OK.... so just HOW MANY have you owned???

  • 1. My first package vehicle, a 1981 Dodge Diplomat with a 318 4bbl that was a refugee from the California Highway Patrol! How it ever made it to Florida I never quite figured out, but it had the holes in the rear right quarter for the standard low-band whip antenna, the plaid seat-bottom fabric, and all the other trimmings. This car was a pleasure to drive, it got all of 13 MPG but when I stepped into the 318 4bbl it sounded good!

  • 2. 1982 Ford Crown Victoria, 351 2v.... This car had the classic 351 Windsor with the Venturi Vent carb. It was good for roughly 6-8 MPG. This one actually never ran when I had it, I purchased this vehicle at the Town of Melbourne Beach, Florida auction for a grand total of $50!! It was promptly towed to a friend's salvage yard and used for trading material for my next car...
  • 3. 1983 Dodge Diplomat. This car started life as a 318 2bbl, I purchased it at the same auction above for $90!! I drove this one out of the lot and all the way out to the Interstate, when it conked out because of low oil pressure. To make a long story short, this car had a engine that was so glopped up with Parrafin that the oil pump couldn't pump. I spent the $$$ to put a 360 4bbl in this car! With the 360 this car was extremely fast, but the motor I placed into the car was not a package motor. It kept blowing freeze plugs, so it finally went down the road and into my wallet when I finally had enough grief with the freeze plugs and I sold it. It was somewhat rusty being a beach car, but it ran OK till the end (well, when it had coolant in the motor!)
  • 4. 1985 Dodge Diplomat, 318 4bbl. This car came from the Titusville, Florida PD as surplus (old Vehicle #5185) which I purchased for $1,000. This was a good vehicle and I had it around two years as I recall. It had a leaky air conditioner, which is nothing a can of freon every 2-3 weeks couldn't fix... This car ended up being sold in Orlando. This was one of the best looking cars I've owned, it had a metallic blue paintjob and it also had a very nice interior with power windows!

  • 5. 1985 Ford Mustang, 302 4bbl 5-speed. This car was #66 out of 66 that was ordered for the Florida Highway Patrol in 1985, ex-FHP unit 1502. I actually had to bid against the trooper that drove this car at the state auction (didn't realize it until after the sale, boy did I feel like a chump..) This car was assigned to FHP Troop K (Turnpike Troop) and was driven by an FHP trooper named Chap Lewis. This car was literally a rocketship! I learned how to shift manual with this car. I modified the rear diff. to 3.27 from 2.73, made a few other minor mods, and painted it. I never did top this car out, had it up to around 135 with pedal left and chickened out. At anything over 120 the front end started floating rather badly and I didn't want to end up as a statistic. I had this car over three years until I finally sold it to a dispatcher where I worked, who sold it to a good friend that held it over ten years. This car is still local in the Titusville, Florida area, believe it or not this car has over 500,000 miles on it and it's still going. I had a chance to buy it back recently and I turned it down (10/05), however it's still running strong. Some of the body panels have a good deal of rust on them, but without a complete restoration there's not much you can do in Florida about that. I still miss this car!

  • 6. 1987 Ford Mustang, 302 EFI 5-speed. Also former FHP. This car was a dog. It wasn't a fast running Mustang, topped out at 129 MPH and took forever to get there. You could tell that this car had been rode hard, interior was fairly decent though and fuel economy wasn't bad. I was glad to put this one in the bank after driving it around 18 months or so.
  • 7. 1988 Ford Crown Victoria, 302 EFI. This was a nice car with a tan interior, it came out of the City of Port Orange, Florida PD and it was a supervisor's vehicle. Nothing remarkable about this car, fairly decent fuel economy, got up to top end quickly, and died at 102 MPH. How on earth Ford ever expected to win high-speed pursuits with this powertrain I'll never know, guess it was for the cost-aware bean counters that watched the pennies at the pump (GRIN)!

  • 8. 1991 Chevrolet Caprice 9C1, 5.7l (350). This was my first 9C1 and it came out of the City of Melbourne, Florida PD. This was an OK car, it had been run hard but still had good get-up and go. As it was a '91 it was hard to see out of while backing and the interior was sort of so-so. It ran well though until I sold it about 18 months later.
  • 9. 1993 Ford Crown Victoria, 4.6l EFI. This was my first real drive of the recent series Crown Victoria. It came from the Daytona Beach, Florida PD and was a supervisor's vehicle, seems this one had a seized motor and my friend that runs the salvage yard put a motor in it from a 50,000 mile insurance wreck. Nice blue cloth interior, apparently Daytona Beach takes good care of their patrol cars. The motor ran well, however the 93 series 4.6's all let out a puff of blue smoke when the RPM ramps up from a stoplight or a standing start. And the smoke gets more intense the longer you sit! I've heard it said that Ford didn't teflon coat the valve guides the same as the 92 and 94 & up series vehicles and that 1993 was the bad year. Whatever the cause, this car always let a small puff of smoke out when I started from a stop after sitting for more then a few seconds. I've seen other 93's with the same problem so this lends some apparent reliability to the information I was given. My personal opinion (for what it's worth) is to stay away from the 1993's as a used car (unless you want to drive a smoke-a-matic that is!)

  • 10. 1995 Chevrolet Caprice 9C1 5.7l. According to the build sheet, this car was built on 4/2/1995. It was assigned schedule/job number A5093031. The date/time print indicates 23:44 hours (11:44 PM) so let's hope the midnight shift people at Arlington were happy and awake!! If you want to look at the GM police car sales brochure for the 1995's, here it is: 1995 9C1 brochure

    This vehicle was delivered to the Virginia State Police, where it was assigned VSP identification number 95-222. I was finally able to speak with the Fleet Manager for VSP to obtain somewhat of a history on the vehicle, he advised me that the vehicle had been assigned to two separate troopers during its service with VSP, one in the Williamsburg area, one in the Bowling Green area. VSP destroys their maintenance records after the vehicles are sold, so I will not be able to obtain much formal documentation on the vehicle's maintenance history other then to have a dealer "stat" the VIN number one day to obtain service information in the GM computer system. This car was sold at auction by the State of Virginia in 1999 to a taxicab buyer in New York State who purchases large quantities of cars at auction. You know, the kind of company that thinks nothing about whipping out a check for a quarter-million dollars or more for eighty cars in one sale! On a government salary, I can only dream of those days...

    In early 2000 my car was consigned to a auto dealer (friend of mine) in Mims, Florida called Aunt Mary's Auto Sales. I purchased the car for $5,995 in March, 2000. It was obvious from the running condition of the car when I received it that it had set on a lot for a period of time, however the motor was very strong and it had obviously been well cared for in its previous service life at VSP. As far as prep work, I completely cleaned out the interior, siliconed all the old radio holes, removed the seats & carpet set & had them cleaned (ended up with newer front seats anyway), pulled out around 47 lbs of dog hair, removed the old nasty window tint, replaced a few plastic trim pieces, and replaced the bezel over the instrument cluster with a new one (gives the dash a brand new look). I also removed the old VSP wig-wag kit and about a mile or so of excess wiring that went to equipment that had been previously removed, cleaned the headliner, etc...

    This is my car in its current configuration when sold. When I started to mod the car, I was not going after another "SS clone" look. This vehicle is a daily driver and I've always been more interested in performance then looks, although since I've been going to car shows I'm starting to put more work in on the car body. As you can see I have only slightly modified the exterior appearance. I discovered my Caprice grille was cracked so I replaced it with an SS grille painted to match. The "Medium Adriatic Blue Clearcoat" paint on this car is a bear to match, one day I will do a whole vehicle repaint and then it will all be 100%. I pulled the side moldings when the silver color started to die & fade. Personally I think the car looks better without moldings on the sides, although everytime I see a door opening next to my car I cringe a little... Also VSP didn't run trim rings on its 9C1 wheels (originally this car had the full police wheel covers), however I saw a FHP car that had the chrome trim rings that looked extra sharp, so I purchased a new set of four from a dealer on EBAY at a very good price compared to dealership costs. The trim rings really make the old police wheels look good combined with a coat or two of black paint!

    My car from the rear. As you see I have two antennas on the car, one 800 MHZ Larsen Kulrod on top, one Motorola-style UHF on the trunk. These are not for show. I have a M/A-Com M-RK vehicle console in the car, since I did communications work for the county government I needed radio capability in the vehicle. VSP was kind enough to leave me two holes for antennas which I promptly filled. I put a CB antenna on the rear mount when I go on vacation out of state, it's interesting listening to traffic trying to figure out who the "plain blue wrapper" is passing them! This car looks like a sleeper unless you look realllly close at my dual exhausts... then you MIGHT get a idea there is something more under the hood then meets the eye! I don't usually subject my car to full-throttle starts and screeching tires, however I do like the extra horsepower that is most definitely available if needed!

    The motor shot. Few things to notice, check out the Federal Model 58 "Traffic Blaster" under the hood where the stock airbox usually goes. It's twelve times louder then a regular car horn, Federal Signal sells these to Fire and EMS services that need airhorns but don't have an air system on the vehicle. It's LOUD and I love it! The stock airbox had to go for Traffic Blaster to be installed, so the Ram Air kit (SSRI Stage One) was installed. The larger volume intake helps performance a whole lot! You really can't see the Clear Image Tri-Y long tube headers, since they are long tubes they hang down from the exhaust manifold area. This also means both my valve covers are perfectly able to be removed if needed! The green hoses are the silicone radiator and heater hoses. GM swears they are good for the life expectency of the car (300,000 miles for the motor before overhaul). Also I've done the AIR delete as per the factory TSB. In addition, check out the Corvette L98 magnesium valve covers and the small CS-130 style 180-amp alternator! Also I had the "Stealth Bolt" mod installed courtesy of the good members of GoFaSSt, added a "Be-Cool" aluminum radiator, put in a new Opti, installed new axle shafts in the rear, put new police brakes on all the way around (pads & rotors), installed a new set of four Bilstein shocks from Shox.Com, and installed a Transgo shift kit in my tranny. The 1st to 2nd shift will now knock you into the back seat! Nothing like a good stiff performance shift!!

    Dashboard shot. This was taken on Interstate 95 one day when there wasn't much traffic around. Note the vacuum gauge and tachometer below the cluster. This is a nice mod to install and it's fairly easy to do in an afternoon. I've put a few more miles on since this picture was taken though... A few other neat things about this car, it came with tilt steering, factory cruise control (almost unheard of in other 9C1's I've seen), and no spotlight. This was apparently always an unmarked unit.

    Other modifications I installed on this car were the LTZ hood emblem (in place of the regular chrome bowtie ornament), Dual Trunk Light with cutoff switch (really lights up the trunk nicely, VSP was kind enough to leave the cutoff switch in), 160 degree thermostat, Tri-Y long tube headers from Clear Image Automotive, Random Technology high-flow converters, dual Flowmaster mufflers (this car has full duals all the way back as do all 9C1's), custom PCM programming which assists with firmer shifts, higher RPM for shift points, lower fan cut-in temperatures, and other desirable modifications to assist with performance. I also removed the old factory 130MPH speed limiter (cuts the fuel pressure at 130 and puts it back at 126, it's option VZ2 on the factory brochure) and advanced the timing along with a few other mods for better performance in the power range. I installed all MSD 8.5mm plug & coil wires, installed the MSD Blaster II coil, put a new Optima Redtop battery in, changed the knock module in the PCM to the LT4 module (necessary if you have headers to reduce false knock sense by the stock module), upgraded to the premium factory AM/FM/Cassette stereo (same as stock Impala SS units), installed newer 9C1 buckets in the front to replace the old worn-out seats that came with the vehicle, and relocated the police trunk switch. This car also has the "sneaky switch" that cuts off all gauge illumination (i.e. no speedo, odometer, or radio display) that's useful for driving around in the dead of night. Also I did a group purchase from No Limits Motorsports and had 3.73 gears installed in my rear with an Eaton Posi! Definite difference, although the increased noise from the exhaust due to the RPM's (80 MPH is now 2700 RPM) makes me want to keep it at 75 or lower on the interstate... Lot of new low-end torque though, the entire range from 0-70 is now well within the power band!

    Tunercat codes I used for my speedo calibration (with 225/70/15 tires and 3.73 rear) are Speedo Scalar - 29 Speedo Scalar Fraction - 1.004 Speedo Scalar Scantool - 48.133 Time between pulses for stop - 31.163 Pulses per revolution - 40.


    This is a picture that I took during a trip to Key West in 2003. I managed to get a picture of my car at the official "Southernmost point" in the continential US! Here it is for all to enjoy...

  • 11. 2001 Chevrolet Impala 3.8L. This was unit 01-1 with the Pekin, Illinois Police Department. I purchased this car off EBAY in August, 2004 and picked it up with a "drive-n-fly" to Illinois. I fixed this car up for my wife, meaning I had to "de-cop" it somewhat. So, I purchased a complete interior from a 2002 Impala LS in brown leather and did a complete swap. It was actually a comfortable car when I was done with it, but it was a lot of work. Carpet, headliner, all the interior trim, new dash, new Monte Carlo LS cluster (with the four gauges - nice upgrade!), new center console. Since the car had column shift I used a cover plate where the center shifter would normally be located. I sold this car to a good friend in the Ft. Lauderdale area after about 2 years.

  • 12. 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV 9C3 (my current car). Please return to the main menu and select the dedicated webpage about this car for more information.

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