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  1. Smokestone10

    Left home in the Lincoln, and came back with three more.

    I can't really blame you there, though to my credit I chose the more sedate version of the two wood grain patterns provided. 🙂
  2. Smokestone10

    Left home in the Lincoln, and came back with three more.

    Because it comes with an optional custom wagon roof. The top of the box shows the two custom variants, the stock Continental convertible is shown on the side. It was fairly common for AMT box art of the era to highlight the custom version over the stock version. When the reissue came out I tried one as a wagon but kept the stock front and rear bumpers. I call it a "Continental Navigator" a concept car Lincoln might have tried to entice younger, upwardly-mobile family men back in '65. 🙂
  3. Went out for a trip in the MKZ and ended up haunting a hobby shop in the area, one with a pretty good selection of new and out-of-production model kits. Since Lincolns in model kit form have never really been abundant, I thought it was time to stock up and nabbed this trio. The recently-reissued AMT '65 Continental convertible, an '80's reissue of the (ex MPC) AMT/Ertl '28 Lincoln Sport Touring, and a 1979 issue of the MPC '27 Lincoln Locke roadster. Some of you who were around in the '60's might remember the '65 as an "annual" kit from AMT, while the '27 and '28 were part of MPC's "Gangbusters" line of kits from the early '60's. In the mid '80's AMT/Ertl took over MPC so some of the old MPC kits were re-released later on as AMT/Ertl kits, like the Sport Touring version I have. Being an annual (promo-based) kit, the '65 is somewhat simplified and crude in spots, but the '27 and '28 kits (which obviously share many components) are extremely well detailed, even by today's standards. Eventually I'll get around to building them. 🙂
  4. Smokestone10

    2020 Explorer 3.0

    Wouldn't be the first time that happened. The 460 cubic inch version of the 385 Lima big block was Lincoln-only in the beginning. Within a few years, you could get it in pretty much anything. And by the end it was a light-truck-only engine. I'm guessing there are other examples but that's the one I can think of off the top of my head.
  5. Smokestone10

    2020 Explorer 3.0

    You may be right, but I'm also thinking you might be onto something in saying that the Interceptor engine is based on the MKZ design. And you're definitely right about police engines being offered as options. Maybe it's Ford trying to squeeze a bit more out of the engine seeing as how there may be no MKZ in a few years. "Why go to the trouble of pumping up a 3.0 especially for the Interceptor when we can use the one we did for the MKZ with a few tweaks?" I also like the idea of a sedan based on the RWD Explorer platform, but I honestly think Lincoln is crazy for not using the Mustang platform for at least one model. They could have a convertible in the lineup again, as well as a coupe, and what the hell... do a four-door variant too if you want. That would probably be the volume leader anyway and it would give them something to go up against the RWD Cadillacs and the entry level German luxury sport sedans. But the Explorer platform might work just as well, and offer the availability of AWD as an option, to boot. All we know for sure is that the Connie will get back it's signature suicide rear doors sometime early in the next decade... unless plans change again. For a marque that claims to be "committed to sedans"in the future, if you look at the current lopsided lineup, I can't really buy it when they don't seem committed to sedans at the present time.
  6. Smokestone10

    2020 Explorer 3.0

    It's still exclusive, just not exclusive only to Lincoln. If it will only be used in the Interceptor it's no big deal... you can't just go in as a civilian and buy a police-spec Explorer. On the upswing it'll mean cheap junkyard replacement parts when the Interceptors start getting cracked up. Or, maybe it'll mean they'll bump the power for the Lincoln-spec 3.0 at some point. I'm still worried about the future of Lincoln passenger cars, even though Lincoln's management has said they're "committed to sedans" despite Ford's choice to largely abandon the market.
  7. Smokestone10

    Just want to say thanks!

    Please don't tempt me. 😂
  8. Smokestone10

    Just want to say thanks!

    I just wanted to say thanks to the MKZ Forum and it's members. I think I've used the search feature here to find things out about my car more often than the owner's manual, not to mention I've found out quite a bit of "real world" things to know and look out for from others. Maybe the joint isn't exactly jumping, but this seems like a pretty relaxed group of helpful people who love the little Lincoln. I'm hoping we're still all here in about eight years when a decent, relatively-low-mile 2018 Black Label has (hopefully) depreciated enough to be within my financial reach. 🙂
  9. Smokestone10

    Compass frpzem at due north

    They are not- the radio doesn't look like mine either (I think two head units were available in the 2010s- the one with the in-dash changer and the one without... I'd have to double check to make sure). It was linked under 2013 so I'm thinking the site has a mix up. I bookmarked it earlier after a buddy had a compass freeze on his Explorer, that time everything matched up.
  10. Smokestone10

    Fuel Door

    I meant the plug- it's as close as I can get to a "regular cap" for my application. But it would cost me money and like I said... I've gotten used to not having to deal with a fuel cap. I"m not worried about fuel theft or anything, just seems so weird that my junky old Subaru had a locking fuel door but my fancy little Lincoln does not. 🙂
  11. Smokestone10

    Fuel Door

    That is so odd. I have the capless filler, you'd think a locking fuel door would be a logical thing to have when you don't have a traditional screw-on cap. I've thought about getting a regular cap for mine but I've gotten so used to the capless one I don't want to go back to worrying about leaving it on the trunklid and driving off. 🙂
  12. Smokestone10

    Fuel Door

    My 2010 doesn't have a power fuel door... seems weird for that to be an option on a Lincoln.
  13. Smokestone10

    Compass frpzem at due north

    I *think* the magnetic sensors for the compass are behind the bumper covers, but I'm not sure of that. You can reset the compass yourself- if these don't work then it might be a job for the dealer. http://www.linhelps.com/content-1115.html Here is resetting the compass zone, which can vary a bit depending on what part of the country you're in. There's a map on the page showing where to set it. http://www.linhelps.com/content-1114.html
  14. Smokestone10

    2010 MKZ tail light functions...

    Minor update- the driver's side turn signal (separate from the tail lamps) went out a few days ago... and a new bulb did not solve the issue. Going back in Monday to see what's what with that.
  15. Smokestone10

    DIY plasti dipped grille

    Not unlike what Buick did with the GNX in the '80's- you couldn't just trot down to the dealer and "upgrade" to GNX parts for your GN or T-Type if you couldn't prove you had a GNX.