Rod & Custom Feature Car
Pismo Beach, California
1966 Lincoln Continental Coupe
As most of you know, the challenge in getting these Lincolns super low comes from the fact that there is no frame. It is a unibody car so we built a few things from scratch to get it to sit down nice and low. This included custom spindles, and lower control arms in the front, along with a full custom four-link and bridge work in the rear. Firestone ’bags keep the ride nice and kush, while RCD Bilstein shocks at all four corners help with the damping ability, giving this low Lincoln the quality ride it deserves.
Nothing but classy and old school would do the trick, so a set of fully restored Cragar Star Wire 30 spokes were wrapped with American Classics 1-inch whites to set off the rolling attire perfectly.
Again, these old Lincolns aren’t the easiest to work on, and the MEL 462 engines also live up to this. With very few parts or go-fast goodies, and even fewer mechanics to work on them, it’s a battle getting the engine bay to complement the lines and beauty of the rest of the car. But thanks to Mooneyes and some old lost and found parts, we were able to spice things up a bit. Matched with some good straight pipe exhaust work, this ’60s custom cruiser is as mean as it looks!
The bodywork that it takes to get these long cars straight, well let’s just say we wouldn’t wish it upon our enemies. But Sparky’s Collision came to the rescue and Dave Prater worked night and day to help the classic look we were after become reality. A root beer metallic was chosen for the body color and a vanilla for the roof color. What was once a vinyl roof car was now a smooth and painted hardtop that only the pickiest onlookers could differentiate.
Choosing to keep the clean and classy look, most of the original interior was kept intact. Black tuck ’n’ roll throughout, with a few modern additions. A centerfolding armrest was modified to house the AccuAir Suspension e-Level controller and custom AutoLoc power window switches. A carpet kit was installed, and the rest cleaned up to cruise. On a visit to Japan, the shift knob was purchased from Fudemae, a world-renowned artist from Japan, while good buddy Gato striped it up!