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Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:10 am

Hey Superfly and others... you guys gave me some good advice on older Caddies a few weeks ago, but look what I wound up getting-- a 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V. I bought it from the original owner here in Reno, with just 46,000 miles. I picked it up for $6,700. I love it... sure, it's light in the front end, but point it where you want to go and it'll follow (eventually). Just takes some getting used to. Thank God we have my wife's Mazda Protege for going in parking garages and other tight spots. It has the optional 460 engine. So here it is-- in all its 19 feet of glory. Thanks for looking.

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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:48 am



Quoting RNOcommctr (Thread starter):
a 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V. I bought it from the original owner here in Reno, with just 46,000

That's an average of 4500 miles per year. Very surprising. Enjoy.
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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:56 am



Quoting RNOcommctr (Thread starter):

Sweet!  bigthumbsup 
Welcome to the club!  Cool

Does yours have the original 'quadrasonic' 8track deck?
If so, keep it in there.
Does yours have the automatic headlights?
The Mark V is one of the most beautiful cars ever made!
Not sure what smog rules are like in Nevada but you can easily get more power and efficiency by removing the 2 catalytic converters.

Quoting RNOcommctr (Thread starter):
I bought it from the original owner here in Reno, with just 46,000 miles.

You very well could have bought it from a member of the Lincoln Continental Car Owners Club.
I noticed yours has the same Forged Aluminum rims that I currently have. Eventually I'll replace mines with the factory 'Turbine-styled' aluminum rims. Lincoln used those until the 1997 model year.
I want those because of the obvious aviation reference.
Those are the Lincoln rims that look similar to the engines on a 747-100.

Parts for your car are inexpensive, easy to find and easy to replace. If you need any cosmetic trim pieces, let me know. I may have a few spare parts from my old Mark V.
I used to own a Mark V 10 years ago. It was Cinnamon Gold Moondust with Romano media velor seats, cream landau roof and gold-dust tinted power glass moonroof.
That car was so sexy!

Quoting RNOcommctr (Thread starter):
Thank God we have my wife's Mazda Protege for going in parking garages and other tight spots.

Eventually you'll be able to master parking your Lincoln. It's as easy as driving a Mazda Protege.
Take it from me, I am an expert at getting a large object in to a tight place.  Wink

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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:01 pm



Quoting RNOcommctr (Thread starter):
It has the optional 460 engine

That is a good thing, the 400 isn't the greatest.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
Eventually you'll be able to master parking your Lincoln. It's as easy as driving a Mazda Protege

I have had a lot of big cars and Fly is right. After a while they become as easy to drive as any small car. After you drive a big car around for a while driving a small car becomes a challange.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
I am an expert at getting a large object in to a tight place

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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:46 pm

I once drove my friend's Mark IV, a mint condition black one. You really get the feeling Lincoln cared what they were building. They feel like Rolls-Royces. They drive great!
 
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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:47 pm

Oh, and I meant to say, great find and enjoy your new ride.
 
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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:53 pm

That is one BEAUTIFUL car, and a great find at a great price. I assume everything works well? You will love your new ride, and it is much easier to maintane than any new car will ever be.
 
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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:59 pm



Quoting RNOcommctr (Thread starter):

What kind of music you like?
I have a lot of 8track tapes I am selling.
Before I place them on Ebay, I can give you first dibs.
I even replace the sensing foil & pressure pads before I trade, sell or give to you.
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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:08 pm

Nice find! What a color - enjoy the ride!
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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:02 pm

Thanks to all of you for your kind comments.

Fly, thanks for your offers for trim parts and the tape cartridges. Unfortunately, my car does not have the tape player. My car is not particularly heavily optioned. Here is the options list, straight from the window sticker:

7.5 liter, 460 c.i. engine
white vinyl landau roof ($487-- wow-- seems like a lot... the bigger engine was only $187)
custom paint stripes
leather interior trim
miles-to-empty fuel indicator
illuminated entry system
defroster group
tilt steering wheel
speed control
radio-- am/fm stereo
interval windshield wipers
appearance protection group
mirror- right hand remote control
power lock convenience group

Thank again for all the positive comments.

Not to hijack my own thread, but I am curious about how my 78 Mark V compares to its Cadillac competition of the same year-- the Couple Deville. I have always thought that was a pretty car and I would like to own one sometime.
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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:24 pm



Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
Eventually you'll be able to master parking your Lincoln. It's as easy as driving a Mazda Protege.
Take it from me, I am an expert at getting a large object in to a tight place

I learned how to park my mom's Caprice wagon pretty quickly. It really helped that those things are like sitting in a fishbowl and they don't have blind spots.

In fact, I find that car just as easy to park as the Avalon I drive now due to the Caprice's minimal blind spot and the fact that the Avalon's hood curves away and you sit high while the Caprice has a nice flat hood with a hood ornament that makes it really easy to tell just where you are.
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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:29 pm



Quoting RNOcommctr (Reply 9):
Not to hijack my own thread, but I am curious about how my 78 Mark V compares to its Cadillac competition of the same year-- the Couple Deville. I have always thought that was a pretty car and I would like to own one sometime.

Actually, the Mark V's main competitor over at GM was the Cadillac Eldorado, NOT the Coupe DeVille. Lincoln's Town Coupe competed with the Coupe DeVille.

For 1978, the FWD Eldorado was in its final year of being BIG and was powered by the same 425 CID engine that also powered the DeVilles and Fleetwoods of that year. The Eldo's length, width and wheelbase were all higher/bigger/longer than the DeVilles'.



The final year for the 500 CID for ALL Cadillacs was 1976.
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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:05 pm



Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
but you can easily get more power and efficiency by removing the 2 catalytic converters.

Do people upgrade the motors on these? They have such big motors, it seems like a tuner could get a lot out of them.

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 11):
For 1978, the FWD Eldorado was in its final year of being BIG and was powered by the same 425 CID engine

Thanks, did not know that. Sounds like another car to seek out.
 
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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:16 pm



Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 11):
The final year for the 500 CID for ALL Cadillacs was 1976

That is correct and I'll add on that the Cadillac 500s were indeed a 500. They are often confused with the Chevrolet 502 marine engine, that a lot of hot rodders use. The Cadillac motors in the same family as the 500 are the 472, 425, and 368.

Quoting Flighty (Reply 12):
Do people upgrade the motors on these? They have such big motors, it seems like a tuner could get a lot out of them

You bet they do. Check out a couple of issues of Hot Rod Magazine and your probably find some tricked out 460s. The 460 was used in trucks well into the 1990s and it remains a popular powerplant for hot rodders and 4x4ers.
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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:32 pm



Quoting RNOcommctr (Reply 9):
miles-to-empty fuel indicator

Cool!  Cool

Quoting RNOcommctr (Reply 9):
radio-- am/fm stereo

I have an extra AM/FM quadrasonic 8track deck that was available for that car. It can be replaced in less than 10 minutes.

Quoting RNOcommctr (Reply 9):
I am curious about how my 78 Mark V compares to its Cadillac competition of the same year--



Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 11):
the Mark V's main competitor over at GM was the Cadillac Eldorado,

My guess would be that the Lincoln Mark V was better.
It's rear-drive and and has many shared parts with other Ford, Mercury & Lincoln vehicles.



Quoting Flighty (Reply 12):
Do people upgrade the motors on these? They have such big motors, it seems like a tuner could get a lot out of them.

Oh yes.  yes 
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RE: Lookie Here, 'Fly! '78 Mark V

Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:09 am



Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
The Mark V is one of the most beautiful cars ever made!

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I suppose it is one of those personal taste things!

On a serious note, it looks to be in great shape. Have fun with it!
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