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What is a Fury?

Driving home from the Alfa meet yesterday a car pulled out right in front of me causing me to apply the anchors quite rapidly. He didn't have to pull out when he did as the road was clear behind me, but he obviously decided he couldn't be stuck behind a Toyota. The 'thing' he was driving was a blue (I think) 1970's kit car of a 1960's roadster a bit like a Ginetta. He had his missus with him holding a potted plant.
He floored the throttle and it made a very loud but unpleasant noise that didn't quite produce the forward momentum he obviously believed his 'beast' had.
It was quite funny watching this thing lurching around corners, oversteering all over the place in a kind of belching and lurching motion.
He kept looking at me in his mirrors as he tried to accelerate away and was not as amused as I was when I kept wafting my hand in front of my nose in the accepted international manner of "your car stinks mate".
All the time he had his right indicator flashing and his wife/girlfriend kept hold of that potted plant.
The only identification was the word 'Fury' on the back...anyone know what this car is? (apart from being bloody rubbish)

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Nem,

Plymouth Fury (read Chrysler if you don't have Plymouths in the U.K.). They shared a common platform with a Dodge Diplomat. I haven't seen one on the road in ages. They were mostly V-8s and were in production between '65 and '78. I've never cared much for 60s and 70s Chryslers, so I can't tell you too much about them.

I don't know what year you saw, but here's a cross section:

[Edit: photos removed as a courtesy]
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Great story Nem!

Same thing happens over here when you get some guy in a Hyundai Accent with stockings over the lights and super black tinted windows. He sticks a loud exhaust on it and thinks he is Nicki Lauda or something. It's funny when they take off at the lights... Noise like all hell (not nice just loud) a little wheel spin from releasing the clutch so fast... Then you just floor it put on the indicator and over take him like he is standing still. Funny thing is that you are already 8 - 10 car lengths infront of him and he keeps on chasing you dreaming you will run out of umph somewhere high up in the rev range :) :) :) :) does that hold with Alfa? :)

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It will be a Sylva or Fisher Fury (same thing).
Quite a pretty little traditional British style roadster


Toronto - you wouldn't fit a Plymouth down the lanes we were on yesterday!!
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Toronto - do you understand the concept of a single track lane?! :D wink

Only reason I ask...

A Candian friend of a friend came over and visited last year, and I was trying to explain what a single-track lane was to him.
He thought our A (main) roads were quite narrow for their speed limit(40-60mph), so when I said 'single track lane' - he thought it meant a single track in EACH direction! Bear in mind the speed limit is 60mph, I had to correct him that this means cars can travel in both ways down the lane, but is only wide enough for one car at a time!
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Plymouth Fury...ha ha ha! Not quite!

The Sylvia or Fisherprice - that's it I think. Load of bloody rubbish. If I'd been able to have had a chat with the driver I'd have told him, but somehow I think he already knows.

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@aj

It wouldn't surprise me that your friend didn't understand what you were talking about. We don't have those things over here. We're a civilized country. wink :D

Actually the closest things I can think of are an underpass under a railway bridge that's just wide enough for two really small cars (or one large one) or a bridge over an gorge that I know of that's supposed to be wide enough for two cars, but really isn't. It's a long bridge, but everybody waits until the oncoming car has crossed. Nobody will drive two abreast on it. And I think the speed limit is something like 20 km/h.

Of course, we also have unpaven, rutty country laneways, but those don't carry speedlimits of 60mph. (BTW I thought you were on the metric system over there, but I keep reading about miles on this forum. What gives?)

@Nem,
Sorry. I really shouldn't post that late at night. I read your report, but didn't really take it all in. I saw Fury, and I immediately "knew" it was a Plymouth. I guess I just can't get over my North American-centricness. wink Rick's answer makes a whole lot more sense. :D
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Toronto Spider:
<strong>BTW I thought you were on the metric system over there, but I keep reading about miles on this forum. What gives?--Toronto</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">The "Europeans" are metric
The "British" are British Imperial wink
 

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Ah,

I thought under EU conformity, everybody was working under metric. I could have sworn that I saw a few news reports, a while back, that had British butchers crying that they had to sell meat by the kg.

BTW here we still advertise meat by the pound, (sounds cheaper) and weigh it by the kg. We go to the liquor store looking for a 40 or a 26-er (40 ounce and 26 ounce bottles). Of course, officially we're a metric country. :D

On a side note, whenever I've asked for a 40 in the States, they have no clue what I'm talking about. Even though they live in an imperial country, they seem to measure their hard liquor by the litre. Go figure. laughing
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Aha, now I got the upper hand. Well, fook the metric system, every country have their own definitions. For instance a Danish inch doesn't equal an imperial inch.A Swedish mile ain't 1.6 kilometers, Oh no, its 10 kilometers. And one Danish fod (foot) is different to imperial English feet. And we Danes weight every thing in kilo's, except for coffee which we weigh in pounds (Danish pounds, not equal to imperial pounds)) and diamonds are weighed in carat's not in gram's.

What a weird world

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<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Toronto Spider:
<strong>Ah,

I thought under EU conformity, everybody was working under metric. I could have sworn that I saw a few news reports, a while back, that had British butchers crying that they had to sell meat by the kg.
BTW here we still advertise meat by the pound, (sounds cheaper) and weigh it by the kg. We go to the liquor store looking for a 40 or a 26-er (40 ounce and 26 ounce bottles). Of course, officially we're a metric country. :D

On a side note, whenever I've asked for a 40 in the States, they have no clue what I'm talking about. Even though they live in an imperial country, they seem to measure their hard liquor by the litre. Go figure. laughing
--Toronto</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Toronto
We have a mish mash of everything! From a motoring point of view, all road signs are in yards and miles, as are speed limits. Petrol is sold by the litre, but consumption is worked in miles per gallon. However, we have ALWAYS used cubic centimetres for engine size since the year dot. We measure torque in pounds feet, and power as brake horse power.

I think it is done just to confuse overseas visitors!
 

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A classic example of a single-track lane:



There might be a passing place somewhere...

These are good for ensuring your reverse gear gets as much action as your forward gears wink
 

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Toronto,
to mke things more interesting and confused, Britain is part of the EU but does not use the EURO currency (I wish Holland would have done the same) you would not believe the number of people in Holland that go bankrupt because of
the EURO. They spend it like they used to spend the Dutch guilder, but a EURO = 2.2 times the (Dutch) guilder. But what can you expect when the president of the ECB (european central bank) is a Dutch Socialist !
Socialist are masters in spending other peoples money, and the thought of a socialist bank president is the same as (let's sa) Himmler president of the Jewish Defence League.
 

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Well it's a mixed up old world, isn't it?

We measure engines in either cubic centimetres or cubic inches. There's so much American influence that we can't ever escape Imperial.

Of course whenever we hear the American word "gallon," we have to stop, covert small American gallons to proper Canadian/Imperial gallons, and then covert that number to metric. Mental gymnastics are SO much fun! wink Usually however, if we're looking for mileage figures, we just source American numbers because that litres per 100km things doesn't make sense to anyone.

When you go to get your licence renewed, there is always a sign converting height measurements in feet and inches into metres and centimetres because everybody knows how Imperially tall they are, but nobody knows how metricly tall they are. Ditto with weight. :D

When we whine about our ridiculously low speed limits, we all recall before the big metric switch in the 70s that our major highways were designed for 65 mph, not the measly 100 kph that we're stuck running now. :(

I was lucky enough to be the first generation educated under the metric system, so I'm pretty mixed up. I prefer to cook in Imperial (although I can manage in either if need be.) Visually I can estimate distances in Imperial or metric, but please don't aske me to remember how many yards are in a mile (but I can tell you how many furlongs are in a mile wink ). If I have to guess at the weight of something, I revert to pounds and ounces.

I, like most Caucks, prefer to measure diamonds (and other gemstones) in carats, and I definitely prefer big numbers in front of my carat weight. :D Gold, however can be purchased by the gram. (But we measure gold quality in karats, not in the European numbering system.) Individual pearls are measured in mm, but when you buy a necklace, you ask for a length of 16", 18", 24", etc. And it just goes on and on like that.

BTW aj, nice photo.
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Nemesis:
<strong>...I was when I kept wafting my hand in front of my nose in the accepted international manner of "your car stinks mate".
</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Exactly what I do!! Amazing :D :D

Great story Nemy wink
 

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Toronto, and I thought that we Watermelonese people were weird because we use so many measurements for everything...

We even buy our fruit by a "hand", which is five units of something... :D
 

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<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by THROTTLEMAN:
<strong> <blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Nemesis:
<strong>...I was when I kept wafting my hand in front of my nose in the accepted international manner of "your car stinks mate".
</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Exactly what I do!! Amazing :D :D

Great story Nemy wink </strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Me too, theres a lot of stinkers about :rolleyes:
 

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<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Antonio Chico:
<strong>We even buy our fruit by a "hand", which is five units of something... :D </strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">After seeing the pictures yesterday, I would imagine many things in Watermelon are bought "by the hand", or the alternative phrase "cuppage".
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I fancy a pink grapefruit sliced in half for breakfast this morning, each half topped with a Maraschino cherry.

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