|Richard Cox writes from Tempe, AZ:
I thought the readers of the 1962 to 1965 Mopar Web Site would like a different look at a 1963 Plymouth Fury. I love the old Hemi and Wedge cars but lets face it: they are fun to look at, but you are not going to be able to drive them on a four or five hundred mile trip. I love to drive my cars! So, I decided to build something you never see at the Car Shows, a Pro Touring Mopar. The end result was even better then I could have imagined.
I purchased this Plymouth Fury in Arizona from the Mopars original owner. The Fury had been a every day driver until it was parked in 2000. The Plymouth was in pretty rough shape, but it was rust free. So the Fury was completely disassembled and carefully put back together with dependability and comfort in mind.
First item was the cars suspension. The rear leaf springs were moved inwards allowing for the 19X10 inch wheels and tires to tuck into the fender well. The rear end housing and axles were shortened 3 inches on each side and spring perches altered to allow the Mopar to sit three inches lower in the rear. For the front suspension custom two inch drop spindles were installed, as well as a sway bar and disk brakes added. On the front 18X8 inch wheels and tires were added.
The Plymouths interior was all custom made to resemble the factory interior, but with a custom touch. The door panels remained stock, but were dyed to match the new seats. The interior had over $2000 in sound deadening material added to the floor, trunk and doors. The instrument cluster was rebuilt adding a tachometer and white-faced gauges. The dash was smoothed removing the front speaker cover and padded dash. The old factory air was removed and replaced with a Vintage Air Max Flow unit. Of course, a 1000 watt stereo was added for some cruising tones.
The final part to the puzzle was a 5.7 Injected Hemi that was bored and stroked. With reworked 6.1 heads and the 6.1 injection unit topping off the engine. Of course, we also added a small cam just to get a little lope out of the engine. We kept the 727 TorqueFlite transmission simply because I wanted to keep the Push Button controls because you just do not mess with something COOL!
|There were a lot more smaller things we did to this Plymouth, but the end results speak for themselves. The Plymouth Fury has been driven to two out of state shows and won both shows! And the Fury was featured on Speed Channel Car Crazy TV at the 2009 SEMA Show.|
This Web page was completed in 2010. The 1963 Plymouth Fury featured here was later sold to a Mopar collector in New York.