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1979 Lincoln Versailles ignition

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I am reviving a 1979 Lincoln Versailles that has been off the road since 1997. So far I have determined that the engine cranks so it is not seized. Next step is to pour some fuel in the carb and see if it fires up. This car came with Ford's varaible venturi carb that has some electronics. I have an old Edelbrock intake and a Holley four barrel that I want to install. I need information about the ignition system ro see what I need to replace. I think that Ford used a crrank trigger wheel for the ignition. I don't have a manual for this car. Where can I get wiring diagrams and description of the components?
Thank you
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It has dura spark I or duraspark II
both use a pickup coil in the distributor. IIRC the brank sensor setup started in 81
Duraspark II cap and rotor/wires are arranged differently

The distributor cap and rotor are of a special two-level design made to accommodate the additional advance capability of the EEC system. Both the rotor, Fig. 3, and cap have upper and lower electrode levels. Distribution of secondary voltage from two separate levels allows for up to 30 degrees of distributor advance.
IIRC duraspark I is a standard cap,rotor,wires
Probably the only difference
 

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There is also an early /late production change to the distributors/cap/rotor
early were held on with clips,late production had the cap base screwed on.
If you change the cap/rotor/wires to one or the other, you need the whole enchilada
 

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Hi,
I am reviving a 1979 Lincoln Versailles that has been off the road since 1997. So far I have determined that the engine cranks so it is not seized. Next step is to pour some fuel in the carb and see if it fires up. This car came with Ford's varaible venturi carb that has some electronics. I have an old Edelbrock intake and a Holley four barrel that I want to install. I need information about the ignition system ro see what I need to replace. I think that Ford used a crrank trigger wheel for the ignition. I don't have a manual for this car. Where can I get wiring diagrams and description of the components?
Thank you
That car uses a crank position sensor early model were in the rear of the block. Later years moved to the timing cover. Lots of trouble with these sensors causing intermittent or no spark. I believe some of those sensors are like hens teeth to find. I believe some were converted to a dist with pickup. But I may be wrong. It's been years since I've worked on these. Very unique system .
 

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80 and up use a crankshaft sensor
79 back not
of course ford does a lot of mid year crazy stuff. late 79 may have gotten a crank sensor, or, a choice of the 2 different dizzys
 

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I disagree I had 2 customers with 79 with crank sensors.
OK
It has ben a while since I have seen a 79 versailles
Alldata is likely not 100 percent on this one .Typical
I do remember working on those back in the day
The ones with the sensors in the back are a real joy to change
 
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