In 1997, Robert Warden of Moundsview, Minnesota, took his '70 Dart Swinger 340 to the Mopar Nationals. It was a beautiful car, and it placed First in its class. While at the show, he had an offer from someone to buy the car; so he sold it and started a business with his partner Ron. That same week, Robert saw a '64 Dodge Polara 500, and he knew he needed to own that car. The only problem, his fledgling business had to come first. Fast forward to 2002. The business is going well, and Robert remembered that '64 Polara. He started to look around and talk to people. in April 2002, he found that very same '64 Polara 500 in Garebaldi Highlands, Canada. he called the owner, asked about the car, and found it was for sale. Robert was interested and had an appraiser check out the car before a price was negotiated. The report was good, so Robert and the owner struck a deal.
Those of you that have purchased a car from across the border, can attest to the issues that can arise. Fortunately, for Robert, it all went well. he was somewhat nervous about buying the car after not having seen it in six years. He only knew what he had been told by the previous owner and the appraiser. Finally, the transport carrier showed up at his door; the door on the trailer opened and there it was. It looked good! The car was entered in several shows that summer, but like any good gearhead, he decided to modify the car to his taste during the winter months.
The car came apart for a full mechanical restoration and some touch-up work to the paint. Friend Don Nelson welded in a pair of frame connectors under the body. Shawn Wilmot welded the extra holes in the firewall and inner fenders shut. He then repainted the firewall, and it was a perfect match to the rest of the paint, which had been applied in 1993 and still looked good. The Dana 60 rides on a Cal-Trac monoleaf suspension with a 35-spline Strange Posi-Lock rear with 3.73 gears. The engine is the handy work of Wheeler Racing Engines, and consists of 500 cubic inches of RB engine, with Eagle rods, JE pistons, and an Eagle crankshaft. The valvetrain is all Comp Cams, and an Indy intake and Holley Carb supply the fuel. Backing up all those cubic inches is a 727 transmission, modified by Chuck at Lofgren Auto Specialties to make sure the power goes to the rear.