09/15/16 - Purchased the Lincoln from Dick Naselli. Secured plates from DMV and returned to First Automotive on Old Liverpool Road. They had changed the oil and completed the NYS Inspection. My son and I mounted the plates, and I drove the car home.
10/03/16 - I brought the car to Syracuse Auto Electric on N. Salina Street. The owner is Tom Binner. He verified that the radio is inoperable (this is common with this model). The electric antenna motor is good, but the mast needs to be replaced. He lubed the rear passenger locking mechanism, which works freely now. He also lubed the driver's power seat motor, which works fine but is a bit squeaky.... I called all around about the radio / 8 track. It's tough to find people who know how to fix these, but I later found someone in Liverpool.
10/07/16 - Brought the car back to First Automotive to have the coolant flushed and replaced, so that everything would be fine while the car sat in storage over the winter.
10/09/16 - Stored car for the first winter with me. Paid Dick Naselli for the storage. I filled the tank with ethanol free gas, and inflated the tires to 40 pounds, to help avoid flat spots. We disconnected the negative battery post, and covered the Lincoln. Mileage as of this day: 43,470.
05/12/17 - Picked up the car from storage. Car ran well, tires were great, no lumps.
05/17/17 - Noticed small leak from under engine on our garage floor. Called First Automotive. I assumed it was motor oil at this time (it would later prove to be a leak from the power assist steering cylinder)
05/19/17 - I received the custom Lincoln floor mats, ordered from Auto Custom Carpets. The fit was not right, but a week or so later, they picked them up and made the right adjustments. The mats look great in the car!
05/22/17 - Dropped the car at First Automotive for them to check the leak and see if they thought it was running a bit rich. The car stayed there a week. They cleaned and adjusted the carburetor, and replaced the vacuum lines, but they said the leak was a bit trickier, because it is coming fro the power assist unit, which may need to be re-built. I picked the car up.
06/15/17 - 06/22/17 - The car was at Hiram's on Morgan Road, with Kevin. Kevin was very nice and took great care of the car, keeping it inside most f the time, but he was not able to fix the leak. I had also noted that the car seemed to have an intermittent charging issue, as it would not stay running, and I had to have it towed down the road to Hiram's. Kevin noted no issues with the charging system, and he referred me to Bruce Cleveland, Cleveland's garage.
06/22/17 - I dropped the car at Cleveland's Garage on Brewerton Road in Cicero, and met Bruce. He will fix three items: 1. Leak from the power assist cylinder, 2. Check the intermittent charging issue, and 3. The driver's window is coming off the regulator. Current mileage: 43,510.
07/03/17 - Picked up the car from Bruce at Cleveland's Garage. Bruce did a great job. He found other items he wanted to fix or replace. He installed a new voltage regulator, and a new starter solenoid. He also fabricated new battery cables, and replaced a part involving the AC, but I am not sure what it was (you can see the new part on the firewall). He replaced 3 belts that were worn or noisy. He replaced a clutch in the driver's window unit, and put the door back together. He replaced the clamps on the hoses for the power assist cylinder, and attempted to stop a small oil leak as well. The power assist cylinder appears to be OK now, but there is a still a very slow oil leak.
Other items he recommended: He recommends overhauling the carburetor, and he said this is why the car hesitates to start when it is warm. We also discussed having him detail the engine bay, which he says he does at the shop. Before the Fall, I will have Bruce: detail engine bay: change oil; NYS inspection; and attempt to fix the passenger side mirror. Current mileage: 43,540.
08/06/17 - Took the car to Fayetteville for lunch, about 40 miles round trip. The Lincoln sailed along on 481 South, with no issues. Current mileage: 43,620.
09/12/17 - Just picked the car up from Bruce at Cleveland's Garage. I needed to do a couple things before storage this Fall. He did the NYS Inspection, and changed the oil, using an expensive 10w30 Valvoline VR1 racing oil, which has a very high Zinc content, which he explained as important for this car. He also topped off the other fluids, greased the vehicle, and changed the oil filter. He found that at some point the car was jacked using the pinch welds, instead of the frame, so he spent some time straightening those welds, and he painted them as well. He decided we should wait to detail the engine bay, until the Spring, when he will rebuild the carburetor, adjust the timing, and replace the muffler (which is too small). Current mileage: 43,682
10/14/17 - Stored the car for the winter, in Baldwinsville. The building is owned by Russel and Heather Wing (315-516-3435). We removed the battery, which I will keep on a tender, at home. The car's current mileage is 43,734.