1971 Plymouth Fury III 2-door hardtop "23" body style, rebuilt 318, Automatic

Price: - Item location: Middletown, Connecticut, United States
  • Make: Plymouth
  • Model: Fury
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: Fury III
  • Year: 1971
  • Mileage: 163,693
  • VIN: PM23G1D157657
  • Color: Gold
  • Engine size: 318
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Green
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: CD Player
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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Description:

1971 Plymouth Fury Fury III

1971 Plymouth Fury III 2-door hardtop with the “23” code body style designating an outward curved rear window.The odometer shows 63,693 miles and the actual milesare understood to be163,693. This is a low option car; 318, Automatic, PS, Manual Drum Brakes, 2-speed wipers, an AM Radio car with a manual driver’s side mirror. The car does NOT have air conditioning. The car has the 8 ¼” rear end. The car has a working, older Panasonic AM/FM/CD radio. The original AM radio comes with the car but I do not know if it works.

This is a car that can be driven while it is beingrestored or a few things could be addressed and the car could be driven as is.

I have the signed clearColorado title and a Bill of Sale from the previous owner.

Background:

I purchased this car in May of 2003 from a young man named Sam in Pueblo, Colorado and I paid him to deliver the car to me in central Connecticut. Sam drove the car across country without any problems. I never registered this car. I originally bought the car as a parts donor for a 1971 Sport Fury GT but sold the GT in November of 2005. After selling the GT I had planned to make this car into a 1971 Sport Fury GT “tribute car” but that never happened and I have too many project cars and have decided to sell this car and let someone else give her the attention that she needs.

Engine:

The prior owner rebuilt the engine but I don’t recall exactly when. I have an undated receipt from Colorado Performance in Pueblo, CO that does not list the Fury’s odometer reading. The important things listed on the $1,275.92 receipt (that I can read) are as follows:

  • PCS grind crank

  • Grind valve (illegible word) heads

  • Install guides in heads

  • Surface heads

  • 8 Rods re-sized & pistons pressed on

  • Hot tank & hone block

  • Install new cam bearings

  • 8 guides

  • Rod bearings 0.10

  • Main bearings 0.10

A total of 625.92 was spent on parts including tune up parts & fluids. $600.00 was charged for labor and lists the following:

Pull motor, pull motor apart, crank bad, rods re-sized, press on pistons, hone & clean block, install new cam bearings, valve job, reassemble motor, install motor, set up and adjust.

The engine has been converted to electronic ignition and I installed a new ignition module (ECU) a few years ago. The engine appears to run well but I have never driven the car more than up and down my street.

Front end & Brakes:

I have a receipt showing that in February of 2000 all 4 wheel cylinders were replaced, a new Moog Idler Arm and a new Moog Pitman arm were installed and the car was aligned. The car has an incorrect master cylinder for a disc brake car on it that should be changed.

Misc. Mechanical:

The radiator leaks and needs to be repaired. It may need a new core. I just noticed that the blower speed switch is not working. It may be the fuse. The exhaust is very rusty and I patched one section that had rotted through. The exhaust system will eventually need to be replaced. I am not aware of any other mechanical issues but again, I have not really driven this car. With the radiator leak I would not recommend driving the car very far. The windshield washer reservoir has a hole near at the top.

Body:

The windshield is cracked. The driver’s door glass needs to be adjusted or it may be the door glass from a Fury with the Formal (“29” body style) as the door glass was replaced by the prior owner. You need to be careful not to fully roll the window up as if you do, it overlaps the quarter window.

There is some rust and rot around the rear window, which is typical for these cars. The rear window will need to be removed and repairs made or you could use some silicone sealer for a temporary repair.

Most of the bottom of the floors and the rear frame rails have been undercoated, likely from the factory or by the selling dealer. The rear frame rails are solid with some surface rust/scale. The front sub-frame is solid with typical rust scale. The trunk floor extensions (back side of the quarter panels) are solid with no signs of every being repaired. The factory tabs on the bottom edge are still present.

The car needs paint. The paint is faded, there is some obvious touch up with an incorrect color of spray paint and there is light surface rust in several places. Take a close look at the photos.

The bottom of the left front fender has a small area that has rusted through as does the area on the left quarter panel in front of the left rear wheel opening. The left front fender molding is missing. I think I have an NOS replacement molding with a green insert that I would sell to the winning bidder (but I think these cars look better without the moldings). The left rear quarter panel has some rust and rust holes behind the wheel opening and at the very end of the quarter panel behind the side marker lamp.

The worst area of the car is an area on the right quarter panel in front of the right rear wheel opening. There are some holes in the front of the wheel house adjacent to this area of quarter panel rot. The area just behind the right rear wheel on the right quarter panel has some heavy scale, is weak and will need a patch. The end of the right rear quarter panel has a dent, some surface rust and is missing the body side molding. The front area of the right quarter panel and the lower rear area of the right door have holes from an amateur dent repair.

I have right and left full length half-quarter patch panels that I will sell to the winning bidder for $300.00. These were bought back in the late 1990’s and while they do not have the correct contours, they would be perfect for making patch panels and are much better than the aftermarket patch panels that are available today for this car.

I will include a replacement right front fender extension to replace the broken one. The right front fender has some surface rust. I have the molding for that fender but new clips will be needed.

There is a small area on the radiator core support near the battery that has rotted through due to corrosion from the battery.

The front edge of the hood has some rust scale and some scratches on the hood have some rust.

The prior owner (regrettably) elected to coat the trunk compartment with undercoating. The trunk floor has some rust scale but feels solid. The lip of the trunk lid underneath has some typical rust scale.

The rear valance has some slight bends and should straighten up nicely. The tail lamps are good, the bezels have some light pitting. I have an NOS or older re-chromed rear bumper that I need to get out of storage that I will make available at an additional cost to the winning bidder.

Interior:

The door panels and matching rear panels next to the rear seat are in good condition. The seats need to be upholstered, the headliner, carpet and front arm rests need to be replaced and the dash pad is badly cracked. I have a nice used black dash pad with one crack that I will sell to the winning bidder if they are interested in it. I will include good used arm rests with the car but they will need to be dyed a matching color. I am not sure if the seat belts are complete. The front seat outboard seatbelts appear to have a part that was cut off, which may be where they connect to the shoulder portion of the seatbelts. The lap belts are intact.

I do have a light blue bucket seat interior, front buckets, buddy seat/armrest, rear seat, door panels and other interior trim pieces from a 1971 Sport Fury GT that I would consider selling to the winning bidder. These seats would need to be re-upholstered. These interior parts in storage and are not accessible for photos at this time.

Wheels & Tires:

The wheels are American Racing aluminum wheels that need to be polished and have some corrosion. The lug nuts and center caps are new. One of the right front studs needs to be replaced or re-threaded. The cap for the left front wheel is loose and a wheel weight fell off that wheel. The rear tires are in good shape with plenty of tread. The front tires have some wear on the outer edges. These are used tires and wheels that I put on the car. The tire wear is from a different car.

Inspections are welcomed and encouraged. I have a lift that the car can be put on for a thorough inspection.

Warranty:

This car is sold “as is” with no warranty and no implied warranty.

Payment:

$500.00 deposit by PayPal required within 48 hours of the end of the auction. If no deposit is made within 48 hours the car will be offered to the next highest bidder or will be re-listed. The balance is due within one week and must be paid by wire transfer or in cash. Funds must be in U.S. dollars.

Shipping:

Shipping is not offered. I will do the best that I can to work with the buyer and the buyer’s transport company on scheduling a pick up time and date.










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