Re: [GFS] WOOOHOOO!!! I've done it! (sorta long)
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Re: [GFS] WOOOHOOO!!! I've done it! (sorta long)

--- Brian Wittling <o2cooled@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello all, 
> I am happy to report that I have in fact struck a
> deal to purchase 
> the '58 Fury I spoke of in my previous post.  My
> long search of 16 
> years for this exact car is finally over.  I had
> found others in the 
> past, but never was the timing right - i either had
> the means, but 
> none were for sale, or I would find nice examples
> but not have the 
> means.  Let's not even talk about all the hunks of
> crap I looked at 
> over the years...
> The Fury is in pretty nice shape - it's been in
> storage literally 
> since the year I was born!  The complete and
> original interior is 
> nearly flawless, it has all the gold & chrome
> (stainless) trim, and 
> as an added bonus, it even runs!  The body is
> straight as an arrow, 
> but does have some rust - but not too bad.  The
> corners of the front 
> fenders by headlights are gone, rocker on each side,
> and a few 
> pinholes in the lower bowels of the trunk is all
> there is to speak 
> of.  The rest of it underneath is just a light
> scaling that some time 
> spent with a wire brush and some POR-15 would take
> care of quite 
> nicely. Everything is pretty oxidized and dirty
> though, so a few days 
> worth of elbow grease will have to be invested.  A
> small price to pay 
> for my dream car!
> To get it on the road, I will need tires, some brake
> work, exhaust, 
> and probably a good cleaning of the carb/tune-up
> judging by the smell 
> of the gas in it.  That's it! (of course, we're
> talking minimum 
> effort to driveability here).  My goals in order of
> priority will be: 
> 1) get it road-worthy 2) take measures to preserve
> what I have, and 
> then 3) RESTORE.   I'm only after a nice, solid
> driver here, not a 
> concourse de elegance car ya know..  ;-)
> The current owner seems like a really nice fellow
> also, and even 
> ofered his continued support after I take ownership.
>  That wil help 
> immensely, as I had stated before, I've always been
> a vintage VW and 
> BMW motorcycle freak - this here fancy water-cooled
> American stuff is 
> all new to me!  I don't even own any standard tools
> yet!
> Looks like in a week or so time, I will be bringing
> it home, so I 
> need to start prepping my garage.  I have about
> 1,600 sq, ft. of 
> garage space to work with, so I should be able to
> make this work.  
> The problem is that my garage is in truly pathetic
> condition.  Roof 
> leaks, the concrete floor is soft and totaly
> saturated in oils from 
> the former chop-shop rednecks that owned the place
> before I did.  I 
> mean like jack-stand and garage jack wheels will
> *sink* into the 
> concrete. Everything in there stays damp from the
> leaky roof - even 
> gets moldy, and that's not to mention the humidity
> we have in the air 
> here in "The Shoot Me State".
> Do not fear though, I have a plan!  The past couple
> of days I've been 
> dreaming up a method of closing off the beloved Fury
> from the garage 
> gremlins.  I'm thinking along the lines of a plastic
> vapor barrier, 
> sub-flooring and some sort of vynyl covering to park
> it on, and a PVC-
> pipe structure to suport a plastic tent of sorts. 
> Sort of a "garage 
> whithin a garage" concept here.  Inside will be a
> de-humidifier, and 
> a couple fans at least.  It should also provide a
> nice clean and 
> heatable environment for me to work on it out there
> this winter.  And 
> hey, it would even make a pretty decent paint booth!
> "Why not just fix up the garage?" you ask..  Well...
>  I'm sorta 
> spending that budget on buying this car eh!  ;-)
> Anyway, that's about all there is to say for now. 
> I'll have to 
> update y'all and maybe post some pictures once I
> have it home.  Also, 
> if anyone has any opinions and/or suggestions on my
> tent idea, I'd 
> love to hear them.
> Brian
> PS - here's my "Stupid Question #1":  Why do you
> call these 
> cars "Forward Look" and what are the models that are
> considered this?
> Thanks!
> When you start driving the car my advice is use a a
gasoline with aditives like clean system 3 (Texaco gas
) but use the hightest which is 93 octane.  When I
burned that type of fuel in a 68 fury convertible the
383 under the hood  started to run alot smoother that
it did. Use the Halvoline oil also but use 20w50  or
what weight you choose to use but the 1 I mentioned is
the thickest. If you need to locate parts check out
Andy Bernbaum  Auto  he should have a webpage on the
internet . He also advertises in Hemmings.

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