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  • #689

    Jason Ballard
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    Thanks Darryl! I honestly don’t recall. I don’t think mine was really in that good because in the 70s or 80s it seems like they redid the vinyl top on this car. Mine seemed to come right off. I did have the glass taken out, as you may recall, and recently had it glued back in place for the time being.

     

    Here are some more updates:

     

    Transmission is about to go back in. I’ve been getting my ducks in a row and finally have the last piece of the puzzle solved, which was the transmission crossmember. Thanks to TonyC and a guy in the Suicide Slab FB group I was able to nail down what I needed. Got the visuals here: http://www.thelincolnforum.net/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=38539&start=15

     

    Hoping the transmission goes back in tonight if there is no rain once I’m off work. Enjoy the pics. Oh and finally got around to laying down the first coat of POR-15 on the top of the floor pans. Still needs a second coat and for me to cover the bottom. I did it quickly yesterday before taking the car off the trailer since it was more at “workbench” height. Much easier on my back LOL. Removing the front bench seat was no match for me at this height.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    #690

    Jason Ballard
    Participant

    Thanks Darryl! I honestly don’t recall. I don’t think mine was really in that good because in the 70s or 80s it seems like they redid the vinyl top on this car. Mine seemed to come right off. I did have the glass taken out, as you may recall, and recently had it glued back in place for the time being.

     

    Here are some more updates:

     

    Transmission is about to go back in. I’ve been getting my ducks in a row and finally have the last piece of the puzzle solved, which was the transmission crossmember. Thanks to TonyC and a guy in the Suicide Slab FB group I was able to nail down what I needed. Got the visuals here: http://www.thelincolnforum.net/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=38539&start=15

     

    Hoping the transmission goes back in tonight if there is no rain once I’m off work. Enjoy the pics. Oh and finally got around to laying down the first coat of POR-15 on the top of the floor pans. Still needs a second coat and for me to cover the bottom. I did it quickly yesterday before taking the car off the trailer since it was more at “workbench” height. Much easier on my back LOL. Removing the front bench seat was no match for me at this height.

     

     

    #691

    Jason Ballard
    Participant

    Here are some more updates:

     

    Transmission is about to go back in. I’ve been getting my ducks in a row and finally have the last piece of the puzzle solved, which was the transmission crossmember. Thanks to TonyC and a guy in the Suicide Slab FB group I was able to nail down what I needed. Got the visuals here: http://www.thelincolnforum.net/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=38539&start=15

     

    Hoping the transmission goes back in tonight if there is no rain once I’m off work. Enjoy the pics. Oh and finally got around to laying down the first coat of POR-15 on the top of the floor pans. Still needs a second coat and for me to cover the bottom. I did it quickly yesterday before taking the car off the trailer since it was more at “workbench” height. Much easier on my back LOL. Removing the front bench seat was no match for me at this height.

    #692

    Jason Ballard
    Participant

    #700

    Jeremy
    Keymaster

    It’s coming along nicely!

    Resistance is Futile.

    #857

    Jason Ballard
    Participant

    Thanks man! Updates:

     

    I did some work to clean up the wiring behind the dash I had ran previously. I tend to leave too much excess “just in case” which is always too much.

    Hit the pedal setup with a wire brush and with black paint.

     

     

    Before:

     

    After:

     

    Upcoming:

    #859

    Jason Ballard
    Participant

    So I’ve been collecting more parts and steady working on the car as much as I can. Last Saturday I hit The Lincoln Ranch (Lincoln-Ranch.com) to meet up with Tim. I was in need of a driveshaft (mine has big dents in it) and misc other items. I got the parts I needed and had the driveshaft installed a few hours later after getting home. I jacked it up, threw some jack stands under it and bada bing… all done! Also, tonight I finalized the power wiring from the back of the car for the compressors and AccuAir setup. I ran the power wire up the passenger side of the car to a stud from Ron Francis Wiring. I then ran a power wire from that to the battery. It is of course on a nice Stinger fuse and a ViAir 80 amp relay for the compressors. Turned the key and bada boom! Compressors came on as expected along with the AccuAir. The last thing to do here is run each of the wiring plugs to each corner of the car. I’m going to cut the wires to the perfect length and solder them back for a nice clean install. The car is going to Blair in a week or so to dial it in before it gets cranked over. Next I need to purchase steering for the car!

     

    Trans cooler and the steel braided line and fittings

     

     

    Car has been chillin’ on the trailer since Slamfest

     

     

    Driveshaft I picked up

     

     

    The Lincoln Ranch – its like Heaven for a Lincoln fanatic!

     

     

    Driveshaft install

     

     

    More to come!

    #860

    Jason Ballard
    Participant

    Did some work on the Lincoln yesterday after getting home from traveling this week at work.

     

    I used a Ron Francis Wiring stud and placed it near the wiring harness. This will be used for the stereo power wire etc. I ran the power to it for the ViAir compressors and AccuAir air mgmt system.

     

     

    Pretty much finalized the AccuAir wiring install. I’m still going to cut each set of wires that goes to each corner of the vehicle and solder them back together. That way they have a perfect fit.

     

     

    Threw the driver side TuffStuff spark plug wire looms on to see how they fit and worked.

     

     

    Yesterday I also installed the carb studs I picked up from Advance Auto Parts. Threw in the gaskets for the carb and got it all tighten down. I’m going to send out my brake booster to be rebuilt (decided it is prob easier to go with the original one) tomorrow. Once that comes back I’ll be full throttle on getting the break lines ran etc.

    #862

    Jason Ballard
    Participant

    Updates: Bumper brackets picked up. Many they LOOK killer! My guy did them in a matte finish, which I really like. Hoping to get the transmission in this weekend to get the starter mounted and finish the wiring real soon. Also, took the car to Scrapin’ The Coast in Bilouxi and had a killer time. 4 confirmed slabs there and one more cruising around with the Colorado Custom Wheels on it (didn’t get a pic of it). Enjoy the updates below.

     

     

    Scrapin’ The Coast 2015

     

    #863

    Jason Ballard
    Participant

    Older updates from The Lincoln Forum.. i’m just pasting them here for updates…

    This past Sunday my Pops and I dropped the motor in the car. 1) I had to move it as we moved a carport and it couldn’t stay where I had it 2) I wanted to be able to cut the wires to the correct length for the starter etc. Really no reason for it not to be sitting in the car at the point.

     

    Lastest progress:

    -More parts finished from powdercoat thus I could begin putting more back together

    -More parts back from sandblasting that I planned to paint to seal them up nicely (hood tensioner setup, etc.)

    -AccuAir wiring including the ViAir compressors

    -Strut rods installed including the new bushings – at first thought the passenger side was going to be a beast to mount but ended up fine. I had to install the 2 bolts on the RideTech control arms and then get the front bracket aligned

    -Motor dropped in

     

    Blasted and painted:

     

    Shout out to the Suicide Slabs crew

     

    My buddy didn’t have the right media to blast these nasty brackets. I’ll prob get another guy I know to blast and coat them

     

    Although this isn’t the final spot where these wiring items will go for the compressors etc. it made it easy for me to work on here – used a couple of battery lugs, solder, wiring from Ron Francis Wiring, heat shrink, etc. Solid / clean connections

     

    Strut rods. I put the flat surface in the vice to get the nut started – I had to purchase that wrench when I took these bad boys off because I didn’t have an open ended wrench large enough!

     

    Transporting the motor a few miles to my house to drop in the car. We moved a car port a few hours before taking this photo. I’m putting up a 40×24 shop. This will allow me to do so much more and help finish this car up!

     

    Once to my house, we backed the trailer up right near the front of the car…. cherry picked it out.. while lifted off the trailer I put the clips back in for the oil pan bolts (had then sand blasted) and then swung it around to drop err in. Couldn’t have went any easier.

     

    Other updates:

    Decided to retain the 67 dash vs dropping in the 65 dash I purchased. Why you ask, will be easier and allow me to focus on other things I need to work on. I also picked up some BAD ASS Digital Dakota gauges. They are going to be awesome once installed. It is one of their VHX kits and should be really sick once installed. Plus it will be super easy to adapt to the Ron Francis Wiring in the car.

    Much more to come!

    #872

    Jeremy
    Keymaster

    Wow that’s really coming along nicely! I look forward to seeing more updates in the future!

    Resistance is Futile.

    #875

    Jason Ballard
    Participant

    Thanks Jeremy! Here are the latest updates. I need to get back on it.. did some work this evening.

    Well a took a break on the car several weeks. Got my metal building put up and did an epoxy coating on the floor. Also spent some time organizing my tools / parts etc. I’m going to get back on the car here this week. Tonight I messed around a bit with the 65 dash cutting pieces and making templates. See the pics below…

     

    Gotta love my wife’s duck tape. I misplaced my stuff.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I’ll be taking the car off the trailer and putting it in the workshop to start knocking out several things I have waiting to do. I have a list of parts I need to order including steering, alternator, etc. My 2 Optima Batteries (red top) came in so I’ll be ready to wire them up after I throw on the alternator.

    #879

    Jason Ballard
    Participant

    Ok, so this isn’t all the pics I plan to post related to wiring my window switches. As I mentioned I had not wired anything up using relays prior so this was my “test” based upon reading the thread I posted above. Many of the wires thus far I soldered but now that I know I have them wired correctly I’ll plan on placement of the relays, shortening up the wire length, etc.

     

    A few years ago, while plotting and planning my Lincoln Continental build, I purchased relays and pigtails from Parts-Express.com. I always wanted to update the wiring and get rid of the original relays etc even before I knew I would rewire the entire car.

     

    Relays mounted to a pice of wood from my free pallets:

     

    Pigtail

     

    Relay

     

     

    Workbench with the relays wired up. Yeah looks very messy. But worked to get the plan all set

     

    The passenger rear window motor I picked up from Tim at Lincoln-Ranch.com while at his place the last time. I used this to test everything vs. having to work over at the car. Much easier on a workbench!

     

    Lincoln Navigator driver door window switch setup I purchased from a junkyard LKQ on a holiday weekend, when they offer 1/2 off all parts!. The Navigator window switches were super easy to figure out.. they labeled them clearly on the back:

     

     

    Since I’ve never attempted to use factory window switches like this, I found by trial and error that I need to send 12 volts to the B+ spade on the back of the switch. This is the window lockout for the other doors. Regardless, I put 12volts to it and it worked the way I needed it to.

    #881

    Jason Ballard
    Participant

    Updates:

     

    Starting to figure out where I’ll hide the relays so I got the door panels out and started looking at what I need to do.

     

    Glued the plastic back together here:

     

     

    Alternator I had the local shop build. Turns out he use to have a guy there that rebuilt the water pumps for Lincoln Land but ended up with health problems and retired. He said the guy went over to LL and did a tutorial before he officially retired.

     

     

     

     

     

    New alternator plugged into the Ron Francis Wiring

     

     

     

     

     

    Got it mocked up today. Family emergency prevented me from putting in any more work on it. I did run to Ace Hardware to snag the bolts I needed for the casing since it is different than the factory casing. M10 bolt and M8 I think.

     

    As always, more to come!

    #910

    Jason Ballard
    Participant

    Good news bad news. Bad news I’m pulling the motor. During my clean-up of the 462 and taking it to shows etc. water got on the valley pan and ended up making it’s way down the back center bolt, which I didn’t have totally bolted down. For some reason the same size bolt as the other valley pan bolts (allen heads) needed to be shorter (back middle) and I’ve learned my lesson. Water made it’s way down there and now I’m going to blow the bottom end of the motor apart. Well I’m taking it to my favorite machine shop to blow the block apart, clean everything and reassemble everything. The good news is the rear main seals I never changed will get done… plus the entire motor will be pretty much brand new. Gonna dow new rings and hopefully will have minimal internals I’ll need to change. Although this is a minor setback I’m still highly motivated to get the car back on the road. While the motor is pulled I’ll get the entire engine bay painted, including some graphics I have up my sleeve.. I’ll have the battery tray welded in the factory spot and also have another battery tray added on the passenger side behind the motor (like Slammed_64 did). Yeah its a set back and something I caused however I’m taking it with a sense of now I can get more stuff done so this motor is bulletproof and I’ll never have to pull it again. Much more updates to come. Car is back in my home workshop.. first time ever inside at my place. I have a week’s vacation coming up soon and I’ll have the motor out in a few hours. Heads, fan, manifolds, etc. are all already off.

     

    Other good news is I got the steering reservoir filter in.I do know that John Cashman and others have stated it is not necessary however I had already purchased it and my mechanic, whom I mentioned before is friends with John, said why not throw it in. Once the motor is back in he is going to come to my place to help me dial it in before it is cranked over.

     

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