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Post  65Linc on July 17th 2013, 6:15 am

Hi team,
I am currently in the middle of doing up a 65 Lincoln Convertible
The thing i am having most trouble with is the engine
After doing a bit of research these engines look very rear and there are not many after market parts available for them
I want to keep the car original and would like to keep the same engine in it, it is in running order, but i would like to do it up to get more horsepower etc, what would be my best bet either sources parts or stroker kit? and who could i purchase from to execute
Any information would be much appreciated
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Post  Dave C. on July 17th 2013, 6:24 am

I'd pull the distributor and tweek it for a quicker advance. It wouldn't alter the stock appearance and improve the seat of the pants feel.

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Post  dfree383 on July 17th 2013, 6:31 am

You could stroke the factory crank and use some other rods and custom pistons, but its not going to be cheap.  

I'd put a performance cam in it with some supporting valve train components, True 2 1/2" perfromance dual exhaust and some 3.50:1 to 3.91:1 gears.

May also consider some kind of carb swap to get a little more CFM in it along with the suggested distributor tune.
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Post  Frank Merkl on July 20th 2013, 7:14 pm

find a 462 and swap it ,nobody will know the difference . they were torque monsters ,owned a '68 Continental with suicide rear doors !
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Post  maverick on July 20th 2013, 7:37 pm

I'm sure those heads would benefit from a little grind and shine, too.
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Post  maverick on July 20th 2013, 7:46 pm

In the '60's, my mother had a Continental with a 430. Down low, enough torque to reverse the earth's rotation but wouldn't rev worth a flip. I suspect it will need to breathe much better...both in and out.
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Post  5pointslow on July 23rd 2013, 4:36 pm

welcome .......those 60s lincolns are so sleek some of the best lines on a car in my opinion
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Post  maverick on July 23rd 2013, 9:56 pm

Yeah, they are purty, but hoo-boy...they have a lot of gravity on 'em.Wink 
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