WHAT ? Another 61 Fury restroation......

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  1. bluefury361

    bluefury361 Old Man with a Hat

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    I got some sad news yesterday. My buddy Jim, the fellow I got Virgil from, passed away. The Mopar world has lost a real enthusiast. I'll travel to Pikeville Tenn. Sunday for the service and funeral on Monday.
    Jim was a hoarder and loved C bodys and Dodge trucks. He liked the odd balls too. I'm not sure what will become of his collection but will find out.
    When I traded my 64 Crewcab for the 61 convertible he allowed me first refusal if he were to part with it. A good chance it could be coming back to me.
    I hate that he won't see Virgil completed. We talked about it a lot.

    RIP Jim.
     
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  2. 1978 NYB

    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    Sounds like Jim is a true blue Mopar brother!!!!
     
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    The one thing I don't like about Chasing Classic Cars is that every 3rd or 4th episode they are selling off some guy's life long spectacular collection of classic cars. I would rather see them show pictures of the man and his collection of classics through his journey of collecting and restoring his cars. Most of the time they don't even show a picture of the guy during the entire show. It makes me wonder if I ran into him at Carlisle, Hershey, maybe a car show in the mid-Atlantic. Like I said most of the time they never mention the collector's name or even show a single picture of him.

    I'm done ranting......
     
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    Very sorry, Will to hear of the passing of your friend Jim.
     
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    Sorry to hear this Will.. it’s nice you’re making the trip to pay your respects. You’re a Good man.
     
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    Sorry to hear, Will. best to you and his family. Safe travels.
     
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    SGT FURY Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Sorry to hear about the loss of your freind.
     
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    70bigblockdodge Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    R.I.P. to your friend Will. Safe travels this weekend, lots of rookies on the road to and from grandma's house, and they are not that great on thier regular routines
     
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    live4theking Old Man with a Hat

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    Will, sorry to hear about your friend.
     
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    bluefury361 Old Man with a Hat

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    We laid Jim to rest Sunday. He went in a "Mopar motor head" sweat shirt. I was going to take a picture but thought it might be tacky.
    I had a nice talk with his wife Debby and she assured me that when/if my old crew cab would come available that it would come back to me. Jim gave me a first refusal agreement when I traded it for Virgil. It became one of his most cherished vehicles, as it was for me.

    A picture of Jim on his front porch with one of his 48 Chryslers. (He'd run from a camera and it was hard to get his picture) LOL. 48 chrysler 2.jpg 64 crew cab (Small).JPG
     
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    Very nice Will!!!
     
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    So sorry to hear about your special friend and a Bigga C body king .... I hope you get your beau truck back too and love that Virgil
     
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    My dad drilled small holes in my '61 at the bottom so the water can escape . He drilled the holes the bottom of the quarter panels. The assembly line for got to do that when these cars were brand new that is 1 of the places were the water got trapped and the rear quarters got cancer.
     
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    bluefury361 Old Man with a Hat

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    Actually Steph, there were three "weep" holes at the bottom of each quarter panel. But they had a tendency to become clogged with dirt from inside the trunk after a period, that plus the poor quality control and lack of corrosion protection during assembly contributed to the forward look cars becoming rust prone.
     
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    If I ever see you at a car show again I will show you were I am talking about but I will try to describe it . Inside the trunk behind the trunk cardboard panel is were the water got trapped and is 1 of the places were the '61 got cancer . That is were my dad drilled small holes so the trapped water can escape I is on the drivers side and the passenger side .
     
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    bluefury361 Old Man with a Hat

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    speaking of Virgil. I reached my goal of having him back on his four wheels. I was aiming at being there by the 1st of the year and got it done yesterday. It only took five 8-10 hour days of prep to put all the pieces together, but it happened yesterday evening.
    I may take the rest of the year off. LOL.




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    TN Valley Mopar show will be June 19th
     
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    roller, congrats
     
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    bluefury361 Old Man with a Hat

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    Got the doors hung. Will fit them and body work. Removed the body support bracing, The windshield made it through the rotisserie ordeal unscathed. WHEW!!!!
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    What is the gear ratio in your diff?