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Post by Dick Koch » Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:49 am

John & John - Both of you are to be envied for the work you are doing on your convertibles. I will be joining you soon in the same endeavor, I bought the Belvie Convertible in Jamestown, CA. and should be receiving it soon. I'm real excited even though it will need a lot of work. John Q, like yours it was out in a field for quite some time but by the pictures I have (I will try to figure out how to put them on the site) it doesn't seem to be as bad as the one I'm restoring right now was under all that paint. I will probable be picking your brains as soon as I finish my hardtop. You too Roger if you don't mind. This is the only way I would ever have been able to afford a Convertible. What with my stash of parts and my parts car I should have everthing I will need. I even have a bolt of black and white factoy correct upholstery cloth that was in the trunk of my green car when I received it. I even may be able to clone it to a Sport Fury. I also have two engines a 318 A block and a 318 La block, two torqueflight trannys and a drive shaft.

NOW as to all of youse guys belly aching about the cold weather it was 45 degrees on my back porch this morning, had to wear long pants when I took the dogs out. So I quess I will hunker down inside today and try to clean up this mess on my desk.
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John & John - Both of you are to be envied for the work you are doing on your convertibles. I will be joining you soon in the same endeavor, I bought the Belvie Convertible in Jamestown, CA. and should be receiving it soon. I'm real excited even though it will need a lot of work. John Q, like yours it was out in a field for quite some time but by the pictures I have (I will try to figure out how to put them on the site) it doesn't seem to be as bad as the one I'm restoring right now was under all that paint. I will probable be picking your brains as soon as I finish my hardtop. You too Roger if you don't mind. This is the only way I would ever have been able to afford a Convertible. What with my stash of parts and my parts car I should have everthing I will need. I even have a bolt of black and white factoy correct upholstery cloth that was in the trunk of my green car when I received it. I even may be able to clone it to a Sport Fury. I also have two engines a 318 A block and a 318 La block, two torqueflight trannys and a drive shaft.

NOW as to all of youse guys belly aching about the cold weather it was 45 degrees on my back porch this morning, had to wear long pants when I took the dogs out. So I quess I will hunker down inside today and try to clean up this mess on my desk.
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OPPS, John, didn't mean to intrude on your thread. Thought I was starting a new one. Does anybody know how to transfer this to a new thread.
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by rogerh » Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:14 am

MISTER KOCH!
This is AWESOME news! ANOTHER convertible gets a second chance! And joins this List!
I'll keep my comments brief, since this needs to be a new thread.
Before you have it shipped east, think about what you might need from Big M..save on shipping
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by big m » Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:15 pm

Congratulations on your purchase, Dick!

That convertible looks quite good, the one i had been told about near Angels camp was supposed to be quite poor, maybe this was a different car?

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by Matthew Keij » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:01 pm

Nice car! It is in pretty good shape.

From what i can see:
No dash pad in it, std steering wheel, normal rear view mirror.
Had a normal mirror on the left side, bumper wings! (John Q can learn from that), Sport Fury medallions on it, Sport deck.

Cant wait to see more pics of itIf it ain't dutch, it ain't much
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by Dick Koch » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:11 pm

Matthew - You have some pretty good eyes, I was so excited to get it I didn't even notice the Bumper wings, medallion, etc.
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Post by Matthew Keij » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:22 pm

That's why i am here Dick! I know all the options :lol:

When do you expect to have it deliverd? I really like to see more pics of it.
You are just a little bit too far for me to come and check it out
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Post by Dick Koch » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:54 pm

OK everbody - Here's my new thread. will have to reload the pictures and another one I found. I see some seat springs and a Grill, I have another grill here. I also have a valance from a 4 dr. Belvie Sedan but its quite different from the one on a Sport Fury.
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Post by Matthew Keij » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:59 pm

Valance should be the same for all 59 Plymouths.

I might have a pretty good steering wheel if you are interested
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I'll take a side by side picture and post it.
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by rogerh » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:35 pm

Yeah, I got a chuckle seeing the Sport Fury medallion next to the Belvedere script.
Some eyebrow stainless can be seen in the green plastic "recycle" crate.
Let's hope all the seat springs are there, however a person CAN cut down a hardtop rear seat backspring to fit, and swivel seats can still be found.
Interesting that it has bumper wings, but no rocker moldings or stone guards. Maybe there are more goodies to go with (rattlesnakes and black widow spiders not included). i don't see a valance.........
I am just stunned at how apparently rust-free, and dent-free it is. It appears as though it may have been one of those slow-motion restorations-in-progress...(someone had sanded on the paint).
We'll know more when Dick has it delivered.
Dick, you must have had the sweetest voice for you to talk the widow into choosing you over all other parties! Did she stick to the original Hemmings price?
Matthew, which letters do you see written on the hood?
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Post by rogerh » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:10 pm

matthew, thanks for relocating this thread.
Thanks for the added picture, Dick, showing the dashboard.
Matthew is correct, the valances are the same across the models. ( referring to the under-front-bumper air scoop.)
When John Quinn comes back in from his very long walk, and no longer has that blood in his eyes, he will tell you not to start calling it a Sport Fury (see reference in your comment on valance)...it is a True-Blue Belvedere convertible!
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Post by Matthew Keij » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:12 pm

I didn't do anything Roger, it was all mister Koch.

Forgot, it has manual windows.
I got some great looking handles for those!!
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Mr. Roger - I'll have you know I personally relocated this thread myself, so there!
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Post by rogerh » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:18 pm

Well then, you are even MORE AWESOME than I ever realised :D !
Car appears to have clear glass all around.
who wants to hazard a guess as to original color? (I say white, judging from what can be seen of the rear edge of passenger compartment)

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Post by Dick Koch » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:26 pm

Roger - You may be right. I was thinking wiht the black and white upholstery material I have (picture later) white may be a good color.
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Post by Matthew Keij » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:31 pm

White is a nice colour (got a white daily driver) but i think you need the inserts if you go with white.

Here is a pic for you Dick

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Post by rogerh » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:43 pm

I am not going to say which color I prefer. I was just playng detective with the pictures provided.
I also will refrain from voicing my opinion on whether you should go strictly factory-original, or custom.
I don't have a book showing the Factory choices for Belvedere interior and exterior colors.
Plenty of time for you to choose which way to go. Will it be an investment, or a BigBoy Toy? :D

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Post by Dick Koch » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:46 pm

Good Points Roger - I'll have to think about it.
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