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General Mopar Discussions / message to Lea
« on: September 26, 2009, 04:27:47 PM »
Tried to PM you back, but it says your PM is full???!  Steeeeve! ...WTF??

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / my dream car on a budget!! DCOAB!!
« 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

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

General Mopar Discussions / firedome eats crow.... willingly!
« on: September 25, 2009, 04:28:57 PM »
OK, when it come to derby guys, I have to admit... I've been caustic,
saracstic, mean, and just plain nasty at times - and perhaps, to some
extent, justifiably...  I mean, none of us here likes to see a
decent saveable C-body sacrificed to the fleeting, transient jollies of
folks who get pleasure from seeing terminal contact involving our
favorite and increasingly rare automotive icons... BUT, and here comes
the mea culpa,  ONE of these whipping boys has gone way above and
beyond the call of duty, and, significantly for many of us here, could
even turn out to be an invaluable resource for all of us C body
aficianados in the great North-East NY/NJ  area...  it's
quite a long tale in the telling, and it's been a very long day and I'm
about to crash... so... I'll fill ya'll in tomorrow with "The Rest of
the Story"... complete with pics! 

General Mopar Discussions / Need pic help to upload FL boat + car jpg
« on: July 09, 2009, 05:33:49 AM »
Tried to upload 2 jpgs, says it's wrong file type (not)... can anyone upload them if I eMail them to you? thnx

General BS and Laughs / Summer doldrums?
« on: June 18, 2009, 11:55:42 AM »
Been away almost a week,  only a few posts, - so it's summertime,
and I guess is everyone is off playing with their cars, or looking for
parts, or maybe it's this cloudy, depressing weather - here in the
NorthEast at least the beer's still cold....

General Mopar Discussions / Keep your BIG cars, guys!!!
« on: May 19, 2009, 03:49:49 AM »
Did ya'll hear aout the new mileage standards about to be put into
law?  I don't want to start any political discussion, and it may
not ultimately be a bad idea for energy security or other reasons, BUT
it will no doubt require ever smaller vehicles in order to meet the
requirements...even trucks will have to get 30 mpg and cars around
39!!!  So those of us who love the Big Un's, cars and
pickups,  had best hang on to 'em, because they will become
increasingly rare on the road - that's assuming we can even still get
the gasoline. Myself, I intend to drive my '58 DeSoto, '80 Saint Reege
,and '70/71 Fury when I find her, until I die.... BIG Mopar, or NO car.

Site Questions and Announcements / CHEERS to the new GRADS!!
« on: May 12, 2009, 05:29:30 AM »
Many ceremonies are coming up this week and next... so let me be the
first, of many MoparFin-actics to raise a glass (well, make that a
can!) in honor of  our soon-to-be new college grads:  Mobby
and Potatoe !!!!!

Congrats MoparFins New College Grads on your most major accomplishment and milestone !!!

 You Got 'er Done!!! HIP HIP HOORAY!!!!!!  

General BS and Laughs / Death in Bingo
« on: April 03, 2009, 12:04:10 PM »
Terrible events here today, my wife is on staff at Wilson Hosp where
many victims were taken, though she is at her practice office here
today seeing patients until 5, after which we were planning on leaving
for VT for our first camp visit of the season, though that may be
changed if they need her, but it looks like not, as she's leaving the
office in a few minutes and she hasn't been called in to Wilson
yet...none of her regular patients were there Thank God.  we'ver
heard thru the grapevine that hasn't been released yet that the gunman
was from Johnson City, which is between Endwell/Endicott where I live
and Bing. Will report when I get back fromn VT if so...

General BS and Laughs / Whither the Foamster
« on: February 18, 2009, 05:18:14 AM »
Anybody know how "Foamy" aka James is doing? He used to be here
all  the time but haven't seen much of him since he sold "Susan"
to his brother or some such... hope he and the car are OK.. I seem to
recall he was moving again for work.

General BS and Laughs / AWOL in sick bay
« on: January 26, 2009, 04:05:03 AM »
Been kinda scarce lately, I'm dealing with some health issues, back to
the hospital later this week for more tests... but thinking about
Spring and working on the cars, and reading  Moparfins, is good

General BS and Laughs / Hey - I'm in HCC too!
« on: December 20, 2008, 05:57:27 AM »
To follow closely on the heels of Snotty's letter in Hemmings Classic
Cars last month, I have one in this months issue!  On a topic,
frame vs unit body Mopars, that most of our members here would have
known about... Their article on Affordable Collector Cars said that the
50s FL cars had unit bodies... NOT! ...  the Vermont address is my
summer place on Lake Champlain, I guess I was up there when I eMailed
them the letter...

Tech- - Engine / Great engine oil article
« on: December 05, 2008, 02:24:57 PM »
As a former turbodiesel owner and Chemistry maven, I'm always
interested in oil chemistry and lubrication technology, so here's
something I stumbled across in my reading that is one of the best
summaries I've yet seen on current and relevant engine oil parameters
and their application:

btw:  API spec testing requires that all diesel oils that receive
their certification are suitable for use in passenger cars as well as
diesel trucks.  I'm now using Cummins/Valvoline Premium Blue CI-4+
in my cars... far superior to Rotella T CJ-4, according to this!


Tech- - ELECTRICAL / Electronic Ignition Ballast Resistor
« on: December 05, 2008, 04:21:44 AM »
Anyone know when the Ballast Resisitor went from 2 wire to a 4 wire
with the built-in auxiliary .5v ballast resistor,  and why? 
Always carry a spare in the glove box!

General BS and Laughs / Now this is scary --- !!!!
« on: November 26, 2008, 02:38:42 PM »
For those of us of "a certain age"... the White Album was released 40 years ago today!!!!

If we have to tell you kids what that was ... well,
fuggedetaboudit!!  I was a college freshman,  and my Dad had
a brand new '67 Fury III 4 dr hardtop at the time.  Dang... hard
to believe that was 40 years ago!!!! 

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / '58 DeSi in Mothballs for winter
« on: November 23, 2008, 11:31:43 AM »
Snapped a couple of pix this afternoon between snow showers of my
trusty rollback man Walter hauling Desi, my '58, off to winter storage
about a 1/2 mile away in a rented garage, always a sorry sight,
signifying that winter is truly here.  I got some stuff done this
year but hope to do much more, beginning with new floors, starting in
late March when the glaciers recede...  Meanwhile, Rose St. Reeege
will go in Desi's heated space so I can do detailing and touch up and
general service work this winter in comfort... my C...y Nova is in
there too,  getting new rockers.

Pics in next post, 'cause I don't see the little tree here...

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