Who in Dearborn thought this was a better idea? It could have been. It almost was, but...
1. Shrinkage. This wasn't just 79 to 80 Lincoln Continental, this was like 78 to 86 Eldorado.
2. Don't go cheap. Bad color combos. Base cars get plate wheel covers? Uninspiring roofline.
3. Sweat the details. Look at the front cap bumper molding - it is flush with the fender. Now look at the rear below. The molding is different on the cap. And, it in no way flows together. D-ooh! And WTF with the window frames? This is the cheap roof - we get it. Even so, do we NEED to see the body colored frame inside the chrome molding, especially on the rear? Way to disguise the Fairmont underneath.
You do realize that the taillights are more like 77-78s than last year's, right?