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THE TOP / DECK HYDRAULIC SYSTEM: 1961-1965
- Install all top
cylinders & lines, leaving pump motor unit dismounted and
sitting UP RIGHT with filler plug removed. In this position,
it is easier to fill, and won't suck air (zip-tie is helpful)
- Hydraulic rams are to
remain disconnected from deck lid & convertible top (where ram
attaches) Don't forget a prop rod to keep deck lid from
falling! It is also good idea to place a support (rag or
paper towel roll) under the top cylinders to hold them up; so
when ram moves in & out, it does not hit anything.
- A completely empty
system will hold approximately 3 1/2 quarts of
transmission fluid (use type F) You will need a 3 way
jumper wire with alligator clips (12-14 gauge) For
power, use circuit breaker located just above pump ( it
is always powered)
- You are going to be
"shooting blanks" Before hot-wiring the pump, you must
open the appropriate solenoid valve. The valve closest
to tail light is for the DECK cylinders. The two values
closest to the tire are for the TOP cylinders. When
bleeding the top system, you must energize BOTH top valves
simultaneously. Solenoid valves have one black wire
going into a bullet connector: disconnect that bullet
connector to energize.
- Alternate bleeding deck
& top system: jump power to deck solenoid valve ( you
will hear it click) Then energize either yellow wire or
red wire on pump. when rams get either all the way in or
all the way out, immediately cut power to pump... then go the
other direction. Try to anticipate when the ram is out /
in, to avoid over pressurizing (which is easy to do)
- Add fluid to reservoir,
but NEVER fill more than 80% full. Any air in the system
will end up in this reservoir, and vent. Leave
filler plug out thru entire procedure.
- After running deck rams
in /out for several cycles, "shoot blanks" on the top
cylinders. Remember to energize BOTH solenoid valves
closest to tire; then energize either yellow or red wire on
the pump motor unit. If cylinders are new and empty, you
will have to fill reservoir about 3 times before rams move.
- Do not energize solenoid
valves more than 3-5 minutes, without a rest to cool
down. Also, if pump is too hot to touch, it should be
allowed to cool, as well. Having a battery charger on
the battery will insure good power, as this procedure draws
approximately 30-40 amps.
- After alternating
bleeding top and deck systems, and cylinders are working
evenly; hot wire rams to appropriate positions, install pins
and mount pump. Correct level of fluid in reservoir when
mounted, is 1 inch down from filler plug, at 12 o'clock
1961 -1967 PRODUCTION FIGURES
LINCOLN CONVERTIBLES & HARDTOPS:
- 1961 Lincoln 4d
- 1961 Lincoln 4d Sedan:
- 1962 Lincoln 4d
- 1962 Lincoln 4d Sedan:
- 1963 Lincoln 4d
- 1963 Lincoln 4d Sedan:
- 1964 Lincoln 4d
- 1964 Lincoln 4d Sedan:
- 1965 Lincoln 4d
- 1965 Lincoln 4d Sedan:
- 1966 Lincoln 4d
- 1966 Lincoln 4d Sedan:
- 1966 Lincoln 2d Coupe:
- 1967 Lincoln 4d
- 1967 Lincoln 4d Sedan:
- 1967 Lincoln 2d Coupe: