I am from North Jersey and remember seeing this car for sale on craigslist. I had intent of buying it but already had a 70 Newport 2 door project at that time, which after finishing ended up going to Italy.Hi guys,
would like to share my experience of giving my Chrysler a rebuild in Poland.
The car was imported to Poland in 2017 by a trader. Bought by me in August 2018 in running condition. The reason i bought it here instead of the US was that i could verify the condition of the car - mostly the rust involved. This one was not bad, and all original, no body or paint work ever performed - a BIG advantage. All the bits were on the car (except for the trim on the front grill). It's a 383 2bbl. Drives nice , engine & trans in good order (however on idle for a longer period of time the oil light flashes) . Suspension ok, steering bad - very loose - probably shot bushings all around and the steering box needs a rebuild. Brakes good.
This is the one:
For Sale - 1971 Chrysler Newport Custom - 383 V8 - $4000 (Linden)
Anyhow, i'm having the car rebuilt.
Body work, paint, interior, engine rebuild, new suspension, brakes, steering, brake lines, fuel lines, fuel tank.... well, basically everything. The trunk floor was in poor condition - but not from driving and salt - rather water laying on the floor. Quarter panels need some work on the bottom, as well as front fenders just behind the wheel wells. Other than that, the body is in excellent condition. Before i had the car taken apart, i ordered the floors from c2c fabrication - and the only bit im using is the trunk floor... which is a very pleasant surprise!
The plan is to keep the car in original spec, it's probably going to get the same color, Chrysler Avocado Metallic - GF9 code.
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Great restoration — thank you for posting about your experience! The seats look perfect, can you tell us more?
This said, have you considered whitewall tires for your car? IMHO they would be more in line with the original spirit of your car, plus the Hankook Optimo H724 are really comfortable. Lots of members have only great things to say about their smooth ride and low noise level. I swear by them after about 3k miles on two C-body fusies in two years (disclaimer: I have no idea how they drive in the rain, as all but half a mile were driven in dry weather).
Here is Medina, my '71 Monaco last spring. Like your '71 Newport, she has a white vinyl top that the WWs complement perfectly (and a white stripe, but the previous owner is responsible for that ).
If you are set on RWL tires, here are my two cents. I went through the same dilemma (Cooper vs. BFG) for Snow White, the ‘70 N-code Polara convertible that I bought three months ago. I read a lot of RWL tire reviews on various sites. I went for the BFG, but it was a hard decision—FWIW, my conclusion at the time was that the difference in terms of performance was not great, namely they both were pretty mediocre tires that I’d never get for a modern car (I should probably duck for cover here, as some members really are big fans of the BFGs ).
I have not yet driven Snow, so can’t comment personally yet on ride/handling/noise. I expect th BFGs to handle fine but to be less comfortable than the Hankooks. Here is a picture of Snow with the freshly mounted RWLs -- I chose to post this pic, despite the poor interior lighting, because it shows both the side and the tread of the tires. I am still not "sold" on the looks of the RWLs for anything other than a Hurst or SFGT, so even for this sporty car with road wheels I may well switch back to WWs after this summer.
How in the world did you sanitize and beautify that ashtray?