In America’s tailfin wars of the late 1950s and early-’60s, taller was always better. Plymouth threw its hat into the ring with unabashed gusto and the sky-scraping “stabilizers” of the 1960 Plymouth Fury caught the eye of a young Scott Truss, so much so that he bought one of his own in 1970. Unfortunately, it was a northern car and riddled with rust throughout the inner fenders. Back then the repairs were too daunting and the common solution was to “fix them with gunny sacks and roofing tar to keep the gravel roads from turning the interior into a dustball,” as Scott put it.
Scott was playing hockey at the time and driving home to Canada from New York when the transmission went out in Fargo, North Dakota. He managed to limp it to an auto wrecking yard and made a deal to trade his car and $50 for a ’52 Chevy four-door they had, just so he could get home. The plan was to bring the Chevy back in August and they would have installed a new transmission in the Plymouth. Sadly, when he returned in August, they had sold his car. His beloved ’60 Fury was gone.
Over the years Scott kept an eye out for another Fury, but they are few and far between. The few he did find were plagued with the same rust issues as his first one. Aftermarket patch panels are non-existent, making any attempts at a real restoration a daunting task. When he discovered this one for sale in sunny Southern California four years ago, and advertised as rust free, he wasted no time flying down there and picking it up. It was bone stock and still powered by the tired 318c.i. poly V8 and push-button transmission. The clear steering wheel had been relieved of the Lucite handles, leaving just the metal bat-wing center. But it ran and was indeed rust free.
Scott’s vision was to create a bit of a concept car using all his favorite ’60s Mopar features. He wanted the exterior styling to remain mostly stock but wanted an updated running gear and modernized performance and comfort. He turned to Dominic “Nick” Battaglia of Loose Cannon Customs in Santee, California, and bounced ideas around until they had a solid game plan.
Some of the 1960s Mopar-influenced items on Scott’s wish list included a modernized version of the Mod Top – where a patterned top matched the interior – plus a Hemi engine, a Dana 60 rearend, and bucket seats and a console. Their take on the Mod Top swapped the “mod” flower pattern Mopar used on the vinyl tops and seat inserts for a more custom-friendly pinstripe and panel design – the winner of three concepts Loose Cannon showed Scott. The pattern was applied to the roof and then scanned and digitized for stitching into the upholstery.
Nick smoothed the acres of sheet metal back into perfection, erasing years of shopping cart dents and door dings. They also shaved the exterior handles and emblems and relieved the stock grille of its V badge. They backed it with a black screen to make it pop.
Since the stainless trim and quad headlights already look like something out of an old customizer’s how-to book, the Fury needed little else to be a head-turning custom. They finally decided on PPG‘s Kobalt Blue Firemist paint and tapped Apex Paint and Body for the application.
Scott looked high and low for a real 426c.i. Hemi for his Fury but found none. They simply are not out there for the picking. Thankfully, Doug Aitken of Prestige Motorsports in Concord, North Carolina, was able to help him out with an all-new aluminum 572c.i. Hemi with a pair of Holley throttle bodies and an Edelbrock intake. It features an MSD ignition, March pulleys, and Sanderson headers. It’s backed with a TCI Streetfighter 6X six-speed transmission and connects to a Dana 60 from Currie out back. The uni-bodied car was fortified with subframe connectors and suspended with a custom rear four-link, a one-off front subframe, and an AccuAir system to raise and lower the car. Wilwood disc brakes bring the big Hemi car to a safe halt.
George Torres of Armando’s Custom Upholstery brought the interior concept to life. One of his tattoo artist friends created the updated Mod Top striping design for the roof and interior, and it was applied to the white leather. Custom bucket seats and a one-off console checked those items off of Scott’s wish list and Dennis Crooks of Quality Restorations worked his magic to revive the highly-commented-about clear and blue steering wheel.
Speaking of wheels, Scott originally had a more modern set of aluminum wheels on the car, paint detailed with white paint and running a skinny whitewall, but an invitation to Kevin Anderson’s Custom Car Revival event came with a suggestion of a more traditional wheel and tire setup. This changed the overall look of the car and dialed it in for a more period correct presentation. The steel wheels were blue powder coated to match the body and dressed in a set of Lancer caps and wide whites. Now at a glance, FINNS could be from any decade. It’s timeless.
In the end, Scott’s new ’60 Fury probably turned out much nicer than the one he never got back ever would have dreamed of being. With the help of good people and quality shops he was able to build his dream car and seamlessly blend old styling with modern performance and comfort, and without a doubt, has done this very unique car justice with the modifications. “People either like it or they don’t,” Scott says. We love it.
Photos by John Jackson