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    Default My 1983 Continental Mark VI!

    I bought a Mark VI today! I've always said someday I'd own a box Town Car and I think I've one upped that with the Mark VI. It's at just a smidge over 100,000 miles and has some minor issues but nothing I can't easily fix. The only things I've found that don't work are the power antenna, it seems to be stuck down. The brake light is on and I don't know why, the brakes work just fine. The headliner is missing and I probably won't mess with that for awhile, there's a minor exhaust leak in the crossover pipe for the smog system that a buddy of mine is going to fix for me, and it needs a sending unit for the fuel gauge. I believe that will be the biggest issue as I believe they are no longer available. The car is extremely clean underneath and the only rust is two little spots on the trunk lid.

    This seems to be a base model and is from what I've seen oddly optioned, no digidash, no autolamp or autodim, no auto dimming rear view mirror, but it has leather, and the stainless lower trim normally found on a Signature Series, as well as keyless entry and I actually have the code. The leather is in excellent shape, the dash pad isn't cracked but is faded in spots, and it unfortunately has an aftermarket radio but at least it has an aux port and bluetooth. It is definitely a fun and comfortable car to drive. I believe this is only the fourth Mark VI I've seen in person and the second four door. The plans for this one are to fix it up a bit and only drive it in nice weather, I have a two car garage and only one other vehicle so winter storage is a non issue. These pics do not show all the minor imperfections but overall it's a really clean car. Definitely worth the $1800 I paid to me at least.




















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    Nice Lincoln. Wish you the best with it. The problems you spoke of don't seem to be major. All fixable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainemantom View Post
    Nice Lincoln. Wish you the best with it. The problems you spoke of don't seem to be major. All fixable.
    Yes it's all minor stuff and little cosmetic flaws.

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    That's a steal @ $1800.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    That's a steal @ $1800.

    How's the CFI working?
    It seems to be working just fine which I understand is kind of rare. I put about 75 miles on it today between the time I bought and got home, I stopped to show a few people. As far as I can tell it's running great. The guy who had it inherited it and didn't really want it, he's been trying to sell it for $2500 or trade for a truck. He kept pointing out little issues and I offered $1800 and he took it.

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    Looks like you found a great deal.
    We were just discussing fuel sending units in another thread recently. There were lots of changes for the Lincoln's over the years, but it may not be as hard to find as it would be if you had digidash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VicCrownVic View Post
    Looks like you found a great deal.
    We were just discussing fuel sending units in another thread recently. There were lots of changes for the Lincoln's over the years, but it may not be as hard to find as it would be if you had digidash.
    The previous owner was using the trip odometer and a notebook to keep track of his fill ups and mileage, I have that info and for now am doing the same thing. Most of the driving it will see is within 20 miles of home for now so I'm not too worried about it. I have to make sure everything is kosher before I drive this thing too far. The sending unit might make a good winter project.

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    Looks fantastic and at a great price. Congrats!


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    Quote Originally Posted by slack View Post
    Looks fantastic and at a great price. Congrats!
    Thanks.

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    Does anyone know if the Mark Vi is supposed to have a glove box light?

    Thereís a plunger switch in there with wiring coming out the back but I canít find a bulb socket unless itís that weird little T shaped slot to the left of the plunger.

    If so does anyone know the bulb number?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mercurygm88 View Post
    Does anyone know if the Mark Vi is supposed to have a glove box light?

    There’s a plunger switch in there with wiring coming out the back but I can’t find a bulb socket unless it’s that weird little T shaped slot to the left of the plunger.

    If so does anyone know the bulb number?
    If it's the same bulb as in my '90, it should be a 194. The bulb socket should be on the right end of the switch/latch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giraffe View Post
    If it's the same bulb as in my '90, it should be a 194. The bulb socket should be on the right end of the switch/latch.
    Iíll have to check that out. I also have to figure out how to get the ash tray back in. The previous owner removed it for some reason and I canít seem to get the rails aligned right to get it back in there.

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    Nice new ride. Looks great.
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    Indeed!

    That top looks great too, no separation anywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekTheGreat View Post
    Indeed!

    That top looks great too, no separation anywhere.
    There are a few little cracks here and there. The longest ones are about an inch. I 303 Aerospaced it as soon as I got it home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    Nice new ride. Looks great.
    Thanks Dave.

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    Does anyone know what triggers the brake light in these cars? The brakes and parking brake work just fine. The door light comes on randomly too, Iíve narrowed it down to the rear drivers side door. I think the striker needs a bit of adjusting.

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    prop valve has a switch on it. take a look around the fender well behind drivers side tire area on the frame. It should also be tied in with the e-brake down by your left foot. there is a switch that grounds when e brake is applied.
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    verify the parking brake is pulled all the way up too. If thats not quite right or the switch is a bit flukey it will cut in and out. Same with damaged wiring to the prop valve.

    Nice ride. The four door Mark VI is not one you see too often. Also just know that 80-83 CFI is different than 84-85. EEC-III vs EEC-IV. Most of the sensors are different and rather difficult to source now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    verify the parking brake is pulled all the way up too. If thats not quite right or the switch is a bit flukey it will cut in and out. Same with damaged wiring to the prop valve.

    Nice ride. The four door Mark VI is not one you see too often. Also just know that 80-83 CFI is different than 84-85. EEC-III vs EEC-IV. Most of the sensors are different and rather difficult to source now.
    Good to know. Iíll check that stuff out concerning the brake light.

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