The miles were accumulated from 1977 to 1979, after which it was stored, poorly. It was sold as part of the original owner's estate sale in 2009 when I acquired it. A thorough driver restoration has been in progress since 2012. It is now finished, beautiful, reliable, and ready to drive anywhere any time.
The body was disassembled, all glass out, all trim removed, and completely stripped to metal in preparation for a quality repaint in its original Dark Cordovan Metallic color. Bright work has all been polished, several parts replaced with NOS or NOS-quality. Undercarriage was cleaned, sanded, and brush painted with POR-15; not concourse correct but all will be black, clean, shiny, and serviceable for a very long time. Looks great.
The interior was completely removed and cleaned, extra high density floor padding/insulation was added. Power window and seat mechanisms were thoroughly cleaned and re-lubricated. Engine accessories all removed and refurbished, partially repainted (drive train was not removed, no need). New complete true dual exhaust with H-pipe, battery and alternator, tires, belts. . .more. Hoses and numbered ignition wires are original and nice.
Work remaining includes the radio; FM gets static only, AM works fine. I will provide a working AM/FM Quadrasonic 8-track unit, which is a correct factory upgrade. The passenger side mirror is difficult to adjust, working on that. That's it - everything else is in great working condition including the Cartier clock, all windows (with optional power vents), all 6-way adjustments on both seats, power locks, all gauges, etc. Air conditioning blows ice cold with the completely original R-12 system, no modifications done since new.
Body, paint, chrome, trim, mechanicals, accessories -- all superb. Runs, drives, stops, turns, perfectly. The only interior flaws are few signs of age/wear in the leather, but overall is excellent. See the full story and lots of progress pictures at thelincolnforum.net, Members Projects forum, "Vanessa's Makeover -- '77 Mark V".
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