1979 Lincoln Mark V will not start!!!!

Asked by Sep 29, 2016 at 05:17 PM about the 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V Cartier

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

its cranks like it wants to start, but just will not start.  Car was running great
best it has sounded in years, we were at a stop light pressed on the gas to
go car sounded like it backfired, died and smoke came out from under the
hood.. It blew all the hoses off the "t" on the back wall....  These are all of
the things we have done so far and we are just at a loss.. New timing chain,
new distributor cap and rotor, new plugs, new wires, new wires to the
battery, battery test good , new starter, new alternator, exhaust gaskets,  i
am sure there is more that we have done but i just cannot think right now.   
all fluids are good no water in the oil, new radiator also was put in with in
the past year all of this has been done with in the past 6 months up to
literally a week ago.   

3 Answers

86,545

The backfire tells me that it was ignition, the most common problem is the Ignition module unit. However you are in the gray area of engine management systems, do you know what system you have, MCU, or Ford Generation 1 ?

I am not sure exactly hubby is down with the car! but we actually found the problem! A friend of ours had a camera and we were checking the pistons and found the cam shaft snapped!!!

86,545

WOW that should have started making some noise before that happened. If it broke between journals then it is repairable without having to line bore the block for the cam but if it broke right in a journal then it could have cracked the block in the web for the cam. A 79 is only worth something to a Lincoln fanatic, you might get more for it in parts if your not going to fix it.

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