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AceS
Posted 2019-07-04 11:15 PM (#584445 - in reply to #178862)
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Lewiston track champion I'm told.





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1960fury
Posted 2019-07-05 9:17 AM (#584457 - in reply to #584445)
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Sonoramic60
Posted 2019-07-06 7:55 AM (#584490 - in reply to #584457)
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Wassamatta, Sid?
Don't you like what I did to the Big-Tailed Beast?
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1960fury
Posted 2019-07-06 10:22 AM (#584493 - in reply to #178862)
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No Joe, you wouldn't have done the sacrilege of destroying these beautiful shaped 60 wheel openings. Terrible, just terrible. Poor car, even a Fury. The time and work I have invested to preserve and reconstruct these fantastic shapes....., takes a minute to "create" this^ ***** done by a ***** chimp. Destroying is always so much easier.
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AceS
Posted 2019-07-06 12:08 PM (#584495 - in reply to #584493)
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It was 1969. These cars were getting scrapped left and right for the smallest reasons or just because they were old and outdated.

This one Fury got used to its full possibilities. A 60 Fury was track champ! You don't cry about it. YOU REVEL IN IT!
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Apollo 61
Posted 2019-07-06 12:25 PM (#584496 - in reply to #584495)
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I will probably regret this ! Here is a trailer from a not very well know 70 B movie stock car movie. (Fury on wheels) .
There is a 60 2dr belvdere at 1.45 to 1.55 . You have to consider the time that this was made. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=fury+on+wheels+1971&&view=detai...

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Apollo 61
Posted 2019-07-06 12:35 PM (#584497 - in reply to #584496)
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Another vintage stock car photo.



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1960fury
Posted 2019-07-07 8:00 AM (#584512 - in reply to #584495)
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AceS - 2019-07-06 12:08 PM

It was 1969. These cars were getting scrapped left and right for the smallest reasons or just because they were old and outdated.

This one Fury got used to its full possibilities. A 60 Fury was track champ! You don't cry about it. YOU REVEL IN IT!


Weird kind of "logic". According to that "logic" no car survived. Really? Otherwise how can you know this one wouldn't have been one of these that survived?
It was scrapped, if it was done on the race track or junk yard doesn't matter or if it was "track champ" on some unknown, outback, hillbilly dirt "race track". If you think it was cool that it was scrapped, well......
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Sonoramic60
Posted 2019-07-07 6:26 PM (#584532 - in reply to #584512)
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Sid --
Actually, that wasn't too bad a fate for that old Plymmer. While the '60s weren't as bad rust buckets as their predecessors, they still were pretty much subject to decay, especially those in damp climates. But if they were to get into the hands of guys like me, decay became downright abuse. That first '60 Fury of mine was virtually a derelict when I traded it in 1964. Among other things:
- The wheel covers were long gone as I replaced them with "baby moons" in about a year or so.
- That original "high performance" differential with 2.93 gears was totally inadequate for the drag strip, so I put 4.10s in there.
- I needed the extra breathing afforded by tube steel exhaust headers, so I got a set of Hedman Hedders for the Beast. Of course, competition headers even as primitive as those eliminated the heat riser (ever think of driving in below zero weather without one?).
- Very high RPMs in strip (or street) competition played havoc with the freeze plugs and I forget how many I replaced (it was fun limping home with a shop rag stuffed in the block). Never mind subsequent leaks.
- Those high RPMs also poised a problem pumping water through the heater core. A rather attractive girl sure did not like what that antifreeze did to her nylons when the core let go.
- Punching it off the line and high RPM shifts weren't very good on either the TorqueFlite or the Sure Grip, so both were starting to sound suspicious.
- Then, of course, there was the problem with the ram-induction system which was the subject of downright hatred by the mechanics in that dealer's shop. I had traded it for a special order '65 Sport Fury (426-S/4-speed) with heavy-duty police suspension and oversize brakes. Unfortunately, the assembly line put standard size rims on the oversize brake drums which caused them to distort and chatter. On the first trip to the dealer to rectify this problem, the shop foreman made a special effort to tell me, "Ya know, those old manifolds of yours sure made a nice clang when the hit the bottom of the trash can."
The car didn't appear on the dealer's used car lot and I never did see it once I left it to take possession of the '65 on November 21, 1964. I was kinda afraid to ask about it.
So, I really think that racer went out better than my old car. In fact, it calls to mind the poem "Old Ironsides," by Oliver Wendell Holmes when the ship was in danger of being scrapped:

". . . The harpies of the shore shall pluck the eagle of the sea!"
Oh, better that her shattered hull should sink beneath the wave
Her thunders shook the mighty deep and there should be her grave.
Nail to the mast her holy flag, set every threadbare sail,
And give her to the god of storms, the lightning and the gale!"

Joe
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1960fury
Posted 2019-07-08 3:37 PM (#584568 - in reply to #584532)
Subject: Re: Cruisin's cool but who goes RACIN!?!?!?!



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Joe, my car had and still has its share in high rpm use, since I bought it as a red blooded kid and I didn't change much, that is 31 years of "abuse" and I can't confirm your experience. These cars are the most reliable man-made machines on planet earth.

What you, and I, did is just natural for a healthy kid and I wouldn't call it abuse. I ran it hard but treated it good. Those who can resist the sound of a roaring V8, the urge to accelerate to feel the speed, missed the power and freedom these machines deliver and never lived. And there is a big difference, the drivetrain can be rebuild again and again, if you destroy the unibody, the car is doomed. I don't think you deliberately did that, or you are not the "Joe" that I thought you are

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Sonoramic60
Posted 2019-07-09 6:54 PM (#584635 - in reply to #584568)
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I still like the idea of that No. 43 going down fighting. By 1969, I'm sure that old Big-Tailed Beast of mine had been turned into a Honda or paperclips. Anyone formally racing a '60 has my full support. Beats the heck out of those trailer queen restorations or clone ("tribute") ram cars.
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AceS
Posted 2019-07-16 11:28 PM (#584912 - in reply to #584512)
Subject: Re: Cruisin's cool but who goes RACIN!?!?!?!



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1960fury - 2019-07-06 5:00 PM

AceS - 2019-07-06 12:08 PM

It was 1969. These cars were getting scrapped left and right for the smallest reasons or just because they were old and outdated.

This one Fury got used to its full possibilities. A 60 Fury was track champ! You don't cry about it. YOU REVEL IN IT!


Weird kind of "logic". According to that "logic" no car survived. Really? Otherwise how can you know this one wouldn't have been one of these that survived?
It was scrapped, if it was done on the race track or junk yard doesn't matter or if it was "track champ" on some unknown, outback, hillbilly dirt "race track". If you think it was cool that it was scrapped, well......


It is what it is. We can't go back 50 years and save it. Pretty simple, as was more eloquently stated than me "I would rather have seen it go down fighting". Yes it is cool.

Also short track oval racing in small town America is mostly a family oriented sport. Race teams are usually formed around family, friends, and co-workers and the grandstands are full of families with kids. I don't believe the friendly folks of Lewiston would appreciate your uninformed comments, and neither do I.
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Apollo 61
Posted 2019-08-28 8:35 PM (#586719 - in reply to #584912)
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Abandoned 60 Plymouth track car.

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