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1963 Plymouth Belvedere

Pascal LORENT writes:

Hi people!

Recently I let Lycos search the Web for parts for my 1963 Plymouth Belvedere and I found the '62 to '65 Mopar site.

Hey man, you're doing a great job! I never thought that so many '63 Plymouths are still on the road.

I live in Luxembourg in Europe, a small country of 1100 square miles between France, Germany an Belgium.

Classic yanks don't grow on trees here, as you can imagine,
but this is apparently one of 5 known 1963 Plymouths in Europe:
1963 Plymouth Belvedere
The car was sold new to a lady in Belgium who kept it 'til her death; it was then untouched for 4 years, then sold to a car dealer here in Luxembourg who kept it in a dirty barn for 7 more years, together with 100's of doves. He just did some bodywork and re-sprayed it ( I wish he hadn't done that). This is where I tracked the car and I bought it in 1990 with some 57000 miles on the clock.

It's a Belvedere 2-door Hardtop with a 225 slant 6 and 3 speed manual transmission. I drove the car for 8 years covering 20,000 miles without any trouble and a fuel economy of 20 mpg. Sadly, it became very rusty in these years (wheel arches, floors and window frames) so I decided for a complete restoration. I disassembled the whole car to bare shell and got the body sandblasted. now I saw the "bodywork" the previous owner did. Look at the pictures, ain't that for crying?

1963 Plymouth Belvedere 1963 Plymouth Belvedere

I then left the car untouched since 1999 because I got divorced from my lady, and still now I'm looking for an adequate building where I can finish my restoration.

Apart from that Plymouth, I use a 1988 Pontiac 6000 as my daily driver (which is not normal here, most people drive Volkswagen, BMW or Japanese cars), for covering the time of restoration of the Plymouth I bought a 1972 Mustang and last winter I found a bargain 1953 Plymouth Cranbrook 4 door with only minor work to be functional!

I hope you are interested in my story and I would be grateful if someone could tell me where I can find body parts for my Belvedere, especially both rear quarter panels.

Thank you very much and keep up the good work.

Great story and car!

You found out first hand that paint can hide some " interesting" surprises!

Congratulations on taking on the restoration, and look forward to your progress reports!   smile!

Gary H.

February 11, 2002

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