1958 Continental Claret -

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1958 Continental Claret -

Post by novetti » Thu 13. Dec 2018, 20:17

Hi there,

I have been working on this car for around one year now. Got it from a Gentleman in Detroit and sorted the logistical exercise to get shipped down under (Australia, WA) where I am based.

So far I managed to rebuilt the engine and started some bodywork, there will me more to come. I will create a restoration thread and keep it updated with progress as I move forward.

Cheers

Julio

Photos from the day I collected it here after the ''quarantine'' cleaning...
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Photos at my garage after I cleaned all the mess quarantine did it.
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Re: 1958 Continental Claret -

Post by Chris430 » Tue 25. Dec 2018, 20:46

Hello,
Looks like yoir off to a good start with a very clean (from rust) Northern car. Would I be correct in assuming the Lincoln did not live it's life in the Northern Uninted States?

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Re: 1958 Continental Claret -

Post by Shelby#18 » Thu 3. Jan 2019, 14:36

Sounds great! I look forward to seeing the progress.

I also turned the photo's right side up.

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Re: 1958 Continental Claret -

Post by novetti » Mon 7. Jan 2019, 21:23

Cheers guys, thanks for the help with the photos.

I don't know why, in my computer they show correctly in the right orientation, but then I uploaded them and they were upside down.

This car was originally from Detroit MI area. It was surprisingly in good condition to the area it lived.
Most likely kept in a proper garage and not driven during salty roads period. The fabric top still the original, but it has some rips.

From my findings, the engine seized a long time ago. The gentleman I got it from just kept it for a period but gave up starting the fix (he got from a PO who actually collected some parts and tried to start some work to it).

I guess he thought the engine not turning was due to a fault ignition switch (he replaced a generic one, luckily the original one I found it in the trunk and matches the door keys).
Then he went to the starter motor pinion ( I found remnants of a pinion inside the bell housing area). Also Excessive grinding the flexplate ring gear was present when I pulled apart.

Almost 1.5'' of sludge in the valve train, under the valley pan etc. I also found that someone had replaced the oil pump gasket and aligned it very poorly with the oil feed gallery, blocking 40% of the passage.
I guess the excessive sludge, intermittent use and poor lubrication caused the engine to seize.

Main bearings were ok (no wear) so I could reuse them. I managed to remove the pistons very carefully without any damage to the pistons and bores. Measured everything and they were still within spec. So I removed carefully the rings and installed new ones, a did a light hone to the bores.

Camshaft had some scoring to some lobes so I procured a new one, and also got new lifters, pushrods and connecting rod bearings.
Heads got seats reground, one intake valve needed to be replaced. No cracks present.

I will update this post with photos from the items I mentioned, and include more.

Still lots to be done to get this vehicle rolling again, but progressing in a daily basis.

Cheers

Julio

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