1972 Plymouth Fury 1 Pursuit restored as a DC Metropolitan Police Car

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I had big plans to do a 1973 NYPD Plymouth, but once I saw that it had been done, and done very well, I decided to scrap my plan. I also figured it would be close to impossible to track down the correct light bar.

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I know the guy who built it and the guy who presently owns it. It is a great replica with much attention paid to detail. One of the best out there.
 

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I had big plans to do a 1973 NYPD Plymouth, but once I saw that it had been done, and done very well, I decided to scrap my plan. I also figured it would be close to impossible to track down the correct light bar.

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Yes. I'm sure there are a few out there someplace. Just like the owner of this '72 found out, I've always figured that some retired NYPD officers or motor pool mechanics had a light bar squirreled away in their basements from whatever year they switched to the rectangular lamp light bars. NYC is a big, big city, and they had a lot of police cars.

There's been an add on facebook for over a year for a bunch of movie cars for sale on Staten Island, and two of them are Coronet police cars that appear to have the correct rotating lights. The light bars themselves look to be home made from square tubing and just bolted to the roofs. Anyway, I wasn't looking to spend $4000 just to get a couple rotators and flashers.

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I love the color. Is that Petty blue?
 

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when it comes to restoring an accurate police car, most guys buy the lightbar first believe it or not. The Unicorn on my 72 Fury here is a almost unheard of lightbar called the ESCO Synchro Twin. It was the first lightbar DC Police used, and it was our only bar from 1970-1975. There is many photos of our cars escorting the POTUS and Mayday riots with them. 70 was the Ford Custom, 71-73 Furys, 74 and 75 were Torinos. We also had them on wagons. I have 2 of these bars, the first one I scored on search tempest 6 yrs ago, and determined it came from Minnisota State Police that had some of them on their cars along with the more common Federal Visibar. The bar on my car though actually came from a guy who bought it in the 80s and had it on the garage shelf since.....I assume its a dc bar since it was bought locally and there is no accessory equipment holes. After I got the bar, my buddy put this car up for sale and I jumped on it since I had the right bar for it. If you want to do a car, seek out the bar first. many people have stuff stashed away and when they hear you are restoring a car to put it on, they will consider selling it.
 

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So I am happy to report my car made the 400 mile trip one way up 95N to the Rhode Island State Police Museum Show last month. This car has not been off the road since the 80s, and I was shocked how great it ran. it dominated 95, and kept right up. My AC worked, wipers worked flawlessly. On the drive up 8 hours I never even lost any fluids. On the drive back i was a lil more heavy on the foot and looks like some oil blew out the valve cap, but nothing major. My alluminum radiator did awesome keeping it cool, I am on the fence about replacing it with an original 72 fury radiator i have in the garage. I want this car to be an accurate 440 Pursuit Restoration and I am looking for imput on using an original radiator for it. I am also looking for the correct 15x6 Wheels #3580063 with the H stamps. currently it has 15x6.5 wheels.

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So I am happy to report my car made the 400 mile trip one way up 95N to the Rhode Island State Police Museum Show last month. (...) My aluminum radiator did awesome keeping it cool, I am on the fence about replacing it with an original 72 fury radiator I have in the garage. I want this car to be an accurate 440 Pursuit Restoration and I am looking for input on using an original radiator for it.
Great to hear, thank you for posting about the car! I hope to see it in person at a local event.

What part number is your 1972 Fury radiator? I am looking for a 3574605 26-inch rad (the police rads are 3474602 or 3574656) for my 1972 NYB -- so if yours happens to be a 3574 605, I'd be interested in buying it from you. I could pick it up locally the next time I am in Virginia.
 

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the colorado state patrol would routinely buy 6 fury hemi chase cars------4 of the cars were kept in the cardinal directions of denver------denver area high speed chases would sometimes go to the interstate------our city 440 furys ran great-----most all chases ended up with a camaro or roadrunner running out of gas----a few of the police units might run out as well------the good old days----sometimes a traffic units would be running radar during the chase and there were times 150 was called out----always followed by a sgt yelling ---slow it down......i had a car that would turn 140 in a minute-----thats all the speedo showed.....
 

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just noticed its a 4 door sedan----CSP ran 2 door sedan furys----when did the the 2 door sedans stop? seems like there were 73 fury 2 door sedans as well......getting old...
 

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just noticed its a 4 door sedan----CSP ran 2 door sedan furys----when did the the 2 door sedans stop? seems like there were 73 fury 2 door sedans as well......getting old...
1968 was the last year of 2 door sedans, 1969 was a 2 dr 'post' car but not really a sedan as the front door windows were frame less like a hardtop.
I've never seen a 1973 2dr Fury sedan all were Coupes/Hardtops.
Rhode Island used 1976 2dr HT's in these appear to be vintage photos.

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the colorado state patrol would routinely buy 6 fury hemi chase cars------4 of the cars were kept in the cardinal directions of denver------denver area high speed chases would sometimes go to the interstate------our city 440 furys ran great-----most all chases ended up with a camaro or roadrunner running out of gas----a few of the police units might run out as well------the good old days----sometimes a traffic units would be running radar during the chase and there were times 150 was called out----always followed by a sgt yelling ---slow it down......i had a car that would turn 140 in a minute-----thats all the speedo showed.....

I call total and complete BS on that! Absolutely NO factory Hemi C-body cars were EVER built, of any kind! None! Zero! Zip! No HEMI cop cars! NONE! The Hemi was far too expensive to even think about using in police duty in a B- or C-body. As a native Coloradan who knew several CSP troopers and mechanics in the day, your statement is nonsense. (Yes, I see your Loveland ZIP). The CSP cars in the '68 -'71 era were either 440 or 383 cars, and from '72-'77, they were 400 or 440 cars. Period.

Mopar police cars were one of two option packages - the Police Patrol and Police Pursuit. The "Patrol" option was normally a 318 or 360; and even a 225 was available. The "Pursuit" option was nearly always a big block (383. 400, 440). This was regardless if it was a Chrysler, Plymouth or Dodge police car. NO Hemi!
 
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No need for a hemi the way mine was built... lots of thought put into ordering it.
 

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I call total and complete BS on that! Absolutely NO factory Hemi C-body cars were EVER built, of any kind! None! Zero! Zip! No HEMI cop cars! NONE! The Hemi was far too expensive to even think about using in police duty in a B- or C-body. As a native Coloradan who knew several CHP troopers and mechanics in the day, your statement is nonsense. (Yes, I see your Loveland ZIP). The CHP cars in the '68 -'71 era were either 440 or 383 cars, and from '72-'77, they were 400 or 440 cars. Period.

Mopar police cars were one of two option packages - the Police Patrol and Police Pursuit. The "Patrol" option was normally a 318 or 360; and even a 225 was available. The "Pursuit" option was nearly always a big block (383. 400, 440). This was regardless if it was a Chrysler, Plymouth or Dodge police car. NO Hemi!
The 440 was faster... ask Richard Petty.


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Here is some photos of the car. I bought it in January of 2020. It was a covid build and was listed in 2013 in a no photo ad on craigslist with not motor or trans. My buddy put in a rebuilt 440 motor and 727 HP trans. I had the paint stripped and repainted with police stripe. Fenders were removed, an old collision repair on the rear drivers quarter had to be redone.

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Here is the build sheet, had an extra i found under the front bench seat. Not sure if it was dual 5” or 6” inch spot lights. I am also trying to figure out the correct alternator setup it had. I have an original police fury radiator getting restored now for it. The top of the drivers door card has the shop number “93” from colorado state. Roger mauro dealer tag was standard on all CSP vehicles. The rebuilt 440 motor is from a 71. Listed here was the derby kids craigslist ad from 2013. I called him and sent him the photos of the car today. He flipped out.


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