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1964 Plymouth Fury

Works in Progress

Jim writes: I am restoring my 1964 Fury in my garage in Royal Oak, Michigan, home of The Dream Cruise, the world’s largest classic car cruise. However, the worst thing about living here is that it never fails ... every time I show someone or tell someone about my car, their first response is “did you buy it to fix it up for the dream cruise?” Ugh! My answer is, “No, I bought it because I have been in love with these cars since I was a kid!”

Anyway, I picked up my Plymouth in the Houston, Texas area...flew down and looked at it, then bought it and had it shipped back. When it finally arrived the right door window was broken and by the looks of it, someone had removed the radio from the dash with a claw hammer.

1964 Plymouth Fury, front view I have stripped the car nearly to the unibody, had it media blasted and primed, and had the engine compartment painted. I am just starting to get it put back together. The original color was medium blue, (see below), but I am going with a custom metallic pearl. My job sent me to Brazil for three months in 2002 and to India last year, so things are going a bit slow. 1964 Plymouth Fury, front view

The front suspension is nearly restored with the help of a complete front end package from Just Suspension (those folks are great, by the way). Once I'm done with the suspension I am installing a disc brake conversion from SSB.

The Plymouth Fury was originally a Poly car. I have an unmolested '62 413 in my garage ... not sure if I'll drop that in or go with a another RB. I know the 413 is not era-correct, but the car is going to be more of a street rod than a factory resto, (hence the custom pearl paint choice).

1964 Plymouth Fury, side view of original blue paint
As picked up in Pasadena, TX, with original medium blue Fury color option

Update July 2005

To date, I have rebuilt the front suspension,
installed an SSBC front disc brake conversion package,
rebuilt the steering column and the steering gear,
and replaced the wiring harnesses.
1964 Plymouth Fury front suspension

1964 Plymouth Fury engine compartment 1964 Plymouth Fury front driver's side view

Next step is to turn it around in my garage and begin tearing apart the rear end. The plan is to remove the factory 8 3/4 rear/tapered axles and install a Dana setup. Along the way, I'll be relocating the springs and redoing the shocks, brakes, etc.

Still a long way from running, but slowly making some progress.

Update August 2006

I moved the springs in using the Mopar relocation kit, installed SuperStock springs, a Strange 4:10 Powr Loc Dana built to my specs, and finished it off with a pair of Hoosier 29 x 11.50 DOT slicks on fresh Center Lines.

1964 Plymouth Fury front view 1964 Plymouth Fury driver's side view 1964 Plymouth Fury rear view

Update September 2007

I got the car back from the paint booth in April, 2007. The Plymouth has been sitting under a cover since, as the paint job broke the piggy bank. Fortunately, the governor gave me a reprieve and I am back at it!
1964 Plymouth Fury passenger front  view 1964 Plymouth Fury front driver side view

1964 Plymouth Fury engine firewall

This weekend I worked on the electrical.
Setup the battery in the trunk with a Moroso
sealed box, moved the starter relay to the trunk,
wired the cut-off switch, and powered-up the
fuel pump relay.
1964 Plymouth Fury battery in trunk

Another thing - Mark Hamilton at MAD Electrical has been a huge help with the battery-to-trunk relocation and the proper way to wire the circuitry.

Next step is to install the electric fuel pump and sump, and plumb the fuel system. Need to weld in a bracket near the rear frame rail - no obvious place to bolt the pump to the frame. Props to Earl Helm for his advice on this, as well.

1964 Plymouth Fury rear view I stood outside and looked at the car with the headlights and taillights on for a long time last night. Small thing, I know, but this is the first time she has had power since I stripped it for blasting 5 years ago.

Update December 2015

The Fury ended up with a stroked 440.

440 in 1964 Plymouth Fury 440 in 1964 Plymouth Fury

Learn more: the restoration is "finished" and the Plymouth is the December 2015 Mopar of the Month!

Thanks, Jim!

A great street rod indeed!   smile!

You're making good progress. Proper restoration takes a lot of time!

Your hard work has paid off!

Gary H.

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