Project '64 Continental: Want To Hear What A Seven Liter V8 Sounds Like?

As the weather has decided to release its icy grip on Michigan, work has resumed on the Lincoln, and while it's not yet a clean boulevardier, she is progressing. A full round of brake and suspension inspection is happening this weekend (which means making a list of all the bushings needed, to those unfamiliar with… » 4/13/08 3:05pm 4/13/08 3:05pm

Project '64 Continental: Wire Harness Rebuild


In the last update, we covered the discovery and destruction of a very old and very hacked up wiring harness. In this edition of "how Ben spends his free time" we'll look at how to resurrect that rats nest. I'm not a master electrician, as such I don't have many spools of delightfully colorful wire with which to… » 1/22/08 12:30pm 1/22/08 12:30pm

Project 1964 Lincoln Continental: Organized Wiring is for the Weak

Trips to Germany and that blasted Christmas holiday conspired to keep work from progressing, but believe it or not, the project still goes on. We all knew the engine bay wiring would be a horrendous train wreck. After all, it's a forty four year old car that's undergone at least one engine rebuild and who knows how… » 1/08/08 1:00pm 1/08/08 1:00pm

Project 1964 Lincoln Continental: Picture Time

When I bought the car, it was with the understanding that at some murky time in the recent past, the engine had been rebuilt to some unknown degree. I couldn't make up my mind as to whether this was a good or bad thing. I'd rather have an engine untouched than rebuilt by newbs (even though I consider myself a newb).… » 12/07/07 1:45pm 12/07/07 1:45pm

Project 1964 Lincoln Continental: Trunk Lid Ballet

This is just going to be a set of pictures with the trunk lid on. There are no pictures of the trunk-lid-putting-on process. There are no pictures of the process because it involved a Friday night, a case of Bud, me stubbing my toe on the trunk lid as it leaned against the wall, and me deciding to man up and put it on… » 12/05/07 1:15pm 12/05/07 1:15pm

Project 1964 Lincoln Continental: A Tale of Two Bondos

Using bondo is something nobody likes to have to do. The stuff is an admittance in your failure of metalsmithing mastery. Still, Bondo is no wussy taskmaster on it's own. It requires a steady hand and a sense of surface space, gradient approximation, and speed - or more appropriately, the sense of balance between… » 12/03/07 10:00am 12/03/07 10:00am

Project 1964 Lincoln Continental: My Name is Jack

Sometimes, picking up a stupid, easy, completely unimportant element of the project and doing it for the fun of it helps keep the light at the end of the tunnel burning. Here are the pictures from the cleaning, priming, and painting of the original and still functional emergency jack. Looks pretty good all cleaned up,… » 11/19/07 1:30pm 11/19/07 1:30pm

Project 1964 Lincoln Continental: Fuel Line Funhouse

Nothing says I love you like a puddle of gasoline on the floor in the morning. A couple of days after fiddling with the inner fender business mentioned earlier, I walked into the garage to the overwhelming smell of dino juice emanating from a spot directly under the inner fender. That'll show me. Taking the panel back… » 11/07/07 12:30pm 11/07/07 12:30pm

Project 1964 Lincoln Continental : The Saga Begins

It's been almost a month since the announcement of the '64 Lincoln Continental Personal Project Car. The madness of preparing for, traveling to, partaking of, and returning from the Tokyo Motor Show consumed all of our blogging powers and there have been exactly zero progress-update posts. This is not to say there has… » 11/05/07 1:00pm 11/05/07 1:00pm

Personal Project Car: 1964 Lincoln Continental

When Sir Murilee penned the PCH, Personal Dilemma Edition: 1964 Lincoln Continental post, I was certain that not only would the readership clamor to vote in the poll, but also attempt to deduce the J-lop mad enough to make such a poor decision. Surprisingly, Mad Science was the only commenter to venture at a guess of… » 10/11/07 12:30pm 10/11/07 12:30pm