Wed Jun 12 2013 14:15:11 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
While remodeling a home in Altamonte Springs, Florida reader Ray M. discovered this 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible hiding in the backyard of a nearby abandoned home. Having always dreamt of restoring a part of automotive history, Ray knew he needed to save it. He set about buying the car right away, but kept hitting road blocks. After some digging, he was able to locate the previous owner’s son, who put him in contact with their sister. He was then able to strike a deal with her and soon it was on its way to its new home. Ray hasn’t ever restored a car before and is in need of some advice on how to go about restoring this Lincoln.
Ray cleared the tropical foliage from the car and things are surprisingly intact. The interior is going to need to be redone, but it appears most of the hard to find bits are still here. There weren’t many of these built in this color combo, which could make things a bit more difficult. Ray didn’t say what state the 430 cui V8 is in or if it’s the original motor, but hopefully it isn’t locked up.
Even after sitting outside in the humidity of Florida for who knows how long, this Continental appears to be solid and should make for a great starting point. Like most of us, Ray is on a tight budget and could use some advice on what do with this big classic. If any of you have advice on where to find parts or how to go about restoring it on a budget, please feel free to leave Ray a comment below. Special thanks to Ray for sharing his find with us.
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Wed Jun 12 2013 20:24:17 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Interesting lines, I'd love to see the finished shot.