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PolaraPaul
Posted 2015-08-31 3:40 PM (#488435)
Subject: 1961 New Yorker blue convertible is now restored!


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This past week we brought home our blue Chrysler convertible with restoration now completed. There is a past thread on this car showing it's before pictures and discussion. This was an Oakland California car sold originally at J E French Motors. A collector rescued it from A-1 Auto Wreckers in San Jose in 1979 for $150. A man in Livermore then bought it and it sat with four 300 F convertibles he collected, along with many 1958 Oldsmobile convertibles (his wife says that was their first car). All went up for sale in about 2010. I am posting pictures of picking it up, on the rotisserie, and now restored. All was gone through. I added air, flightsweep deck lid, 7 button radio with power antenna, and power swivel seats. It had the power door lock option. Many vendors contributed and special hats off to Gary Goers, Dennis Crooks, and Doug Pollack. I kept the original paint color, Capri Blue, blue interior, and black top. http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=33879&... 61 new yorker convertible 6,700&highlightmode=1#M254475



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Mike McCandless
Posted 2015-08-31 3:56 PM (#488437 - in reply to #488435)
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WOW Truly awesome!!
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Posted 2015-08-31 3:58 PM (#488438 - in reply to #488435)
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Yet Another fantastic car - very nice indeed!
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Posted 2015-08-31 4:46 PM (#488447 - in reply to #488435)
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Congratulations! She's a beauty!

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Posted 2015-08-31 7:14 PM (#488464 - in reply to #488435)
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I am with the others, great work

Just as a side note though, the a/c pipes going to and from the condenser appear to be unsupported, engine movement will crack the
one from the compressor

I might be wrong, but if not, I would braze a small bracket onto the pipe just after the junction of the rubber hose and use that fender bolt, or maybe even a P clamp

Please dont think I am trying to pick holes, because I am not

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guyman
Posted 2015-08-31 9:08 PM (#488478 - in reply to #488464)
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Was looking at one of these not too long ago to restore...convertibles are hard to come by and even harder to find! LOL..nice job on the restore....Love it!

One Day I will have a 59-61 FL Convertible!!!
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Posted 2015-08-31 10:43 PM (#488491 - in reply to #488435)
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Stunning!!
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Posted 2015-08-31 11:38 PM (#488498 - in reply to #488435)
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very well done! thanks for posting the pictures!
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Posted 2015-09-01 8:28 AM (#488514 - in reply to #488435)
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OMG! She's gorgeous! I love the 61s. Nice job.
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60 Imp
Posted 2015-09-01 8:55 AM (#488515 - in reply to #488435)
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First and foremost, I am a F.L. fan. I am also an Imperial fan, but I have no doubt in my mind your 61 Convertible is the pinnacle of FL cars for '61, and full credit to you, and the people who helped you make it what it is today . An exceptional car. Well done.

Steve.

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imopar380
Posted 2015-09-01 3:11 PM (#488552 - in reply to #488435)
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Absolutely gorgeous Paul. I'd take it over a 300-G any day.

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Adventurer 60
Posted 2015-09-01 4:33 PM (#488559 - in reply to #488435)
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Wow. It is gorgeous!
I have only used to see a red 61 NY convertible (in my garage) So its nice blue ones too exist.
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Posted 2015-09-01 10:31 PM (#488589 - in reply to #488559)
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Not to be a critic but I just noticed your air cleaner snorkel is pointing the wrong way. Should point to the right front slightly, & there should be a couple of tabs on the back that line up with a casting on the back of the carburetor.
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1958firemite
Posted 2015-09-04 8:49 PM (#488917 - in reply to #488435)
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WOW. That is gorgeous and love the color combo PolaraPaul
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Boris56
Posted 2015-09-04 11:13 PM (#488927 - in reply to #488435)
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Fabulous!
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Posted 2015-09-05 1:09 AM (#488934 - in reply to #488927)
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Chrysler had some real Design Engineers. Simply Marvelous!!! What's really neat about all of the FL line is they had the drive train including a transmission that could handle the power.
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Windsor59
Posted 2015-09-05 1:46 AM (#488936 - in reply to #488934)
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I was intreserad to buy it in 2010 (as you know) But I see that it came to the right owner. You have done a fantastic nice renovation. Not everyone can do it.
And I like the blue color of the interior and bodywork.
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Posted 2015-09-07 11:51 AM (#489117 - in reply to #488435)
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Wow! It's hard to beat the look of nicely done 61 Chrysler.
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Joe Mac
Posted 2015-09-14 9:01 AM (#489597 - in reply to #488435)
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Paul,
Another beautiful restoration and a nice addition to what's IMHO the finest FL convertible collection in the world. Enjoy it.
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Posted 2015-09-14 12:02 PM (#489606 - in reply to #488435)
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Paul… congrats.. what a gorgeous New yorker! Is that the car that the fan shroud we sold you went on?
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Posted 2015-09-14 4:04 PM (#489634 - in reply to #489606)
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Wow, Paul! Fantastic!
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60crossram
Posted 2015-09-18 9:01 PM (#489999 - in reply to #488435)
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Wow that is awesome ! I love the all blue. My 70 Challenger is all blue, but a white top & white side stripes. I'll bet you have at least 5,000 into that.
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PolaraPaul
Posted 2015-10-03 7:18 PM (#491320 - in reply to #489606)
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Yes Gary- Thanks for all you help.

Edited by PolaraPaul 2015-10-03 7:20 PM
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hemidenis
Posted 2015-10-03 10:58 PM (#491328 - in reply to #488435)
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It is so incredible that someone rescued a 17 years old car, complete out of fashion from a junkyard. Thanks God they did.
Amazing car, perfect resto, Congrats!
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Posted 2015-10-03 11:04 PM (#491329 - in reply to #488435)
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A1 auto wreckers still on business, wonder if they may have another 61 convertible 36 years later?? Probably in the Honda heaven area?

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Posted 2015-10-04 1:02 AM (#491337 - in reply to #488435)
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Every detail have been restored perfectly. Congratulation!

The car has even has 0 km, can see the sticker on the tires.

And now your next project? You are dedicated for another outstanding restoration.  - SERGE -

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Posted 2015-10-04 11:16 AM (#491360 - in reply to #488435)
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Its a beauty! Now go drive the crap out of it and enjoy it like you should!
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PolaraPaul
Posted 2015-10-05 6:59 PM (#491485 - in reply to #488435)
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I am amazed that A-1 Auto Wreckers in San Jose still exists. Thanks for Google map picture. Serge, I just took another convertible off the rotisserie and will share some photos when it is done.
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PolaraPaul
Posted 2015-10-15 9:17 PM (#492363 - in reply to #488435)
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Top down today for the first time.



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Posted 2015-10-28 9:18 AM (#493416 - in reply to #488435)
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Purrrrrrrrrrrrfection!

Gorgeous, inside and out!

Wonderful job.


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Posted 2015-10-28 10:02 AM (#493420 - in reply to #488435)
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Gorgeous!!
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1958firemite
Posted 2016-09-20 9:15 PM (#521752 - in reply to #488435)
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What is the name of this color.? Thanks
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Posted 2016-09-20 10:40 PM (#521756 - in reply to #521752)
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1958firemite - 2016-09-20 6:15 PM


What is the name of this color.? Thanks


Capri Blue

Beautiful shade that looks very nice when new but like an old pair of jeans when faded.
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Posted 2016-09-20 10:43 PM (#521757 - in reply to #488435)
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My '64 Polara 500 convertible came out of a wrecking yard in the 1980s. It was on top of a '57 Chevy wagon. Somewhere I have pictures of it. But unlike your car, mine looks just like it did when I got it. Still has the junkyard markings spray painted on the quarter panels. I paid $350 plus I traded in a crashed '69 Barracuda that I drove in although the transmission had no reverse. But replaced a rotted fuel hose in the Polara and drove it out of there. A friend later got a running '69 Super Bee 4-speed out of the same yard for $650. The good ole days!
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Posted 2016-09-23 12:10 AM (#521915 - in reply to #488435)
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Would love to have a two door.

Very nice, well done.
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Posted 2016-09-27 12:11 PM (#522172 - in reply to #488435)
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Beautiful ride...Congrats...
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Posted 2016-09-27 8:50 PM (#522212 - in reply to #488435)
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magnificent! trailer queen quality! so you bought or the person you bought it from got it at a

junk yard for 150.00?
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Posted 2016-11-20 11:11 AM (#526694 - in reply to #488435)
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your 61 new Yorker is really a beauty. Like those tires, just wondering what kind and what size you put on her? I think the 61's had 15 inch wheels, looking for a nice set of 14 inchers with 21/4 whitewalls for my Chrysler F.
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PolaraPaul
Posted 2016-11-22 11:14 AM (#526835 - in reply to #488435)
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The wheel size remained 14 inches for all 1961 Chryslers, except the 300 G where it did increase to 15 inches. Tires are BF Goodrich 900 bias ply from Coker.
A fellow in Livermore CA bought the car from a pediatrician who rescued it for $150 from the salvage yard. I bought the car from the wife of the man in Livermore on seeing it advertised in Hemmings as a 1960. He also had 4 300 F convertibles that were sold overseas and three 1958 Oldsmobile convertibles.
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Posted 2016-11-23 11:47 AM (#526949 - in reply to #488435)
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Paul! Congrats to a beautiful ride! "Common" in red, white or black over here.
Very beautiful in blue!
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Posted 2016-11-23 12:17 PM (#526952 - in reply to #488435)
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Stunning Car, And as already said not a common colour to see today on these..

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Posted 2017-02-15 11:45 AM (#534077 - in reply to #488435)
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Gorgeous...
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PolaraPaul
Posted 2017-05-05 3:00 PM (#539513 - in reply to #488435)
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Mike McCandless
Posted 2017-05-05 8:40 PM (#539532 - in reply to #488435)
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Paul if you ever want to sell, I'd love to buy that car, beautiful.
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PolaraPaul
Posted 2018-06-23 8:05 PM (#565518 - in reply to #539532)
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Looking for a 1961 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible for a friend of mine. Does anyone have any leads of one For Sale. Thanks

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