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I have a 1968 "Hustle Stuff" catalog from Chrysler and they have listed chrome "football" air cleaners and valve covers.  I don't know when mother mopar started selling those things in chrome.  
---- reliatec@xxxxxxx wrote: 
> Ed,
> This is Charles Grant in Tampa, Florida.  
> My fatherm who worked for Chrysler, purchased a new  1958 Fury in August of 
> 1958.  I am in the process of restoring it  now.  The Golden Commando came 
> with painted valve covers and  breathers.  However, we removed and modified 
> the engine in 1963 (when I was  14 and worshipped the very ground that car 
> rolled on.)  It was bored .060,  with the heads ported and polished, Crower 
> re-ground cam and carbs rebuild by  Don Garlit's speed shop in Tampa.  We 
> also had the valve covers and  breathers chromed.
> With the engine compartment thoroughly washed, re-painted and  detailed, it 
> was a "sight to behold."  The combination of gold, black,  chrome and 
> buckskin beige would knock your eyes out.  It was truly  beautiful. But then of 
> course, a common practice for "high performance"  enthusiasts of the late 
> fifties and early sixties was to "dress up" the engine  compartment so that it 
> looked as good as it ran.  Unfortunately, most drag  strip tech reps didn't 
> realize the engine originally came with two-four barrels,  and we usually 
> ended up running in a modified class at the drags.
> To your question, however, I have never seen nor heard  of any 
> documentation regarding factory chromed parts for the Golden  Commando engine.  But of 
> course, you never know for sure.  For  example, this particular Fury was 
> purchased as it sat on the show room floor at  Hawk Chrysler-Plymouth without 
> bumper wings.  Although the rear  bumper was damaged and removed during the 
> 60's, the original front bumper still  has the holes for attachment of the 
> bumper wings, but carriage bolts with  washers and a nut were substituted to 
> fill the hole.  I've always assumed  that some previous buyer on the car lot 
> "really wanted those bumper wings," and  they ended up on a Belvedere long 
> since gone. To be honest, I didn't like them  then, nor do I now.  In my 
> opinion, they detract from the flowing lines and  anodized trim which are part of 
> the beauty of the Fury.  Plus the car  weighed +/- 60 pounds less without 
> all that additional bulk. But enough on  that....
> I also possess a 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury 426 Street  Wedge.  It did come 
> from the factory with chrome valve covers and a single  breather.  One of the 
> earlier Max Wedge engines ('62 I believe) was  "showcased" with chrome 
> valve covers and dual breathers, but the cars as  delivered did not have the 
> chrome additions.  To the best of my knowledge,  this Max Wedge engine was the 
> first to showcase chromed valve covers. All of the  later Max Wedges came 
> with painted breathes, but then they didn't stay on for  long anyway.  
> The Fury will be restored as it was purchased and  modified by my Father 
> and myself with the addition of Air Conditioning to make  the humid summers in 
> Florida a little more pleasant.  If you want to dress  up your Fury, I 
> would suggest that you get an extra set of valve covers  (relatively cheap) and 
> a set of breathers (not so cheap) and have the ability to  run either way.  
> Only your fellow Golden Fin Society members will know for  sure!
> Charles Grant
> Dunnellon, Florida
> In a message dated 7/31/2009 4:49:27 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
> eddee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
> Hello Group
> Sorry for the repeat question,,,I think most were in PENN when I had  asked 
> a few weeks ago.
> Does anyone know if the 58 FURY 350 had a 'dealer option' for chrome  valve 
> covers and air cleaners?Do
> I have seen this twice with both owners believing it was a 'Chrysler  
> option'
> LI  NY
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