1964 Dodge Polara - Web Exclusive Photos!
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March 12, 2012
By Geoff Stunkard
Photography by Geoff Stunkard
'64 Dodge Polara
Mike and Carrolll McCabe
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
- Engine: The biggest change to the engine was the conversion to Stage III Max Wedge status. Since this car was not going to be run in NHRA-legal Stock or Super Stock racing class, it was possible to make some easy changes from the scarce OEM parts. An A&A-sourced reproduction Max Wedge manifold supports two Edelbrock 500-cfm carburetors on the Mopar Performance intake, the heads are not the huge-port race-only Max Wedge versions but a set of Mopar Performance replacements, and the compression is not all the way up to the factory 12.5:1. This makes it possible to take it down to the Dairy Queen without worrying about flame-outs or overheating. Hedman Hedders and Dynomax mufflers handle the exhaust chores, while ignition duty is ably accomplished with some late-model MSD equipment.
- Transmission: It's fitting that a car like this came from the factory, and still has the row-your-own 833 with a Hurst shifter.
- Suspension: For riding duty, a set of Super Stock springs, one of Chrysler's favorite factory tricks, are under the 8-3/4, and factory big block torsion bars support the front end.
- Wheels/Tires: Mike had a pair of factory rims widened by Stockton Wheel to 15x8-inches on the rear, with Firestone 275/70/15 radial tires. Stock 15x5-1/2-inch rims are up front with Firestone 215/70/15 radials.
- Paint/Body: The sheet metal work was handled by Ball Restorations, including the replacement Max Wedge-type hood scoop. Ball's covered the body in WW White. Overall, the car looks like a bone-stock restoration.
- Interior: Inside, the car looks very close to stock, but there is an Autometer tachometer, an oil pressure gauge, and a Hurst Competition Plus shifter jutting up from the floor in front of the H4X black bench seats. The special 50th anniversary steering wheel remains in place.