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General Information

Year
1963
Make
Dodge
Model
Polara 500
Color
Vermillion Red
Packages
'Max Wedge' running gear
History
My brother and I bought this car from North Carolina in 2004 having seen it advertised on 'cars-on-line.com'
It was built on Sept 20th 1962, so it's an early '63 model that was built with Chrysler's smallest 'big-block' engine, 361 cu in and sold by Earl Ike Dodge in Inglewood, California.
Within a few years tho, the original running gear was replaced with the hot-ticket of the day, the 426 cu in 'max wedge' engine and trans, rated at 415hp.
Since getting the car we've rebuilt/restored/replaced virtually everything except the exterior bodywork, which is ok as a '20-footer'!
1963 Dodge Polara 500 (Vermillion Red)

Modifications

Drivetrain
426 cu in OHV V8, rebuilt to stock spec (except hydraulic cam replaces solid lifter cam). Dynoed at 450 hp & 500 lb-ft.

2x carter 4 barrel carburettors on cross-ram inlet manifold.
Cast iron exhaust manifolds, into aftermarket TTI 3" exhaust system.

Electronic ignition replaces dual point distributor ignition.
Interior
All original spec but restored/replaced with reproduction carpet, door panels, vinyl seat covers and instrument cluster (rechromed & rebuilt in the States). Seat belts added.
Exterior
Repainted in the original colour scheme approx 25 years ago. Otherwise stock appearing.
Audio
Original Am radio. Cant hear it anyway!
Suspension
To 'max wedge' spec - front torsion bars, rear super-stock leaf springs.
Wheel and Tire
Rare 15" 'large hub-cap' steels - 5.5" wide front & 6" wide rear.

BFG 215/75x15 front
BFG 235/75x15 rear

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