Pictured is Unit 4870 owned by Ron Hurwitz

1969 California Highway Patrol Polara Restoration

Welcome to my 1969 CHP Polara restoration journal, as work progresses on the car I will post updates. In the journal I only highlight the work with a few pictures and put many more in dated galleries for those who are interested in more details. All the pictures in the journal and galleries can be viewed larger.

Current Status

January 16, 2016

CHP POLARA - February - October

For one reason or another the updates have not been posted, although work has been done over the last year. These are links to the galley pages for each of the days that have pictures.

Index of galleries

CHP POLARA - November - January

November 7, 2015

Once again I got a little behind on posting updates, a dozen or so updates so be sure to scan back to where you may have last seen it.

CHP POLARA - November

November 7, 2015

The engine was fired up a little while ago and now we are good to put the hood on along with the rest of the front end.

CHP POLARA - October/November

October 25 - November 3, 2015

Two years in the making and it is finaly together. With that done it opens the door to a bunch of work, no excuses now!

CHP POLARA - Steering Column

September 19, 2015

After months of cleaning and waiting for parts the steering column is done. Together with the new steering wheel it is a work of art.

CHP POLARA - Dashing

September 16, 2015

Just a minor update about the dash pad. I should have time this weekend to get some actual work done on the car, check back for updates.


September 16, 2015

Just a minor update about the jack. I have other parts coming in so so real updates should be expected soon, another minor one tomorrow.

CHP POLARA - Its White - Part II

September 15, 2015

Still catching up on updates. September 7, 2015: Inspection of the recently recieved restored (new) steering wheel.

CHP POLARA - Its White

September 8, 2015

Still catching up on updates. September 5, 2015: Cleaning up the differential and the arrival of the restored steering wheel.

CHP POLARA - Differential

September 7, 2015

Still catching up on updates. August 29, 2015: This recent work was about pulling the differential out and starting to clean it up.

CHP POLARA - I'm Back!

September 4, 2015

With my computer problems resolved I can now post updates. Five months of work summarized on 5 pages.

CHP POLARA - Grilled

March 31, 2015

After a long search a useable grill has been acquired that will not need much cleanup. Now what to do with a pile of old grills.


March 20, 2015

A new pushbar is fabricated and an original CHP harness is looked at. ...

CHP POLARA - "Cop Shocks"

March 9, 2015

"It's got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It's got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas."

CHP POLARA - Wheel liner

February 28, 2015

The driver side wheel liner, battery tray and battery heat shield go in...

CHP POLARA - Exhaust

February 13, 2015

The exhaust installation went smooth. Had a chance to take a good look at the rest of the underside of the car, something that hasn't been show here before...

CHP POLARA - Exhaust Hangers - Part 2

February 12, 2015

The original exhaust hangers are going to be cleaned up and used again. Check back in a day or two on the exhaust installation...

CHP POLARA - Exhaust Hangers

February 8, 2015

The original exhaust hangers are going to be cleaned up and used again. Check back in a day or two on the exhaust installation...

CHP POLARA - Multiple

February 1, 2015

I sort of got behind on the updates. There are four updates going back to December. In this time the AC compressor and radiator made it on the car...


January 12, 2015

In addition to working on my cars I do have other interests, one of the being old highways. Gaviota Pass is on US 101 in Santa Barbara County California. Some of these pictures go back over 100 years.


December 6-11, 2014

The original air conditioning hose were cleaned up and the fire extinguisher restoration has started. Other parts are being done as well.

CHP POLARA - Progress!

November 13/15, 2014

Little by little parts will be going on, getting the engine in will open a large block of things that can be done.

CHP POLARA - The engine is in!

November 11, 2014

For the most part a trouble free day, a few complications but overall it went pretty smooth. All that matters is the engine is in!

CHP POLARA - The long crawl

November 9, 2014

I knew moving the enging to the garage wasn't going to be simple but it turned out much more dificult than I though it was going to be.

CHP POLARA - Two into eight

November 1, 2014

What should have only take a couple hours ended up taking all day and it isn't even done. One problem after another plagued progress on the assembly of the front end...

CHP POLARA - Engine mount installation

September 17, 2014

Nothing is ever simple, installing engine mounts you would think would be but not...


CHP POLARA - Suspension installation

September 13/14, 2014

Aside from delays the front suspension went together relatively easy...


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