Car of the Week 1964 Plymouth Fury convertible

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Car of the Week: 1964 Plymouth convertible

By Brian Earnest

Ray is a pretty laid back of guy. So when he decided to his first convertible project and some life into an worn-out ragtop, he didn’t get too or worried.

He figured he eventually to have a convertible project on his and a topless car in his garage, and in 2008 he the time had come.

The subject out to be a solid but tired 1964 Fury convertible, and the way the car eventually out, you’d think was a professional specializing in Chrysler

“I was just looking for an old Mopar — to work on, and I knew this be a challenge because I’d never on a convertible before,” Diedrick “I’d never owned and nobody I really know has either. I had five (Mopars) this, and they were all

Diedrick, a resident of Kaukauna, wasn’t looking for a Fury in but he didn’t look too hard and before he found a car that like a good resto “I didn’t know too much … I saw an ad in the and went and looked at it and that was it, he It was not in running condition and the guy trailered it for me, and I guess from that we spent two years working on it and we got it I know it was in Wisconsin for about the 10 years, and I don’t really for sure where it was before I think it was Tennessee or Kentucky.”

The choice of a topless, mild-mannered was a pretty big departure from past collecting and restoration The big Plymouth has joined some company in his garage: 1969 and ’70 Runners, 1969 Charger, and and ’68 Coronets. Those cars all built for the go-fast crowd, but had a different mission in mind it launched the Fury as a high-end car for the 1956 model year. The was originally a spin-off of the Belvedere and only as a two-door hardtop.


In the Sport Fury was added and the top model in the series, which four-door sedans, station and convertibles.

Plymouth put its 1950s permanently in its rearview mirror the dramatically restyled and downsized models, which featured construction for the first time. The Furys shared the same design and the 1964 models the last “carry-over” models another major redesign — and a of bigger Plymouths — was introduced in

The Fury remained a premium for 1964, second on the company only to its Sport Fury Four-door sedans and two-door came with 225-cid sixes or 318-hp V-8s. The hardtops, six- and nine-passenger wagons, and convertibles were all with the 318s.

Buyers who more thrills could either the 361- or 383-cid engines, or go for maximum bug-splattering the 365-hp/426-cid “Street Wedge.” racers could go even up the performance engine list and go for the Max Stage III with 415 hp, or the even 426 Hemi.

Diedrick’s car was one of 5,173 convertibles built for the 1964 year, and it was ordered with turquoise paint and vinyl His ragtop carries the base 318 V-8 and the push-button TorqueFlite three-speed and carried an MSRP of just $3,000. Interior amenities an electric clock and padded Four round gauges aligned in a row in the refined dash. The body panels were with wide bodyside with color inserts tapered to a single spear on the fenders.

The hoods and decklids bisected by a thin crease by a chrome spear. Quad and tail light assemblies found at the front and back and script was mounted on the edge of the

Diedrick had a good candidate to on when he started, but the body of the car did some help. “I got some metal. I knew a guy that had different front fenders were in good shape, and the rear wheels I was able to get from Kramer Industries out of he said. On each side of the car are three pieces: the front well, over the wheel and the quarter, and that stuff is all well new up to the trim line.”

never know it by looking at the but the paint job was Diedrick’s first attempt. He opted for the factory turquoise, and the result was stellar. bodywork, I did all that myself. It was my time painting and I asked a lot of

In years past when I did my I always put them on a cradle, them, and I always painted the car, then I’d take the to my friend’s body shop and paint the rest of the car.  one here I just decided all the practice I had I’d try the top side of the car once and it out pretty good. Being I worked on it so long, I put an epoxy on it.

The body was cleaned up that year, and then I put the primer on it and back at it the following winter. I it and then I just went base-clear … I’m a rookie at this, but I online and read up on it and I put on a tack and then a good coat, one more coat, and then I I have three or four of clear, then we polished ’er up. I say it’s at least average.”

The car got all new upholstery and interior goodies Legendary Interiors. Ditto the top, which Diedrick himself.

[The interior] all had to be It’s pretty hard to some of that stuff,” said. “Some of it had holes in it and used to have speakers cut in the panel. So I figured we might as get all new [stuff] and all that is from

The top came from Legendary and I put on myself. I’ve never had a in my life and I figured it would be and it was! It’s not hard to do, just having the courage to do it.

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Diedrick admits he’s to cars with a little gusto under the hood, but he been disappointed with the more pedestrian 318. He intended to drive the car with a foot, especially after in two years of hard work to get it and so far it has been everything he hoped

“It’s a pretty plain Just a push-button 318 and nothing No air conditioning or anything like he said. It’s got that old engine from that era and the original engine and she just down the road.

It runs good. It’s like a new car.”

As much as he enjoys the however, Diedrick says his may be an aberration. He’s convinced still a hardtop guy.

I probably won’t get another This top-down stuff is but it’s a little bit of effort to put it you know, and the top gets dirty all kind of bugs and stuff,” he “I would rather keep it so I drive it only when I the top down.

“This is just supposed to be my grocery-getter. She likes to cruise it because a lot of people look at her and we can to people.”

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