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« on: September 26, 2009, 04:41:31 AM »

OK, I alluded elsewhere to something good happening at the hands of a
derby dude... so here's what actually went down! Some of you regulars
know I've been looking for quite some time (about 22 yrs actually, ever
since I sold my last one!) for a '71 or '70 Fury III 4 dr post like the
one I owned from 1981 to 1987. That one got sold due to terminal rust,
even though it still ran great, and though I searched for another one,
the best I could find at the time was a '70 that had rust almost as bad
as my Sherwood Green dream boat.  Had to find a car fast as it was
my driver. Now I'd had 4 fusey wagons - 1 '71 and  2 '73 Plyms and
a  '72 T & C - before this sedan, but I really liked the
handling of the sedan with small block best.  So I ended up with a
'77 Gran Fury 360 that I kept and drove daily for 10 years, (again,
rust took that one's life away)... it too was a great and dependable
car, but the ol '71, with it's lighter weight and less smog junk, just
seemed more my type. The best car I'd ever had, and that's saying
something 'cause I've had over 100 cars, serial monogamy at its best,
as I rarely had more than a couple at a time. My wife says I change
cars like some people change their underwear, though I've slowed down
the past few years due to financial necessity... anyhow I digress...
back to 'Fury IIIs...



So I've looked with various degrees of intensity for a long time, but
the right car at the the right price always seemed to be in CA or AZ or
something, because it had to have a great body, and I didn't want to
spend a ton of $$$ on something that would never be worth very much
when done. This was to be mainly a labor of love, maybe an attempt to
reclaim youth by an aging boomer, who knows, only the shrinks?...but
basically the same deal as Lea's BOAB, and like him, I want to do much
of it myself for fun and funds sake. I like doing this stuff, and big
Mopars are a real challenge to resto, for all the reasons we all know
well.  OK, so I've always watched C Dry Dock though I haven't
posetd much there... except for a "Wanted" ad I put on about 3 yrs
ago... Fast forward  to 2007, I sold some Imp wheels to a local
guy, who, turns out, had a brother who derbied, and he had a circle of
buddies with similar interests, of which I wasn't and still am not a
big fan, due to my love of these cars and the need to get parts for
them. But I mentioned to him at the time that I was looking for a
'70/71 and he passed it on... well one of these guys has family in NC
and for the last few years has made a good business of going down twice
a month or more and bringing good cars back that he sells to restorers
and/or derby-ists alike, whoever comes up with the dough.  When he
gets a nice car that isn't ideal for State Fair days, (and they prefer
'74 and up full size for the shock bumpers), he does make a real effort
to see the car gets saved IF he can find a buyer who will do
that.  That's where WE come in. He himself has saved a nice '68
Imp 2 dr as a collector car, even though those Imps are highly sought
for "smashing".... so his heart IS somewhat in the right place... 
anyhow back to the story:



Wed nite I get a call. Guys asks if I'm the guy who posted on CBDD a
few years ago looking for a F III 4 dr.   I sez yes, how the
heck did you know?  He related that he'd brought back a '71 from
Durham NC that was really solid, and he recalled one of his buddies
mentioning a few years back someone had told him a dude in Endwell was
looking for a Fury III. He went back to the CBDD archives and went thru
several years of posts and found my post. Went on the interent and
looked up my current address & phone, and tracked me down. I went
the next day, saw, and bought  the perfect car for me:  a
super solid car that needed cosmetics etc but a great start to 
the project I wanted (I get bored fast with completed cars)... He went
to considerable degree of effort to find me, even though he already had
a offer from a guy who wanted to put a Cordoba front bumper on it for
the Fair derby. Definitely has his heart in it for the cars.  He
said anyone who is looking for a certain car from rust free-ish Eastern
NC, where it rarely snows, he'll do his best to find it and bring it
back North to put it into good hands. Probably for not much more than
transpo cost, since he brings back several at a time.  So I paid
$800 for a car with 101 K and almost no rust - that is probably about
what the hauling alone from NC to NY would run!!  This guy is not
greedy, he's a truly nice guy, a real Mopar car guy, has a '07 Ram 3500
Cummins Dually hauler.  If anyone is interested, maybe we could
put a Sticky on with his contact info for reference for those of us in
NY, NJ, and the great NorthEast who are sick of rusty crap?   I
guarantee that this guy will work with you, and will not waste your
time!!



As to my new dreamboat, I'll try to post pics, but given my track record, I may have to send 'em to Stan!!







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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2009, 04:43:49 AM »





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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2009, 04:45:26 AM »





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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2009, 04:48:13 AM »





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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2009, 04:48:31 AM »





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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2009, 04:52:19 AM »

Lookie what was under the seat! 

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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2009, 04:53:32 AM »

Floors pretty darn good!

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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2009, 04:55:02 AM »

Sure will be nice not to have to fix floors for a change!

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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2009, 05:05:49 AM »

That's mostly glue and padding goop on

the floors, very little surface rust, should

clean up nicely, you saw the 1/4s, and

here's the rockers:



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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2009, 05:14:51 AM »

So everyone --- meet Clara!  The owner from '73 to 2001 when taken
off the road for non-operating power windows was Miss Clara Emory...
hence the car's new name in her honor. 



101k miles, have all the paperwork, open title, manual, records, NC
safety inspections... 101,000  in '01 and same today. Not run for
awhle, but started up and ran quiet right off the bat with a new
batt!  Gas smells though and needs drained. Needs paint, some
cosmetics, but a real solid start!!  Steeeve - I need '71 wheel
covers if you still have em!



Also will need a good dash pad, a L R 1/4 fender trim strip, and the
trunk lock and bezel - had to send my son in thru the seat to get 'er
open!

Only significant rust on the car is a couple pin holes in one small
area of the trunk in center where a leak puddled. No biggie.



So, one more saved from the derbies, and the start of a new chapter for me here in Bingo!



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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2009, 05:53:17 AM »

PS: She has an almost perfect vinyl top, still shiny, with no tears and
no rust bubbles. And the paint, such s it is, is totally original
except for the driver door which apparently got badly scratched 
... there's no bondo or any other body repair - the rockers, doglegs
and quarters are all original!

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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2009, 06:13:23 AM »

What a story!
Drama.  Excitement. Plot twists and turns.  Happy ending.
 
I laughed.  I cried.  LOL...
 
Seriously.  What a story.  Kudos to the guy who tracked you down.  Unbelievable.
So....
 
Is it finished yet? 
 
 

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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2009, 06:43:36 AM »

Thanks Stan!!

A pretty humdrum car by many folk's standards, but she sure rings my chimes!



This happened so fast and came right out of the blue... I can still
hardly believe it - seems that sometimes things happen when you AREN"T
trying hard.

t'll be a slow resto, due to funds going to other priorities, but it'll be fun. She'll be a driving resto.



One other discovery - she has optional power front disc brakes! 
which were still kinda rare on '71s evidently - my old one and every
other 70 or 71 Fury sedan I've seen had drums all around, while my '72
& 73 wagons had vented discs...  bonus!!!



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