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#59 of 92 Re: Why a 1949-1950 Lincoln? (andre1969) [hpmctorque]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 14, 2008 (7:09 am)
Just tune in to a sports call-in radio show and you will experience levels of minutiae and useless mind-boggling trivia that will make this discussion seem like a solemn consideration of the Death of Socrates.
"Well Yah Jerry Farnsworth came up from Triple A in February of '96 with an ERA of 2.54 against lefties but interestingly 5.57 against righties in cloudy weather conditions. He always wore one blue and one red sock...I'm not sure which one on which foot---anyone out there remember that?"
#60 of 92 PowerGlide Today
Oct 14, 2008 (7:36 am)
This may be a bit off-topic, please excuse me but this is one of those ironies in life:
In my high-performance days, the PowerGlide was called the "slip'n'slide" and would be thrown away as quickly as possible to replace it with a Turbo 400 as the best performance automatic. Well...I have a good friend who's drag racing, and guess what the performance auto for racing is today? Yep, the PowerGlide - with many modifications, of course. But I've seen street rods that are using the PowerGlide for high-horsepower motors, like 600+ hp! Truly strange...
#61 of 92 Re: PowerGlide Today [toemoss71]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 14, 2008 (7:43 am)
But yes, we are going way off topic here so either we have to steer back to the Cosmo and related areas or wrap this one up I guess.
#62 of 92 Presidential Cosmo Limos
Oct 15, 2008 (9:01 am)
Does anyone know how many presidential Cosmo limos were made? I see them mentioned from time to time, but not sure I've seen a number of how many were actually manufactured in what years. Great looking cars, and if they aren't spendy it would be fun to have one. The red lights in the grille really adds prestige to the car.
#64 of 92 "Hot Rod Lincoln" Correction
Oct 16, 2008 (4:11 pm)
Sorry, it's the lead guitarist who sings the song that is pictured with the '50 Lincoln, no Commander Cody. Bill Kirchen from "Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen" was at the car show, saw the car, autographed the dashboard & had his pic taken with the car. He also asked that the car be at the stage when he sang the song.
Current bid is $25,500.
#65 of 92 Re: Presidential Cosmo Limos [toemoss71]
Oct 20, 2008 (8:47 pm)
in 1950 there were about 538 made
#66 of 92 Hemmings Motor News Ads
Oct 22, 2008 (11:59 am)
There are three 1950 Lincoln Cosmos in Hemmings Motor News, varying in price:
1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan 4dr sedan. 2 tone green. Ca.unrestored rust free survivor. 76k miles. 337 V8 & hydramatic run well. P/windows and seat work... more... $10,500
Location: Walnut Creek, CA
1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan sedan, all or part, nice solid body & nice grille, trim, etc. 209-984-5858, CA.**15-YR**... more...
Location: Jamestown, CA
1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan sedan, gorgeous example, has correct mint interior, Verde green exterior, smooth & quiet flathead, nice as they get.... more... $19,500 Location: Santa Barbara, CA
For sale by: Auto Store
Cars shown by prior Appointment
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
For pics: http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/carsforsale/lincoln/cosmopolitan/685539.html-
#67 of 92 Cutting the Frame & Wiring
Nov 20, 2008 (1:05 pm)
While this isn't experience on Cosmos, it relates as the cars are 50's vintage with the same "challenges" (except my hearse).
I have had the frame cut on my '51 Ford business coupe, '53 Ford Victoria, and '68 Cadillac hearse to accomodate dual exhausts. No problems with frame issues, they are strong enough that the metal that was cut out didn't compromise the frame's integrity.
As to wiring, IIRC the insulation on the 50's wiring was tar-impregnated cotton. It's, as we've all experienced, vulnerable to age and will get brittle over time. Any kind of kinks in the wiring will cause the insulation to fray and expose the wire itself. My '49 Ford had to be re-wired, and I sat down with a Motor's Manual, set of connectors, & 5-6 rolls of colored wire and hand re-wired it; only problem was using the high beams made the taillights go out. I also didn't rewire the dash, which would be a huge task by itself. But it was arduous and only really possible as the headliner was gone and all the main wiring was (relatively) easy to access - not sure how the wiring could be pulled through the top with the headliner in place without difficulty.
#68 of 92 Overhauling a Flathead 8
Nov 20, 2008 (1:21 pm)
I don't know of any shops off-hand that will touch a flathead - it was accurately stated most mechanics have never seen one, let along worked on one.
You can order short blocks from classic car companies, but they are spendy and shipping is nasty.
I overhauled the flathead 8 in my '51 coupe about 20 years ago and it was quite an experience. The big thing is - get adjustable lifters!! The stock lifters are solid, so to adjust the valves the end of the valve itself has to be carefully ground off; too much and you have to start over with a new valve.
It's actually less complicated than an overhead 8 as the valve train is much simpler - no rocker arms or pushrods. But finding the parts locally can be a real challenge. I was lucky and found a local guy that had lots of specialized flathead parts and worked out of his garage.
I also replaced the pushrod for the fuel pump in addition to the pump itself. Of course the carb had to be overhauled and the oil pump replaced, along with all the usual stuff like a crank kit, rings, boring over (if necessary), etc. If you've overhauled any overhead valve motor, the flathead will be different but easier for the most part.
Hopefully this isn't a boring review of what everyone already knows, was hoping to add to the knowledge of the group.