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  1. This is a typical delete plate for the 40s Lincolns. They sometimes have them for sale on ebay, other places might have one if you search around You can always paint one to match your dash if you can find one!
  2. V12 motors are what the are.....V12 motors with issues that have plagued them since their inception. Small pistons limiting compression and horsepower, oiling issues for oil distribution throughout the engine, cooling issues with the added baffles behind the water pumps that helps some. Those engines are big and very heavy adding to concerns about power and weight distribution. But setup and running properly they are the period machines we've all become to love in one manner or another. They sound powerful with their 120 HP or less at times to match the elegance still unmatched from that p
  3. I did that routine on my 41 Lincoln Zephyr, and yes you have to raise the vehicle up very high to get the whole steering unit with the attached steering shaft connected. When I received rebuilt one from a dealer who stocks the parts for the early Lincolns, he put a piece of PVC tubing over the long shaft and then wrapped the whole thing and put it on UPS. I have a new problem or one that was there after I finally stopped the 90 weight oil from leaking. I sealed the bottom with RTV silicon compound and got it to not leak. In doing so I removed the paper gaskets which I later found out ar
  4. Finding the Lincoln solenoids is never easy. Most of the new reproductions are for the short shafted solenoids as Borg Warner built many versions of the R10 overdrive units. There are people who will rebuild them, but I don't think anyone actually uses new coil windings which can be problematic over time. The contact holding points internally do go bad with overheating too.
  5. Give Chris a call or email at Boos Harell Lincoln parts in Ohio. Other vendors might have one, I think it's not easily to repair with the wear on the collar and shaft. Also Merv Atkins out in Pomona California has a wrecking yard of old Lincolns, he might have a usable shifter to replace yours. He's on the Lincoln Zephyr Owner's Club website for contact information. A machine shop could shim the unit to tighten up the play if you can't find a usable one. I doubt there are any NOS ones after some 80 years, and most off of other vehicles will probably be worn too. Can't hurt to check with
  6. Make sure you have the flywheel 'trued' and refaced so the clutch plate will fit tightly or you might have some jerky operations! A good machine ship can resurface it for you! You'll be glad you did!!!!
  7. You really need to go through the ignition system including plugs, wiring, distributor issues, fuel issues with the carb! If you're not familiar with the V12 the you need to send the distributor and coil to Skip Haney in Florida to have him check it out, repair as needed and reset the distributor as it requires a machine to do it off the car. The old coil....the black device sitting on top of the distributor can be rebuilt with new coils, and the rest of the distributor can be repaired and reset. Also get new spark plugs and plug wires. Plugs can be obtained at Napa and such, the wiring s
  8. Unity made different sorts of logos for the spot lights. Mine are original on my 41 and it does have the Lincoln logo. You can sometimes fine them and their parts on eBay. If Unity can supply an original unit it would be great even though a reproduction. There could be some NOS somewhere, not likely.
  9. The only thing special about these washers is they are thick. That's to allow for better torque. And whether or not they were originally on the heads, it's good to have them as you can certainly torque the nuts to the head studs (45-55#) better than just nuts alone! I would use stainless steel thick washers as they won't rust and can be removed easier if the heads ever need to come off.
  10. Not sure what's going on with this site, but it was modified some time ago and now hardly anyone logs on.
  11. Also call Merv Adkins in Pomona California, he's on the club rooster too! He has a large wrecking yard of old Lincolns, and he might have one. Earle Brown in Pennsylvania also has engine parts as well as Chris @ BoosHarrel Lincoln also on the club listings.
  12. The glass bowl on the mechanical fuel pump wasn't standard, but later and I think on Fords. But it's a nice addition so you can see if you're getting fuel to the carb. Hopefully you have a filter on the fuel line before the mechanical pump, otherwise you can clog the carb with junk. And yes, as Matt suggested remove the tank and have it blasted and resealed, and do replace the fuel line from the tank to the engine. The electric pump is also necessary at times. One problem with the mechanical fuel pumps is the diaphragm will eventually leak fuel into your crankcase thinning out your oil!
  13. Could make a monument out of it in tribute to the wasteful destruction practiced so long in the rush to push the 'plastic pigs' as someone recently lamented on all of us as real automobiles!
  14. If you can get a copy of Hemming's News it has listings for parts for your car. Most of us have vehicles prior to 1949.
  15. This car is on eBay now and it's a beauty for those who might be interested in have such all ready to roll down the road. I think it's in Michigan but worth looking at and it's got a video posted with it. FYI!!
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