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#17 of 66 Just think of Broderick Crawford
Jul 06, 2002 (12:12 pm)
in those springy 55 Buicks! I bet they sagged to the left as he drove off.
Jul 06, 2002 (12:46 pm)
The 1961's were the first and the worst of the bunch. It didn't take a Raymond Burr to quickly wear out the front suspension bushings, shafts and ball joints. The power steering gearboxes were a miserable problam area too.
I remember the exhaust manifolds would crack and were a real PITA to replace.
The more I think about it the more nightmares I remember with the 61-67 Lincolns.
Still...they were classy looking, no doubt about that.
Jul 06, 2002 (1:42 pm)
Speaking of exhaust manifolds, the Lincoln 430 was kind of an odd engine. Like the 348-409 the combustion chamber was contained in the piston crown, not machined into the cylinder head. A good engine by late '50s standards--lots of cubes, big ports and valves--but really heavy. There was a factory three deuce set-up available on the '58 Mercury 410. There was also a 383 version that was standard on the top line Mercs.
Jul 07, 2002 (8:05 am)
I remember as a kid working in a gas station, we had a customer with a '58 Mercury Wagon that had the three two barrel carbs. I was impressed at the time but the car was a piece of junk that we hated to work on.
Jul 07, 2002 (9:26 am)
I wonder why both GM and Ford went the same route--chamber in the piston, not the head--at the same time. Both the 348 and the 383/410/430 came out for the '58 model year.
Apparently it makes for a really heavy piston. That's probably less of a problem if the engine is intended for low-speed applications, and the 348 was designed for truck use. Maybe Ford thought big-inch engines were just for luxury cars, not racing, although they did have some factory racing parts for the 410.
What's the upside? It's probably makes it easier and cheaper to machine the cylinder head.
#22 of 66 Didn't the 1960 GMC V6
Jul 07, 2002 (11:57 am)
have the same thing-combustion chamber in the block? Can't remember for sure. Now THERE was a truck engine, for sure.
Jul 07, 2002 (8:06 pm)
Could be. I don't know a thing about the Jimmy, although when someone posted a photo of one in another thread I did think it resembled the 348. It's a real mystery engine, one that hardly anyone seems to know anything about.
Here's a great link...
May 27, 2006 (5:12 am)
I have a '97 Continental with 115,000 miles. Recently the "service engine soon" light came on and the local dealer claimed I needed a new catalytic converter at a total cost of some $2,400! Another mechanic, not affiliated with Ford/Lincoln, ran the same diagnostic program and switched off the warning light and told me to just drive it. So far the problem has not recurred in over 1,000 miles. Anyone out there had a similar experience? Am I just marking time and asking for more trouble down the road? thanks
#26 of 66 Re: roydonahue [roydonahue]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 27, 2006 (9:13 am)
Hi, and welcome to the Edmunds forums.
Your post is about modern Lincolns and this topic is specifically about "classics" from the 60s.
I'd like to link you over to our Maintenance & Repair Board, and specifically this topic, which I think you will find helpful:
Check Engine Light Topic