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#1 Leakey

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 08:36 AM

A while back I did a photo chop of Welby's A9X to make
it look like a cop car.

I am guessing, with cars like the XU1, SLR and SS, that these would
have been used as pursuit cars by some of the forces?

I have seen the Chargers, Monaros and GTs, but not a Torana?

Any one got a pic of one?

- Mick?

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 08:37 PM

I know the NSW cars were unmarked and standard looking except for driving lights, sunvisors and aerials.
If they looked like GTRs but had the front air dam, Then they were XU1 spec.
This following link may help with a few NSW cars.
Some interesting police Drag cars from some of the other states too.
I think Barry (LC70GTR) also has some pics.
John.

http://www.inthejob.com/

Edited by LoneOranger, 27 December 2006 - 08:43 PM.


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Posted 28 December 2006 - 08:00 AM

Yeah have read through a couple of my old mans police statements from back in the day... got shot at by a gtr driving police officer... hilarious when its your dad hahahaha! and he has no criminal record either, cop was sent to the bush :) He said his little mini cooper s pissed on it through the tight corners only to be caught on the main roads...

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 08:27 AM

I have never seen a torana cop car before, but my old man owns the GTO Coupe that was lent to the victorian police by HSV a couple of years ago.
It obviously doesn't have the signs or lights on it now :)

might be worth a bit one day ?

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#5 Leakey

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 08:46 AM

Thanks guys, nice link to coppa's cars site.

- I think some of those SA cars look familiar.....

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 09:46 AM

girl friends dad got taken to hospital in a gtr (or xu1 depending on what wa cops had back then) when he cut a excavator in half using his factory 289 xt falcon ute:)

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 01:46 PM

I found these interesting photos, but no Toranas... Yet.

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 02:53 PM

sorry no toranas...but i found these.
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Posted 29 December 2006 - 06:55 PM

A while back I did a photo chop of Welby's A9X to make
it look like a cop car.

I am guessing, with cars like the XU1, SLR and SS, that these would
have been used as pursuit cars by some of the forces?

I have seen the Chargers, Monaros and GTs, but not a Torana?

Any one got a pic of one?

- Mick?

Cheers, Leakey

as for 73 bathurst xu1 police cars like mine i think nsw got 37 cars
and w.a 12 cars they were disguised as gtrs

#10 chevy_253_torana

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 12:10 AM

dammmit ive seen photos of a lc torana with a cop infront on the web here somewhere letme think about this for a while

#11 Leakey

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 11:11 AM

You'd reckon they were about. I can remember seeing Cordia Turbos,
currently WRX's so the forces definately used hi spec cars.

An SS. Must have been one. Good security in the back!!! LOL

C'mon Mick, you must have some inside info?

- Leakey

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 12:12 PM

Thanks Barry
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Posted 30 December 2006 - 12:41 PM

The silver GTR was based in Tarcutta and the car used to be serviced at my dad's garage at times. In those days there was no such thing as radar and the speed limit wad D restricted which meant it was more or less open slather. The only way used to check speed in those days was by following the speeding car and checking it against the specially calibrated police special speedo's which were calibrated monthly (in wagga wagga) for this area.

As a matter of interest the bloke role playing the baddie being booked ended up being a Chief Superintendent in charge of Police communications and was my boss towards the end of my career.

I could go on for hours about the good ol days.... :ZZZ: :ZZZ: :ZZZ:

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 02:47 PM

Mate please do, history lessons of this sort are pretty lite on,
so any genuine stories/trivia like yours are gold.

Thanks for the input Scooter!

Cheers, Leakey

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 03:34 PM

C'mon scooter, any GTR related stories you could share would be great to hear! :D

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 05:55 PM

Sorry Leakey I haven't got any photo's of old police cars, was too busy catching bad guys back then :rolleyes:

But as Scooter and many of us know, the NSW Police had their fair share of GTR's and XU1's, would love to have one of those now.

Cheers Mick.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 12:01 PM

this here wouldnt be helpfull would it


just cleaning up the comp today and i knew i had a stack of cop car pics around this and the other two posted are the only toranas however




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enjoy :P

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 10:11 AM

Hi Leakey,

I have an ex police pursuit (chaser) gtr and thought you might be interested in some further details I have. The history of my car as I have been told is as follows:

Operated by the Gosford Highway Patrol
Bought by one of the police officers when it finished its "duty"
The Police Officer sold it to his brother who was a fireman at the Cooke Hill fire station
The car died at some stage and sat in their mothers driveway
A gentleman by the name of Don Gambrill (Singleton, NSW) saw it in the driveway and bought it from the fireman in the early 90's (he is the one who provided the history to me). Don restored it in about 1995. During the conversation I had with him he indicated he welded up a number of holes in the dash under the radio plate where the police had their gear mounted. He sold it in about 2000 to a young bloke in Woy Woy who I bought the car from.

I have spoken with a guy in melbourne, Vin Roberts who gave me some methods for id'ing police cars. He has an orchid metallic XU1. I have found where the police id plate was mounted (evidently they removed them when they were disposed of).

My car is a Juniper coloured GTR built in 03/73. I believe it may have been originally delivered by Glen Fulton Motors. I am in the process of rebuilding it mechanically and have found that it has an XU1 gearbox in it (with the 899 cluster etc) and some of the other XU1 type tell tales.

830HP indicated someone he knows remembers the car operating out of Casino.

Cheers,
JuniperGTR

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 04:28 PM

Hey Juniper.

Mate can you tell me where they put this plate you are talking about
or give me a general area to look in. Are there any other tell tales to look for?

Scott

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 06:57 PM

Hey Juniper.

Mate can you tell me where they put this plate you are talking about
or give me a general area to look in. Are there any other tell tales to look for?

Scott

hey scotty
the i.d.plate was between the glovebox and passenger door in the steel
part of dash and was bolted on.in the n.s.w police cars g.t.r's +xu1

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 07:22 PM

This aligns (independantly) with my PM to you as well. As mentioned they are about 25-30mm apart.

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 07:40 PM

If interested below is a link to a pic of my car...

http://www.sportingc...hoto&ItemID=922

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 08:00 PM

very nice car juniper whats your dealer code

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 09:26 PM

talking of police cars, going back about 15 years or so i was in a blokes shed looking at his accident damaged ex cop XC COBRA 2 door falcon still had the police stickers and heaps of new nos parts to fix. and i know he still has done nothing with it. i bet the ford boys would love to get hold of it.

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 10:38 PM

Hi vin150cars,

Not really sure, but I believe was Glen Fulton Motors in Lakemba.

Do you have the records to be able to check, ie against a VIN?

JuniperGTR.




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