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Title: 1968 Chrysler Newport Convertible
Post by: Jason Medhurst on June 01, 2009, 05:48:21 PM
This is a topic I kept putting off starting.  This is as good a time as ever.
 
I bought a 68 Newport Convertible from a gentleman in Indiana March of 2008.  Since then, I have been chipping away at this project.
 
The guy told me the car was "restored".  So, as soon as it limped off the car carrier, it was clear, this restored car needed brakes, paint, motor and transmission to start!
 
I will post pics..
Title: 1968 Chrysler Newport Convertible
Post by: glen cyr on June 01, 2009, 07:29:29 PM
Was the gentleman's name "Bush" or "Cheney"?(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif)(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif)  Good luck with you're wheels!
 
Glen
Title: 1968 Chrysler Newport Convertible
Post by: Brian on June 01, 2009, 10:22:36 PM
Ahh that sucks...hope you didn't get robbed on the price of a "restored" car.
 
Keep us posted(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley4.gif)
Title: 1968 Chrysler Newport Convertible
Post by: Robert Rottman on June 02, 2009, 09:41:29 AM
Ahhh Jason, Sorry to hear that...Its so easy to get sucked in. I've done it too...we all have in one way or another...don't feel bad.  A lot of times we tend to beat ourselves up the most. Remember...Even if we make a bad decision....its not so bad as long as we learn something from it. And when its about a car, we sure can learn an infinite amount of things!  Also...Got good health??? Have loved ones??? Have a roof over yer head and the bills paid???....These are the most important things. You'll do fine.(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley4.gif) 
 
I look forward to the photos.
furyfever2009-06-02 14:44:00
Title: 1968 Chrysler Newport Convertible
Post by: Steve on June 02, 2009, 10:27:22 AM
The thrill of taking someones word for it.
 
Been there Jason. . Been there
Title: 1968 Chrysler Newport Convertible
Post by: Jason Medhurst on June 02, 2009, 06:01:48 PM
Thanks for the support, however I am over it now.  Funny thing was, he wouldn't let the car go until the cashier's check cleared.  He was afraid it was a forgery!  I talked with his idiot bank and they told me that they wouldn't contact my bank to verify that it wasn't a fake.  They said, they might be calling someone I have put up to it!!  I told them, I wouldn't go through the trouble, get a fake ank listed on a bank registery and setup  a whole system so I could ripoff this one rube for a $7000 car!
 
At any rate, I love the car, and the build has been fun.  Probably more fun than if I had bought a restored car.
 
I will post pics this week.
 
J
Title: 1968 Chrysler Newport Convertible
Post by: Jason Medhurst on June 03, 2009, 07:09:20 PM
Here is the car after getting it off the truck.  I drove it around to get parts with the brakes not working.  It braked ok, it would lose pressure at a light, so I had to put it into neutral.  (every time I get into a project, I seem to have to go back and forth to the shop a hundred times!  I don't get frustrated anymore, used to it...)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/189/Chrysler_As_is1.jpg)
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/189/Chrysler_As_is_2.jpg)
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/189/Chrysler_As_is_3.jpg)
Title: 1968 Chrysler Newport Convertible
Post by: Jason Medhurst on June 03, 2009, 07:10:44 PM
Oh, and for sake of posterity, here is the picture of the car in the Ebay ad.
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/189/68_newport.jpg)
Title: 1968 Chrysler Newport Convertible
Post by: Jason Medhurst on June 03, 2009, 07:18:56 PM
After getting the brakes to function as they should (new drums, hardware, one new brake line)  I set my sites on the motor.  Here are pics of the failry tired 383 coming out.  This is a good buddy  and his dad helping me with the job. 

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/189/383_coming_out.JPG)
 
Motor out of car, sunning itself in the AZ heat.
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/189/old_383_4.JPG)
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/189/old_383.JPG)
 
The empty bay awaiting the new 440
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/189/empty_engine_bay_3.JPG)
Title: 1968 Chrysler Newport Convertible
Post by: Jason Medhurst on June 03, 2009, 07:28:22 PM
Brand new rebuilt 440 bored .030 over, cast crank, RV cam, Edelbrock intake, Edelbrock 850 carb.  Also installed Summit electronic ignition, high voltage coil and high performance wires and plugs.
 
Taping the 440 before paint


(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/189/440_prepaint_4.JPG)
 
Fresh Paint
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/189/Fresh_Paint_2.JPG)
 
Installed in Car
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/189/440_set_in_place_4.JPG)
 
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/189/440_set_in_place_6.JPG)
Title: 1968 Chrysler Newport Convertible
Post by: Jessica on June 04, 2009, 05:12:32 AM
Sorry to hear that happen to you. I know how it feels. My rambler was "restored" too. The car appears to be in nice condition. At least this way you will enjoy making it "your own".