Works in Progress
1965 Dodge Polara
Mike Maguire writes:
I purchased the car in October, 1998, and since then have been throwing all my money at it. When I bought it, it had new valve covers on the poly-318, new radiator, rebuilt transmission and new mufflers.
Since I started working on it, it has been stripped and
prepped for paint, (it is due out of the paint shop the 5th of July!) I replaced the transmission cables, re-upholstered the seats with a kit, put in new carpets, and fixed some electrical problems.
I just got a set of killer-looking cragar SS rims, 10.5 in back and 8 in the front both reverse-offset with 255/65's on back an 235/65's up front. I put longer leaf shackles on to keep the fat rear tires from rubbing the fenders (oops!) in the plans are a 3.55 suregrip rear end, and possibly a 440/727 combo from a '68 Mopar, if i come up with the cash.
I will send some pictures after I scan them, and some of the new paint job too when those are developed!
UPDATE: I have a few more pictures of the ol' Dodge.
I'm still waiting on another roll with shots of the new interior on it. I'll send the interior pic's as soon as I get them back.
But the new paint looks great, and it rides beutifully.
The Dodge is not so fast off the line, because of the rear end gearing, but once it hits about 1800 rpm, watch out! That 35 year old 318 can still haul, and I've beat an '86 cutlass with a 350, a '98 Grand Prix, and an '88 IROC Z. We sometimes race at an old school parking lot, not on the road!
Thanks Mike! Keep up the good job on that big Mopar. Too few people really appreciate how great the C Body Mopars really are.
July 4, 1999.
Last updated: August 31, 1999
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