1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV

On a recent trip to our local U-pull it yard we came across this once posh 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV now left for dead for the scavengers to have their way with it. It’s big 460 cubic inch 4-barrel Ford V8 was still mostly intact. The Ford 9 3/8 rear end is still in the car. The 9 3/8 is a close cousin to the 9-inch and is strong with 31 spline axles  but parts are not near as plentiful as they are for the much revered 9-inch. A 9-inch center section will bolt directly into the housing. According to the warranty plate, the rear end in this Lincoln is sporting freeway friendly 2.75 gears. This car will also have the not as common 5 on 5 inch wheel bolt pattern. This once proud example was built at the Wixom, Michigan assembly plant which was closed in 2007.

1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV

The scavenging has already begun on this 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV.

460 V8 Lincoln 385 series

Big Ford 460 V8 ripe for the picking. This was the beginning of the smog era (note the snakes nest of hoses) so while down on horsepower numbers, there’s still oodles of low end torque.


1973 Lincoln Mark IV

The small “opera” window has either been taken or broken out by vandals. Factory color was Silver Blue Moondust.

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