68 Polara restore back on

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  1. HWYCRZR

    HWYCRZR Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Getting back into my restore which has been at idle for the last 4 years.
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    68 Polara, DL23 (2-door hardtop/ fasttop) 383 2bbl, burgandy metalic, white vinyl top and chrome trim everywhere.
    Been in my family since 1971; learned to drive in first grade on our 2 miles of gravel road.
    Parked around 1977 due to transmission, but was used periodicly to drive the 2 miles to our bus stop (transmission would work while it was cold)
    It became mine in highschool around the mid 80's,(was considered more of a junker than a classic) but it provided me projects in my high school automotive classes, taught me how to rebuild automatic transmissions, and how jacking up the rear leaf springs affects wheel alignment and steering.
    Main transportation during highschool and college and even a few road trips between Montana and Colorado in the late 80's.
    Parked again in 1988 and stayed there until 2007, when I decided it was time to bring it back to life.
    It started up after 18 years, smoking like crazy and had enough power to drive on the trailer to haul from Colorado to ND.
    Decided to do a full restore, and to my neighbors and wife's delite (not) started the disasembly in my driveway with a goal to make every thing factory correct & new again.
    I rebuilt and renewed the drivetrain & suspension, got the body on a rotisserie and sent it off to get the gravel road dents knocked out, college fender dings repaired, and some rust cut out.
    Due to kids, floods, moving, time.... Oh and the cost to fully restore I had to take a break.
    It is now time for paint and re- assembly.

    On wheels in 86 and in teardown mode in 2007
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  2. 67Monaco

    67Monaco Old Man with a Hat

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    Welcome. nice ride!
     
  3. commando1

    commando1 Mr. Normal FCBO Gold Member

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    Welcome... Nice driveway art!
     
  4. blue88

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    You could be my neighbor anyday...... take some of the heat off me.
     
  5. tallhair

    tallhair Rufus "Mod Hair" Firefly Staff Member

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    Let's see some pics of that baby up on the rotisserie !
     
  6. 1978 NYB

    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    Welcome......nice car.
     
  7. Fratzog

    Fratzog Old Man with a Hat

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    Thanks for sharing. What next on the agenda.
     
  8. 65sporty

    65sporty Old Man with a Hat

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    Welcome to the site, nice project
     
  9. mr. fix it

    mr. fix it Old Man with a Hat

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    great to see this happening!

    Please keep us updated!
     
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  10. HWYCRZR

    HWYCRZR Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Pics on Rotisserie IMG_1844_1.JPG IMG_1846_3.JPG IMG_1847_4.JPG
     
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  11. HWYCRZR

    HWYCRZR Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    It is about time for color on the underside and firewall, then make it into a rolling Chassis to mount fenders and doors for final spray. Have gone through most of the wire harness, wiped it down, but have a couple of connections to fix plus a melted bulkhead. I am doing / did all the mechanical work myself. Every thing that turns or moves has new bearings and seals - from the power steering gear to the rear end. I don't plan on recouping my investment, beyond the satisfaction of learning about every part of the car and having an almost 50 year old car that is brand new, and been part of my life since I was 2 years old.
    Initially I wanted to to the body work, but didn't have the time, and was unsure of my skills to get the body and paint to the level I wanted it.
    IMG_2145.JPG IMG_3207.JPG Front Engine clip finished.JPG rearend finished.JPG
     
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  12. Polara_500

    Polara_500 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    That looks like you can start to imagine a finished look now.
     
  13. bulldogchesty

    bulldogchesty Senior Member

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    Wow, that is awesome. Code enforcement would wright me up if I did that in my driveway.
     
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  14. 67Monaco

    67Monaco Old Man with a Hat

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    Oh the f'in HOA nazi's here would be all over it before the code enforcement would have a chance to see it.
     
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    BigFury Well-Known Member

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    When I was a kid we had the same exact car. Same colors with black buckets and a console. A White Hat Special, loved that car and hated trading it in on the green '73 4 door Dart. Excellent work on the resto! Looking real good.. burgundy is one of my favorite factory colors
     
  16. 66sptfry

    66sptfry Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Nice looking work cant wait to see it finished
     
  17. HWYCRZR

    HWYCRZR Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    At the time I did this, the neighbors were pretty cool. They were used to me doing all kinds of crazy different projects, like putting on an addition on my house... and I always made my self available whenever they needed help or advice on a home project.
    The neighbor closest to me even helped me tear it apart, about a month before he put his house up for sale. (His Dad is huge collector of late 60's early 70's Mopars.. no C- body's though) I think I had it torn apart before the other neighbors knew how to react. It only sat there in that form for a couple of months before I hauled it off to get the body work done.
     
  18. tallhair

    tallhair Rufus "Mod Hair" Firefly Staff Member

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    Nice pics and progress Cruiser
     
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    65sporty Old Man with a Hat

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    Great progress on the body, looking good
     
  20. Polara_500

    Polara_500 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Is it the guys out in Lake Park doing the body?