I recently picked up an 84 MK VII. Nice car, very good condition, I
really like it. It had some minor problems but is now a respectable
While looking for manuals, parts, etc. I found out that in 1984 and
maybe 1985 they were available with a european design turbo-diesel. I
have seen a few on E-bay and they are discussed on the Lincolnsonline
I've got a fondness for oddball or under appreciated cars, in my teens
everyone wanted a Camaro, I wanted a Firebird, guys were gaga over
Mustangs, I liked the Cougars. I even had a Tempo Diesel for a while. I
loved that car but it rusted away.
I was thinking it would be sort of cool to have a Diesel LSC. Do any
of the long time Ford Techs remember this engine. I have never seen one
and remember the GM 5.7 Oil burner(leaker, rocker arm trasher, HG
blower, etc) debacle, I worked on so many of them I think I still fart
carbon. I guess I'm asking if these engines were any good, even in 1984.
Would it be worth buying one for a part time driver, ie:toy?
I can ask this question on the Lincoln forum but I need an unbiased
answer. (A good friend has an 82 Olds 98 Smoker that is trouble free
after 122K, he of course, says "Hell Yeah, buy one").
When I think Good Automotive Diesel Engine, I think Mercedes. They
have built one for years (I cool my garage with an old Thermo King unit
powered by a Mercedes, don't ask, it was cheap and easy to repair, and a
fun quirky project. Yea, I've got issues). Did the Mk VII diesel flop
because it was problematic or because of the bad GM Diesel publicity and
poor public reception by the American public for oil burners at the time?
I appreciate all input, Tom