Works in Progress
1964 Dodge Polara
I recently purchased this '64 Polara which was being stored in a field and
under a tree.
I had looked at the car a few times over the previous couple of months and I had to have it. It deserved to be saved from total rot.
There was moss growing on the fender bottoms where they had rotted out due
to many pounds of mud packed in the bottom of the fenders.
The floors and
trunk floor are gone and the fenders and quarters need work.
The engine sat
for many years with the heads off and the rear glass has not been in the car
for ages. The undercarriage looks like it's had a few rough rides.
This isn't a job for the faint of heart.
It's a 383 4 barrel pushbutton auto car with a bench seat.
I have obtained
a passenger fender in decent shape as well as a grille and headlight rings,
but I'll have to work on some other major parts, such as:
- a driver's fender (or buy a patch panel)
- new floor pans
- rear wheel well patch panels (for front of openings)
- inner fenders (repros available for all)
- front and back glass
- head light bezels
Right now I will have to be happy knowing I have this Polara until further funds are available to pursue needed parts
before body work can begin.
Right now the car is in covered outdoor storage.
Maybe it will become a parts car if I can find a better one.
Great web site! It's one of my favorites.
Update, August 2001: this Dodge is now the parts car for the Dodge Polara, below
Attached are some pictures of my '64 Polara. It has a mild 383 with an MP 272/455 cam, Edelbrock intake, high flow manifolds and a Holley 750. I just restored the engine bay and installed the 383/727 combination. The car has buckets, console and a custom interior.
What a find!
Congratulations on having the spunk and foresight to rescue the Dodge from certain destruction, be it vandals, rust monster, or government or home owner association vigilantes!
Whatever the Dodge's fate, she has a champion now!
Good luck and keep us informed as to how it goes....
Re: update: that Dodge in the trees works well as a parts car for your nice new Dodge!
October 6, 2000; August 7, 2001