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Old 12-26-2010, 07:23 PM   #127
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My grandparents had that same '59. I remember the day they pulled into Dallas in 1965 after a more than 2,000-mile drive. I also remember the way the front end dove when the brakes were applied, ho! Yours is gorgeous. I admire all that you have done with it!

The luxo rig is awfully sweet as well. Fully independent suspension. Maybe someday the crowd on RV.net will git it that the right trailer doesn't need a farm truck. Guess you only stay at those $110/night resorts . . . .

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Old 12-26-2010, 09:22 PM   #128
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My plan for my vintage ride is to totally restore it as money allows. So far it has new tires, wheels, redone the seats and carpet, added many many sheets of sound deadner, and Bilstien shocks. Visually she now has a 300 hidden headlight grille (the coolest cars have hidden headlights IMO) . Before she gets to tow, the 440/4bbl needs to be rebuilt (350 hp stock)the trans was already done. I have a hitch for her, then I need to overhaul the brakes, and add trailer wiring and brake contoller. Here's a pic or two. MPJ
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:12 PM   #129
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Boy am I jealous. I daily drove a fuselage Chrysler until just a few years ago. A T&C is as cool as it gets. The stock camshaft was sure sweet in the special wagon engine when combined with stock 3.23 gearing and compression. I also admired Chrysler for adding dual inlet air cleaner and exhaust on a wagon as it was the sort of thing that helped when climbing a pass at WOT . . hangs on a just a little longer. (I figured on SCHUMACHER headers into a DR. GAS crossover, then necked down to 2.5" thru FLOWMASTER 70's then to 2 or 1-7/8's the rest of the way. I was running a custom Rochester Q-Jet on mine, on an internal EGR 1972 spreadbore oem intake to help with detonation (195F thermostat and A/C in Texas). I'd changed to the HI-PO oem exahust manifolds, but they run out of breath around 2k).

The thing I don't like is the slow steering. I'd adapt a rack & pinion setup.

The later wagons/HD/Police had larger torsion bars, up to 1.04 that would be a better set-up, IMO.

Got something on order from HUGHES Engines?

Does it also have rear air?

KONI Shock Absorbers are still available for the rear, and FIRM FEEL has upgraded FF/RR anti-roll bars.

Great to see!!

'68 Fury Hitch Diagram

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Old 12-27-2010, 06:17 PM   #130
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Rednax, She is the "special 440" with the dual snorkle and dual exhaust. I plan on using TTI exhaust and possibly headers. I replaced the non original carb with a modern 4160 Holley, elect choke, she fires right up, every time. When i get to a full suspension redo, larger bars are in order, the factory sway bar is fine for now, these cars run smooth!! I already installed the Bilstiens, very happy how they control the bounce. Yes she has rear air! Actually she's pretty well optioned. 440/4bbl-727 auto, 8 3/4 rear with sure grip 3.23. Dual exhaust. PW, PDL, PS, PDB. Auto temp (works! A/C converted to 134) am/fm/8track, three speaker front dash, 6 passenger, assist handles on rear, no roof rack. I addedd the 300 front end and a tilt and telescope steering column. What kind of Fusey did you have? MPJ
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:01 PM   #131
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'71 Newport. Third family owner. A fun stripper (but had air). Yours sounds great! Have you looked at the MSD All-In-One? I never liked trying to re-set the advance curve on the Mopar distributor. Found that heavy initial and a short curve following gave best performance & mileage. The MSD makes it look easy. Family had a number of these cars (including a '73 T&C).

Suppose you've found C-Body Drydock. I had a couple thousand posts on there before illness forced me to sell car (and time & age prevent another one). Good luck.

See posts 39, 49 & 55 above as well.
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:30 PM   #132
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Great story Bob..

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Old 12-27-2010, 10:44 PM   #133
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Nice wagon. Much more practical as a TV than our rag top. But if a wagon and a convertible were in my drive........tough decision ......the convertible wins for me.
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:03 AM   #134
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I just have a question about using vintage tow vehicles, and that is the effect of using E-10 and the soon to come increase to E-15 fuel to come, on the vintage engines?
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:13 AM   #135
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C - no one really knows yet - the way it stands right now is the EPA has approved E-15 fuel, but only for vehicles 2007 or newer. So what this means is retailers will need to carry both 10 and 15 - and since at this point it is not mandated, you won't see the E-15 anytime soon..

It is a concern for us old-timers (umm cars that is... )

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Back in the early '70s there began mandated unleaded fuel. For many pre '70 cars that meant burnt valve seats. Fortunately for my '71 GM was ahead of the game and already hardened the seats. But now the Buick average 3500 miles a year with 5000 miles tops.
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Old 12-28-2010, 10:23 AM   #137
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My F250 isn't quite vintage, but it is 18 years old, so it's not new. It came from the factory with evey towing option available - even the front end hitch receiver. It has only got 38,000 miles and looks as good as the day it came out out the showroom. It pulls my Overlander just great. I have toyed with the idea of getting another one and putting and old F-1 body on it. That would be a real eye catcher.

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Thats a nice looking truck.. but im a bit partial lol
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Moparjohn you probably already know this but the 440 engine with 4 barrel carb. and dual exhausts used in New Yorker wagons and Imperials was the same as the 440 six pack used in GTX, Road Runner and Super Bee.

It came with forged crankshaft, heavy duty rods, the best heads, etc.

A Chrysler wagon with that motor would be one of the best tow vehicles ever made.

If it was mine I would look into adding fuel injection but not headers. For your use I don't believe you would find any advantage, the stock manifolds flow very well at normal road speeds and the headers can be noisy leaky and short lived.

During a rebuild you might also consider dropping the compression ratio a tad. I believe it came with 10:1 compression which may be a little high for towing with today's fuels.
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My F250 isn't quite vintage, but it is 18 years old, so it's not new. It came from the factory with evey towing option available - even the front end hitch receiver. It has only got 38,000 miles and looks as good as the day it came out out the showroom. It pulls my Overlander just great. I have toyed with the idea of getting another one and putting and old F-1 body on it. That would be a real eye catcher.

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