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1964 Dodge Polara

September 2010 Mopar of the Month

Jim writes: My 1964 Golden Anniversary Dodge Polara was assembled in Los Angeles, CA on April 8, 1964. The dealer code number 525565 translates to S. A. Camp Motors Co. in Bakersfield, CA. The Mopar was sold to S. A. Camp Farms Co., PO. Box D, Shafter, CA on June 17, 1964. The Dodge spent its entire life in California until coming to Pennsylvania in 4-28-2004.

1964 Dodge Polara, front 1964 Dodge Polara, front The Rod Fathers license plate

The modifications that I have performed were done while retaining the stock look.

1964 Dodge Polara, front, driver side
1964 Dodge Polara, engine, driver side

The engine is a 1967 440, equipped with a 500 cubic inch stroker kit. Fuel flows through a Holley carburetor 4150 HP, 950 CFM into Stealth aluminum cylinder heads (CNC ported) with an Eagle stroker crankshaft spinning Eagle rods and Keith Black pistons. Joining in the horsepower making fun is a Competition Cams: # 23-229-4, gross lift, intake .564 exhaust .564 and Harland Sharp rocker arms.

1964 Dodge Polara, engine, passenger side

The interior features new seats and door panels; the material is 1995 Mercury and Astrostar (mocha color).

1964 Dodge Polara, front seats 1964 Dodge Polara, dash 1964 Dodge Polara, rear seat interior

The transmission is the 1964 Dodge 727 with a tail housing from a 1965 Dodge using a Dynamic Converters: 2800 / 3200 stall converter

The front end uses a 1970 sway bar and front disc brakes are late “A” body, Dart rotors

1964 Dodge Polara, passenger rear

The rear end is from a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, an 8 3/4, with Super Stock springs and shocks.

1964 Dodge Polara, rear
1964 Dodge Polara, driver side

The Polara is always greeted like an old friend when ever I take the car to cruises. I am surprised how many people remember the 1964 Dodge’s.Quite a few people want to know if I have had this car since High School (I'm really getting old). The styling of this car is classic Mopar from those wonderful yearsof the 60’s. The ride is what one would expect from a “B“ body, a little soft and great on the stright a ways and notable roll in the corners if you push it hard.

The Dodge is fun to drive since it is like driving a family car, until you unleash the 650 horsepower, then it is...hold on!

It can be a little scary when the front end jumps straight up as the high stall converter locks up with the help of the super stock springs and it takes off like a rocket  —  and if you apply to much peddle the tires let you know as they start to squeal and go up in lots of white smoke.

This is not “your fathers car” for sure!

Contact Jim: 1964 Dodge Polara owner

Thanks Jim!

Nice ride! “The Dodge is fun to drive“ sums it up nicely!   smile!

Gary H.
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