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Hot Rods Bought a 1960 Continental

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  1. lilbdfrd
    Joined: Jan 23, 2012
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    I just recently bought a really nice 1960 lincoln continental. Last driven in 92 parked inside an old warehouse. There is no rust in the car , its straight, and all the chrome is perfect! Its a 4 door hardtop and white in color. I've been doing some research on these cars and looks like they only made about 24,000 in 1960. How rare are these cars? And how popular are they? I've never seen one before, my plans are to make it my family cruiser.
     
  2. impala59
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    from vallejo,ca

    they pop up on craigslist in calif all the time. Last month two of them sacramento craigslist. Complete and asking price $1,000-1,500. sad to say the demo derby drivers here are still finding them for scrap metal value and useing them. If you need parts there the guys to go to.
     
  3. Rusty O'Toole
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    Largest car Lincoln made, and largest unit body car anyone made. They are rare enough that yours should be the only one at Cruise Night and they have become more popular in recent years. They have a style all their own.
     
  4. mgtstumpy
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    Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production Continental Series http://www.oldride.com/library/1960_lincoln_continental.html
    23A 4-dr Executive Limo - 6P $10,230 5,495 lbs 34
    23B 4-dr Town Car - 6P $9,207 5,286 lbs 136
    54A 4-dr Sedan - 6P $6,854 5,157 lbs 807
    65A 2-dr Hardtop Coupe - 6P $6,598 5,070 lbs 1,461
    68A 2-dr Convertible - 6P $7,056 5,176 lbs 2,044
    75A 4-dr Hardtop Sedan - 6P $6,845 5,153 lbs 6,604

    11,086 produced in total
     

  5. slowmotion
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    I read somewhere where the early ones (60-61) were considered nearly handbuilt and the quality reflected that. They are a favorite of mine, as yachts go. :D
     
  6. lilbdfrd
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    What kinda price do you think a guy should pay for really nice unrestored one? I'm Guna pull the big 430 out and put an efi small block ford in it. Anybody know if there is a disc brake kit for these cars or if a guy could do a crown vic swap???
     
  7. williebill
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    Do a little research before you start cutting it up. If it was mine, I'd seriously consider keeping that big MEL motor. Cool car, a buddy had one a few years ago, wish I'd bought it from him.
     
  8. pwschuh
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    Yikes. If you're gonna do this might I suggest that you keep all of the original parts in dry storage and don't make any changes that can't be reversed.
     
  9. retromotors
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    Hey, it's your car, your decision.
    But for the life of me I can't figure out why.
    Putting a small displacement, high revving engine in a real heavy car sounds like the worst possible combination to me.
    That's why they were equipped with big motors tuned for torque.
     
  10. autobodyed
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    yeah, I'd rethink putting a small block in a 5100 lb. car. pictures of car? we like pictures.
     
  11. Don't do that.... A SBF simply won't have the torque needed to move a car that size, you'll end up with a terrible dog. If you just have to do a swap, I wouldn't consider anything smaller than a 400M, a 429 or 460 swap would be much better; and you may be able to find OEM parts for the latter swap as the MEL was replaced with the 385 series in '66 IIRC. Same goes for disc brakes; Lincoln was one of the first cars at Ford to get discs (big honking 12" rotors with 4 piston calipers) in '65, the typical 11" rotor/single piston caliper conversion won't be enough brake for the car.
     
  12. Rusty O'Toole
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    Leave the original engine in it. If you think you are going to get good mileage with that hog you are living in a dream world. 10 - 12 MPG no matter what you do. Changing engines to get the mileage up to 15, will mean spending $10 for every $1 you save in gas.

    If you can't face spending $100 for a tank of gas and burning it up in 250 miles, don't buy the car.
     
  13. impala59
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    just seen another one on craigslist. 1960 $2,000. Gold country in calif. if no one saves it a derby driver might get it in this area.
     
  14. lilbdfrd
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    Ok I get it keep the 430 lol. Only reason I was not guna run it was I heard they are crazy expensive for parts. Here are some pics when I got it!
     

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  15. Lebowski
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    Here's one that is currently being advertised in the Rockford, IL Craigslist for $10k. You don't see many of these coupes around anymore. According to the seller this is the only year it came with the "breezeway" rear window that opens....

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  16. lilbdfrd
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    So where can I get a disk brake setup?
     
  17. Before you spend the money for a disc setup, why not rebuild what you have and see if it is not exactly what the car needs. Discs are NOT the be-all-end-all for braking systems. Just like DOHC is not the be-all-end-all for valve arrangements.

    A set of new shoes (NEW, not NOS, and certainly not what's there now, contaminated and old) and you may decide that Ford really did know their shit.

    Cosmo
     
  18. edwardlloyd
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    Why change anything. Ford built a fine car, which will be difficult to improve on. Spend your money on new brake shoes and new tires first. Then it'll probably need new rubbers, hoses, maybe brake lines etc.
     

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