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1964 Dodge Polara — Betsy II

Works in Progress

Layne Grissman writes: Hi everyone, Meet Betsy II. This is a car that we found at the Iola Car show in Iola, WI. One of the biggest Swap meets in the midwest. She has a 413 engine (Pushbutton Auto), a 3.91 Rear end Differential (definitely Sure Grip) and will soon have dual quads, new cam, lifters, valve springs, etc. (you get the picture.)

1964 Dodge Polara

She is still a work in progress. We’re hoping to pull in the mid 500’s for HP. When she is done She will either be a Crimson Metallic Red or a Midnight Metallic Blue. I will post the car when she is done, maybe in another year or so.

The reason my father and I purchased this car was simply because he used to own a 1964 Dodge Polara 500. He originally had a 383 Magnum blueprinted and balanced, bored out to the maximum bore with dual fours for a little extra!  She was pulling about 550 horsepower. He would always talk about Betsy and always talked of the speed and class that car had.

About 10 years ago, he had finally said enough, and had me falling in love with Mopars and the class of their owners; (there’s nothing like Mopar Owners).

It took us 7 years to find this car at Iola, as it was the closest car show to us at about an hour away. As soon as I saw her, I had to talk my father into buying her.

She has since been named Betsy II. Betsy II is our project and truthfully My father’s and my dream to rebuild into a street rod to match his original Polara 500.

We’ll see what happens and I’ll keep all of you posted on the progress...thanks for your time...

My father’s car had a console in the ’64 Polara 500 that went through the middle of the seats and up to the front by the heater core, yet it was a pushbutton car; my father special ordered it from the factory.

I finally found one, so here is a picture of consoles: 1964 Dodge Polara consoles

Follow this car’s restoration on Layne’s Web Page!

Contact Layne at this e-mail: 1964 Dodge Polara owner

Great story, Layne!

What Mopar lovers lack in terms of mass population numbers, they more than make up in intensity of passion for these cars and in fellowship!

We look forward to following along with "Betsy II’s" restoration!  smile!

Gary H.

July 21, 2000; revised August 25, 2001; November 28, 2006
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