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1973 PLYMOUTH FURY 2 440 C.I. Documented POLICE CAR
the prices keep going up for less and lesser quality cars....heck they cannot count how many doors are even on it
My '70 Fury III ex-WSP keeps looking better and better.....
What's under that board???
I thought maybe all you would see is the driveway.
The radio trunking unit would of been mounted on that board. It has to be isolated for clarity of signal.
Cool ! Thanks for the info.
It uses crystals like most radios of that time period.
Actually I don't believe that that is a fact. There is a hole underneath the board but I haven't had any decent weather or indoor parking to inspect it yet. Also, It IS dirty on the outside but with the 10 degree weathers we've had around here since I put up the images it's just gonna have to stay filthy. I can't imagine that a lot of dirt would keep me from inquiring on a car as long as I am assured that it is solid. Also, my friend here in Lexington, Ky. has the identical twin to Pete's '70 Plymouth shown above and it too is a Washington state pursuit car. We found it here on cbodies and tracked it down to Nashville. It (The Ghost) now resides here in Lexington, and will, for a very long time. Jim Dent
May not be the only reason it's there, but have a look at any police cruiser restoration or in service photos, you will see the radio trunking unit mounted on wood....tat much is a fact..
Pete, I'm not arguing, I'm just saying. There is no valid reason to do so. If anything, it would be detrimental to the proper grounding of the trunk gear's mounting frames in the older low and high VHF and UHF radio equipment models. I spent 23 years working on and off with the communications and warning equipment used by both our fire and police services here in Lexington, Ky. We had and active communications network of well over 500 vehicles county wide and that was back in the '70s and '80s. We would rip the radio and e/lighting gear out of the older cars which were being retired from service and re install the same re serviceable gear into the new units prior to putting them into active service. We never isolated any of the trunk gear from the trunk floor metal for any specific reason. Our local Motorola service center and three of our private local radio sales and services businesses also installed Motorola, General Electric and RCA comms gear and they didn't either. Currently the size of our police division's vehicles has more than doubled and the installation and stripping out of the new vehicles is far more complex and end user durable than it was back in my day. And those services are now performed by a private agency as is the exterior marking of the vehicles.
The Colorado police cars have the same piece of wood in the trunk for the radio fwiw.
As did every departments cars around here...
I was going off what I was told by the very man who built or oversaw the build of every Ontario Provincial Police cruiser since 1981..
It was very common to mount them on a piece of plywood, that's why it's there on your '73 Jim. Good luck with the sale, they're getting very rare. Good deal, if you ask me. Don't let the naysayers tell you otherwise, especially someone comparing it to a T-code 440 car with a non-numbers matching engine.
OK, I'll buy into that. And thank you for the images. I suppose there are several different preferred ways to build a better mouse trap. Our way was simply as stated. Yes, it is a nice old sled. We are currently finishing up two other '73 cars, a real Ford and a cloned Fury 2 and funds are beginning to run down. If it doesn't sell I'll just tarp it and wait until we can afford to play with it as well. Happy New Year. Jim
That is a beauty I wish you the best of luck with it
That guy's rude and deserves no compliments. His car is a T-code standard 440 that he cloned into a "U-code lookalike" and he tells everyone it's a "440 HP". Sorry, I'd take that '73 any day and restore it and have a REAL car for the same as he paid for his (which, if I recall correctly, was somewhere around $20K).
The CHP used wood as well, I always assumed as a matter of convenience. The power cable has a ground, the positive originally connected to the back of the alternator till they found that caused noise, it was later moved to a different spot.
Who are you referring to? He was giving my '70 Fury III is a verified Washington State Patrol car a compliment. It was verified by GG and have written documentation by WSP that is was sold to them as one of their squads.