Timeline

Timeline

1969 Dodge Polara 500

January 24, 2021

The car has been wiped down a few times but after yesterday's drive it needed a real wash. Yes I left the top down. Best it has looked since I got it...

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January 23, 2021 - Distributor (2)

Since the car still had the factory distributor I chose to put a low mile used one in, TDC, check the gear, stab the distributor, mark it, cap, plug wires, fired right up. Took it for a quick spin, more to check the exhaust than anything else. Needless to say the roads...

January 18, 2021 - Electronic Ignition

Like the CHP car I chose to mount the ignition module in the fender...

January 17, 2021 - Distributor

We needed to remove the alternator to get at one of the bolts, in doing so we noticed the distributor can was off. In looking at it we noticed that one of the clips was missing, we looked around and nothing. Looked at a bunch of pictures and noticed it was...

January 16, 2021 - Engine Mounts

Well engine mounts it is, I made a jacking cradle for the engine, worked like a charm. Both side fought us in different ways, just not a lot of room to get at the bolts...

January 12, 2021 - Exhaust Not So Fix

I took the car to the local exhaust shop to see if there was something that could be done to fix the clearance issues. I could see the problem but I couldn't figure out the cause. We heated up the pipe and put a flat spot in it and got a 1/4" more than there was...

January 10, 2021 - Exhaust Accessment

Out of curiosity I pulled the front trim off the hood and to my surprise there were studs through the hood. One thing that came to mind was that the engine mounts looked small, measured, yup, 1/4", that might make the difference I need. The recycled exhaust...

January 3, 2021 - Parts Run (2)

Back to the yard that had the Polara 500, had time to get everything else I thought I could use plus some extras...

December 31, 2020 - New Hoses

Got the new hoses installed, not happy with them at all, way too long, need to try and find out what original was as I'm not sure what was on the car was original...

December 29, 2020 - Top Fix

The new hardware came in, a bolt, three washers a bushing and a nut to replace a bolt and nut. Got the pivot bolt repair done and started in on the new hoses, soon as I touched the pump two more feet broke, now I need to track down new ones...

December 27, 2020 - Dash Pad Core

Not much time for the car, went to storage to check the dash pad core I had...

December 26, 2020 - Picture Day Redoux

The weather was more suited for pictures than the other day so I took a bunch more. With the top down I took some time and looked at the top mechanism the best I could as you can see things differently that you can with the top up. One thing I noticed...

December 25, 2020 - Assessment (6)

Christmas, took a few minutes to look at the car, the coat hanger throttle pump linkage kept falling off so I took care of that till a proper once can be sourced. There are some things I don't like about the dash pad and will probably be doing another one...

December 24, 2020 - Assessment (5)

The car had been repainted at some point and the painted over the door wiring, not an issue, I can clean the boots and brackets and rewrap the cable. Couple of the parts I got at the yard are some of the 500 trim that I can use to as a guide to repaint the ones I have. The convertible beltline transition pieces are both pitted...

December 21, 2020 - Miscellaneous

I've been collecting parts to rebuild the front suspension and I found an NOS taillight bezel that I still had...

December 20, 2020 - Picture Day

Picture day, as always I like to get a full set of picture early on to document the starting point. Back at the house I wanted to look into the electrical and see what harnesses there were as I might need to replace the main body harness. Once I got the kick panel off I...

December 19, 2020 - Back-up

The original license plate light was blasted and painted, new lens and gasket, good as new...

December 18, 2020 - Small Stuff

I prepped the hardware for the plate bracket for sandblasting (done elsewhere). The console latch isn't working, the one on the car was keyless and I want to keep it that was, I believe the originals were keyed. Parts book doesn't show a keyless option...

December 17, 2020 - Exhausting (5)

Received some new exhaust hangers, not sized for the 2-1/4" pipe that these came with but I should be able to make them work...

December 16, 2020 - Top Assessment

Time to start looking into the top and see if I can sort out the problem. First the seat bottom was pulled, no real surprises, floor was a little weathered, not more than expected. I could see that the cylinders were leaking and would need to be replaced, I chose...

December 15, 2020 - Clip

Knowing down the road I plan to have the car painted I knew I might need some replacement clips. I got a few from a recent yard run that are the correct ones, time to start looking...

December 14, 2020 - DMV

Comfortable with the car I went to DMV to get the car registered. In short order I had plates, no front plate bracket, on to storage. In storage I had the needed bracket, in digging for original hardware I found the bracket for the started cable that this car is missing...

December 13, 2020 - Exhausting (4)

Got the left side exhaust done and was able to fire it up, oh what a big difference, no massive exhaust leaks...

December 12, 2020 - Exhausting (3)

I needed to purchase a drill and bit to get at the head to install a Heli-Coil. The drill was good but the bit was too long, cutoff wheel to the rescue. It was a hard reach but I was able to get the tap in and install the Heli-Coil. While I waited for the Loctite to setup I...

December 11, 2020 - Exhausting (2)

Put the car on rollers so I could move it away from the wall to give me more access to work on the stripped stud. Closed up the day with cleaning up the original exhaust hangers, not much to save, will need to replace as soon as they can be sourced...

December 6, 2020 - Exhausting

The dome light switches were painted over and need to be replaced, a friend had an NOS one for reference. Having all the pieces to rebuild the exhaust the old pipes were cut out of the car. While my friend worked on the exhaust manifolds I dropped the gas tank...

December 5, 2020 - Parts Run

On the way to my friends place to get the exhaust manifolds and steering wheel we stopped at a couple yards to look for parts. The first yard was more about getting some wheels for the friend we were heading to. That yard was more about 50s cars and we...

December 4, 2020 - Exhaust Hangers

One thing that is not available for the car are exhaust hangers, I took some pictures of a friend's car along with some measurements to see what I might be able to cobble together...

December 1, 2020 - Assessment (4)

Again looking for parts, this car originally had the right hand mirror, if it wasn't original I would worry about replacing it as they are useless. Not reproduced, will need to find an original. The parts are starting to stack up, I got a set of new sill plates as I like the...

November 30, 2020 - Badge

Took a chance on a reproduction badge with what I see as the correct number and the one I got was correct for the car, has the skinny studs. A very nice part...

November 29, 2020 - Tire Pressure Label

Might be minor but I'll be needing a new tire pressure label, I don't think this one is available...

November 20, 2020 - Steering Wheel

In talking with a friend about the car it turns out he has both a steering wheel and the exhaust manifolds, too bad the wheel is the wrong color, it might be a good sample to make a new one. There appears to be two different part numbers for the trunk badge...

November 18, 2020 - Emphemera

The seller sent the paperwork that came with the car, two broadcast sheets both quite faded and the ad for the car when the previous owner purchased it, there is some other paperwork but these were the most interesting. The Polara 500 trim has some screws in...

November 15, 2020 - Assessment (3)

Still looking for exhaust manifolds I patched the exhaust with hopes of making it less embarrassing. I put some parts store exhaust patch tape on it then wrapped a soda can over it with hopes of preventing it from a blowout. We had planned on installing the new gas...

November 14, 2020 - Assessment (2)

The day started off by going to storage and digging out some parts, not sure what I still had. Before I did anything I wanted to cut the fuel filter open and see how bad it was, it was hard to believe the car even drove at all. With limited time to work on the car I cleaned...

November 13, 2020 - Assessment

First up was to swap out the fuel filter as I suspected it was clogged up. While working on the fuel filter I spotted a bad water leak, I must have bumped something as it was fresh, right away I spotted it coming from the heater control valve. I closed it up with fixing...

November 11, 2020 - Black and White and Blue All Over

Right away we head to the place that was selling the car and made contact, the car was in a service bay to be washed but we dove into it right away. After a cursory walk around we got in and checked out the interior and fired it up, it was immediately apparent that...

November 10, 2020 - Hell Froze Over

This morning I wake up and check the forums, one of the first posts was a 1969 Polara 500 Convertible for sale, initially I glazed over it but as I read on there was a comment with additional pictures...