1970 Lincoln Mark III (sunroof)

Price: - Item location: Whitehouse, Ohio, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Lincoln
  • Model: Mark Series
  • Type: Coupe
  • Year: 1970
  • Mileage: 102,000
  • VIN: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Color: Ivy moondust metallic
  • Engine size: Ford 460 V8
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Power options: Air Conditioning, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: White
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: Leather Seats, Sunroof
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1970 Lincoln Mark Series

Relist edit: I had started taking the car apart, but I received about 7 different inquiries on a year old listing that I had on an app called letgo in a matter of a few days. For that reason, I've reassembled what was disassembled and relisted the car.
1970 Lincoln Mark 3
This car was built in November of '69. Because of this, it was installed with a '69 deck lid after the '70 lettering was issued. The '69 trunks were not compatible with '70 lettering, and due to a supply error, this Mk III was built without any lettering on the trunk. This car was ordered direct from Ford by a buyer in California. It has the following options:* Ivy moondust metallic paint* White vinyl roof* White Corinthian leather* Am/fm radio* Factory sunroof/moonroof* Cross country ride package* Full power driver's seat* Full power passengers seat* Full climate control* Matching numbers* Power mirror* Power locks* And moreAlso came with all standard factory options. Essentially, the only missing options are cruise control, Auto dimming headlights, and the upgraded side trim package (has the chrome trim on doors but I don't remember what package that was with)
This car then spent the majority of it's life in southern California, away from the salt, snow, and rain. The owner of the car did future owners the favor of providing excellent documentation, along with original brochures. The original owner also provided a real gold key. I do not know if it was included, or custom made, but I've never seen one before and the original owner was the owner of a small chain of jewelry stores, so I presume he made it, or had it made. In the early 90s, this car was sold.
The second owner purchased the car and rebuilt the top half of the engine, and optimized it for unleaded gasoline. During that rebuild, he had multiple original parts of the engine chromed, both for looks, and for preservation. He then used the car for cross country touring until 2001 (at least that's what I was told), when my grandfather purchased the car. According to my grandfather, the reason for selling was an attempt to fund a college education for his daughter, rather than anything wrong with the car.
He drove the car from California to Ohio. During the trip, the car crossed 100,000 miles. The car was then put into storage until 2015, when I removed it and began working on it. While it was in storage, my grandfather came across a treasure trove of original, mint condition parts in the back of a closing lincoln dealership. Those parts are now with the car, and includes original interior parts that match this car perfectly.
When I received the car, it was in rough condition. The paint was beginning to flake off, the driver's seat was heavily worn from years of cross country racing, the car wouldn't start easily, and when I was actually able to get it to run, it sounded horrible, definitely had a miss. The carb desperately needed rebuilt. I began to rebuild the car. I started with the carburetor. I realized that the original carburetor was going to be a mess, and I wanted to begin to address the more pressing issues of the car. I installed a carb that had been shelved and boxed since it's creation. The car that is now on the car is a 1968 Holly 4 barrel from a Ford 460, destined for a Lincoln continental mark III. The carburetors is not tuned very well. I do not claim to be an expert in carburetors, which is why I just got a new one. The original carburetor is boxed up. Then, I turned my attention to the electrical systems. Every time I started the Lincoln, it was with the assistance of an outside power unit. I started with the battery, replacing it with a massive deep cell marine battery that should never need to be replaced. I then turned to the alternator, which was not functioning properly. I replaced it, placing the original in a box, storing it with the other parts I have. The new alternator is not original, it is a new alternator designed for classic Fords. I made this decision in an effort to help improve the longevity of the electrical systems of this car. The starter turned out to be in pretty good condition, and was not replaced. The alternator was not connected to the alternator gauge as the connectors are different and would have to be custom wired. At this point, the car mark III was capable of starting again, but it wasn't running great. I was expecting a thrown rod, or something serious. What I found was an engine gummed up by carbon and one cylinder unable fire, with the other ones barely capable. I began cleaning out the engine, fixing miscellaneous issues, and overall, restored the engine to it's original, functional state. It no longer knocks, shakes, stalls, or stutters. This car runs beautifully. With the engine taken care of, I turned my attention to the vacuum lines. I found a few pinhole leaks and sealed them. There's still a few I have yet to find, but now it takes about half an hour or even up to an hour for the headlight covers to flip up after the car's been turned off.
At this point, I began driving the car, it was fall of 2016. I realized that the car was extremely unstable at high speeds. While it was fine, and easy to drive at low speeds, it quickly began to deteriorate as you crossed 55 mph. I then sent the car to my buddy, who's an excellent mechanic, to rebuild the suspension. It came back in the spring, rebuilt with all original parts, and all matching numbers. I'm proud to say that the top speed of this car is 129 mph, and it will be easily controllable at that speed.
It was now 2017, and life was taking up more of my budget, and time, than I wanted. I began treating any surface rust I came across, and sealed all chipped paint with a sealant that stains black. It's worked for the most part in preserving the metal, but the paint will definitely need to be replaced, it is worst on the hood, and passenger's side. I turned my attention from the paint to the interior, heavily cleaning up years of use. The rear half of the interior is in mint condition. It looks almost factory new. The front seats, not so much. The passenger's seat power didn't work properly, so I rebuilt it, it now works. The rear window on the driver's side didn't work, I fixed it, the mirror was stuck... Well, I didn't fix it, but I have another power mirror that's in mint condition boxed up and ready to be installed. It'll take about an hour. I planned on doing it this spring. At this point, winter was approaching. I was happy with my progress, and decided that it was time, in late October of 2017, to put it in storage. I've checked on the car every week since it went into storage, and I've noticed that a seal gave out and there is now a very, very, slow oil leak. The car is in about the same condition it was in when I stored it. If it's above 32°, it'll start, and it'll run.
How did I do all of this? Did I do it right?Short answer: yes.Long answer: I happened to have been provided with a shop manuals for the Mark 3. Not the basic manual that goes over general items, and pertains to Continentals, Thunderbirds, and Mark IIIs, no, this is the Mark III shop manuals produced by Ford in 1970 for specifically the Mark III. There aren't very many of these left, and they're a pain to find. This manual gave step by step instructions for just about everything you'd ever need to do, fix, or change. I did everything by the book, and when I felt like I couldn't effectively complete the task to original design, I passed it on to someone that could.
Bottom line is that I've put a lot of work into making this car mechanically sound, and I'm passing it on. It's not finished, and it needs interior work and paint, but it'll get you to and from the car show reliably.
you'll get:* the Mark III, with all options functional* All parts removed from the car* All spare parts accumulated over the years* All 3 sets of keys (including gold key)* Shop manuals* Original brochures and paperwork* Other papers I have* Car cover* OEM (I think, it was ordered by my grandfather) fan shroud that was never installed (sorry)* Anything else I can find that will help you with this car.
It has the sunroof? Does it work? Does everything else work?
Yep, has the sunroof, and the sunroof works. Also has a working clock. Everything power (minus the mirror) works on this car. The 3 cigarette lighters all function.
Has the car ever been driven in the snow/rain?
Nope, never seen snow. It's been in the driveway during a few rainstorms, and I've been caught in the rain while driving it. The sunroof doesn't leak and the flaking paint has been sealed, so there's no real deterioration as a result.
What's left to do?
Make it pretty, needs interior work and paint. The gas gauge doesn't work, but I used a borescope to look at it and found a connection that's not connected. I'm working on building a tool to fix it without the need to drop the tank, so I think it'll be fixed here pretty soon. So, yeah, cosmetics. On the plus side, you do get the original floor mats, which is uncommon. Other than that, you could continue to work on the engine, and increase efficiency or reduce the amount of pollution it produces, but as the car is right now, it's running fine.
As far as paint goes, finding someone who can successfully do moondust paint is challenging, and I haven't found anyone in my area who has a good amount experience with mixing it. The paint is to the point where it definitely needs repainted ASAP, I've treated surface rust a where paint has peeled off, and I've used sealant that stains black (the newer stuff on the trunk stains grey). There's one scrape along the passenger's side that appears to be a side effect of the Car's touring days, and it is the only scratch that has affected the metal. Every body shop I've talked to has said it would take less than an hour and less than $100 to take care of, so I don't worry about it as it's very minor, and just part of overhauling the exterior and interior.
Will I ship it?
I'll help set up shipping if you need shipping, including international, but the buyer is responsible for paying for shipping.
What tires does it have?
The tires are Michelin radial tires and yes, as the pictures show, they are whitewall, (this is all from memory, I'm fairly certain they're Michelin but I could always be wrong). I didn't put the tires on the car, and they seem to be in good condition. Considering that these tires are almost impossible to find, I'm a little impressed that they're still on the car. The rims are the original rims, and they're in the proper position, so the balance is correct. The spare tire is original, and has not ever been used, or even removed from its cover, from what I can tell.
What's the deposit?
It's $500, but only because eBay made me-------------------------Answers to other questions recently asked:
*There is no opera glass on the mark III, I don't really know what opera glass is, but I presume that it's what comes on the Mark V behind the windows, which the Lincoln logo rests on. The Mark III is a predecessor to the Mk V (Mark 5), and does not have it. I don't know if the Mk IV (Mark 4) has it, but this car most certainly doesn't.
*Yes, the car has disc brakes, and yes, they work. The reservoir was replaced, and if you look at engine pictures, the new one is rusty. I'm a little annoyed as I purchased it from a parts store online, and it looks like it came off of a junk yard mark 3. The original, non rusty reservoir is boxed with other parts. I couldn't find the leak, maybe fluid just shook out as the engine was shaky at that time (it's no longer shaky)
*Yes, air conditioning works. Climate control is fully functional. That being said, it's weak and needs to be recharged. I never really bothered to do it, because I always drive with windows open, and the sunroof all the way open, as I only drive on nice, sunny days. If it's really a big deal to you that the A/C works, I can include a can of A/C recharge pro (I'd rather not because I need it for my other car, come spring).
*Yes there is dual exhaust. Why does everyone keep asking that? Every ford 460 has a dual exhaust system.
-------------------If you purchase this car, you'll need to bring a car hauler as I am located in Ohio, where it's winter and there's salt on the roads. You don't want to drive it in the snow and salt, and the reliability of these older cars tanks when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. I should be able to fit all parts and documentation inside the cabin and trunk so you won't need a big truck to haul it in. (Oh, by the way, the trunk is in near perfect condition and the spare is the original from the factory, never used, or even removed. The trunk is as it was when delivered.)
I've put a lot of work into this car, but unfortunately, I don't have the time to keep it up, so I'm letting this car go, and for a loss. I've put well over $5000 into this car.Thank you for reading, have a nice day.
Message me if you want the VIN, you can't use it for much, and I don't remember it offhand, but I can go get it if you need it.