Even after this I was able to find some more accurate or better quality parts, the fuse blocks, deck lights and first aid kit.
Where to start? This little girl was hiding in the front seat so she must be good, “Peggy”.
Even before I had this car I stated collecting accessories, some correct some not. The pictures are in no particular order. One unique accessory made specifically for the California Highway Patrol was the radio, not only was the control head custom so was the trunk mount to go with it. This one was acquired early on and at a fair rate, aside form some shelf ware and missing sticker it was good to go. It wasn’t to much later that I was able to acquire the sticker that goes on front.
I have herd mixed opinion on the vehicle codes issued to the officers, some say they were the hardback other say a simple manila cover, either way I have both the 69 and 70 as two thirds of this cars service was in 1970.
A rare item is the period correct gun lock mount, the Lektro-Lok with the embossed metal tag is the right one along with the butt mount.
From the beginning I have known what the unit number and plate number for this care were, I was fortunate to have reproduction plates made prior to them discontinuing California plates.
Some of the accessories and parts I have are replicas the antenna clip is one example. All the electronics will be done to the exact spec that the CHP used on these cars right down to the switch selection, the hidden shotgun switches, fuse holders and light flasher all correct. Ron Hurwitz had the switch panels made using original CHP documentation, this one is equipped with all the correct switches and pilot light. Even under the hood the CHP installed electrical will be replicated in the same manner including the use of CHP used components. Another early acquisition was the correct under hood speaker. The siren isn’t the exact model but it is 95% close.
All the lighting will have the proper lamps not just a red and amber bulb. The deck lights are the right series and have the correct mounting hardware although the CHP chose to run the wires through the housings, that will be done as well.
Some of the more recent acquisitions are the Motorola microphone and interior speaker, both new in the box. To go with those is the new power and communication cable. With all that along with the CHP specific trunk mount radio I should be able to listen to the CHP, will need to couple that up to the antenna mount and spring, all new with of course an antenna of the correct length.
In the trunk along with the radio was a first aid kit and fire extinguisher. I have both but plan to restore them.
One thing that my car had that was done at the field office was the installation of a Cadillac radiator recovery bottle, I have the correct NOS parts to replicate this installation.
Other items that Ron had made were mounting brackets for the shotgun and radio, both to original CHP specs. Ron also had some CHP installed radiator decals made.
I was lucky that my car still had the original spotlights but I still needed to restore them with parts from vintage new spots. Both have the correct lamps.
I also included a couple items that were installed by Dodge at the factory. One was a first gear lockout and a reinforced lower radiator hose. The lockout is original to my car and the hose a correct new vintage piece.
At this time the only accessories that I still need are the shotgun and push bar assembly. I hope to find a vintage shotgun of the right series and the push bar will be fabricated to CHP specs for this car.
With all this there is the issue of leftovers, in the pursuit to get the correct and better stuff many parts were acquired or were given to me. In the beginning I started getting stuff based on some pictures which turned out to be incorrect, some parts were purchased to be restored or scavenged for parts. In the end I have a bunch of stuff that needs to be disposed of. This isn’t even all of it, some may already been sold, some just deep in storage.