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Technical Lincoln capri 1957

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Hotdavid, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. Hotdavid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2019
    Posts: 7


    Hello all,
    Brand new on the forum.
    I'am David from France and i've just bought a lincoln capri 1957.
    Don't how many of them are un France but seems to be rare.
    I get the guide and
    parts manual but can't find what this upper dimmer for ?
    Anyone knows ? It's for now disconnect.
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  2. 57linc
    Joined: Feb 7, 2008
    Posts: 13


    Upper "dimmer" is the foot control for the radio to change channels. Hands free tuning.
  3. PhilA
    Joined: Sep 6, 2018
    Posts: 556


    One push causes the motor in the radio to start moving the tuning- once the AGC circuit is activated by a sufficiently strong signal, it would stop. At least, I believe that is the way the system worked.
    In essence the way a modern radio works with "auto-seek". Pretty neat system for the fifties. I think GM offered a similar system in their Buick and Cadillac ranges.

  4. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,843


    That is totally cool!
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  5. egads
    Joined: Aug 23, 2011
    Posts: 691


    Usually called a Wonderbar radio. Very nice Capri.
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  6. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    Jalopy Joker

    Congrats - beautiful
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  7. Hotdavid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2019
    Posts: 7


    Thanks Phil !
    Will make some search on wiring to the radio.
    Amazing for the 50's ! We don't create anymore... Just improve...
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  8. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
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    Bandit Billy

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  9. Hotdavid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2019
    Posts: 7


    Hi guy,
    Need your help another time.... Please
    Anyone could help me to located the engine number and the chassis number ?
    Thanks for your help
  10. indcontrols
    Joined: May 29, 2013
    Posts: 88


    Nice car !!!!
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  11. drtrcrV-8
    Joined: Jan 6, 2013
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    The chassis number should be on a plaque located on the left front body pillar, either above ,or between where the door hinges mount to the body. For more information I would suggest googling " 1957 Lincoln number plate : location & decoding" decoding. I have never seen a motor number on a Lincoln "Y-Block"('52 - '57), so I don't believe they were used as they relied on the chassis number for identification & registration purposes.
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  12. Hotdavid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2019
    Posts: 7


    Thanks for your help !
    I am on registration process with the French administration to get licence plate number and titles....
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  13. Hotdavid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2019
    Posts: 7


    Still on discovery of the car... What's that button under dash ???

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  14. Billybobdad
    Joined: Mar 12, 2008
    Posts: 920


    What happens if you push the button?
  15. Colin HD
    Joined: Sep 14, 2008
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    Colin HD

    HI & welcome aboard.
    Retro fitted, not original, could be absolutely anything!
  16. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,353


    The button is to reset the trip odometer. Pull it down and spin it.
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  17. Hotdavid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2019
    Posts: 7


    Apparently nothing but gor the information on the forum and check it out, that's the odometer reset but as it was already at 0.....
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  18. Hotdavid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2019
    Posts: 7


    Thanks a lot you're right ! Silly question sometimes but when you don't know... You don't know
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  19. dgnj
    Joined: Mar 30, 2015
    Posts: 12

    from Central NJ


    Beautiful Lincoln. I saw it when it was for sale in UK about 2 years ago. As others have said, that button is for the town and country functions on the radio. When selected to Town, the radio motor would seek and stop on strong signals, when selected to country, the radio motor would stop on both strong and weak signals.

    The Vin number is located in 3 spots. The data plate on the driver's A-pillar between the door hinges, the body plate on the firewall (either in the area just under the coil or sometimes on the driver's side above the brake booster), and on the top of the frame on the passenger side, just in front of the body and near the starter solenoid. I collect information regarding 57 Lincolns and if you would please PM me a picture of your dataplate I would appreciate it. I have many pictures of your car from when it was for sale a few years ago, but not the dataplate information.

    I know of a few 57 Lincoln's in Germany, but none in France. I don't know where in France you are or how close to Germany, but these owners:
    have a website about their Lincoln and seem to go to many car shows.

    This owner:
    I have emailed a few times and is Hamburg? I think.

    I believe only 2973 of the 57 Capri Coupes were produced compared to the 15185 Premiere Coupes. Which means your car is technically rarer than the convertibles of that year, with 3676 Convertibles produced. It makes sense, though, if you were a new buyer and spending a lot of $ for the Lincoln that year, why not spend a bit more and get the higher trimmed model which came with Power Windows standard. I have actually seen and have photos if you'd like, of a Capri coupe that was optioned with the 6 way power seat, Air Con, and power windows.

    Best of luck with your new purchase.

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