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1969 Mark III Project

Temporary Audio Wiring – Using what i have :)

I have been planning a full on custom build out of my trunk but it wont happen for a while. I decided to temporarily hook up an old amp & pair of subwoofers yesterday. I was going to go buy an “amp wiring kit” when i decided to look around in my garage and see what i could come up with. I used liberty 14/4 for power/ground/trigger. Liberty 16/4 for speaker level to the subwoofers. And finally… a decade old pair of straightwire interconnects for line level from the head unit. It took me about 30 minutes, didnt cost a penny.

This should hold me over until i get ready to finish the trunk. I promise that this is “temporary” wiring as in… “i will actually wire it properly SOON” -vs- “this is how it will be for ten years” :).

Paint is done! Finally!

Paint is called Super Black and it has a matte finish clear coat on top. Car looks amazing. Big time head turner. Every time i take it for a ride someone asks me about it. No one can believe i got this car for $2800 and i only have $2200 invested ($5000 total) to get it where it is right now.

I found some great wheels. They are FESLER DESIGNS – FS903 wheels. I love them in black. The mercury they are on is sexy as hell. Next time i paint the Mark III im shaving the doors, losing most of the trim and going all black. I love that look. The only problem with the fesler wheels is that they are apx $1000 per wheel. This wiremunky cant swing that right now :). Hopefully i can find a set of knock off wheels for 1/4 of the price.

1969 Mark III Project – Met with Heart Pounding Performance Today

I found a great local shop to work with. I took the car in today and Thomas over at Heart Pounding Performance looked it over and gave me a quote for getting the windows & door locks working and reinstalling the armrests. He also put it on the lift and found that the motor mounts need to be replaced and the car is leaking oil & coolant. Monday work begins on the interior. They will get back to me with a price for the other stuff.

The car has undercoating so the frame is solid, no holes anywhere and barely any rust. I looked at paint chips today also. We talked about removing the vinyl top vs cleaning it up. I like it but i can feel rust bubbles under it. Makes more sense to take it off and paint the car once instead of dealing with it again in a year or 2 when the rust eats its way passed the vinyl. I want glossy black on the sides and a satin black on the top. That or maybe a ‘brilliant’ black on the top. That way the car is all black but it will have some character.

Best part about today was that i found out the AC works… and works really well. Worst part about today is that i found out that i can’t buy freon for it once it stops working and i will have to replace the entire system. Win some lose some :).

1969 Mark III Project – Picked up the car

I found a 1969 Lincoln Mark III in South Beloit IL. I have family there so they went over and took a look at it for me and gave it the thumbs up so i went and got it Saturday night. Driving it home was fun with the exception of the small sparking issue :). The drivers size door panel is off so the wires were exposed and started sparking on the way home.

Car is solid and the interior is very good. Black leather, head liner is perfect. The only thing that needs immediate attention is the drivers armrest. Someone took it off and didn’t put it back on. They made a mess of it so i am calling in a professional on this one. The body has a few rust spots that are visible but nothing a paint job wont fix.

The plan is to get the interior fixed and make sure everything under the hood is in good shape. Then paint, then wheels then air bags. That will get me going for the summer and this winter if the bank account allows i will have the engine pulled & polished.

1969 Lincoln Mark III
1969 Lincoln Mark III Restoration Project