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    So Massachusetts has really hammered down on their inspection systems. Both my modified Marks will fail due to the decible sound of the exhaust. So i will definitely need to silence the exhaust to keep driving in Massachusetts. I'm a back road driver, not a drag strip or track guy.

    I'm at the point in my life that I can afford a brand new Flagship Lincoln if they had one I wanted. Or even a thunderbird if Ford had one.

    I can't imagine life without these cars, but I'm thinking of it. No wife, no kids, and I work a lot. I want something New. With all the new tech (no Tesla Joe!). That will fit my 6'-5" frame. Come October Hyde needs a new sticker. Come April the vert does. They may become lawn decorations.

    First world problems.

    1995,1996,1997 Lincoln Mark VIII Custom Convertible.
    1996 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC Modified.
    2004 Harley Vrod (VRSCB) Stock.
    2017 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 3.0T AWD (Daily Driver).
    2017 Mercede-Benz S550 Cabriolet Stock.

  • #2
    So quite the exhaust. The new Continental is very nice, but I would get a CPO one, they depreciate fast.

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    • #3
      I want rear wheel drive, power, 2 door, and sex appeal. Ive got a 17 MKZ 3.0 twin turbo and its insane! But i want rwd, and a convertible.

      1995,1996,1997 Lincoln Mark VIII Custom Convertible.
      1996 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC Modified.
      2004 Harley Vrod (VRSCB) Stock.
      2017 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 3.0T AWD (Daily Driver).
      2017 Mercede-Benz S550 Cabriolet Stock.

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      • #4
        Well Lincoln does not make anything like that anymore, 1998 was the last year for the coupe, I can't recall the last "factory" convertible.

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        • #5
          If the exhaust is the only problem, I see a couple solutions.
          As old as these cars are, does your state have some exceptions for "collector cars?" It's a thought.. If not,

          a) find a "friendly" inspection station. Maybe they won't perceive the exhaust as being loud enough to warrant work.

          b) spend some money and make the exhaust quieter. It'd still be cheaper than a couple payments on something modern.

          B-2) I suppose you could try the trick my dad always talks about from "back in the day," shoving a bunch of steel wool in the exhaust.

          c) (edit) what if your cars were out of state at the moment? http://www.massrmv.com/rmv/forms/21307.pdf
          Last edited by tixer; 01-11-2018, 09:41 AM.
          Mike Martin

          1997 Mark VIII LSC 5.0
          2001 Dodge Dakota

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          • #6
            Another thought. I've been seeing cars all over the country with Vermont plates. Including ones that clearly never drive there. Clearly they have no requirement of residency, but there's not a lot of information about it.

            Here's about the best I could find.

            https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/...stions.824198/
            Mike Martin

            1997 Mark VIII LSC 5.0
            2001 Dodge Dakota

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            • #7
              Problem one, easy fix redo exhaust fit with quick time upgrade or cutouts depending on desire to obtain tickets.
              http://www.quicktimeperformance.com/400116/index.php
              Problem two spend money there are lots of options out there for car upgrade if you want to upgrade its a good time to buy modern day muscle, hard part is to sell your Lincolns....maybe upgrade one and sell one to move up to new car muscle?

              Its not a bad problem to have. I fully understand the desire to get new.

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              • #8
                You'll never find a better rear wheel drive, V8, convertible than the Mark VIII that you have now.

                Bill
                1994 Deep Jewel Green 183,142 miles
                1997 White LSC 135k miles
                1998 White Collectors Edition 175k
                1994 Black (#2) 100k miles
                1993 Deep Jewel Green Convertible

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                • #9
                  I don't get the inspections in Illinois all they do is scan for codes if there are no DTC'S you pass. It must stink living in a state that is so stringent.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by billcu View Post
                    You'll never find a better rear wheel drive, V8, convertible than the Mark VIII that you have now.
                    I think I'd have to agree.

                    I've looked and I can't seem to find one.

                    The Camaro ZL1 wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for being a Chevy and the god awful ride.
                    JP

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                    • #11
                      Wow JP I can't believe you used the C word on a Ford forum. What would be wrong with maybe looking at some of the new mustangs.The twin turbo Ford SHO is a rocket even though it's front wheel drive it produces 365 HP.
                      Last edited by mag; 01-12-2018, 08:10 AM.

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                      • #12
                        From what I understand Mass is now using 5-6 cameras and microphones. As soon as the camera sees something, or the microphone hears something it stops the inspection and rejects the car. Having a friendly inspector doesn't seem to be an option anymore. But, we'll see what happens come inspection time for my cars. Others are getting rejected left and right.
                        But the cars are old, I'm actually afraid to drive them sometimes in case some one hits me. I am upset that neither Ford or Lincoln have anything I want. I only have the Z as it's a company car. It's a nice car, AWESOME actually, but not what I really want. Blah on the mustang, they're not for me, way too many of them. Hell no on the Camaro. Was behind a convertible one the other day, No Thank You.
                        My Vert is nice, but its not solid enough for me to put on bigger rims to allow for bigger brakes to actually stop the thing when she gets moving. I'd love to sink money into the vert to completely upgrade the structure, remove the current framing and channel the floor for actual frame rails. But I can't find anyone local that will do the work. There are only a few places out here in Mass, and the one I really want to do the work (Chris Cerce Customs) doesn't seem to want to do the work.

                        If there was a new Mark with 2 doors and RWD i'd likely buy one. I have absolutely no passion for ANY new car out there right now. At least not any in my price range, which a flagship lincoln is.

                        1995,1996,1997 Lincoln Mark VIII Custom Convertible.
                        1996 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC Modified.
                        2004 Harley Vrod (VRSCB) Stock.
                        2017 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 3.0T AWD (Daily Driver).
                        2017 Mercede-Benz S550 Cabriolet Stock.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mag View Post
                          What would be wrong with maybe looking at some of the new mustangs.
                          Originally posted by warden View Post
                          Blah on the mustang, they're not for me, way too many of them.
                          Exactly.

                          (Although I may want to revaluate that if they put the new 10 speed automatic in a GT350R.)

                          Originally posted by warden View Post
                          If there was a new Mark with 2 doors and RWD i'd likely buy one.
                          I've actually used that line at the dealer.
                          JP

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                          • #14
                            Just gotta register them in Minnesota, and since they're registered here you will have to store them here. Mike and I can assist with that!

                            Seriously though, just have a new exhaust made that is super quiet that you can swap on every inspection season, then go back to the one you have now. Or like Mike said, can you register them as "Classic"? That's how I've gotten around a few regulations here.
                            Eric
                            -00 Honda Accord (The MPG'er)
                            -97 Mark VIII Base (The Row'er)
                            -95 Mark VIII LSC (The Go'er)
                            -14 Model T touring (The Show'er)
                            -Rebuilding the T

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                            • #15
                              It doesn't matter how you register here. If the car is different from stock for ride height, window tint, sound, etc it fails. I'll need new exhausts for both, new tint for Hyde, new seat belts for the vert, and don't know what else.

                              I work a lot. When I'm out of work I want to drive, not work on the cars. I'd just love to have a new one as well as my 8's. Always couldn't wait till I could afford a new Lincoln Mark. Now that I can, there isn't one I'd pay 2 cents for.
                              Last edited by warden; 01-13-2018, 06:30 AM.

                              1995,1996,1997 Lincoln Mark VIII Custom Convertible.
                              1996 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC Modified.
                              2004 Harley Vrod (VRSCB) Stock.
                              2017 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 3.0T AWD (Daily Driver).
                              2017 Mercede-Benz S550 Cabriolet Stock.

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