Ron Dulin's 1956 Plymouth Fury
1956 Plymouth Fury owned by Cut Outs of Long Beach member Ron Dulin of Long Beach, California. Back in the 1950s, Long Beach was part of a cluster of suburbs known as Kustomland. Kustomland bred some of the greatest builders and trendsetters ever to roll the face of the earth, and Ron's Fury went through seven iterations between 1956 and 1962 while he owned it.
The First Mild Version
Ron purchased the Plymouth brand new from McClure-Nowling Plymouth in Long Beach in 1956. By the end of the year, the car had been given a mild makeover, and photos taken late in 1956 or early in 1957 show it, nosed and decked running the original hubcaps, a louvered hood, and three 1954 Chevrolet grille teeth. During the operation, the original grille was shortened by 8 inches and the bumpers were simplified by removing the bumper guards. The original hubcaps were later given to fellow Cut Outs member Gary Thornton, who installed them on his pickup.
Those Fins are Growing
In 1957, Ron debuted a second version of the Plymouth that featured 2-inch raised and peaked fins and Cadillac Eldorado taillights. By then, the car had also been lowered and dressed up with gold accented hubcaps, lakes pipes, and five Chevrolet grille teeth. The door handles were shaved, and the doors and deck lid were operated by electric pushbuttons. Full-length lake pipes were added to bring the car physically lower to the ground. Later on, the same year, subtle gold scallops by Mike Clines was added on the top of the fenders, the hood, and above the wheel openings.
More Scallops by Mike Clines
Custom paint jobs and scallops were the latest rages in Kustomland in 1957, and by 1958, Ron had Mike Clines add more gold scallops to the car. Photos developed in March of 1958 show that this version also featured rear wheel wells that had been raised 3 inches and flared. By then, the interior had been upholstered in black Naugahyde with gold piping, and a rear-seat tonneau cover had been made to match the interior. The trunk was also upholstered and fitted with safety equipment and accessories. Later on, the stock front bumper was swapped in favor of a 1952 - 1954 Ford bumper. This version was also dressed up with 1956 Ford Thunderbird wirewheel hubcaps.
Scallop Paint Job by Ed Roth
Late in 1958, the Fury was given a scallop paint job. Ed Roth sprayed the car in green before he helped Ron tape off a scallop pattern. As Roth didn't have time to finish the scallops, Ron had a friend spray them in Gold in his garage.
The First Larry Watson Paint Job
The Ed Roth version of Ron's Fury only lasted three months in 1959 before he had Larry Watson of Watson's House of Style give it a Candy Magneta and Pearl White panel paint job. This iteration incorporated scoops in front of the rear wheels, a very trendy touch at the time.
Art by Accident: The Second Larry Watson Paint Job
Unfortunately, the first Watson paint job didn't last long as well, as a can of brake fluid ruined part of the paint as well as some fading. Ron brought the car back to Larry, who gave it a fogged panel paint job late 1959 or early 1960.
The Junior Conway Iteration
Restyled in 1960, the final iteration of Ron's Fury featured stacked quad headlights, round hood corners, a DeSoto grille, and a Candy Tangerine paint job by Junior Conway of Junior's House of Color. By 1962, Ron joined the Coast Guard, and his days with customs were over.
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