SPECIAL THANKS to 460ford members! That ole Lincoln Mark V...
Early this year I purchased a nearly forgotten Lincoln Mark V. The owner had no sale sign in the window and the last person to approach him wanted to demo derby the car!!!
I told the guy I'd give him $1,000 just to hear it run. Sure enough, with a new battery, it started on the gas that had sat for five years! I couldn't believe how purdy it idled, especially considering the varnish in the carb and the plug wires all eaten by hares.
I replaced everything on the normal to-do list; filters, hoses, wires/plugs, gaskets and fluids. I had to replace the blown-out and rusted exhaust, which was a dual-crossover, with a new dual-crossover from the cat-back and using forum-recommended Magnaflows.
The forum also highly recommended rephasing the camshaft with an aftermarket timing set, then to re-curve the distributor.
With every bit of advice, I unlocked more and more performance from the ole granny hauler until one day it stalled while driving!
From then on it was a constant struggle of trying swapped parts and getting no results. I lost a lot of hair in that process. In the end I found that a cheap EGR-plate-to-manifold gasket had been consumed by the hot gasses. Replacing this with a quality metallic gasket brought the beast back and now cooking tires has never been so easy!
Boy does she start and purr so swell! Driving this fine pleasure yacht is the highlight of my day, no matter the distance, no matter the traffic. I've since put 3,000 trouble-free miles on the car and I can just imagine taking it clear across the country, coast to coast, since the 1,000 mile drive from Wyoming to Texas seemed to pass by surreally.
The members of this forum that chimed in really had a LOT of patience and consideration. They knew when to not push an issue and when something really was the best means to an end. I didn't want to delete the emissions "crap", and nobody took issue with that on this performance-focused site. I wasn't sure which exhaust would give me a mellow tune at any range without performance suffering, and the Magnaflows did exactly what was claimed.
Consider how much I truly love this car and the experiences I'm treated to and know that all thanks goes to these members. Without you, I'd be a very frustrated and misguided dope, throwing crap at the wall to see what sticks. Every time I weigh anchor and embark, I remember the guys that really offered a LOT for nothing in return.
Thanks for hanging in there and making all of this possible!