When it comes to the Plymouth Fury, it’s more likely that you’ve heard of one named Christine than any other Fury on the road. Christine was a 1957 Plymouth Fury, and she had one crazy case of jealousy. But we get jealousy when it comes to cool cars, and Jack Hickman has a slightly less disturbed Fury that didn’t necessarily cause any jealousy; perhaps envy is a little more like it.
Jack’s Fury was purchased from an owner in San Diego who let the car go and rust became it’s closest neighbor. Being that Jack owned a Fury when he was a kid, he sought out another one to turn into a show car, and this 1964 specimen is the one he chose back in August of 2000.
He spent about six years on the project, and succeeded in turning it into a show car, he shared with us that he has several 1st place awards for Mopar, 1st place at the Paso Robles car show as well as Cruising for a Wish, and he said he has over 20 awards for the car in the 11 years since he’s finished it.
Jack did most all of the work, with the exception of the paint and the engine. He replaced the floor and trunk pans, and did all the body work himself. He replaced all the glass with new glass, and rebuilt the suspension with all new hardware, and installed new body gaskets and seals throughout.
“I take the car to our local car shows and drive over to the Pismo Beach Father’s Day car show on the coast, and drive the car about once a month,” he told us. “I enjoy the musclecar look of it the most, but it doesn’t have air conditioning.”
Under the hood rests a built 383 big block bored out to 438 cubic inches, spun by a 440 stroker crank with JE pistons and rods fill the holes. He’s running factory 904 heads with a port and polish by Reynolds Machine Shop in Bakersfield. Backing that up is an A833 4-speed manual transmission.
Sitting between the heads is an Edelbrock Performer high-rise intake manifold with a dual-feed Summit carburetor. A Davis DUI distributor and ignition system keeps the fires lit. Down the line, a high performance twin-disc clutch keeps the gears engaged while a Driveline Specialties driveshaft spins the gears on the factory 8.75-inch Suregrip. Stopping is done with a 4-wheel disc brake setup from SSBC, rolling on Cragar wheels with BFG tires.
Inside the car is diamond tuck upholstery, complementing the Saturated Blue Pearl paint on the outside with subtle flames flowing down the side to give this Fury a little more heat. All in all, Jack says his Plymouth is done, but he does tell us he recently finished cleaning up the engine compartment, hiding some wires and doing a little touch up painting.
We would say it’s about as done as it can be, that is, until the next modification or decision to clean up the look – which is just about perfect. If you would like us to include your car in our Street Feature series, just send us an email. We’d love to see what your driving. You don’t have to have a multiple-show-winning car like Jack’s Fury, you just have to enjoy your car enough to share it with our readers.