1968 fury Need help

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    fury-maniac New Member

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    I'm not sure how far I should say about its history , some personal information involved, so ,I will not say much but here is what I CAN SAY, it is imported from USA in 1969 as a new car by used car shop owner who used to deal with used American cars. I will not tell every single detail about how I got the car, but it should be a one owner car. I traced its history from 1969 to present, ( owner haven't changed during those times ) it has a clear paperwork.

    The only unknow part of its history is that the date of production to the day officially exported ( should be in U.S. somewhere )
     
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    Well, I know most of experienced people here would say '' It is an rust buket , and not worth a penny such such .... wasting time to put the money something like that, Yes, may be not woth much in U.S. Yes, it's not an HEMI ROAD RUNNER, NOT a 440-6 SUPER-BEE but still something. I'm alsmost positive that there are less than 10 SPORT FURY CONVERTIBLE in JAPAN. Thus, it worth to me to put my money and time to make it roadworthy. Both door open and closes without any effort, windows still rolls smooth, motor turns, I would say It is not bad at all. I know I can not expect too much but please be positive.

    Put this way, 318 motor is dime a dozen in U.S. Any junkyard would have few of them kicking around, but here in JAPAN even those common motors are hard-finding item.
     
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  3. Ross Wooldridge

    Ross Wooldridge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Positive attitude is the way to go with this project, and I wish you the best of luck with it. You've come to the right place for help - we'll get you there.

    Don't be afraid to ask questions, and try to have a thick skin too, as some will forget you're new at this hobby (c body cars). The silliest question is the one you don't ask...

    Cheers, and welcome!
     
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    GOLDMYN Well-Known Member

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    where in Japan? Are you US or JN ? not that it matters just curious
     
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    Well, I'm currently in JAPAN, but I visit U.S. every now and then.
     
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    Welcome and good luck! I have a 68 Sport Fury, 383 4 barrel, (H code), 4 speed convertible also. They are a 1 of 73 with that combination body/engine/trans. Mine is a survivor car, (not altered or modified). I'd be happy to provide pictures and reference information.
     
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    looking for convertible frame, top, seat cover, trunk lid trunk lid bottom molding , console and hood so far.
     
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    I see it has the wheel moldings, (at least one side). You'll want to be careful with those as they are not reproduced and very hard to find.
     
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    It's going to be somewhat expensive to ship in the sheet metal items you mention. Hood and such. Finding patch panels for the floor pan can be done, though, without "oversize" freight charges, I suspect. Several vendors in that area.

    Originality can be important to the ultimate value, rather than something "hacked-up" underneath. I suspect that the car had to have accumulated some mileage in the USA prior to exporting as it's less expensive to export a "used car" than a new one. At least in more modern times. Many European purchases even removed the engine, shipping it separately, in the same container, to save shipping charges (incomplete vehicle rather than complete) too.

    As mentioned, get the vehicle to a secure space where it can be disassembled fully and then start the parts accumulation process and start to work on the body items. It's going to take a while, usually. Be prepared to find things not expected, also.

    As for sourcing items for the powertrain, a while back, a YouTube video was posted of a group of racers in Japan that specialize in the driving/racing last-gen of full-size Dodge vans. Which would have the later versions of the Chrysler LA 318 or 360 engines in them. You might network with them in the powertrain area for parts/expertise.

    There might be some vocational course you might monitor/take to learn about basic auto body work and such. Just so you'll have a better idea of what's needed and how to "get there" with your car.

    I suspect that once you get the outer body work done and some primer on it, it'll all look better and increase your satisfaction that it will be a better project to do.

    Keep us posted, when you can.

    CBODY67
     
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    A picture of the data plate under the hood might be interesting to decode. It might also be interesting to discover what items had to be altered so that it would comply with Japanese vehicle regulations.

    Thanks,
    CBODY67
     
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    Welcome and congrats!
    Signing up here is a step in the right direction.

    A 383 4 speed C body is rare by itself let alone being located in Japan.
    Although 4 speed was offered but it was not really advertised so I am assuming your car was specially ordered.
    As mentioned,anything mechanical ie drivetrain is easier to find compared to body and trim.

    I am intrigued by your car's back story,but will not pry respecting your wish.
    Pics of the fender tag,located on the driver's inner fender would be nice.
    Any luck finding the broadcast sheet?
    it is like a birth certificate of the car with invaluable information from the factory.
    Typically hiding under the back seat,or in the springs of the buckets or back of glove box---depending on which factory she was built at.

    if this helps,recently on Facebook Keep C bodies alive,there are some 68 Fury's being parted out.
    You may want to check some larger wrecking yards on the west coast of the U.S.
    Keep your eyes peeled for anything popping up Washington,Oregon,Arizona states,just an example.

    I'd love to jump on a plane and tear into your car but pointing you to the right direction is the least I can do.
    My strong suit is electrical,so PM me if you have any questions.

    In regards to large items to be shipped to Japan...
    There are brokers or shippers that specialize in importing Japanese cars and parts into North America.
    (The Fast and Furious crowd made the Skylines and Bluebirds popular demand and even a reality TV show showcasing one such operation restoring and tuning them).
    Check with them to see if they are able to carry something back or have connections for exporting parts to Japan.

    I do remember that there is a strong following of American Muscle cars in Japan and check with some of those clubs for connections.
    Mopar Collector's Guide did an article few years back on a Mopar only shop in Japan.

    We have members here from Spain,other countries in Europe,South Africa,and as mentioned Australia.
    I think we have a guy in the Czech Republic??
    All have done their share of "networking" and "homework" and local ingenuity to put their cars on the road.

    So your car is not impossible to restore,just more challenging.
    Perseverance will get you through the challenge!
    Sometimes it is the thrill of the chase not the kill.
    Plus you get to know some really good people along the way.
     
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    Restore it if you can. Don't listen to the negativity.
     
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    Not sure what had been done to this car, but I have a Japanese registoration, so the way it sits, it is regal here. Emission modification is not required in this year, so I don't think it's been altered.

    I'mnot sure if it has 1968 dated motor, but I see the distributor located in front, which tells me that it already got 383, 400 or 440.

    At this point, I don't worry too much about motor and drivetrain parts, what I need is body and interior parts.
     
  14. 68 4spd Fury

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    On mine, engine ID# was located on back of block, by oil pressure sensor, trans ID, on pad, right hand side. The last six digits of each should match the last 6 of the VIN, help you narrow that down. Engine ID 2.JPG Trans ID.JPG
     
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    Looks like a great project.
     
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    The Aussie cars were called Dodge Phoenix Dodge Phoenix - Wikipedia
     
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    Today I was looking the motor, and found out that mine was 383. VIN matches, too.
     
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    That's great!

    I own a 66 Monaco with a 440 and 4 speed - please don't hesitate to contact me if I can help with information and advice. I feel your car is rare and special, and needs to be properly preserved!
     
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    That's a good start. Can you put up pics of interior?
     
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    I'd love to have a 1968 Sport Fury!