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Old 12-11-2016, 10:01 PM   #29
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Work continues...I installed the new furnace, rebuilt the galley cabinet, rebuilt the rear gaucho to be a bit smaller, it will be the seat for the dinette, and convert to a single bed. Installed all the overhead cabinets. Still need to build the countertop, I got some interesting Formica for it. Also found 3 cracked 4x8 sheets of white Formica at the local building supply store for five bucks a piece. They will probably help in the bathroom. Getting there...but still so much to do!

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Old 12-11-2016, 10:55 PM   #30
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Can you come and do mine? Please. I'm about to start on this as well. Just got to muster up the courage to start pulling things apart. Bathroom first to get to the rotted floor and rear frame. Then about a 2x2ft piece rotted area of floor up front near the sink. Only problem is that its getting friggin cold up here in Rhode island. Looking good on your build, I'll be following your post closely to grab some tips and ideas.
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Old 12-12-2016, 07:38 AM   #31
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It's a lot of work! I'm lucky I don't have to go to work every day like many folks, and I'm still young enough to have the energy to work hard on a project like this, as long as I have a clear goal and deadline (trying to get it done by the first of the year, when my wife retires). It's easy to get discouraged and let things sit, when stuff doesn't go as planned. But that kills the project, so you gotta just figure out each problem, and keep going. Also, having a place to work where you don't have to deal with the weather, is really helpful. Being in AZ is much nicer than being up north (in the winter, at least), but having a shop big enough to work in, is really helpful. Of course, I'll be moving this one outside kind of soon. I have to install the new axles, fix stuff on the roof, etc. and I have to move it outside first, just because the door to my shop is a tad too low to move it out after I do that work.

If I were getting paid for this, I couldn't afford to have me do it!
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Old 12-14-2016, 03:48 PM   #32
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been spending more time on the galley, it seems to take forever. I made a new counter top, first time I've ever done that. I learned a lot! and I guess it came out ok, although there are some boo-boos.

A few more things to fix on it. Then I really need to get started on the bathroom soon.

Also been pondering Tow Vehicles. I keep thinking that an early 70s full size car would be really nice to travel in, and tow this thing. My old Suburban is a neat truck, but it's a 60 year old utility vehicle, which was not built for comfort. I've driven it across the country a few times, including towing the "race car", and it'll get me there, but it takes some effort.
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Old 12-14-2016, 03:53 PM   #33
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Something like a green on green 1972 Buick Electra 225...
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Old 12-14-2016, 04:03 PM   #34
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that would be neat! Wife's grandparents had one like that in the 80s....long gone....but I think it had the little 350 engine in it. I'm shooting for a 455 or something similar.
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Old 12-17-2016, 12:44 PM   #35
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I took a little break from figuring out the bathroom, to work on the windows. The latches were in various states of disrepair--seven of the shafts broke when removing them, either by shearing when unscrewing the nuts, or where the handle pins went through. And two of the latches were missing their handles. I bought two new latch assemblies, and was going to order 5 new shafts to repair the others, but they were out of stock. My son figured out a trick to making new shafts relatively easily--just put a jam nut on a long 5/16" fine thread bolt, cut off the head of the bolt, and mill flats on the threads, and drill a hole, and also turn the nut down to a round shape like the original shoulder. Here are some of my new ones, in various states of manufacture, as well as an original, and a complete new latch so you can remember how they work.



I got them all made, and they seem to work fine.

I also am in the middle of replacing the weather strip on the windows, and replacing the support rod plastic pieces. The new plastics almost fit, a little drilling is required for the rivet holes, as they are off by a tad. But they work OK when done.
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Old 12-18-2016, 07:08 PM   #36
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Picked up a clean old Lincoln today. 460 engine....pretty nice, inside and out. I'll have to fix a few things, then see about getting a hitch and some mirrors for it.

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There is a light blue Lincoln like that on Kirk Auto's used lot in Grenada, MS.


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Picked up a clean old Lincoln today. 460 engine....pretty nice, inside and out. I'll have to fix a few things, then see about getting a hitch and some mirrors for it.


See if there is a schematic for building a WD hitch receiver for that car. Make a copy and shoot it past Andrew Thomson. And what he recommends for trailer hitch.

My Dads partner liked those cars. Not good drivers. The worst of the Big Three for floating suspension. Thus, NOS Koni shock absorbers should be high on list. Same for ADDCO anti-roll bars front and rear. MOOG Cargo Coils were a fairly standard upgrade back when. Weak rear springs nice for ride, not for towing.

Coker Tire for proper width whitewalls on modern design tire.

I would replace body to frame bushings pronto. Towing tears up things like those. Same for tie rods and end links.

Power steering cooler. Trans cooler downstream of radiator. B&M Racing.

460-V8 of the period had nylon timing gears with retarded timing IIRC. Look into this and replace. Double roller TRW if available.

A Howell TBI system will be easier to live with than any carb. Altitude adjustments are big for towing.

Zinc oil additive and Rotella T6 oil.

If not mistaken some of those cars had dual exhaust. Good to copy that. Keep heat out of engine compartment.

McKesh or Eagle One Mirrors.
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Old 12-18-2016, 10:03 PM   #39
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Thanks for the tips. It's in pretty good condition mechanically...it has loose steering, a quick look under while someone wiggled the steering wheel revealed that there is slop in the pitman arm where it connects to the center link. Someone recently replaced at least the upper control arm bushings. It needs new front shocks, it will probably get stock replacements. I don't expect it to handle like a Miata (which it's parked nose to nose with). I'm also not too keen on spending gobs of money on upgrades like most folks seem to....I fix what's broke, and let the rest of it work as designed. The carb is working ok so far, if it acts up, I'll probably replace it with a Quadrajet. Worst case, I'll replace the intake and put an Edelbrock or Holley on it...although the Qjet is a much better carb. EFI is fine for my wife's late models, but I prefer simple, and I can usually make carbs work well enough to keep me happy.

The exhaust system looks brand new...duals...with dual cats! Someone spent some money on it. And I only had to give $3k for the car. Pretty good deal.

The suspension is pretty tight, compared to the Edsel I sold to help pay for this one. This car has a rear sway bar already, and 4 wheel disc brakes. Pretty snazzy for me.
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Old 12-19-2016, 11:45 AM   #40
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Trying to figure out other vehicles in the "stable"...
Maroon car? Mazda Miata?
White pickup? 07-13 GMC/Chevy?
Red thingy picture is taken from? Some sort of side by side? Ranger? Mule? Razr? Big Red?
Liking the 4x4 post curb stops.
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Old 12-19-2016, 04:59 PM   #41
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The current fleet. Starting with my wife's....08 Silverado WT (six cylinder), 06 Miata, 99 Prowler, 70 Dart Swinger (originally slant 6, now with a 340). Mine include the Chevy II altered wheelbase car I built for Drag Week, the 57 Suburban, and my 59 long bed Fleetside pickup.

Oh, and now the Lincoln.

I got to spend a little time under it today, fixing the loose steering (amazing what a $28 part will do for an old car). It really does look like it only has 33k miles, when viewed from below. Amazing. I wonder what other stuff will die from old age? The trans takes a while to get into forward gears when it's cold, but then is fine. Which doesn't surprise me, the clutch piston rubber seals in them usually got hard after less than 10 years in normal use. The climate control worked yesterday, but today it is blowing warm air (yes, it was warm enough here that it needed to be in cooling mode). Also not surprising. I probably need to bleed the brakes, and see if there's anything strange in the fluid. I'm surprised the rear calipers are working ok, they were problematic when they were young.
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Old 02-10-2017, 11:07 PM   #42
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I've been driving the Mark IV quite a bit, put 1500 miles on it so far. Neat car!

My wife retired, so she's been home...and robotics started up, so I've been going to the high school for a few hours each day, helping with that. Trailer progress has been slow. Windows are all in, holding tanks in, waste plumbing done. I got the bed frame made, and started on the front belly pan, which took a long time to get done for motivational reasons. Finished it off tonight, time to start on the back end. I need to get it out of my shop, so once I get the bottom sealed up, I'll haul it out and swap the axles, etc. Then I have to get to work on finishing the bathroom, get a fridge and build that cabinet, etc.
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