My 1968 Polara Revival

LetMeBeFrank

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Hey guys, I figured I would start a build thread since I plan to do a bit of work to this ride. I purchased this 68 Polara 4 door hardtop 383 from my good friend in early January. He had already done quite a bit of work to it. My first car was a 1966 Impala that I daily drove for 4 years. I sold it 12 years ago and I've missed it ever since. Being a mopar lover I had to buy this Dodge as it's very similar to my Impala but better in every way.

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  • Older 15”x7” mopar police wheels with brand new 235/75/15 tires.
  • Replaced gas tank, sending unit, fuel line, fuel pump and rebuilt 600cfm edelbrock carb.
  • 4-barrel conversion (69 factory 4-barrel intake) with proper kickdown brackets/linkage.
  • New brake lines from inline tube, new master and booster.
  • New alternator and voltage regulator
  • Mancini racing pulleys
  • Saginaw power steering pump conversion.
  • Replaced hood torsion bars due to one being broken.
  • New 26” radiator, hoses, thermostat, and trans cooler lines from inline tube. (Car runs dead middle of the temp gauge when in summer traffic.)
  • New points, condenser, cap, rotors, wires.
  • New headlight dimmer thumbwheel switch.
  • New kyb shocks, sway bar endlinks, and idler arm.
  • Floor repaired and new plush cut carpet from ACC.
  • New battery, new battery tray with hold down, new positive and negative cables.

Now that all that is out of the way, I'll talk about my plans for this car. I want this to be a fun spring-summer-fall cruiser. Not perfect paint but presentable. Mechanically everything is good to go except maybe a brake rebuild. The electrical needs some upgrades and mods. I've already installed a new stereo which I will detail in a later post in this thread.

Exterior:
  • Driver's front wheel well needs some rust repaired
  • Rear window leaks badly from old vinyl top, needs to be pulled and rust patched.
  • Needs a new vinyl top
  • Passenger rear door is a little crunched and needs to be knocked out and painted.
  • Paint overall needs to be buffed out.

Interior:
  • Rear seat top needs repair.
  • Package tray cover needs replaced.
  • Raise seat up (I'm 6' but the steering wheel top is right in my sight)

Electrical:
  • Headlights put on relays.
  • Blower motor high put on relay.

Mechanical:
  • Brake rebuild (new cylinders, shoes, hardware)

And probably a bunch of other random stuff here and there, like painting the valve covers, cleaning up the engine bay, etc.
 

Turboomni

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Welcome and look forward to your progress. :thumbsup:
Nice car!
 

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Hey guys, I figured I would start a build thread since I plan to do a bit of work to this ride. I purchased this 68 Polara 4 door hardtop 383 from my good friend in early January. He had already done quite a bit of work to it. My first car was a 1966 Impala that I daily drove for 4 years. I sold it 12 years ago and I've missed it ever since. Being a mopar lover I had to buy this Dodge as it's very similar to my Impala but better in every way.

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  • Older 15”x7” mopar police wheels with brand new 235/75/15 tires.
  • Replaced gas tank, sending unit, fuel line, fuel pump and rebuilt 600cfm edelbrock carb.
  • 4-barrel conversion (69 factory 4-barrel intake) with proper kickdown brackets/linkage.
  • New brake lines from inline tube, new master and booster.
  • New alternator and voltage regulator
  • Mancini racing pulleys
  • Saginaw power steering pump conversion.
  • Replaced hood torsion bars due to one being broken.
  • New 26” radiator, hoses, thermostat, and trans cooler lines from inline tube. (Car runs dead middle of the temp gauge when in summer traffic.)
  • New points, condenser, cap, rotors, wires.
  • New headlight dimmer thumbwheel switch.
  • New kyb shocks, sway bar endlinks, and idler arm.
  • Floor repaired and new plush cut carpet from ACC.
  • New battery, new battery tray with hold down, new positive and negative cables.

Now that all that is out of the way, I'll talk about my plans for this car. I want this to be a fun spring-summer-fall cruiser. Not perfect paint but presentable. Mechanically everything is good to go except maybe a brake rebuild. The electrical needs some upgrades and mods. I've already installed a new stereo which I will detail in a later post in this thread.

Exterior:
  • Driver's front wheel well needs some rust repaired
  • Rear window leaks badly from old vinyl top, needs to be pulled and rust patched.
  • Needs a new vinyl top
  • Passenger rear door is a little crunched and needs to be knocked out and painted.
  • Paint overall needs to be buffed out.

Interior:
  • Rear seat top needs repair.
  • Package tray cover needs replaced.
  • Raise seat up (I'm 6' but the steering wheel top is right in my sight)

Electrical:
  • Headlights put on relays.
  • Blower motor high put on relay.

Mechanical:
  • Brake rebuild (new cylinders, shoes, hardware)

And probably a bunch of other random stuff here and there, like painting the valve covers, cleaning up the engine bay, etc.
I have some parts. If you need anything I may be able to help
 

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Check sometimes they just fall off the post on the heater core housing
 

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Welcome to the 68 Dodge club. Sounds like you now have a solid example that has found a good home. Really like the white vinyl roof and green body colour combo. I look forward to your updates. :thumbsup:
 

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Welcome to the 68 Dodge club. Sounds like you now have a solid example that has found a good home. Really like the white vinyl roof and green body colour combo. I look forward to your updates. :thumbsup:

Thanks! I really like green cars for some reason. It's actually just primer on the roof right now, the old vinyl top was gone before my friend bought the car. I'm planning on doing a black vinyl top from newstalgia parts once we get the rust around the back window addressed, probably in the spring.
 

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Check sometimes they just fall off the post on the heater core housing

Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately the cables and everything are hooked up, just very stiff, which caused the plastic clips on the knobs to break, and now they flop around.
 

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It has been so dang cold here, I have 0 motivation to work in the garage or on the Polara. I'm definitely going to look into insulating my garage this summer. Really hoping spring comes along sooner than later!
 

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Got some warmish weather this week. Fired up the Polara and backed it out into the sun for some pictures before she goes under the knife this weekend. We're digging into the back window to repair some rust.

Here's a short video I took of it:


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I'm about to order a vinyl top. When we pulled out the rear window we found remnants of the original top and it was white.

So, black or white top?

Pros and cons?
 
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