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From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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1964 Dodge Dart 270 The Seattle Police Department (SPD) is the principal law enforcement agency of the city of Seattle, in the U.S. state of Washington. It is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The Seattle Police Department has a number of specialty units, including SWAT, bike patrol, harbor patrol, motorcycles, mounted patrols, and a variety of detective units. Law enforcement in Seattle began with the election of John T. Jordan as town marshal in 1870. The SPD was officially organized on June 2, 1869. As of 2011, it had a staff of around 1,800. Since the establishment of the Seattle Police Department, 58 officers have died in the line pf duty. This 1964 Dodge Dart was constructed as a tribute to the Seattle Police Department. Although the departments full-time marked fleet consisted mainly of Fords during the 1960s they also had a few Dodge Darts In service. A few performance upgrades, and some sneaky mechanicals, this is a replica of a working police car right out of 1964. Exterior Bathed in white, this car retains its original exterior bodywork, and design. It is virtually rust free, with straight panels, good gaps, and original good condition chrome and badging. Tiny rear fins topped with brite work hover above circular simple brake lights. Plain white steel wheels have the iconic Dodge wheel covers. The police equipment on the exterior includes vintage emergency lights mounted behind the grille that flash alternatively, and a mechanical siren. The Seattle Police Logo on the door is magnetic and can be removed at your convenience. Interior Again, looking much like it came from the factory with its simple 2 tone dash, original steering wheel, long brown vinyl bench, and rear bench, which hold any perps you may run into along your parade route. Noted is the original pushbutton transmission, has been replaced by a column shift from a 1966 Valiant. Door panels show nicely, as does headliner which appears to be original. Drivetrain Running a bit stronger than the standard Dart from 1964 thanks to a 1977 360ci with later Magnum cylinder heads. Also, inside are an Edelbrock Performer cam with the Magnums 1.6:1 rocker arm ratio, the lift at the valve is .448 inches. It also sports a Comp Cams double roller timing chain and a Hughes Performance cam snout extension on which a standard fuel pump is mounted. A Mopar Performance dual plane intake manifold pumps plenty fossil into the mill working in conjunction with a 750 CFM Edelbrock Performer. These spent gases are evacuated efficiently via early 340 manifold units. A 1977 A-904 automatic transmission replaces the push button activated standard transmission of the original Dart. The transmission is fitted with a planetary gear train to gain lower ratios in first and second gear (for parades). Raybestos clutches, a solid kick down band, a Turbo Action shift kit, and deep pan round out the power plant modifications. Undercarriage Mopar Performance 524912 torsion bars and Adco front sway bar and 6 leaf rear springs make up the modified suspension. A custom driveshaft throws power rearward to a later 8.75 axle. An adjustable proportioning valve in the trunk can be used to modify the performance of the dual circuit master cylinder late 1970s B-body disc brakes (11.5 rotors) and 10 x 2.5 drums in the rear. All Dot 5 brake fluid is used for this system. A restored mostly original Dodge Dart with plenty of power modifications, suspension upgrades, and some added on Police goodies, and you are ready to do some pat rolling down the highway or throwing candy to kids in a parade. Either way this car is equipped. Dial 911! VIN Decode 7346178594 7-Dodge Dart Slant 6 Cyl 3-Dart 270 4-1964 178594-Sequential Unit Number Fender Tag SO 0330-March 30th Build NUMBER 0294-Order Number BDY 733-Dart 270 TRM HIT-Tan Vinyl PAINT YY1-Medium Tan Poly
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