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Thread: My next sad little automotive odyssey

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    Get a comparison shot with the Miata, for posterity and hilarity.

    Here's Justin's Caddy with my Miata.
    Whoomah!

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    I charged up the battery and once I get a new starter solenoid put in, it should start reliably. I'm starting to try to figure out what it will take to get a few of the non-functional electrical gizmos working. Top priority is the power windows because summer is coming.

    I have to say, and maybe this goes with any new car, but I find myself walking out of the house just to look at it. I'm into it. Just the sheer presence of it. It didn't ask permission to be in my driveway, and it's not apologizing for the space it takes up.



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    I remembered riding in a relative's giant Cadillac, which was similarly sized as yours, back in the early 80s. It had the plushest interior cushions and softest suspensions I've ever felt. I don't think any other cars matched that level of comfort. Not sure if your Lincoln feels the same, but seeing your "new" car reminded me of that childhood memory.

    I think that was my only memory of riding in a giant American boat sized car... I wonder why such sheer size quickly disappeared? Maybe automakers had began to create decent compromise between these giant cars and the cheap econo-boxes, and so the rest became history?

    Anyway, I have to agree your Lincoln looks good and does have this commanding presence.

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    I wonder why such sheer size quickly disappeared?
    The 1973 Oil Crisis was a major reason muscle cars and huge sedans became less desirable to most Americans.

    Other factors:

    Government-mandated emissions controls starting in about 1974 robbed power from those huge engines. Now they were both expensive to drive and less powerful than just a couple years before.

    Fuel-efficient Volkswagens had been around for many years in the USA, but the mid-1970s saw increasing numbers of quality Japanese imports: Toyotas, Datsuns, Hondas, Subarus, and Mitsubishis (many of the latter were sold with Dodge and Plymouth badges).

    Detroit quality was at an all-time low. And their new, smaller cars weren't any better than the old behemoths. Two examples: the exploding Ford Pinto and the good-looking but awful Chevy Vega that were said to rust in the dealers' showrooms, among other problems.

    The mid- through late-1970s were a time of financial uncertainty. There was inflation and soaring interest rates (double-digit mortgage rates!) into the early 1980s.

    Just some thoughts on the subject. I remember a lot of this from my childhood.
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    I just discovered that the Lincoln is exactly 6 feet longer to the inch than the Lotus it will (hopefully) be sharing the garage with. So that's fun.

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    Guys we need to spend a minute talking about the *lines* on this car.



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    All driveway pics until I get a few things fixed and get it registered.



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    My dad has owned a 1965 Bonneville Convertible since I was born and there is nothing like just putting on some good music and cruising. The smell of the leather, a hood that extends out a city block, the slight rumble of the exhaust, the way it just oozes over bumps, bench seats.

    So classic. Love the big boulevard cruisers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sad, little man View Post
    Guys we need to spend a minute talking about the *lines* on this car.



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    Itís beautiful 😍

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