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Old 13th November 2009, 04:20   #1
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Hello fellow classic car buffs, I would like to share my 1961 Plymouth fury with you all. this car in particular is a Canadian assembled, special ordered right hand drive model, which spent most of its early years in Madras state. presented to Bishop Soundram of Tanjore in 1961 by an American Catholic parish in Boston USA, whilst studing there, it was brought to india and used by the bishop on many long trips and for parades etc. Does any one in Chennai remember this this car or have photos from the past etc.
The Bishop was good freinds with my Grand father and my Father.

Fast forward to 1987/88 whilst on holiday back in India (as we are in Australia) my grandfather informed us that the car was going to be offered for sale and that the bishop would like my father to take ownership as he knew how very fond of it my dad was.

so 1988 the car was brought to Australia, where my father and I did a ground up restoration, And this is something I will never part with, I learnt to drive in this classic, and leart alot about cars wrenching on it as a small boy.

any way with no further adoo her she is my pride and joy!!!
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Hello fellow classic car buffs, I would like to share my 1961 Plymouth fury with you all. this car in particular is a Canadian assembled, special ordered right hand drive model, which spent most of its early years in Madras state. presented to Bishop Soundram of Tanjore in 1961 by an American Catholic parish in Boston USA, whilst studing there, it was brought to india and used by the bishop on many long trips and for parades etc. Does any one in Chennai remember this this car or have photos from the past etc.
Hello there and welcome aboard!

That truly does look smashing - never quite seen another one like that in India. What a great history too. My compliments to you on the quality of restoration. If you could put up more photos of the car in 'as-bought' condition, it would be great. Would you remember the Madras registration number?
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Beautiful car, truly deserves all the love & care you are giving her. Canade, US, India & now Australia, this car sure has seen the world. (takes hat off)
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Wow that is a real beautiful car. Very well kept. The pride and joy of ownership are clearly seen in the way the car is kept gleaming with every bit in place.

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Sparkling car. I can see that the seat belts have found a way there too.
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Congrats on a beautifully restored and maintained car. The Bishop made a wise choice in passing it onto your family !
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Awesome and Immaculate car.A deserving tribute to this classic.
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Hello there and welcome aboard!

That truly does look smashing - never quite seen another one like that in India. What a great history too. My compliments to you on the quality of restoration. If you could put up more photos of the car in 'as-bought' condition, it would be great. Would you remember the Madras registration number?
MADRAS Registration was MSW 5515, Yes I do have many old photos of the Fury prior to restoration, however I need to scan them and dont have a scanner, the very last photo is in my parents home town in Madras, right infront of my late Grandfathers home, days before my cousin drove the plymouth with grandfather out to the port, ready for shipping to Australia, that was in 1987 it was late 1988 when my father and I comenced a back to bare metal restoration. all body and mechanical work was caried out by dad and me in our home workshop here in Melbourne.
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Fabulous restoration. Love the gleaming looks. The interior is also so well kept. Like the Onida ad - owner's pride, neighbours envy
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Simply superb!
My dad's friend had a Plymouth that looked like yours, but it had tail fins---could be a 64 model. There were only 2 of them in Orissa, and the other was owned by the Chief Secretary to the Orissa Govt.
The engine however looked a lot like the one in your car.
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all body and mechanical work was caried out by dad and me in our home workshop here in Melbourne.
That is a great piece of work sir, take a bow.
Did you manage to find the mech. parts and body parts in Australia? or did you have to import them from US or buy from E Bay?
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That is a great piece of work sir, take a bow.
Did you manage to find the mech. parts and body parts in Australia? or did you have to import them from US or buy from E Bay?
The engine is in 100% original cond, of coarse I have reconditioned all boltons, replaced all gaskets, but at present on reads 72000 genuine mile on the odometer, the push button /jukebox auto was totally rebuilt as was the diff , brakes, front and rear suspension, most original parts were retained/rebuilt, what coudn't be got was made/reproduced, and many parts including the original oem spec goodyear super cusion biasply white wall tyre came from the good ol' US of A.
Sheet metal and rust repair is easy as i specialise in metal finishing body repair, trim and acccesories are all orig, and were removed, repolished or replated was very lucky with this vehicle as it was a really good solid car to start with, unlike my black 59 chevrolet belair that required me to rebuild absolutely every thing and only took me 8 years!!
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I think you've done a superb job on the car. What a car! I am just speechless. How about posting detail restoration pics of the process. If you have any that is.
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That's a ravishing looking car. The seats look really comfy! What are the specs?
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That's a ravishing looking car. The seats look really comfy! What are the specs?
she nruns a 318 ci V8 poly engine (pre LA block) push button torque flyte auto, 8 3/4 " rear end interior is original apart from the carpet headlining and cloth inserts in seats, boy colour is jet black all original stainless and anodised alloy trim repolished cleaned and refitted here are just some of the specs. time to restore approx 2 years started 1988 was back on the road late 1989.
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