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    Thread: Our '77 Town Car's first Concours

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      04-30-2012 09:56 AM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by al@absolute View Post
      It's cool to see some cars of this era finally be appreciated.
      It's funny, cars of this era are appreciated, as they are now the entry level for car collectors.
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      04-30-2012 10:12 AM #52
      Barry,

      I wish you were bringing this TC the LCOC meet in TN next month......I do not own a Lincoln but I am attending the meet with a good friend and club member that has several 1969-1979 Lincoln's.

      Your TC is very unique and elegant with the Coach roof sans the opera windows. I would love to see this classic beauty one day.

      Back in the 90's when I was a supplier to GM I lived at at the Citation Club in Farmington Hills.....very nice neighborhood.

      Thanks for sharing this classic!

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      04-30-2012 10:42 AM #53
      I love the LCOC as a club because of the people, but won't participate in a points-judged event. As stated before, I like people telling me what they like about the car, not what's wrong with it.

      Citation Club is right around the corner from me.
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      04-30-2012 11:50 AM #54
      Beautiful car! One of the last Lincolns with real "presence" on the road. The concourse is still a few months away, how long is the process to get it ready?

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      04-30-2012 11:58 AM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by stevegolf View Post
      Beautiful car! One of the last Lincolns with real "presence" on the road. The concourse is still a few months away, how long is the process to get it ready?
      Probably a couple of weeks. The crown moldings have to come off the length of the car. Ford had no concept these cars would still be around after 35 years so they gave no consideration to the damage the clips do when being forced through holes in the bodywork. The spring-loaded keepers broke through the paint causing rust to form around the holes. Many later cars used a plastic ferrule to keep the clip from contacting a painted surface.

      It was just convenient to pick it up now as he was downstate attending a CCCA judging seminar. We'll hitch a ride to the show where he'll deliver it show-worthy, and then we'll drive it home.
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      04-30-2012 12:43 PM #57
      Another amazing Barry car!!
      Is that a redundant statement?!?!

      Thanks for sharing!!

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      04-30-2012 02:34 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by That1njguy View Post
      Another amazing Barry car!!
      Is that a redundant statement?!?!
      Thanks.
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      04-30-2012 02:42 PM #60
      '77 was the first year for the 400 engine. While some people swear they can tweak some hp out of them, there's no substitute for cubic inches.

      '77 was also the last year for the "Lincoln" dashboard with the horizontal "thermometer" speedo and the last year for full fender skirts.

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      04-30-2012 02:47 PM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      '77 was the first year for the 400 engine. While some people swear they can tweak some hp out of them, there's no substitute for cubic inches.

      '77 was also the last year for the "Lincoln" dashboard with the horizontal "thermometer" speedo and the last year for full fender skirts.
      When did the famous "Lincolnmeter" come out?
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      04-30-2012 02:52 PM #62
      I did a Google search and I have NFI what you are referring to.
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      04-30-2012 02:52 PM #63
      Quote Originally Posted by al@absolute View Post
      It's cool to see some cars of this era finally be appreciated.
      Yes...the day when I can go to an American-car show and see rows of stuff like this, instead of just the same '57 Chevys and '65 Mustangs that were at the shows when I was 5 years old, is the day I'll be interested in going to shows again. Even less than 10 years ago, people in-the-know seemed to think that cars like this would never have any collector interest.

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      04-30-2012 02:56 PM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      I did a Google search and I have NFI what you are referring to.
      That would be the circa '06 Lincoln gauge cluster:



      That "Lincoln" thing in the middle was a TCL meme for awhile. Personally I loved that dash, it was like a throwback to the big Lincolns like yours.

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      04-30-2012 02:57 PM #65
      I thought that concept was funny. This car is a behemoth, exemplary of a certain style in that decade. Weren't '57 Chevys just another car at one point too?
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      04-30-2012 03:35 PM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      '77 was the first year for the 400 engine. While some people swear they can tweak some hp out of them, there's no substitute for cubic inches.

      '77 was also the last year for the "Lincoln" dashboard with the horizontal "thermometer" speedo and the last year for full fender skirts.

      I have always liked those cars, Barry, and your is a fine example...I grew up in the 70s. Like others have said, they were a love/hate thing at the time, as many derided them as a last holdout. But they had class and presence.
      Growing up, there was a family on my street with 2 of these: one bright blue and one pale yellow...my parents were modest folks, driving Fords, so they always referred that family as the "rich" family...

      What's the toggle switch on the top right? Does it raise the emabassy flags on the fenders?
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      04-30-2012 04:01 PM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by Bibs View Post
      I have always liked those cars, Barry, and your is a fine example...I grew up in the 70s. Like others have said, they were a love/hate thing at the time, as many derided them as a last holdout. But they had class and presence.
      Growing up, there was a family on my street with 2 of these: one bright blue and one pale yellow...my parents were modest folks, driving Fords, so they always referred that family as the "rich" family...

      What's the toggle switch on the top right? Does it raise the emabassy flags on the fenders?
      That's the adjuster for the passenger-side mirror.
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      05-01-2012 09:08 PM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by TetsuoShima View Post
      interior shots please
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      Trunk interior with 35 year-old spare that's never been on the ground.

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      05-01-2012 11:48 PM #70
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      When did the famous "Lincolnmeter" come out?
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      I did a Google search and I have NFI what you are referring to.
      Sorry, man. It's pretty well known here and I just assumed you would have run into it.

      Quote Originally Posted by rimtrim View Post
      That would be the circa '06 Lincoln gauge cluster:



      That "Lincoln" thing in the middle was a TCL meme for awhile. Personally I loved that dash, it was like a throwback to the big Lincolns like yours.

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      Thanks for posting that. Yes Barry, it ws a meme and a pretty standard joke for a while. Someone posted a pic similar to this and some other wag dubbed it "Lincolnmeter". I think there was some line about developing 1.21 Lincolns or some such.
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      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      I never noticed before, but that's me, clearly framed in the rear window.
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      05-02-2012 06:20 AM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      Sorry, man. It's pretty well known here and I just assumed you would have run into it.



      Thanks for posting that. Yes Barry, it ws a meme and a pretty standard joke for a while. Someone posted a pic similar to this and some other wag dubbed it "Lincolnmeter". I think there was some line about developing 1.21 Lincolns or some such.
      Never saw it. Must have had a short life span, or was pre-2007.
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      05-02-2012 06:27 AM #73
      Quote Originally Posted by MRVW00 View Post
      Part-time ninja?
      Full time.

      People always point out the ninja in this picture.

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      05-02-2012 02:36 PM #74
      Found another interior picture.

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      05-02-2012 10:22 PM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      Later this summer the '77 Town Car will be in it's first Concours as it's now 35 years old.

      I had new tires put on it yesterday as I no longer trusted the original Michelin X tires. The car is being picked up today to be taken to a friend's fledgling shop where he will take it from near-perfect to perfect.

      At 35 years old it's really in remarkable shape with the only rust from the crown molding clips creeping out from under the trim. The gas gauge has ceased to function as has the electric antenna. He'll fix both all those items, returning it to its former glory.

      He'll deliver the car right to the show, prepped for showing. I'll just have to drive it onto the show field. I've invited the widow of the guy that owned it to ride with us in the Pass in Review, and be introduced to the crowd. One of our features this year are cars that belong to original owners. Should fit right in.



      The two guys that put tires on it were younger than the car and had never worked on one with fender skirts.

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