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1947 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CARBRIOLET

Vin# 7H153572

The paperwork I have traces the history of the car to 1956 in Kansas City, MO. when Edward W. Scholten bought it. The next owner, bought it in 1974 and shipped it to Hawaii in 1985. Its been parked since 1985. I was told the original color was green with a brown interior. Now, its a beige/yellow/rust color exterior with a red interior. Carson kit top, (bonnie and Clyde look). I'm not sure if everything is numbers matching or not. V12, 3 speed manual column shift w/ overdrive. Check out my album and let me know what you think or if you have any tips that might help me. Engine seems to be seized and I got the top half off, currently working on the bottom half. Check out my album for more pictures.

*Any advice along my journey would be gratefully appreciated*

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It appears from the pics that it could have future. The cabriolets are more valuable than the coupes. Is There any rust in the floor boards. Can YOU

do the work? Don't worry about the engine, it can be rebuilt, or replaced. expensive ?? Yes! The interior looks passable. Is there rust in the body? Check the market for a restored cabriolet, weigh the cost of parts and labor. A key element is how much of the work can you do? How much patience do you have? How much joy do you derive from seeing the result of your labor?. If you decide to jump in, there are all kinds,of members with various skills and knowledge that stand ready to advise you as you go.

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ALOHA! I spent my entire Sunday wrenching on this. When I first got it I sprayed every nut and bolt with lube to make wrenching easier this week. It does have a few rust issues like the rear passenger floor pan ($130.00), rocker panels and a small hole on the trunk lid. For the most part just surface rust on the body. I'll be doing most of the work myself. The interior is passable but does need a patch in the seat. The previous owner told me that the top is a Carson Kit Top. It doesn't fold down but gives it the bonnie and Clyde look. Its still good but needs a little work. The glass window is on the back piece and it looks like a zipper was once attached so you could unzip the back window. I have a deal with a Auto body shop to do the paint job. Any suggestions? Original was green exterior with brown interior. I prefer to stick with the red interior and maybe a 2-tone black and red exterior. Any suggestions on re-chroming? I know in Hawaii we don't have very many options. If it was too expensive, I was thinking about just painting all the chrome black. Any input on this idea?

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I will agree with the other answer to your post. If you want to spend the money place the dollars toward bringing it back to original.

The car you are working on was a CLASSIC when it was being manufactured. Originality will enhance the value. Be patient.

I started on mine going on 6 years ago. It was the beginning of a treasure hunt. For me that was half the fun and then meeting with some and talking with others in the organization was a great learning curve. You have a diamond in the rough it will be beautiful. Glenn Lorei

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*UPDATE* After seeing the comments I've decided to go original. Green Exterior (Valley Green Poly or Opal Blue Green)? Brown Interior? What were the interior color choices for 1947? A couple spots look to be maroon and not brown. How do I find out? Here's a couple pictures of the possible original paint colors and interior colors. I took apart the top and interior to reveal the car is a original convertible car. Here's a picture of the body tag as well. Kind of hard to make out. Will this help identify anything?

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Found a few more clues about the original colors.

Exterior color.

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Interior color.

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Possible, original convertible top color. Tan or Khaki color?

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What is this stuff? Its coated all over the place. It helped prevent the rust from really taking hold of this car. Is it original or added after the fact? It's on the frame, fender wells, engine bay. etc...

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Is your car a cab or a coupe , the carson top may be hiding a coupe with roof cut off. I have seen lots of ford coupes with the roofs cut off and the carson top kits installed , makes for a cool hot rod but not so good for a resto project.

I believe that the H56 in the body number indicates it was built as a cabriolet.

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I found this interesting sticker while removing the passenger side window. One of the old owners could have been in the Air Force. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21st_Air_Division This car could have been cruising around Forbes Air Force Base in Kansas between 1951-1964. Was the owner a B-47 Bomber Pilot?

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