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1963 Dodge Polara

Dave Crawford writes: I have a 1963 Dodge Polara I've been working on for a few years. 1963 Dodge Polara, front


1963 Dodge Polara passenger side I started stockpiling parts for it about 2 years ago. I finally got it on the road on Thanksgiving weekend 2000. I've been trying to work out the bugs that come with building a car, (for example, a power steering pump leak).

I’e got a lot of help from friends finding parts and giving me direction on how to do things, and I’ve done some good things to the car, which include:
  • A built 440
  • 3.91 SureGrip
  • Disc Brakes, (which are an easy swap for the guy that thinks this is a difficult task)
  • 1966 Dodge Coronet rear end
  • New front and rear suspensions, which included a pair of Super Stock Springs in the rear.
1963 Dodge Polara
1963 Dodge Polara rear I’m not a real tech wizard about the tuning aspects of the car, but I can wrench pretty good, hence the direction from friends.

Just one last thing, I have a 17 year old daughter that I built a 1963 Valiant for and she absolutely loves the fact
that she has the only Mopar of that vintage in the school parking lot.
1963 Plymouth Valiant

Update December 2002:

1963 Dodge Polara at the drag strip

Update January 2007

Here are some updated pictures of the Dodge:
1963 Dodge Polara driver side front 1963 Dodge Polara driver side 1963 Dodge Polara passenger front


1963 Dodge Polara engine 1963 Dodge Polara interior


Also, the Dodge is featured in the new Need for Speed video game (Carbon). All the audio for the Mopars (Roadrunner, Cuda, Challenger and Charger) in the game are from my car. The pictures below show all the microphones taped on to the car.

1963 Dodge Polara passenger rear, miked 1963 Dodge Polara passenger rear, miked


Contact Dave: Dave's contact information
Thanks Dave!

It just goes to show you the power of good Mopars and the strength of good friends!

And sounds like the family Mopar tradition will continue! Cool!

Re update 2001: the Dodge looks great!

Re update 2007: Excellent! How do you make a Cuda sound better? Use the sound of a 1963 Dodge!  smile!

Gary H.


April 12, 2001; December 30, 2002; January 12, 2007

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