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1965 Convertible Top Fluid Questions

Bill –

The “Maintenance Operations” section of my 1965 Continental (convertible) manual advises to “check convertible top fluid level” by removing a filler plug in the trunk. In the spirit of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” is this necessary if the convertible top is operating correctly? Seems like a messy process at best. If it should be done, how can I locate this “filler plug?”

G. Senich

Greetings Mr. Senich –

Welcome to the Lincoln Land Forum. The information for checking and filling the convertible top oil is on pages 18-52 and 18-53 of your Factory Service Manual. If you do not have this information, please let us know and we will send you copies. 

As far as checking this hydraulic oil, it can only become low in the reservoir from a substantial  leak. Even if you do not notice a leak, you could if you feel a need to, carefully inspect every inch of the hydraulic lines for an indication of an oil leak. Actually checking the oil level is easy to do as per the above reference pages. This could be a case of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” as you say, but there is nothing wrong with inspecting your system visibly for your own assurance. 

It is good to hear to hear that you are interested in doing some of your own ” preventative  maintenance”.



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