How to Turn Your Used Ford F-150 Into a Mexican Lincoln Mark LT

Success is a relative term. Take the Lincoln Mark LT pickup, for instance. Compared to the brand’s prior effort, the Blackwood, the Mark LT was an absolute hit. Yet, next to its Ford F-Series cousin—and, well pickups in general— the Lincoln-badged luxury truck was an abject failure. Built for the 2006-2008 model years, the Mark LT never saw its annual sales top 13,000 units. Considering that the Blue Oval moved hundreds of thousands of F-Series pickups each year throughout the latter half of the 2000s, and the Lincoln version’s sales barely qualify as a rounding error.

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While Lincoln pulled its pickup from the U.S. market right around the time George W. Bush’s second term ended, the American luxury brand revived the model for the Mexican market in the early 2010s. That means there is a second-generation Mark LT, just not here in America. Sure, it’s possible a used second-generation Mark LTs are available; however, given the model was never imported to the U.S., finding one is no easy task. 

Model-year 2009-2014 Ford F-150s, though, are a dime a dozen, and—save for a few Lincoln-specific bits and pieces—share the same key body panels with the second-gen Mark LT. Rather than wait for a Mexican-market Lincoln pickup to show up wearing a “for sale” sign, why not buy a used F-150 and convert it into a second-gen Mark LT? Admittedly, such a conversion will not fool any future Concours judges or super fans of the Ford Motor Company, but for a small amount of coin, adding these Mark LT items to a Ford F-150 truck may just convince the average Joe that you own a classy—and rare—Lincoln pickup. Here’s how: 

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Lincoln’s (former) signature split grille design is the key to giving your F-150 that Mark LT look. Without it, your faux-Lincoln pickup will not fool anyone into thinking it’s anything else but an ordinary F-150. This likely isn’t hard to find; after all, we often spot first-gen Mark LT-era Ford trucks wearing aftermarket versions of the Lincoln model’s grille. 

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The second-generation Mark LT uses a model-specific tailgate. At least it appears to use the same taillights as its Ford counterpart, though—the first-generation truck did not. Find one of these tailgates for your project.

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Nab some wheels from a Lincoln Navigator of the same era to finish off the full Lincoln look. Don’t forget the center caps.

Seriously, that’s all any 2009-2014 Ford F-150 owner needs to purchase to turn the Blue Oval-badged pickup into a faux 2010-2014, Mexican-market, Mark LT. Of course, those with more money to burn or a desire to make an even more convincing clone ought to consider making additional parts purchases, including Mark LT fender and under-door badges and chrome bed-side rails. You might also want to grab the Lincoln-badged steering wheel from a Navigator, as well as search for the luxury truck’s brand-specific gauges and Lincoln-logo embossed front and rear outboard seatbacks. 

Admittedly, the best way to get behind the wheel of a luxury pickup is to purchase a high-end, brand-new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country, Ford F-150 Limited, GMC Sierra 1500 Denali, or Ram 1500 Limited. Doing so, though, requires accepting that your expensive work truck lacks the cache of a luxury brand’s badge, and you’ll probably spend a lot more money taking that route, too. So don’t say no—go with luxury truckin’ hecho en Mexico!

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