 PM
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Then I've found your car!



Only $69,900 and the front and rear bumpers are tweaked, which will give you the ability to put in a little sweat equity and cherry this car out.
I take the Benz in the back.
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:02 PM
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Screw it. Buy it.
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:04 AM
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I went to check out this bucket of bolts that's on my automotive bucket list:



Doesn't run, in need of interior and exterior work, but man oh man, it's all there!

Thoughts?


Are there books and records? Is it a lifetime California car, ie, Does it come with California black plates, If yes what is the license plate number, that can give a clue as to where it was first sold and and started out its life.


Wimbledon white is a nice, and and an appropriate color for those.

I am sure there is a Lincoln Continental forum to join and get help for the best and cost cost efficient way to restore it and source parts you might need.

The electric needs could be quite costly; The 1958-1959 Retractable hardtop Ford Skyliner Convertibles reportedly have over 20 miles of wires in them, which could cause a lot of aggravation tracing a problem down. This vehicle is much more simple, but still - be wary, keep in mind tha buying a money pit is never fun.

Back in the day, to check for bondo, all you needed was a magnet to run it up and down the body panels. Where the magnet wouldn't stick is where the bondo is.


It'd make a wonderful summer cruiser in Sacramento and a great parade car too. I bet many pretty girls out there would love to ride in it too!
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Old 09-16-2014, 04:39 AM
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I do know the engine compartment is rather packed which makes it hard to work in.

But this is just a matter of time, and if you work on many Mercedes then you already know about how simple jobs can take forever.
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Old 09-21-2014, 02:02 PM
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What are they asking for it?

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