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Old 03-18-2012, 08:34 AM
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That is a very rare car.

It may not be considered a super collectible in the future, but you will definitely not find another one in future classic car shows.
If it is a Town Car coupe, 4935 were made in 1981. If it is a 1981 Mark VI, quite a few more were made that year {18,740 units}. Nevertheless, I agree with the above quote. I second the vote on the variable venturi carburetor that was equipped on Ford vehicles of that era.
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:21 PM
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If it is a Town Car coupe, 4935 were made in 1981. If it is a 1981 Mark VI, quite a few more were made that year {18,740 units}. Nevertheless, I agree with the above quote. I second the vote on the variable venturi carburetor that was equipped on Ford vehicles of that era.
That car's a Towncar coupe.

I'd bet my Social Security check on it.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:37 PM
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My variable venturi hasn't given me any problems. And I'm stuck with variable venturi for now due to CARB.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:42 PM
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My parents had a few of those. They were fun on dates.
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:58 PM
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That car's a Towncar coupe.

I'd bet my Social Security check on it.
Fun fact / Ford 351 police interceptors from that time "error" came vith the Varible Venturi / believe it or not the CFM was better than the ford 2100 2v carb
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:26 PM
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I had a 1980 Mark VI 4-door, same colour as the one pictured. Some of the differences of the Mark VI vs. the Town Car:

  1. Spare-tire-like hump on the trunklid
  2. Oval 'opera' window on c-pillar
  3. Angled taillights
  4. Hide-away headlights
Mine had the 351W 2-barrel. I eventually replaced the motor with one slightly warmed up. That was a fun car It taught me how to fix cars





I don't know what area you're in, but check for rust in all the usual places: Front wheel well; along lower sides of trunk; along the lower edge of the doors; the bumpers themselves, behind the chrome.


The most annoying things about the car were:

  • Weak front springs that allowed the tires to hit the fender, misshaping the chrome wheel well trim.
  • Digital dash that worked for about 30 minutes until the computer overheated, resulting in all of the features shutting down including the fuel gauge. The speedo reverted to MPH (I'm in Canada and use KPH), but at least it still worked - up to a max of 137 kph (85 mph).
  • Hard to start when it rained or became very humid outside, due to condensation on the spark plug wires.
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:38 PM
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I heard that the they came with a rechargable flashlight in the glovebox.
I did new car prep on them at the dealership.... don't remember a flashlight in the glove box......
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:22 PM
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For my brothers wedding in 1980, my father borrowed a Mark VI from his work and it had a rechargeable flashlight in the glove box.
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:32 PM
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My dad owned an 81 Mark VI when I was 14 or 15...sold it before I got my DL...
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:45 PM
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My mom had an '82 Town Car. I got the pleasure of keeing it running. They have the early version of throttle body EFI. and yes, the timing is controlled by the computer, but there is a procedure to get the initial timing in the ball park for the computer to adjust. Basically, if it's running, the initial timing is good.

The few other problems are there is rubber fuel line inside the tank between the pump and the outlet. This line can get a small leak from age. The pressure will bleed down when the engine is off and it will take some cranking before it starts. Hot immediate starts will be good. Some shops will say it's the fuel pressure regulator or the injectors, but its' the rubber line.

The AC system can get a vac leak. It will default to defrost/floor (like the MM's). The actual control valve on the dash is still available from Ford for about $50. There is a small vac valve that is located on the blend door motor that leaks because it has a leather seal in it. The system will function properly at idle and light engine cruise, but default to defrost when under load. Got a lot of $$ off an '89 Town Car for sale that had this problem and the AC shop couldn't find the leak.

Also, a cool mod is look for a 1980-89 Ford CV police car (check for a "certified" 140 MPH speedo). The front and rear sway bars are a bolt on for the Lincoln. Takes a lot of lean out of the car, but no effect on the ride. Really makes it handle a lot better. The steering box will swap too, it has a quicker ratio...

Those are very nice cars wheneverything is working. My mom loved hers, put 100K miles on it.
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I bought a new Signature TownCar in 1989. White, 1/2 black vinyl top, black leather interior. One very classy car

Put 146,000 miles on her, sold her in 2005, and bought a leftover 2004 Lincoln LS8, which seems a bit like going back/asswards (luxury car to sporty sedan; should have been the reverse).

Very plush car, but I was glad I sprang for the load leveling rear shocks. I could load that trunk, and the back end would rise back up to normal height.

No rocket, but the 302 kept up with most traffic. Had the optional 3:27 rear end ratio. Last year of the more classic squared off look.
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