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Let me give you a little background on the car. It was originally posted here by another member about 4ish months ago from craigslist.

After a week of it being posted here I finally broke down and contacted the owner and after about 5 minutes I knew I just HAD to have the car.

We agreed on a price and I put my motorcycle up for sale and everything was set, or so I thought. The owner called back about a week later, he and his family had decided to keep the car, so the deal was off.

I had completely written it off until I got a call back from the owner about 3 weeks later asking me if i was still interested, which I was.

I ended up selling my motorcycle to my dad (who had wanted it since I bought it over 5 years ago).

The owner and I agreed on a price but neither one of us felt comfortable dealing with a total stranger, me sending the money first, or him sending the car, nothing made seance. So after about a week we decided to just go for it and I went out on a limb and sent him a deposit to hold the car, and the full payment shortly thereafter.

This is when I had to start thinking about how Im going to get the car back home, almost 900mi. As you can tell in the bleow pictures the air ride is jacked and there was no way I was going to drive the car that distance with air ride issues.

I looked at flying in and renting a uhaul and trailer, but it was going to be well over $1000, which I thought was way too much. I also looked into driving a uhaul from here and going to get it and bringing it back, but after I found out that for round trips uhaul charges $0.89 a mile, which is over $1500 in just mileage, plus rental, plus gas, plus hotel, plus food etc.

So I finally decided to hire a company to ship it for me. I must have filled out 100 quote requests online. After about a week of talking do different companys I decided to pick one and hope for the best. Well we had a contract that was 14 days long, if they didnt find a driver then I wasnt out any money. Well that time came and went and I was stuck without my car and without the purchase price of the car.

That is when I decided to hire a private contractor on uship.com. After looking for days and finally picking a driver that had amazing credentials I sent a deposit and he said I would have the car in two days. So i sent the money and two days later I get a phone call from the driver saying the owners wernt home and didnt know what to do. Well after many phone calls we finally determined that he never let the owner know he was coming to get it. which in my book was his fault, but thats another story.

So the first shipping company let me down, I got stuck paying a deposit with the private contractor, and I still have no car.

I finally broke down and asked my boss, who owns quite a few car dealerships in the area, and is a car collector, who he uses to ship his hot rods and customs large distances. (he usually takes between 5-10 cars to barrett-jackson). He put me in contact with his assistant. I gave her all the particulars and she posted it online on some shippers website. After 3 weeks I had lost all hope with her until monday, when she layed the contract on my desk and told me it would be here wednesday. Of course I was SUPER excited.

Well the driver called all mad that the air ride was shot (which he already knew), and he spent 2 hours getting the car onto the truck, and of course he wanted more money. At this point I didnt really have a choice since he already had the car loaded and it looked like I was finally going to get my car.

As some of you read in my other thread he never showed up yesterday. I got a phone call about 9pm of him letting me know the weather had delayed him and he would deliver it first thing thurs (today), but wanted a flatbed there to help him unload it (see pics).

So today, 2 months after I payed for the car, I finally get it. Getting it off the truck wasnt too bad, ended taking about an hour to get it on the ground, but never scraped and there was no damage to the car.

Im super excited to get started working on it and already have a parts list going. It just sucks Im broke and am going to have to wait a while to buy anything for it.

I want to have it running better, all fixed up, and looking good by carlisle, but can see the amount of work I have to do to get it there.

If it wernt for this site I would have never bought this car, so I have you guys to thank.

I plan on fixing the air ride first, then getting the maintenance up to date, and return this baby back to showroom beautiful, or at least as close I can get it on my limited budget.

For those of you that are a little slow, I wont point fingers, here are the particulars:

1994 Lincoln Mark VIII Convertible built by Coach Builders LTD and is only one of 23 produced. It is unknown how many of them were triple black.

after MANY emails back and forth with the owner of coach builders I was able get very limited information on the convertibles. Most of the info I have gathered has come from countless hours of searching here and on other websites. I was able to finally get a list of the original owners and addresses of the people who ordered convertibles.

strangely enough the car I bought was first on the list, however I could not confirm with coach builders if this was in fact the first one built for a customer. They had purged their system on information that old. So that leaves me wondering.

The car is absolutely filthy. I consider myself an ametuer detailer with little experience, and I know this is WAY over my head. I dont think the car has ever been waxed, but all that will change after I get a chance to buff it.

Here are the long awaited pictures, ENJOY!!














sorry for the long post, thanks for reading. Ill be sure to keep everyone updated on the progress!
 

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damn dude, you went threw a lot to get that car, glad you got it safe and sounds, let us know when you start working on it!! :mullet:
 

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shut the compressor off and level it out..lol

I am jelous btw.
I have loved them cars since they first came out and this is the first convert I have seen..
 

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it looks like they did it right and welded in some steel underneath to stiffen it back up after hacking the top off.. or do they all have that?
 

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1 out of 23 anything is certainly NOT a fail.
The interiors on those are nice.

Great find.

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congrats on a 1 out of 23 car!!!
 

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That's pretty baller dude. I like the mark's.except for the fact it's rwd and a v-8, it's pretty close to the style, comfort and elegance of my riviera. good luck with the resto.
 

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shut the compressor off and level it out..lol

I am jelous btw.
I have loved them cars since they first came out and this is the first convert I have seen..
Im afraid its not that simple. I have all the air ride parts to fix it, but I think Im going to wait for it to get above freezing to swap the parts over in my non heated garage.

it looks like they did it right and welded in some steel underneath to stiffen it back up after hacking the top off.. or do they all have that?
ya they did. once I swap the air ride ill put it on a lift and take some pics of all the reinforcement.
 

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I remember a MKIII that I worked on had a switch in the trunk for the compressor.
What's the problem? It's gotta be in air control right? All 4 bags are pressurized but the front being heavier causes it to drop?
 

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I remember a MKIII that I worked on had a switch in the trunk for the compressor.
What's the problem? It's gotta be in air control right? All 4 bags are pressurized but the front being heavier causes it to drop?
no. not even close.

the switch in the trunk is to disable the air ride. at this point turning the switch on or off will do nothing.

What happened is at least one of the front bags got a leak, lowering the vehicle down. Since the vehicle is lowered down the compressor works overtime trying to raise it back to the correct height, eventually overworking the compressor and burning up the motor. The rear raises as a default so you know there is a problem with the front.

Simply put, the car needs 2 air struts and a compressor.
 

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Man my dad loved his lincolns before he got locked up he had two. and many more before that.

He had an 81 Lincoln Continental Mark VI sedan with a 351
on 22" rims, it was white with black vinyl top and black leather interior.

And he had a 94 continental with the presidential package and somehow it had a v8?

I still have the 94 but the 81 was sold for bail money

He also had a 79 and when he gets out he says he wants a 69 Lincoln Continental Mark III. Like yours all personal sedans made by lincoln have some weight in the classic car market, when yours hits that golden age its price will pop up quite nicely.
 

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My dads 94 had a problem with the air ride, it was a verry slow leak that droped the rear over a few hours as a temporary fix he just snaged a compressor out of the junkyard and wired it to a switch and ran it in to the car so he could just flip it on when it was low and keep it off when it wasnt.

Bags can be pricey new my old boss allways drove a lincoln as a grocery getter and he only had the bags go out once out of like 20 lincolns all he did was swap coils in, seems cheep and effective.
 

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yeah, that's the cheap route, but you kinda lose the character of the car then....
You will never know lol the cars are so heavy (atleast the old ones not sure bout a convertable) that the springs ride just like the bags.
 

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I got all the air ride issues worked out and shes good now. onto the next thing on the list.

 
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