It was September 2019 and Stan Curtis of Michigan was surfing a Mopar forum called “For C-bodies Only” when he came across a 1970 Plymouth Sport Fury GT project for sale in Pennsylvania. “A fellow named Pete was selling it. He had started the restoration on it and had gotten it basically ready for paint but decided to sell it. It instantly caught my attention so I investigated it further and ended up buying it,” shares Stan.
The Sport Fury was sold new in California and came from the factory painted very rare A4 Platinum Silver with a charcoal and black vinyl bucket seat interior. Where most Sport Fury GTs were optioned with a vinyl top, this particular one wasn’t (only about 15% of production).
The car was nicely optioned with the A01 Light Package, A04 Basic Group, A52 Sport Fury GT Group, B41 front disc brakes, C16 center console, G11 tinted glass, H51 air conditioning and S81 simulated woodgrain steering wheel.
Under the hood sat the GT’s 440 Super Commando engine backed by a heavy duty 727 Torqueflite automatic transmission and 3:23 geared 8¾ rear end. After spending an unknown amount of time in California, the Sport Fury made its way to Nevada before eventually ending up in Michigan.
The previous owner Pete had the numbers matching 440 fully rebuilt with parts from Wiseco, ARP, COMP, Eagle and Smith Bros. He installed a new starter, alternator, power steering pump and water pump as well as rebuilt the correct 1970-only carburetor found only on California-spec cars such as this one. The proper correct numbered radiator was re-cored to ensure it would keep the 440 cool for years going forward.
Underneath, Pete rebuilt the suspension with a Firm Feel Stage II steering box and Firm Feel tubular upper control arms. The brakes were fully rebuilt as well with rebuilt calipers, new brake rotors and pads, new hoses, new master cylinder and the brake booster was rebuilt by Booster Dewey. Pete also completely restored the air conditioning system. It rolls on factory 15-inch Road wheels wrapped in Firestone Wide Oval tires.
Thanks to the car spending the bulk of its life on the West Coast, it remained basically rust free besides a bit of rust in the trunk. As usual with cars from states like California, Nevada and Arizona, the paint had seen better days and was pretty much baked off; although original besides some primer spots to cover some bare metal spots.
Once he had the Sport Fury home, Stan sent the car off to get painted to a showroom fresh quality at PSI Automotive in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Brand new GT strobe stripes were installed, the bumpers were re-chromed and the trim was polished to a mirror shine.
On the inside, mostly everything was restored as well. Pete had installed brand new carpet from ACC prior to Stan purchasing the car however the bulk of the interior still needed love. Stan installed a brand new headliner and dash pad. New front seat covers were custom made for the car by SPC Interiors however the back seat and door panels are original.
Stan tells us that he intends to drive the Sport Fury as much as possible and it’s right at home with his other Mopars in his collection.