The 2002 meeting of the GFS was held at my Ranch on Mines Road in Livermore, CA. Here is my Wife modeling the official Event T-shirt.
The GFS holds their annual meets all over the Country, this one was in Carlisle, PA.
The 56 Fury had special gold anodized panels with stainless trim. These panels laid on top of the paint and would trap moisture and debris.
The interior of 56 Furys got special trim, note the arm rest is embedded in the door panel and not a separate piece.
Special aluminum turbine wheelcovers were similar to those used on the 56 Desoto Adventurer. They required 5 each special clips like were used on T-birds. Delicate, easily bruised, rare, and expensive to buy in NOS.
What’s wrong with this picture? It’s the wheelcovers, they’re not supposed to be monotone colored nor so rich a gold color. Looks stupid.
Original factory photo of 56 Fury interior. This fabric was thin and flimsy, and wore out quickly. SMS of Portland, OR, makes a correct looking replacement, and it wears a little better than the original did.
Original factory photo used in 1956 ads. It alluded to the “record breaking” top speed run times made by the 56 Fury at Daytona. Trouble was, the time was not official due to some technical glitch. In truth, Plymouth Grand National 56 Furys were hotrodded beyond recognition from the street versions. You can recognize the special 50 cars they built by the radiused rear wheel wheels.
A bit dirty, here’s the interior of a 56 Fury I did in 2001. Had to substitute the fabric because SMS was out of stock.
I liked the distinct interior of 56 Furys, so I did my 56 convertible that way recently.
Somebody put wirewheels on this puppy, looks good and would be correct.
Lloyd Groshong (?) built a 56 Belvedere convertible all out to look like a 56 Fury around 1999-2000. I really admire his result. So far as I know, he’s the only one to have ever done this.
Here’s a chart out of the Parts List detailing the several stainless pieces on the side panels of the 56 Fury. The corners 1, 5, 8, and 10 are always hard to find, probably because they could not be stripped off so easy.
Fantastic recent restoration done by a guy who’s name escapes me just now.
This is the third generation (3G) of the dual quads for the 56 Fury, cast iron 1822-004 intake with progressive Carter WCFB’s. Only the rear WCFB has a choke. Earlier 1G and 2G setups were kludged and used tandem throttled carbs.
Purolator made this special foam element air cleaner for the dual quad 56 Fury. Classic Haulage did a knock-off many years later.
This is a pretty good set of 56 Fury wheelcovers I sold off on eBay ten years ago to a guy in Florida. I think I got $1800.
Only the 56 Fury had a tach in the 56 Plymouth lineup. (I put one like this in my 56 convert using a modern SW electronic tach and an original 56 Fury dashboard.) The 56 Fury tachs were useless, they were too low on the dash, and had a needle lag. Worse, they required a special sender that had to be snapped under the rotor and cap, and that often made the points sweat. Lots of people tossed the senders to fix their ignition troubles.
This carpet treatment is not working for me. The 55-56 Plymouths had a rubberized mat that deteriorated completely in every car I’ve ever seen. No reproductions were ever made.
Here’s an original 56 Fury tach with the correct sender. What a kludge, Stewart Warner should be ashamed of themselves. Very often these setups go for big money on eBay. (Often without the sender.)
Plymouth would help your Dealer and your retrofit dual quads on your Belvedere.
Here is an NOS sender that actually came up on eBay one year. It has the coveted red warning tag still attached.