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1960 PLYMOUTH FURY CONVERTIBLE
This is one of about 7000 1960 Plymouth convertibles made; very few survived. It was rebuilt over a six year period, from 2011-2017. This car was built for reliable, efficient long distance cruising, not just to sit and look pretty at car shows.
Body: The car was stripped down to its bare shell with new lower quarter panels, rocker panels (made from 12 gauge steel as per original), and most of the floor. You won’t find any “soft” spots on this car. It received a “facelift” from a ’58 Plymouth (if you’ve encountered the 1960 Plymouth front, you might understand why!) and the front sheet metal was modified to fit the 1960 body; NOT the other way around, therefore easily changed back if one desired. The body and subframe were thoroughly rustproofed with POR -15 products, then sprayed with “Mango Tango” base/clear orange.
The convertible top mechanism has new cylinders, hydraulic lines, and motor and pump and the bracketry was rebuilt with new bushings and pins where needed. The top is new as well, as is the windshield.
Powertrain/suspension: The front suspension completely rebuilt with all new bushings, joints, shocks all around, et cetera. The brakes were upgraded to power front discs; the entire braking system is from an ‘80’s Chrysler 5th Avenue – unlike most aftermarket kits, it’s all-Mopar and factory-engineered to work together-with new parts.
The engine is Chrysler’s venerable Slant Six, backed by a 727 Automatic transmission. It runs so smooth and quiet, sometimes you almost think it has stalled – it’s that refined. It has a new electronic distributor, wires, and plugs for reliability, and an electric cooling fan which far outperforms a mechanical fan. The exhaust system is new front to back. The main reason this car has the Slant Six is reliability, and longevity…It will start and run in conditions where V8’s will flood and overheat. It has a 4 core aluminum radiator for maximum cooling, and the heater core is new as well.
Electrical: A massive amount of effort was put into improving the car’s outdated and dangerously-fuse-lacking system. It now has a well labelled and mapped out modern fuse box, and is equipped with power windows/locks/trunk, keyless entry/trunk release/alarm, cruise control, tilt, high-end six speaker Focal speakers with an aux-in-equipped head unit hidden under the dash, it’s volume controlled by the original radio’s volume knob. A 5 channel amp brings out the full potential of those speakers and has the capacity to run a subwoofer if desired in the future. A new 90 amp alternator more than keeps up to the power demands.
Interior: The seats were taken down to the springs and rebuilt with new foam and upholstery in January of this year. It has new carpet, and the door panel upholstery is all new.
Anyone who has restored an old convertible, especially a rare Mopar one, knows it would take many, many pages to detail everything that was done, it is a massive undertaking with countless hours involved. Included with the sale of this car will be lots of extra parts including 90% of the original Fury trim, and access to my other parts cars. This is truly a turn-key car that will take you wherever you want to go in confidence, all the bases have been covered.