LINC400

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  1. Unlike Cadillac and Packard, Lincoln did not offer a commercial chassis for coachbuilders. After Cadillac discontinued its commercial chassis in 1984, regular sedans had to be purchased and converted. So there was no longer any advantage to using a Cadillac, and Lincolns began being used more regularly.
  2. I think he means using the trunk lid from a 1980-83 Mark VI 4 door. It is basically the same body, but the trunk lid from the Mark VI goes all the way down to the bumper while the Town Car trunk lid stops above the large reflector that runs the width of the rear. So major modifications would probably be needed to remove metal behind the reflector panel to install the Mark VI trunk lid. The Mark VI trunk lid probably has more of an angle to it also.
  3. I am just the opposite. Why would I want to pay to show my car after I have to drive it there and detail it, if I can just walk in for free to look at the other cars as a spectator?
  4. Yes, I totally agree with the 1980's cars being called Malaise Era, it is the 1970's with their wide array of body styles, sizes, colors, interiors, etc. that will never be seen again that I object to being called Malaise Era
  5. I spent over $1000 taking a car in to try to get it to pass. Each time it was closer, but ran worse. Leaning it out until it passed, and then changing it back cost zero and got it passed.
  6. A mechanic at a gas station I worked at would lean out the fuel mixture so much in his Charger that the car would barely run. It would pass emissions, and then he would immediately change it back. He often did that right in front of the inspector. That part might not be advisable, but I did the same thing a few times with cars of my own. Just because it passes doesn't mean it is going to run better.
  7. Nope, I think the 1967 Impala rear end is way better than the 1968-70 with the taillights in the bumper and valance thing below. The Japanese stuff was pretty bad in the 1950's and 1960's. It wasn't until they came over here and toured American factories and tried to make their cars more American-like that they caught on. While instead the domestics made some halfway attempts to make their products seem more foreign inspired which did not work. (Eurosport editions come to mind)
  8. What surprised me when I looked at what was available in some areas is the number of 2015-2017 cars, Mustangs, Mercedes, etc. for $300 - $500 a day. If you want something like that, I would think it would be cheaper to just rent a new one from a regular car rental agency.
  9. I might be tempted to rent something if the price is not ridiculous. But I certainly would not be renting out my car. I don't need to get it back trashed.
  10. As I said, the 5ph bumpers are a personal preference. I always thought the late '60's - early '70's cars with a body color painted metal panel below the bumper looked ridiculous. Why should the body of the car extend below the bumper and rocker panels? It was even better after a few years when those panels were loose and precariously hanging or swinging. Japanese manufacturers capitalized on the ridiculous mindset of the general public that all American cars are no good, and all foreign cars are wonderful. Plus the American carmakers refused to update the larger luxury cars with features that could be found in midsize foreign sedans. However, they really don't offer anything more exclusive than the domestics. Even the Maybach looks like a 2 tone S Class at first glance despite costing 2-3 times as much. And I don't think they are doing too well.
  11. While Oldsmobile engines were used in Cadillacs, I can find no reference for lawsuits on that. The lawsuits were for Chevrolet engines in Oldsmobiles. Your preference for a 1966 Fleetwood is a personal opinion. I have never heard anyone else refer to it as the best Cadillac interior. 5 mph bumpers are also a personal opinion. 1976 Cadillacs are the most popular collectible Cadillacs of the 1970's, and they all have them. Car companies are in business to make money. Most companies that chose exclusivity over volume are out of business. Even Mercedes sells taxis and police cars in Europe. Rolls Royce has had to be bailed out multiple times. I am not surprised the owner of a Mustang II Cobra felt the need to "retaliate". Sounds like he was very proud of his car, and was not thrilled with being told how Australian Cobras are better than his Pinto based Mustang
  12. It was Chevrolet engines in Oldsmobiles. The 1966 Fleetwood interior is just a personal preference. To be honest, I was expecting to see something more impressive for the 1966 Fleetwood interior. Lincolns and Imperials had much the same wood and leather in the 1960's and changed to plastic in the 1970's and 1980's. A 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman has a far more visually impressive interior even if the wood is plastic. And since the Fleetwood made up less than 7% of Cadillac's sales even in 1966, apparently not many Cadillac buyers were impressed enough to pay extra for it. Cadillac's downfall was not the loss of the 1966 Fleetwood interior, but the grandpa image it obtained in the 1980's and '90's. Cadillac engines used to be used in hot rods and performance cars in the '50's and '60's. But the dinky '80's and '90's FWD offerings eventually failed to even impress grandpas.
  13. I have always objected to the term "Malaise era" for 1970's cars. You still get actual size differences, style, tons of colors, different body styles, and most cars wore the 5 mph bumpers well enough unless it was something like a Maverick. I know I personally prefer the 5 mph bumpers on my '76 Mark IV. The skinny ones on the '72 just look too small and inadequate to me. The only negatives were emissions killing the horsepower, and the ridiculously boxy downsizing of the '77-'79 full size and '78-79 mid size GM's. The real Malaise era is 1985 to 2000 when GM really killed its full size models in terms of size and style, 2 doors and station wagons started going away to be replaced by SUV's, "full size" Cadillac DeVilles were the same size as a 1970's compact and were not much different looks and size wise from a Chevy Celebrity, and your color choices were reduced to shades of gray. I remember this commercial, and my friends and I all thought it was awesome.
  14. I am exactly the same. I am not a big fan of sitting in a lawn chair behind my car. When I go to a show, I go to look at the other cars. Without cars, you have no show. So why should I have to pay to show my car when I can leave my car in the parking lot and get in for free to look at the other cars? No, $20 will not bankrupt me, but there are plenty of cruise nites and shows I can go to for free. It is a little more understandable if they are providing trophies or lunch. And I have heard how many times, well if it is for a charity or a good cause, you should stop whining and just pay it. Well why don't the spectators need to donate to the charity? And if I am going to donate to a charity, I would prefer it be one of my choice, not the show's. So I will only pay if spectators have to pay, or I get some sort of benefit from it. Otherwise, I can just find another show that won't charge. Plus, it seems the more they charge, what is in the show is not of interest to me, i.e. rods, customs, rat rods, etc.
  15. Wow, a Pontiac GTO Chevelle. Is that one of those rare Canadian models? I wonder what you get when you order parts for it from this place?
  16. 1. Way less than what I pay for my daily driver. 2. Depends on what it needs 3. Zero $, parked next to the daily driver in the garage 4. Depends on what it needs 5. Zero $, no trailer queens here 6. Again, Zero $, no trailer queens here 7. Zero $, all original HPOF awarded 8. Forget that. Happy wife happy life, no wife, much happier life since you don't have to waste your time making her happy. 9. True 10. Not possible. It would require a tank of gas just to get to a place that sells it. 11. Because a checkbook or cell phone isn't as exciting on a summer drive.
  17. Yes, I remember them. There was a little 1930 Packard with garage, and little 1970 Lincoln Mark III with garage that I always wanted, but my parents wouldn't get them for me.
  18. Sorry you are having a bad time, but, didn't you check that before you went on this trip? One of the local AACA chapters announces trips with no details, and if they still can't provide them by the time the trip is going to happen, I don't go. I am not going to take vacation days and spend money on a hotel if they can't even tell you what you will be doing ahead of time. I have also cancelled trips if when they announced what the details were they were too boring or too expensive. I might have missed a couple interesting trips, but I also avoided a lot of bad ones. I also check out what else is in the area in case one of the days activities are not of interest to me, or maybe I want to add a day or 2 to see something on my own. Also, if these car clubs are trying to attract younger members, younger members want to see everything online. And every year the car clubs are getting worse and worse with providing event info online. I actively seek out events, and can't get info. The events calendar is still showing last year's events for many clubs, and some haven't been updated for 2-4 years. The local Packard club doesn't even have a website anymore. How do they think they are going to get millennials to attend events if they can't even be bothered to announce them? The local Cadillac club used to have a luxury car show, which I thought was a neat idea. But they complained that only Cadillacs showed up, hardly any Lincolns, Imperials, Packards, etc. We asked them, did you notify those clubs about this show or promote it outside of the Cadillac club? No, they never did. So what, everyone with an other than Cadillac luxury car was supposed to just psychicly know that this show was happening?
  19. I am Gen X and can both agree and disagree with some of this. As far as antique cars being too expensive, not true. There are plenty of cars under $10,000, even under $5,000, that are in nice condition that need very little. Not Duesenbergs, '57 Chevy convertibles or Hemi 'Cudas. But plenty of 1940's to 1980's 4 door sedans. Even some coupes. It might not be your dream car, but it will be a nice car to enjoy and get you in the hobby. And you need to do some research and spend some time looking for it. I spent 1 1/2 years looking for the Lincoln I have now, and it is not my dream car, but I like it and have no interest in selling it. Also, a lot of people end up loosing interest in the hobby because they buy a basket case they think it will be fun to restore, and end up way over their heads financially and skill wise. They then get disgusted because years later this car has done nothing but be a money pit that they never get to drive and enjoy when they could have spent a little more to get something they could have been driving and enjoying all that time. The Millennials I work with make decent money, they just don't know how to spend it wisely. They buy $7 lattes every day, have $10 - $15 sandwiches delivered and then pay for delivery and tip, take a few bites, and then throw it out . Go to overpriced trendy restaurants, buy ridiculously expensive designer everything, and then have no money for more important or worthwhile things. They can't have anything used or eat leftovers, and can't buy anything without asking all their peers if it is the "in" thing and cool or not. I scrimp and save here and there so that I can splurge once in a while. They do not know how to do that. Maybe because they never had parents or grandparents that lived through the Great Depression or WWII rationing to teach them to spend wisely and not waste things. Car culture is different now than it used to be too. They were not only transportation, but important status and social symbols as well. You went to drive-in movies, drive-in diners, cruised Main street looking for a race or to impress girls, and went on family road trips on Route 66. I grew up after most of that, but some of the culture was still there. When I was in high school, you walked or rode the bus until you earned enough at a part time job to buy your first beater. And it was awesome because even though it might have been a piece of junk, it was fun, independence, and freedom. Now Millennials just have their parents drive them everywhere or take Uber. That is great when Millennials express an interest in cars, but most simply will not have the connections with them that previous generations did. For them, a cell phone is way more important and cooler than cars. As far as the grumpy old men in car in car clubs, they have always been there. Some might eventually warm up, but some are just jerks. I might be a grumpy old man already because I am not interested in most 1980's -1990's cars. I liked my 1978 Lincoln when I bought it in 1991 when everyone was telling me it was a dinosaur and get rid of that gas guzzling pig. I thought it was way cooler and more stylish than the new Hondas and Toyotas they were driving. So those same Hondas and Toyotas are not going to impress me now that they are 25 year old antiques. I still think my current 1976 Lincoln is way cooler and more stylish than them. However, I also think my 2012 Camaro convertible is way cooler and more stylish than them also. For me it is not the age of the car, it is what the car is that is important.
  20. I was excited to see this since my car has been having fuel related problems. However, from the Chicago suburbs, by the time I drive out to one of these places with my Lincoln and drive home, I would need gas again.
  21. Well it might be useful if people stopped posting parts ads under "cars for sale". But it appears no one is paying attention to it.
  22. Not mine, but I met the guy at a local cruise night. He moved into a senior village, and is no longer able to keep the car. He really wants someone to take care of the car. This is the info I have. For Sale by original owner 1979 Mercury Cougar XR-7, silver paint and top, grey cloth interior, most options including gauge package and Barcelona wheels. Rebuilt 351W engine. Very good condition $4995.00 OBO contact Paul S. Cameron 630-279-4776. Car is located in Elk Grove Village, IL. (Chicago suburb)
  23. Just because they have new car doesn't mean to they don't know anything about it. In fact I find it is usually just the opposite, they can tell you every option it has and every modification that has been done. However, I have talked to many owners of antique cars that are absolutely clueless about what they own because all they did was raise their hand at an auction, or hand a restoration shop a blank check.
  24. I used to think this way too, until I bought my Camaro convertible new. It is kind of nice to be able to drive to a show in the daily driver and have it get attention. And also not have to worry about having any mechanical issues like my antique Lincoln currently is. While the Camaro has won a few trophies in its class, I do not get all bent out of shape when it loses to a more deserving actual antique like some people do. I generally am not by my car at a show. I would rather walk around and look at the other cars and talk to people. But some of the most amusing moments at car shows and cruise nights have been when I have been sitting behind my car listening to some of the unbelievably stupid comments clueless people make.