Works in Progress
1962 Plymouth Sport Fury
Bill Parker writes:
Here are some pictures of my Plymouth. I've started with a "before", not as I bought the car, but after all the exterior bodywork was done; this is how I drove the car through '98 and '99.
In the fall of '99 I tore it down and so far have restored the engine compartment, as depicted in several pics. Not shown is that the hood has now been repainted underneath and installed back on the car.
Note the holes in the passenger-side inner fender for the max wedge wiring harness looms; the harness runs along the inner fender instead of laying on the motor as with non-max wedge cars.
I've also restored the K frame and related hardware and installed all new bushings, etc.
Right now the correct dated and numbered block I obtained from a 1962 to 1965 Mopar Mail List Clubhouse member is at the machine shop where it will probably get sleeves, as it is quite worn out, nearly too much for further boring.
If all goes according to plan next summer it should get assembled, as I have everything else ready to go, intake, carbs, heads, etc, and hopefully go into the car. I had the 4 speed rebuilt which was in the car when I bought it from Roland Osborne, and it will be going back in instead of a correct T85 3 speed.
Editor's note: The text below taken from Bill's 1998 web page on mopars.com.
This 1962 Sport Fury decodes as a Golden Commando Package with a 413, 2x4 barrel, 3 speed maual, black and red bucket seat interior, front sway bar, no power options. It has a history ofracing and street use, equipped as a Max Wedge. All max wedge equipment, except for the motor is still on the car, including the hood, brake lines, wiring harness, E-brake brackets, 3.91 Sure Grip, leaf springs, etc. This car was Roland Osborne's "Project Max Wedge", featured in several 1993 issues of Chrysler Power magazine. I decided, due to the parts on the car, and actual history of the car, to restore it with Max Wedge equipment, but we drive it as we work on it.
I corresponded with Roland about the car and bought it in 1995. He brought it to me here in Indiana during that summers Chrysler Power tour of the Mopar shows. At the time of the magazine feature, the car was still the original Cherry Red outside, and completely rust-free, but the wheel openings front and rear had been radiused to accommodate race tires and wheels. Ive restored the rear wheel openings using a clean four-door clip from my stash, and installed fiberglass front fenders for now. These fenders needed quite a bit of trimming and shimming to fit well but are plenty strong. We mounted the rusty/funky bumpers for protection and legality, but the originals have been rechromed and are stashed away pending the new paint. Due to the absence of full underhood bracing on the Max Wedge hood and stiff old hinges, the left side of the hood had buckled. Roland had installed restored hinge assemblies, and I have repaired the buckled area.
Roland put a stock 383 and 4 speed transmission in the car which are still going strong. My son Dave and I drive the car regularly, and have driven it to the Mopar Nationals as a participant entry. Most of the car, as seen in these pics, is covered in primer-sealer.
Weve collected a 1962 MW intake, carbs, and exhaust manifolds so far, and will build a 440 to put them on for now. It will be built with a bit lower compression and milder cam than original Max Wedge, as we still want to be able to drive it often. We plan to retain the 4 speed also. The red inserts in the buckets were replaced with black at some point, and they are a little rough. The rear seat was missing (even the seat retaining hooks were cut out during race days). The trim shop we use is prepared to restore a rear seat using a non-Sport Fury seat, but I would buy a usable Sport Fury back seat if I find one. Ive also been collecting the Sport-Fury-only trim pieces, the rear deck ornament was there and Ive found the front ornament and all the exterior trim so far. I do still need the steering wheel/center, which is different from those on the other models. I have the original grill with the black accents but it was poked through in one corner, I probably will paint the accents on a perfect standard grill I have. Source: Bill's mopars.com web page
Your hard work is paying off!
Keep up the good work!
December 24, 2000; updated: March 12, 2001
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