In the next few weeks I will take a better quality picture of the FP 318 Block and the chassis stamp and forward it to everyone in the loop. I appreciate your advise. My I Phone pictures are not clear enough.
To: lz57heaven@xxxxxxxxxxx; goldenfin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 19:13:07 -0400
Subject: Re: [GFS] Restoration of 1957 Plymouth Fury VIN 16332910
To the best of my knowledge all Plymouth Fury 303 and 318 blocks have the crooked F. The F is added right before or after the stock block is changed and improved to be a Fury block. So it is not part of the original number. See two different Fury blocks numbers below. Both have crooked F's. One is a 58 Fury 318 the other is a 303 Fury engine.
In a message dated 6/5/2011 1:06:33 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, lz57heaven@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:
Thanks for the book. While I knew most the the overall information...more is gained from it reading and reviewing it. Currently my friends and I are restoring a very nice 57 Fury. It is original and and undergoing a complete restoration. Found your information regarding the engine number on the frame of interest. It does match up to the original engine that came in the car. On the frame, where you stated it is to be, P31-394412 appears. On the engine itself is the same number preceded by the slanting "F". This engine was original to the car and was running with moderate blow-by when tore down for re-built by Max Long Racing Engines. It was rebuilt stock.
I also have a blue Belvedere 2-door hardtop chassis and there is no number on it. Maybe this is a Fury Only consideration?
On mine the engine and transmission are redone. Incidentally the FP31 dyno'ed out 294 HP on a Super Flow Dyno per a 20% conversion from current net HP measurement to the 50's Gross HP. The brite dip gold anodizing was done by the folks in North Hollywood, CA...looks good.
Glenn Barratt and lady friend has seen this car and was at the farm where it is stored prior to going on to Tulsa. What an enthusiasts he is!Hopefully this can will be completed within two years and we will have it at a Golden Fin get together.
Best Wishes...Len Zimmerer