1964 Dodge Polara
Works in Progress
UPDATE: Scott sold this car in 2002: see bottom of page.
Scott McAlister writes:
I've had my 1964 Polara 2 door hardtop with a pushbutton 727 and Poly 318 about 11 months.
The Dodge is a total project: we're doing body work, all of the mechanics and an interior as well.
The car is pretty complete, but we're modifying it a bit during this process.
I was originally going to put a 383/pushbutton 727 combo in this car but
have since changed my mind (the 383 is gone, but I kept the big block
pushbutton 727 for parts).
Gary Pavlovich was instrumental in this decision,
plus I wanted to keep the car fairly original.
This is the original Poly and I don't believe it has ever been rebuilt. It has 177,000 miles on it
and it runs pretty well. I will be keeping all of the stock parts in case I want to change it back. I have not started the engine rebuild yet, but have already made some of the mods and have ordered (and received) many of the parts.
This car will probably take a couple of years to complete.
I am currently searching for a second post '62 Poly and I may rebuild this one so I can continue to drive this car.
Meanwhile, here is an update about progress that's already been made on the car. We've put on:
- a new 2 1/4 inch dualexhaust
- a rebuilt 742 case
- 3.23 suregrip 8 3/4 inch rear from a 1968 Satellite
- Pertronix Ignitor electronic ignition, Accel coil and plug wires
- various trim pieces
- a rebuilt correct Stromberg 2bbl.
I've spent all winter getting varoius trim repalcement parts from all over the country. I also purchased a pair of pretty straight rust free front fenders to replace mine. My Edelbrock P600 3 deuce intake is currently at Vintage Speed having the Holley 94/ecg carbs, linkage and fuel lines built. It will be a bolt on and go package when I get it back. We're also changing the interior from a split bench to buckets. I have a set of buckets from a '65 Dart to use. We'll be doing the interior with
black vinyl and either herringbone or hounds tooth cloth seating surfaces (no air in this car!). A manual front disc brake conversion and sway bars are also on the list. We will be doing all of the items to the motor that I outlined in my e-mail to Sue Nash as well. We may only bore this motor .030 instead of the .060, haven't decided.
Update January 2002: I traded my Dodge for a lot of work on my '64 Sport Fury. I'll get all of the labor to rebuild my 727, the Poly and a bunch of other mechanical stuff.
Going with the Poly 318 is a good idea: Dodge different -- that's the current advertising campaign from Dodge, too!
Plus, you'll have a blast explaining to the Chebby crowd that the Poly 318 in your car is really NOT a 440.
Trust me, that happened to me with my '62 Plymouth 318 Poly....
May 16, 2001; revised August 20, 2001; January 5, 2002
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