View Full Version : New member & I caught the Mark II bug

10-19-2013, 12:48 AM
Dear friends,

After driving in my friend's '56 Mark II several months ago, I have a confession. I haven't fell that hard in love since the day I met my gorgeous wife. My friend Jim Sinnes also happens to be my mechanic for my '61 Imperial Crown sedan, and is also completely rebuilding my '55 Lincoln Capri sedan. To top off my ownership of a '61 Cadillac 6-window deVille sedan and '59 Imperial Crown sedan, I've now put my world on hold and am jumping into the 'gotta have one' pool. Mind you, my wife doesn't know, so if I do buy one some day, it'll probably be restored by Jim and stay at his garage until I have the moxie (or stupidity, which is probably the case) to cringe and tell her.

If you're wondering about Jim's Mark II, you can see it here --

While the red is a bit too 'hot' for me, he personally restored the car (and has probably fully rebuilt/restored 6 different customers Mark II's over the years), you can likely appreciate how easy it was to fall head over heels in love w/ what must be a future car in my stable.

Anyway, here goes nothing! I cherish cars as they appeared when originally rolling off the manufacturing line. So if you know of anyone looking to sell a '56 Mark II in need of work, had the AC option (and even the electronic eye would be the cherry on top), I'm all ears! Goodness knows Jim would love to have my money, and I'm just the right amount of dummy to separate w/ enough of it. :-)

OK, enough about me. I can't wait to meet as many of you and take your experiences to help form my admittedly rookie status on Continental Mark II's.

Thank you so much in advance to everyone!

Kindest regards,

-Ward Karson

10-19-2013, 02:53 AM
Welcome aboard Ward. You already have a nice stable of cars, so a Mark II would be a great addition to your collection. Don't worry, we won't tell your wife;).

Sean Rollins
10-20-2013, 07:17 AM
Doctor doctor, give me the news.....

Although I used to believe it easier to ask forgiveness than permission, in your case you may convince her by taking her for a ride in the same one that bit you. Either way, good luck. These are wonderous cars to drive once sorted out and not easily wrung out of your system.:D

05-25-2014, 11:05 PM
You will not have to tell your wife. My wife googled Mark II in New Westminster and my name came up. Best to tell her. Trust me.

Sean Rollins
05-25-2014, 11:42 PM

05-26-2014, 03:47 AM
Gary, I feel for you. But if my wife looked my name up, she'd find 6 other car club entries, which would be disastrous. Guessing by the fact that I haven't been brutally murdered by her yet due to the above scenario, it's probably safe to say she'd simply rather not know about all my four-wheeled girlfriends. And maybe that's what makes her a great wife. :-)

In the meantime, I'm targeting 2 more Mark II's, though the work they need is prodigious, and both lack hubcaps, so I may hold off as well for now. We'll see.

Oh, and a note for Pat -- mark me down for orphan C5691159, 01-1E6L, found near Sacramento, CA. Hasn't run for 20+ years. Started a complete teardown already. She's the first of what will hopefully be several in my stewardship.

Pat Marshall
05-26-2014, 08:51 AM
Ward, congratulations on your acquisition!

The only ownership information we have on 1159 is that in 1994 William Offerson, NY appeared in the LCOC directory as the owner. Can you provide any additional history?

Also, something that blew right by me was your post #1 in this thread where you reported that the car that gave you the "bug" was owned by your friend, Jim Sinnes. We have no information on his car. Do you think that you could get that cars VIN?

05-28-2014, 02:18 AM
She finally forgave me. Hence I return to the forum. However, a real prize popped up, a completely restored 1976 Corvette so I told her first. Enjoying the Corvette.

05-28-2014, 02:22 AM
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05-28-2014, 02:24 AM
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05-28-2014, 02:27 AM

05-28-2014, 02:30 AM
Fun to drive. Everything is restored.

05-28-2014, 02:52 AM
[QUOTE=crystal59;37303]She finally forgave me. Hence I return to the forum. However, when I started looking for a 1976 Corvette, I told her first. Then I found a completely restored 1976 Corvette. Enjoying the Corvette.

05-28-2014, 02:56 AM
Can't seem to find a way to edit. The first comment is in error so should be deleted. Don't know why the third photograph did not post.