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'90 TC - How much is the engine worth?

I have a 1990 Lincoln TownCar & live in California. My T.C. has 146k miles on it. I was able to sell the trans on Craigslist & now I'm trying to find a junkyard/salvage lot that'll buy the engine. One offered me $200, & that seems kind of low to me. How much do you think the engine is worth?


  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    Believe the 302 engine started out in the early 60's as a 260, then 289, then 302, and so on. Considering the thousands of Windsor and Cleveland engines out there,including marine conversions, $200 is probably a fair price.
  • Thanks for the input!
  • hankc2hankc2 Posts: 2
    My 93 TC runs great .Has 184K miles, but is in good shape. A mechanic bud replaced the Alternator yesterday ( bearings shot), now car stalls, and idles unevenly..FYI, had to drive car about 7 miles presumably off batt. power before alt. replaced. Do I need to re-set something to get car to run smoothly again ?
  • nwraaanwraaa Posts: 175
    You should not have to do any special re-programing to get the car to run properly. Is the mechanic sure that he properly reconnected all the components that were disturbed during the replacement of the altenator? This is a new altenator but is it the correct altenator and is it producing the proper electrical power output?
  • hankc2hankc2 Posts: 2
    Thank you very much for the reply.. I feel pretty sure about proper reconnections ....but You mentioned the proper alternator ...and now I am wondering if that is the case ...It is made by Visteon ..could it be that the parts house he had it delivered from brought the wrong one ? Do you know of a way I could check ( AMPS.output or alternator model # etc.?) Any additional help would truly be appreciated !!
  • Hi, I might be a bit too late with this; but,

    the 1990 Lincoln Town Car just happened to have the WINDSOR motor.
    Yes, this is a 302 V-8 but most importantly it is a Windsor. The Windsor was only used in Town Cars in 1990.
    I have a 1990 Town Car, it has 249,659 miles on it and still runs strong it does not burn or leak oil at all between oil changes.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    Memory says in 1980 the TC had the 302 as their standard engine,however, only in that year was the 351 optional. I owned the 1980 351 until it was totaled in a parking lot crash. It was replaced with a 1982 TC with the 302 engine which was the only available engine up & including 1990 and 1990 was the last year for the 302. 1991 was the first year for the TC to have the 4.6 engine.
  • zero rust tolerance
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    Recommend the 4.6L V8 found in the 91 & on TC's. The 302 in the 90 is a good engine for powering Mustangs of that era, but not the 4200 lb cars.
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