Archive for August, 2011


Paint is done! Finally!

Paint is called Super Black and it has a matte finish clear coat on top. Car looks amazing. Big time head turner. Every time i take it for a ride someone asks me about it. No one can believe i got this car for $2800 and i only have $2200 invested ($5000 total) to get it where it is right now.

I found some great wheels. They are FESLER DESIGNS – FS903 wheels. I love them in black. The mercury they are on is sexy as hell. Next time i paint the Mark III im shaving the doors, losing most of the trim and going all black. I love that look. The only problem with the fesler wheels is that they are apx $1000 per wheel. This wiremunky cant swing that right now :). Hopefully i can find a set of knock off wheels for 1/4 of the price.


First coat of primer – Done!

Body work is done and the first coat of primer is on. Now that i have it all flat black i have found a couple of spots that need some sandpaper action. It was difficult to see when the car was the original cream color. After i fix the remaining spots and wet sand the whole car i am going to give it a second coat of flat black primer.

You may have noticed that some of the chrome and stainless are still on the car. This is because i don’t have the money to get it all polished/re-chromed so for now its going to stay put and im painting around it. I don’t want to start digging into it and end up with an unfinished car that i can’t drive. I would also like to get the top taken off because their are some rust bubbles under it. The top is in great shape so im holding off on that until next time also. In a couple of years i will have the car completely stripped and have all the metal refurbished but for now its fine.

Lincoln Mark III Paint

First Coat Of Primer

I am making a couple of changes to the car. #1. The C O N T I N E N T A L script across the round trunk deck has been removed. There was quite a bit of paint chipping and rust there so i scraped the letters off and repaired it. I plan to leave them off. I might put them back on when i repaint the car in a couple of years. #2. I removed the cursive continental script from the side of the car near the back bumper and filled in the holes. I am replacing them with much larger (1/3 bigger) continental script from a 63 lincoln. The larger script looks more masculine and i want the car to look like a hot rod not a luxury car. I have all of the old scripts cleaned and bagged for the next guy/gal that owns the car. If he/she wants to go back to stock he will have what he needs.

Continental Scripts

This is the new script installed. I drilled the holes out after priming the car.

Last time i posted i had a pic of a foose rim that i can’t afford :). I have found a less expensive look a like . The pic below shows the BOSS wheel on the left and the more expensive (more awesome) FOOSE wheel on the right. Update…i got super lucky and found the BOSS wheels at craigslist for $600. They have a little road rash but for $600 with good tires i cant complain.


Last expense/work will be the audio system. I want to use Focal or JL Audio gear because i use and trust their products. My trunk liner was rotted and has been removed. The trunk has been painted out and dynamat is going down after paint. I have been googling “custom audio trunk” pics to see what other people are doing with their cars. The trunk is huge and i want to keep it that way so i am looking for a stealthy design. I want to showcase the gear but i want it low profile… sort of like what i do for my clients. I am going to make it easy to remove so i can get at light bulbs and the spare tire etc. It would be nice to finish it with leather to match the interior but im find with fabric/carpet also. These are a few that i like. They all look pretty clean.



JL Audio Fathom Subwoofer X 4!

I am in Phoenix doing some upgrades. I got a pic of one of the 4 fathoms that are installed in our clients family room. These subs are beautiful and sound incredible. We have Focal surround speakers and Ariel LCR speakers that the client already owned. Sim2 C3X and a 63″ Pioneer plasma. For control we have a Crestron TPMC-8X, Crestron e-control Xpanel on his and her laptops a URC MX-900 and now we have an iPad. I think they are covered on the control front :). There are 10 Crestron wi-fi touchpanels here plus the iPad. All of them can roam using 2 Ruckus access points that share the same SSID.

I would love to stick 2 of these fathoms in the trunk of my Lincoln :). The iPad was sitting on top of it so i kept it in the pic with the Crestron Mobile app running our GUI.

JL Audio Fathom - Apple iPad Running Crestron Mobile


New Arm Rest & Switches Installed

I finally got around to taking pics of the interior work i had done. The top pic shows what it looked like when i got the car. The bottom shows the finished product. All of the parts for the arm rest had to be sourced from various places. I ordered the lower metal piece from one place and when it showed up it was about a foot longer than it should be. Turns out that they made the arm rest longer in later years to accommodate a different speaker. I got it on ebay for $20 so it wasn’t too much of a hit.

Before & After Arm Rest

The entire interior is complete now except for the radio and the dash piece that it mounts to. Whoever had the car before me cut it out and installed an aftermarket radio. Right now this isn’t a huge priority for me but i want to get it for when/if i ever sell the car. The leather, the head liner and the carpet are in incredible shape. All black with no cracks or tears. It even has special stitching detail in the back seat that doesn’t show up on later models.

I had some misc work done under the hood. Suspension and brakes are in decent shape. I still have an oil leak but not bad enough to worry about yet. The mechanic said he couldn’t find it easily and recommended that i wait until im ready to clean it up. Eventually i want to pull it, totally refurbish & paint it and put it back in. I want to replace the brake system and suspension also so i will do it all at once. For right now i can focus on getting it painted and customizing the trunk. The trunk carpet was rotted so i scraped it all out. I cleaned it up, gave it a couple of coats of rustoleum rust reformer and then a couple of coats of black primer and finally 2 coats of flat black engine paint. Looks very nice now. Im going to dynamat the whole thing and start building trim pieces that i will carpet or wrap with vinyl. I want to keep as much trunk space as possible and make the panels so i can easily get at light bulbs, spare & jack etc. The trunk is huge. Im hoping to get a 13″ JLAudio sub in there and still have room for luggage, groceries, tools etc. Would be nice to drive when i go on service calls. Im also going to swap out the existing speakers for JLAudio speakers and i want to upgrade the audiovox head unit with something modern so i can dock my phone, bluetooth etc.

After paint and the trunk im going wheel shopping. Every forum i read has people complaining about aftermarket wheels. “Why don’t you put the stock wheels on it! You ruined that car” is the typical response. Well… This car is 42 years old! The stock wheels are black hubs with stainless caps. They don’t exist! IF and i mean IF you find a new set they will cost you a couple grand and the first time you hit a pothole a cap will go rolling down the highway and you wont know it until you get home. My budget for wheels is $2000 and that includes the rubber. I don’t care for the spokes or giant diamonds. I want something that looks like it belongs on a muscle car. Im hoping to find a less expensive look alike to these foose wheels.

I would also like to put in an air ride system but i will probably wait until i recondition the engine. Now that i have a plan i have to squeeze enough pennies to make it happen :).


Kaner – Pit Bull Extraordinaire

Family Member Bullies…

Kaner is a name my niece and nephew chose. I have no idea where the name came from and it’s too late to change it :). Kaners mother is my cousins dog. My sister picked up Kaner at Christmas (2010). He lived with her until she moved into a “no pets” building. Now he lives with me. He is a blue nose American Pitbull Terrior. He started out really gray and now hes sort of a gray brown. he has a small white patch on his chest. I haven’t had a pet since i was 12 because i am allergic to cats, dogs, horses you name it. I probably shouldn’t have taken him but its impossible not to fall in love. This first pic was just after new years. We walked out in the driveway and he sat down and stayed in place looking at me long enough for me to get my phone out and take a pic.

Blue Nose Pit Bull

Posing for the camera

Hes quite a bit bigger now.

Just finished eating some dirt.

He is a huge baby and craves attention 24/7. He recently learned that he likes to dig. Great fun for him and a muddy nightmare for me. Check out this video here : Kaner Digging & Eating The Mud.

Another thing he likes to do is Army crawl all around the yard on his belly. I don’t know if hes too lazy to get up and walk or if he just likes how it feels. He pulls himself with his front paws allover the place. I caught a few seconds of it here : Kaner Army Crawl

Kaner is my new best friend. I wish i could travel with him.



Universal Remote MX-980 & MRF-260 Installation

Finally got back to a project where i used 4 MX-980’s and 4 MRF-260’s. The project was mentioned in a July Newsletter from URC. Client called about his printer not working so i decided to take a couple of pics while i was there. This is the kitchen TV. The Chicago lake front is outside of those windows on the right so it was difficult to get a good pic.

Universal Remote MX-980 and MRF-260

Universal Remote MX-980 and MRF-260

We have zektor baluns routing audio and video to 3 of the TV’s and we are using a Digital Logger ethernet (controlled) power switch so that we can remotely power cycle the cable boxes, modem, router and access points.

Today’s service call was solved by canceling print jobs that were stuck for some reason. I installed logmein on the clients new computer so that i could remotely correct things like that in the future.