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Southern Terminus of U.S. Route 89

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The 2013 southern terminus of U.S. Route 89 on the eastern outskirts of Flagstaff Arizona.

Michael "Mike" Newlon Retired in 2005 after a dual career in private sector corporate management and as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve.

When he is not exploring current or former U.S. highways, like CA 99, in his Porsche 912 or Lincoln Town Car, Mike enjoys reading 20th Century history and popular action novels.

If you have questions about Michael "Mike" Newlon call him today: 760-360-3968 or visit his website http://www.highwaytripbooks.com/"

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Town Car on I-10 03

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Highway Cruiser at work highwaytripbooks.com

 

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Town Car on I-10 01

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Highway Cruiser at work http://highwaytripbooks.com

 

 

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Town Car on I-10 02

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External Transmission Cooler

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Cool Tranny Fluid Matters Too! http://www.highwaytripbooks.com/

 

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Dual Electric Fans

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Electric Fans are Better http://highwaytripbooks.com

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External Oil Cooler

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Cool Engine Oil Matters! http:www.highwaytripbooks.com

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Car Show Overview 03

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March 2012 Car Show III

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Car Show Overview 02

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March 2012 Car Show II
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Safety, Economy and Reliability

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What Makes A Hwy Cruiser?
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Electric Fans & Coolers Overview

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Engine Room Upgrades
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Cruising I-80 in Nebraska 02

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1989 Town Car in cruise mode

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Cruising I-80 in Nebraska 01

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A Lincoln Town Car at work

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Hedberg's Classic Car Storage 01

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Hedberg's Overview - Cabazon

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1989 Lincoln Town Car Cruising on Interstate 10

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Much has gone into the '89 Town Car for its new life as a long distance highway cruiser, and here is where all the work pays off!  On a recent Palm Desert-Las Vegas-Palm Desert trip, it was driven sanely and produced an impressive 26 mpg on the open highway trip segments.  Long distance cruising in a Lincoln Town Car - highway travel at it's best.

 

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Rear Seat Covers Preserve Original Leather

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The '89 town Car's front seat leather is sun-damaged and the rear seat is not far behind.  So I opted to protecting and preserve the leather seats with these custom fitted and professionally installed fabric seat covers.  They're look is uninspiring compared to the Lincoln Town Car's original leather, but they're a lot more comfortable on a hot day!  If a subsequent owner chooses to replace the sun-damaged leather, so be it.

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Left Side '89 Lincoln Town Car Exhaust Pipe

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Save weight and improve engine economy (or performance) with this LEGAL dual exhaust setup on a 1989 Lincoln Town Car highway cruiser.  It didn't come from the factory this way but it is very possible because the Town Car's 302 Ford engine has stock a catalytic converter serving each bank of cylinders - left and right.  LEGAL dual exhausts, efficient mufflers and short tailpipes are a great way to get better fuel economy, or 10 more horsepower, for a modest one-time cost.

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'89 Lincoln Town Car Fuel Door and Filler Cap

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Keeping it original is nice, and mine is, but a locking gas cap might be a good thing to have with today's high fuel prices and the '89 Town Car's 18 gallon fuel tank.

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1989 Lincoln Town Car Front Seat and New Center Console

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What do you do with a damaged leather interior?  Replace it or cover it were my choices so I decided to cover and protect it with fitted fabric seat covers.  Fabric will preserve what lies beneath and it's much more comfortable on a hot day.  What do you do if your classic luxury car doesn't have cup holders?  Add an after-market center console!

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1989 Lincoln Town Car Driver Door Interior

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Driver's front office controls in a '89 Lincoln Town Car.  Just about everything needed, including heated mirrors and an outside air thermometer, just a touch away.  Note the excellent fit and finish even after more than 20 years.

 

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