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Thanks to Bryan Swopes. 73 Dodge in progress

Uploaded: January 03, 2007
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  • Bryan Swopes (Private)
    11 years 11 months ago
    My '73 Polara has now been at the paint and body shop for 52 days. The unibody was pulled to straighten a previously unknown rear end hit, some rust issues taken care of, and then all the dings, dents, scratches and gouges smoothed out. A coat of primer, block-sanding; another primer coat, more block sanding. Next, four coats of code 9300 black and 8000 white polyurethane, followed by a gallon of sealer. Painted it last Tuesday. It's now sitting out in the sun, waiting for the paint to cure before they polish it.
  • Bryan Swopes (Private)
    11 years 11 months ago
    Thanks, Ron. I'm sure you're probably correct. The info I was relying on came from Edwin J. Sanow's "Dodge,Plymouth & Chrysler Police Cars 1979-1994" at Page 140: "...Dodge shipped cars to the CHP painted in one color and Swift Dodge would conduct the pre-Delivery Inspection and paint them the additional color."
  • Ron (Private)
    12 years ago
    Bryan, All CHP Polaras were painted with the white doors and white roof from Chrysler. Swift Dodge did not paint the car doors. I hope this helps you. I own a 1969 CHP dodge Polara. Ron
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    12 years 2 months ago
    Dealerships only do newer stuff.

    Ask around at cruise nights and such for recommendations. I'm sure you'll find some independent shops that specialize, or at least are familiar with, older cars.

    Hey, just get some service manuals and work on it yourself!
  • Bryan Swopes (Private)
    12 years 2 months ago
    Joe and Greg are both correct about the driver's door frame being incorrectly painted. My understanding is that Chrysler actually delivered the CHP cars to Swift Dodge in Sacramento with only the roof painted white. Swift then painted the front doors prior to delivery to CHP. The CHP would then re-spray the doors black before surplusing them. One of the 4 former owners painted my Polara like this---you probably can't tell that it is flat white paint.

    I have been amazed at the number of paint and body shops that have declined to paint this car. Also, all three Dodge dealerships in the county have refused to do mechanical work on it. Anyone have any suggestions???
  • Greg (Private)
    12 years 2 months ago
    You're correct, Joe. CHP specs said that only the roof and front door skins were white. The window frames would be black on a CHP sedan. Like you said though, maybe it's still in progress. There's plenty of time to square it away and then get the correct vintage graphics from
  • Joe A (Private)
    12 years 2 months ago
    Is the driver door supposed to be white around the window frame? I know the newer cars have black window frames on the white doors. I know the lead in said 'nearly' finished, just seems it was already painted.