[GFS] '58 back on the road!
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[GFS] '58 back on the road!

Well, the long torrid tale of my transmission rebuild and 
rejuvination of the Fury is nearing its end!

The transmission rebuild was completed finally last week, to the tune 
of about $2,300.  I still can't sit down quite right.  Man, was that 
thing tore up inside (the transmission that is).  If I wasn't so anal 
about keeping everything original, I would have just found a good or 
better cond. used one somewhere.

Anyway, it had to be towed from the transmission shop back to the hot 
rod place that did all the brakes, exhaust, etc. For some reason, 
when it was delivered to the tranny shop, it mysteriously had no 
brakes.  Turns out the "new" master cylinder they installed was a 
defective remanufactured unit. The other claim by the transmission 
shop was that it was running like crap, that they had to use ether 
and all sorts of stuff to get it to start. Well, the hot rod shop 
couldn't find a thing wrong with the way it was running?! They 
installed a NEW m/c, and re-adjusted all the brakes, and even 
delivered the car back to my house free of charge. This was Friday 

I got home from work, and fired it right up.  Ran like a top just 
like it was before.  does the transmission guy just not know how to 
start a car or what? Took it for a victory test-drive to a local 
Steak n' Shake that's still all old-school.  In the summer they even 
have curb-service still.  shift quality was fantastic, but the shift 
points and kick-down need some tweaking.

Saturday was nothing but assholes'n'elbows trying to clean it up.  
Had to first get the new wide-whites mounted and installed.  That 
took a good couple of hours.  The set of rims I had were pretty 
rusty, and a lot of grinding had to be done to get them to seal.  Of 
course that could have all been avoided had they been willing to put 
in the inner tubes I had for them, but nooooo.. no one wants to touch 
tubes anymore. The other delay was that I needed a haircut in a major 
way, and I only know of one place in the neighborhhod where a MAN can 
go to get a MANS haircut,(no sissy salons for me!) and they had a 
full-house.  Wait there was about 1 1/2 hrs. 

So, back to the house for cleaning.  First a wash, then dry, then a 
major polishing to get all the dead paint and ambedded greasy hand 
prints out.  then buffing, then waxing, then buffing again...  even 
with my new power-buffer, it was hard work!  that's a lotta surface 
area on these cars! All that brightwork was another story entirely.  
I got it all done, but the gold was more a subtle improvement than 
the dramatic one I was hoping for.

Sometime towards the end I started getting the shakes and a bad 
headache, and realised it was 1:30 AM, and I hadn't taken a break or 
eaten since breakfast. I called it quits, tried to get some sleep, 
but didn't sleep well 'cause I hurt so damm bad.

Next day was the big show in Forest Park.  TONS of cars, I mean A 
LOT.  Mine was the only Plymouth to be found, and one of only 3-4 
vintage Mopar's there.  It drew a LOT more attension than I thought 
it ever would, especially since it's still so rough.  People just 
flocked to it.  By the time we'd left at 3:30, I didn't have a voice 
anymore.  since it was a Concourse de Elegance type of show, I didn't 
bother to have it judged, so no trophies by default even :-(

After the show we made the rounds to my grandparents hous in north 
st. louis, and then to my girlfriends parents house in Kirkwood. In 
all about 100 miles for the day, and I drove it to work today too.  
It's running smoothly, but is definately very tired.  I'm still 
plagued by lots of blowby, and the 100-mile old oil is nasty as hell 
already.  Must be cleaning up some though, because now I can tell the 
valves need adjusted from the sound of the motor.  Hopefully this 
will help energize it a bit. I'm also currently averaging a whopping 
6.5mpg. Quite a shocker going from 52mpg in my TDI Beetle to that!   

Well, I 'spose that's all for now,  thanks for lending an ear!

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