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    98-02 brakes are noticeably better and almost bolt on. You need 16" wheels, but otherwise swap the hub bearing, rotor, caliper bracket, caliper, and pads to the later style for an extra inch of rotor diameter and dual piston calipers with larger brake pads. Worth doing if you're planning to autocross it.

    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

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    I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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    I'm looking for someone to make me a set of stainless braided brake hoses. I've had them on all of my vehicles and loved the pedal feel.

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    Talk to Toploader. He found someone to make stainless lines for his Studebaker Avanti. Apparently they can make whatever you want so long as they have a template. I forget where he got it done though.

    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

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    I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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    Did some stuff. Replaced the idler and tensioner pulleys along with the serpentine belt to quit a squeak during cold starts.

    I also replaced the spark plugs. They were crappy Autolite plugs that were never gapped properly. Ranging from 0.35 to 0.41. Replaced them with NGK Platinum plugs gapped at 0.54.


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    Washed the car today. No issues to report. Looking at new speakers for the stock radio. Also looking to do the transmission service. Fluid looks good but is unknown.



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    Do you have to replace the Brake hoses? I'm looking at getting custom Stainless braided brake hoses made and would like to not make a second set.

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    These brakes suck. I need ALOT of pressure to get the pads to bite. Pedal feel is fine. Just the crappy pads.

    Ordered new rotors and EBC Yellowstuff Pads as that's the only "Track" pad I could find for this car. I like Hawk pads and used HP+ on all of my previous vehicles. But Hawk only makes the HPS pad for panther cars.

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    Are your rear brakes working correctly? If something is messed up back there you'll get even more brake dive than normal. Seen lots of inop rear brakes and people don't even realize. Usually its stuck caliper pins. Overly soft or worn out shocks make that worse. Consider these things were Granny-tuned, soft springs, mushy shocks. None of that gets better after 22 years.

    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

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    I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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    I took the front and rear pads off and scuffed the pad surfaces. I noticed no binding, Frozen or seized parts. I flushed the brakes before the car was even mine. I will replace the hoses too and flush the system again.

    I Know the suspension will help with stopping power. And so will better wheels and tires.

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    Nice car. Among my 15 Panthers over the years, I had a 95 and 96 GM's that were both Willow Green inside and out. Not a fan of leather, myself. With the 96, I swapped in blue cloth seats from an 86 GM.

    Was your car ever upgraded to the better intake manifold?

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    Nope. No plans to upgrade it yet. Only until it breaks. I want to concentrate on suspension and brakes before adding any power.

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    How is your shift lever....still good and tight? When I bought my 96 it was only $600....mainly because the shifter was sloppy and would barely get the gears. The people likely thought it was going to be a big expense to fix. Nope. There are two bolts up underneath from the driver's footwell that keep the shifter snug. They often work loose over time. One was missing and the other was loose. Took care of those and the shifter was perfect again. Thought I would pass the info along....

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    I checked those bolts before. They are tight. Shifter feels ok.

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    That's great. You've got a really nice car there.

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    I do enjoy it. Gotta find some wider light wheels for autocross. Preferably in a square setup.

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