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1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan

cosmo1950cosmo1950 Posts: 11
I joined this discussion because there was no category for my classic dream car. I own an unrestored bone stock black 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan 4 Door and I love it like no other car I have ever owned! My dad had a black 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan coupe when I was eight years old and I have always longed to own a similar Lincoln and it became a reality recently. Now I am taken up with nurturing it and joinging other classic car buffs in my central NY region where there are lots of classic cars. I will be a regular vistor here for sure, now that there is a category for this fabulous automobile. I am going on a maiden voyage of 90 miles one way to a classic car picknick tomorrow on Sunday the 29th of July and I will report back on the trip in this discussion group.


  • Was a success! Had lots of freeway travel at 65 plus mph. Only problem was a real hot interior. The day was pretty sunny and very warm and so was the inside of that car! I do believe there is something foul with the air circulation inside because nothing but heat was coming from the fresh air vents. Will do an investigation.
    This was a FoMoCo event and the sponsor was a generous couple of Ford devotees. They made everyone feel at home. They had barns full of cars that would make your mouth water! I never in my life saw three 1953 Mercury's in a row. It was awesome. What they could not fit in the barns were tucked under the tree rows that lined the farm they owned. All sorts of diamonds in the rough. I imagine he was keeping them hid so he would not have to register as a junk yard. I will tell you, I am an early Ford man all the way and no Ford is "junk" in my blue book! Everyone that came to the event had really nice Ford rides, most of the years were covered from a 1939 Lincoln V 12 coupe, that was spotless to my 1950 Lincoln, all flatheads for the most part. There were a few 1st and 2nd generation Mustangs there too. It was so much fun driving and keeping up with the BMW's etcetera on 81 South in NY. Keep on rollin. :)
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,463
    Sounds like a nice time! Do you have any online pics of your Lincoln?
  • I tried to paste them at the Edmunds recommended site but I got an error that said I do not have a modern op system. I still use Windows 98 and that does not qualify and I refuse to change over. If you want, I will email you a picture. I tried your email and it came back undelivered. :mad:
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,463
    hmmm, I dunno why it would've come back undelivered? :confuse: I use that account all the time. Anyway, I have a photobucket website where I upload stuff all the time. So if we can figure out how to get those pics to me, I could post them there for other people to see.
  • Hoping you get those pictures posted. Am anxious to see the new ride.
  • Still working on getting some pics on a public site somewhere. Eventually. Today I received an email from Red's Headers in California and I have been on a waiting list for headers for my ride and they are ready this week! I ordered a set of ceramic coated and will have them for this summer's cruising. It sounds so cool now with one glasspack, when that big V8 has those headers and two glasspacks I will be in heaven! Also got my garage extra entrance door completed so my baby will be able to hibernate the NY winter not far away.
    I want to find a matched pair of nice mellow glass packs and some big diameter pipe to stick out from under that awesome rear bumper and then my hot rod Lincoln will be a road warrior! :)
  • Back in the fifties I remember all those flatheads with those hollywood mufflers and no overhead valve engine can duplicate that sound. I tried with my 1991 Mustang but it still sounded bland compared to a free breathing flathead. Since I got this car I am meeting more guys and gals devoted to that engine and it is fun kicking it with them. I also got a pair of 22 inch Smithy's glass pack mufflers for those headers and today I stopped by the local muffler shop and got a bid on hooking it up. I thought I got a fair price of around 300 bucks to bend all the pipe from the headers to the rear bumper and then I will have the sound that kills and return me to my teen age years as a hot rodder. How cool is that? Boys with big toys, that's me! :P
  • Check out my photo; My Lincoln Rod Hot in the photo section of this site. It is a love affair divine! :)
  • Beautiful!
  • Had a low point this weekend I will tell you! Went out a few days ago to fire up the Cosmo and NADA. Not a peep out her! So I just put the 6-Volt Charger on the battery overnight and next day, NADA! Not a peep! OK, the battery must be shot so I bring it in to Auto Zone and they check it on their machine. It is a dead battery. I buy a new Farm and Truck battery 6 Volt and hook it up. Drive my Cosmo with no problem. Next day I try it, NADA! Not a peep! OK, this is getting frustrating so I bring it back to Auto Zone and they check it out, it is fried! They give me a new one. Now, before I hook this one up I do some research. I begin with my neighbor who is an old flathead man and he right away spots a shredded wire to my Voltage Regulator. It is so near the Voltage Regulator that for sure it must have touched the metal casing and grounded out the meter and fried the internal components. So today I went to my source for parts and ordered a new 6 Volt Voltage Regulator and some wire repair links and now I have to wait for the new part. This is typical of classical cars and patience is a virtue with them. Be forewarned and those of you with classic cars know what I am talking about! Keep on rollin! :sick:
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    Oh, we know.

    Like a string of firecrackers, things will go wrong.

    You might want to check out the rest of that wiring harness, if it's original and it probably is, things can get pretty brittle.

    Part of the fun!
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,093
    Sorry for the interruption, but can you drop me an email please? This is about your email concerning updating your address that you sent into the Help Desk. I tried emailing you at your new address, but it was returned. :confuse:

    Click on my screen name for my address.
  • I had to delete my old email address and I lost my membership at Edmunds! So, here I am starting all over and fighting for a place for the Cosmopolitan model. When you search Edmunds "Lincoln" section they casually omit the Cosmopolitan! I have no idea why because I think it was the most beautiful of all the Lincolns and not just because I have one. I bought it because it was the most beautiful! I guess my pictures will remain under the cosmo1950 handle but I will check to make sure. You look at it and deny it as the most beautiful if you want.
    As far as an update on my cruiser; the thick walled exhaust pipe will be in at the muffler shop in my home town tomorrow, 9-5-07 and the header job will finally get done. I sent my busted AM radio off to Idaho for a refubishing. A guy there will strip out the innards and install a modern AM/FM receiver and leave it bone stock and you will not notice any visual change from the stock radio installed in the dash. It will be a 12 volt connection supplied by a booster that boosts my stock 6Volt connection up to 12V. I will run just one speaker as that is all it came with in 1950, way before the boomers and boxes of killer speakers, sub woofers and amps. You can bet I will buy a top of the line 6x9 to go in the dash where the old one used to hang out and do nothing. So far it is running pretty good but still do not have a working speedometer. I have a guy that will repair it but no one in my town will attempt the removal. If you know how, please let me know and I will try. No one would remove the radio either but someone showed me how and I did it. You have to be able to do some things yourself with these old cars. Mechanics fear these cars. More later. Cosmo1950 aka cosmopolitan1 ;)
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    Few mechanics will work on old cars and for good reason.

    1. They don't know how since they were born in 1982.

    2. They are afraid they will break something irreplaceable.

    3. They don't want to tie up a stall for weeks or months.

    This could open a whole new topic. How many places would tackle an overhaul on that flathead? Nobody in my neck of the woods that I know of!
  • Just call me cosmo1950 from now on. Our moderator straightened out the confusion of changing my email address. Now for today's activity. Another glitch on the dual exhaust hook up for my Lincoln. I dropped it off this morning and I get a call at 10:30AM about a problem of routing the pipe on the driver's side. Ford did not provide a hole big enough in the frame on my side for duals so remember that on vintage FoMoCo's! Well, that frame opening can only be done by a plasma cutter and fortunately I know a guy down the road who works on modified race cars and he will do it tomorrow. I had to prep the spots on the frame though as he does not have a lift in his shop. So I did the prep work at the muffler shop with all my tools too. Nice guy to let me do it. Had to take it down to bare metal as the plasma cutter will only cut bare metal and not undercoated metal. I had to get dirty and did I! Using an air abrasive wheel and a wire brush on my electric drill. Will try again tomorrow after the plasma cuts. Adios! Good thing I am retired! :)
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    You are lucky you found someone who would let you use thier lift to work on your own car. This is another thing of the past!

    Be damm careful how you cut that FRAME!
  • You are on the wrong site.
    If you want to discyuss your car with people who understand it (and YOU) you need to be on Jalopy Journal
  • I will pack my bags and leave this site and shake the dust from my sandles. Sorry I offended you with my "jalopy", enjoy your plastic Tonka car to the fullest! ;)
  • Someone didn't take their Midol today!

    That site is for and about MEN who are into old cars like yours. Maybe you wouldn't fit in there. But that's where I discuss and gather info on my 3 1950's vehicles.

    Sandles, huh? They sound real cute.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,463
    You are very welcome here. We are a generalized and vast forum that talks about all kinds of cars, modern and old, but you'd be surprised who might show up on these boards.

    I've enjoyed reading your posts, so you just keep at it. You might think about starting your own page on your car, and then you can add blog entries and tell us how you are coming along. Go to to get started on that.

    Once your page is up, you can invite friends from these forums and also outside these forums to see what you've done so far.

    RE: Cutting the frame -- this was a common practice. I've seen it done a LOT on the late 40s, early 50s Oldsmobiles, to accomodate dual exhausts. The plasma cutter is nice because you can get a very very neat hole. I've seen some that just didn't look very good.

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    Yeah, I guess those HUGE, THICK frames were still pretty strong even after being cut!

    Ignore the troublemakers, they always go away when ignored!
  • Ignore the troublemakers, they always go away when ignored!

    Yup notice we haven't seen that particular new trouble maker on the sales side of the boards lately?
  • I'm on the older side myself, but had to look up some pix on google. Cool looking car - maybe consider converting to 12V? :D
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    So, why don't you go there and STAY there instead of coming here and causing trouble in a peaceful forum?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    Why do that? Those 6 volt systems work just fine given the light demands those cars had.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    Well, maybe YOU will get sick of similar conversations with yourself and move on.

    You could have suggested that site in a friendly manner.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,463
    Two posts were removed for rules violations.

    Please continue your discussion!


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  • Nah, I gave good advice to check the most popular old car discussion board on the internet, not a warm hug.

    Smithy's mufflers and flatheads are discussed there everyday--about 15 of the first 20 posts here were from him and responding to himself so I figured he might a place where he can get some interaction on his topic.

    If good advice upsets people, I think that is more their problem than mine. I do appreciate your advice and value it as much as I paid for it.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,463
    next time just give the advice without the jabs to the ribs and we will appreciate you more.

    I think if he builds a Carspace page he'll have an easier time sharing photos and data with us and with other forums. As he progresses on the car, we can follow along.

    I'm always interesting in the choices people make during restoration.

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  • Hey folks,
    We just got this lincoln in our shop to restore. Don't know much about it and need much help. Right now I need rocker panels and don't know where to find them. Can anyone help? Thanks :confuse:
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