My second Mark VIII project

Lincoln Mark VIII

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    LandYachts Active LVC Member

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    Well my first Mark VIII story can be found here in two threads: as a first time M8 owner and as it was hauled off after some jarkarse was texting and driving. (Libruhls)

    After driving to Oklahoma from Texas, I’m very happy with my new ride and already beginning to transform it.

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    • Svets96

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      Nice car. Glad you bought it, and are about to enjoy once again! Keep us updated.

      Good Luck! :cool:
       
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      Looks like a great driver
       
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      Good luck with this one
      Give us lots of pictures of upgrades
       
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      This car came with window tint, which was installed exceptionally well. I, however, can’t stand dark windows at night because I actually observe things when driving. Off it comes.
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      No mess left behind.
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      This is the only Mark VIII I’ve seen with these buggers still attached and I’ve seen Mark’s in better shape.
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      Time for deep cleaning.
      Magic eraser handles almost ALL of the mess, and a highly diluted Super Clean handles the rest.
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      Cleaned:
      Rear sail panels, rear seat, seat belt webbing, all related plastic components.

      Polished:
      Rear reading light lenses.

      I notice that leather cleans up so well it changes color by brightening up about a shade when using the magic eraser and very dilute Super Clean. But it feels like brand new leather after all, no sticky or tacky bodily excretions.

      Magic Erasers can Clean plastic without the use of solvents in most cases.
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      Finally, I tucked the center belt loop and buckle under the center of the seat back so it is clutter-free. I removed both of these from the plastic support that guides them over the seat bottom so there’s no trace of them even though they’re usable.

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      Once I complete the speaker grilles, the rear is done.
       
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      Interior looks fresh and new. Good job on the cleaning.
       
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        i can tell somebody has replaced the SRB’s before and they had the rear washers the wrong way. Everything is as it should be now with some new parts on top of the control arms. It handles just as smooth as I need it to. No more clunks, pulling, squealing, or harsh bumps.
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        Replaced:
        Hubs (Timken)
        Rotors and Pads (NAPA)
        Spindle nuts (Dorman)
        Fuel Filter (Carquest)

        I used a brass cup-brush to clean the bores of the wheels and mating surfaces, Also cleaned the sliding surfaces of the caliper brackets, added grease, and cleaned/greased the caliper slider pins. For the sake of noise prevention, I also greased the piston where it contacts the back of the pad. After 20k miles on my Town Car, my brakes still feel and look great so I give this treatment to all my cars.
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        The rotors were so shot they had lips bigger than Dolly Parton, and just as chapped.
        The hubs left metal dust all over and had lots of play.
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        Replaced fuel filter, and didn’t have to remove the tire. Just unscrew the fender liner, pull the push-rivets, and use a screw driver to pull the plastic U clips that hold the filter in the hoses. I left the car running after I parked it while I smacked the shut-off switch in the trunk with my hand. It sputtered and died and I relieved the remaining pressure with the schrader valve. Still expect a mess.
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        The car seems to glide effortlessly now!

        I believe the car was tram-lining when the front end would be light (hard acceleration) while crossing lanes (the seams). Since replacing the hubs I haven’t noticed this yet.

        I feel GREAT after all of this maintenance, especially since I think most of the components haven’t missed one of the 70k miles this car has.

        Questions:
        Is there any way to automatically bleed the ABS actuator without getting reamed by shops? And maybe without sliding around.

        Is this piece circled in yellow the cruise-Control deactivation switch that was part of a recall? How can I tell it apart from the problem switch vs. the fix?
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      • Svets96

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        You've definitely came a long way with detailing the Mark VIII. Suspension looks great, and clean too might I add.

        I can't help with the ABS. However with the recall, you can possibly call the Lincoln Dealer to see if the recall was done. A second step would be to run a CarFax report on it to see all the maintenance on the car since new. Although it may only show certain things if the shop or dealer reported it in the system. The part itself if there had been a recall done or not, it should have some type of bar code or number code on it. You can use this to cross reference, by on the phone with the dealer. For example: On Continentals from '95-'02 the trans had problems they were recalled for certain things to be replaced or the whole trans to be replaced. With an update they would mark the trans with a sticker or different trans # like AX4N for factory and AX4S for the reman install. Just look at the switch carefully for numbers or bar codes. Might have to do a little recon. Let me know how I can help.

        I hope this makes sense and doesn't sound outlandish. These are times in which we have to figure things out on our own, sometimes the dealer or part network can't help us anymore because of vehicle age.

        Good Luck!

        -Svets
         
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        Doing a fantastic job. Car is coming along nicely.
         
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        +1 car is looking awesome!
         

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