That 361 sticker fooled you,...
That 361 sticker fooled you, didn’t it? That’s a ’62-vintage 413 underneath it, with ’71-vintage exhaust manifolds and factory AC.
The Carriage Works in Huntsville was where Garrett’s ’62’s unibody was restored by a team that included shop owner Tom Snitger, Gary English, Mike Lowery, and Garrett himself. Snitger also sprayed on the Luminous Blue color, in basecoat/clearcoat form.
Under the hood went a period-correct 413 that Garrett had built by David Ross at R&R Speed and Machine in Huntsville to replicate the one in his first ’62. Sharp-eyed B/RB fans will notice later-year exhaust manifolds on it, instead of correct 1962 pieces. Garrett says they’re on there for a reason. The ’62s had a bad habit of cracking and breaking across the top. I found these on a ’71, and they each have a ridge across the top to keep them from cracking. Backing the 413 is the restored 727 TorqueFlite (inside its new-for-’62 aluminum case) and the restored original 8-inch rear end.
Two-tone steering wheel was...
Two-tone steering wheel was a Sport Fury exclusive, while dash pushbuttons came with every 727 Torqueflite back then.
In all, the restoration and phantomization of this drop-top took five years. The interior took a long, long time, recalls Garrett, getting all the chrome done on the inside and getting good stuff to put in it. That’s especially true of the long-out-of-production pieces not only unique to all ’62 Plymouths, but to all ’62 Sport Furys (and factory-air-equipped Sport Furys, at that).
What’s it like to drive? Just ask this former rocket engineer. It drives like my old one, he says. We don’t take it to the grocery store, but my wife and I take it to church, we take it visiting, and everyplace else we go. My son lives up in North Georgia, and we drive it over there fairly often. He adds that it’s also been seen on the show scene, too.
We took it to Kentucky, to a Concours show, and we took third place with it. We were competing against old Chrysler Town & Country woodies. I was very pleased with that.
If you’re looking to restore an early (’62-’65) B-Body Plymouth or Dodge, take Garrett’s advice: Be really patient, because, with the ’62s especially, there’s just enough different sheetmetal. If I had needed any sheetmetal, I would have had an awful time finding it’62 and ’63 were pretty close, but after then they were all different. The floorpan stayed the same though ’65, and anything having to do with the instrument panels was unique. mm
The doors and the quarter-panels were in great shape when we got it, and there was no Bondo in it.Garrett Hicks
Rear view shows distinctive...
Rear view shows distinctive '62 Sport Fury taillights and trim, atop original quarters and doors.
1962 Plymouth Sport Fury convertible
Owned by: Garrett Hicks, Harvest, Alabama
- Engine: Looks like a stock 361, but it isn't. Garrett had R and R Speed and Machine in Huntsville, AL build a year-correct 413-inch RB, to '62 specifications.
- Transmission: The OEM 727 TorqueFlite, restored down to its dash-mounted pushbutton shift.
- Rearend: Per Garrett, it's the same one that it left Lynch Road Assembly with, and restored like the 727 was.
- Suspension: (Front) Restored original-- longitudinal torsion bars and tubular shocks with an anti-sway bar. (Rear) Restored original--leaf springs with tubular shocks
- Brakes: Restored original--non-power-assisted drum-and shoe brakes all around.
- Wheels and Tires: OEM 14-inch steel wheels wear Coker Classic wide-band whitewalls and the new-for-'62 factory "starship exhaust" Sport Fury covers
- Body: Original '62 Plymouth B-Body convertible unibody was restored by The Carriage Works in Huntsville, AL, and features a floor pan from a donor early B-Body, and original quarters and doors . Also restored: The original Sport Fury grille and trim pieces.
- Paint: The original hue, metallic Luminous Blue, in "Diamonte" base/clearcoat form, applied by Tim Snitger at The Carriage Works, Huntsville, Alabama.
- Interior: Restored stock interior features the original console, AM radio, gauge cluster, bucket seats and factory A/C outlets. Restoration and upholstery work by Rich Cunningham, Kelso, Tennessee.