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  • Maiden voyage with the Charger

    With help from the sun on Saturday the main M roads were mostly clear by Sunday. So I decided to take the Charger out for my maiden voyage with it. I have to say that it drives as nice as it looks.










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    "The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life." - Teddy Roosevelt

    Disclaimer: The opinions I express here are mine and mine alone. They are not intended to reflect the positions/opinions of any other known person(s) or organization(s).

  • #2
    Very nice, and congratulations on still having a job with all the cuts MSP had!

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    • #3
      I love the color, always have, but where's that big huge single rotating red light that we've all become so used to laugh... I mean looking at?

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      • #4
        Dang, and that stop sign is STILL on the hood. Other then that, a good lookin' ride.
        Why are there so many babies on O.com? Creole, you and your buddy JPSO Recruit help me out on this one....

        * "Preach always, if necessary, use words!" St Francis of Assisi

        * Luke Chapter 6, Verses 27-36

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        • #5
          I've seen those on trucks going towards Lansing. Do all the MSP Chargers have the Hemi?

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          • #6
            Sweet!! As you build up speed, does it hunker down and hug the road like the civilian types do?
            Sure, that badge will get you midgets, but those midgets will get that badge!

            The more I learn about people, the more I prefer the company of my dogs.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by towncop View Post
              Dang, and that stop sign is STILL on the hood. Other then that, a good lookin' ride.
              District7 - Can you explain to me what that stop sign on the hood is for...just curious.

              Sharp looking unit!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by VChopefull View Post
                District7 - Can you explain to me what that stop sign on the hood is for...just curious.

                Sharp looking unit!
                They are used for side stops. Back before patrol cars had rotating overheads, or even overhead lights at all, they were used to preform side stops. You would chase down a suspect vehicle and pull along side of it. You'd then activate the "Stop State Police" sign for the suspect driver to see. Then, if all went well, both of you would pull over onto the shoulder of the roadway.

                The photos below are of a restored 1937 Ford MSP patrol car. The sign on the right fender illuminates. Prior to that the signs were clear and officers would light them up with the spot light for the suspect driver to see. Our current hood sign has been around for decades, but evolved of these earlier models.







                We were still taught side stops in the academy, mainly the history of them, but we still go over them. Granted the hood signs are a tradition, but those of use working afternoons and nights still use them. I use mine just about every shift. I mostly use it when I'm pulling into a complainant's driveway during hours of darkness. It's a nice low key way to let a complainant know who those headlights out in their driveway belong to.




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                Last edited by 7th District; 02-16-2010, 09:52 AM.
                "The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life." - Teddy Roosevelt

                Disclaimer: The opinions I express here are mine and mine alone. They are not intended to reflect the positions/opinions of any other known person(s) or organization(s).

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RSGSRT View Post
                  I love the color, always have, but where's that big huge single rotating red light that we've all become so used to laugh... I mean looking at?
                  The first model year or two that we used the Charger it didn't have a metal bow support that runs across the middle of the roof. This bow runs under the sheet metal skin of the roof between the rails. Without it the sheet metal skin on the roof couldn't support the weight of the single overhead without concaving in a bit. Last year I was told that Dodge was going to put this bow support on the newer model of Chargers, but regardless I think everyone of them that we use is going to be a slick-top.

                  Originally posted by towncop View Post
                  Dang, and that stop sign is STILL on the hood.
                  Blaspheme!!! BTW did you get my PM about 3/8?

                  Originally posted by Sabre View Post
                  I've seen those on trucks going towards Lansing. Do all the MSP Chargers have the Hemi?
                  Last year I was told that they all will have the Hemi.
                  "The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life." - Teddy Roosevelt

                  Disclaimer: The opinions I express here are mine and mine alone. They are not intended to reflect the positions/opinions of any other known person(s) or organization(s).

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BCSD Frank View Post
                    Sweet!! As you build up speed, does it hunker down and hug the road like the civilian types do?
                    While I consider myself a bit of a car guy, I've never heard or read that Chargers have a variable ride height, speed actived suspension that does this. So right now I don't know, but I'll check into it. Do you by chance have any links that explains this system?
                    "The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life." - Teddy Roosevelt

                    Disclaimer: The opinions I express here are mine and mine alone. They are not intended to reflect the positions/opinions of any other known person(s) or organization(s).

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                    • #11
                      Strictly anecdotal, 7th. A buddy of mine has a Charger, and it just feels like the faster it goes, the more it wants to just sit down and really hug the road. I don't have any kind of objective data to back that up. Just a "seat of the pants" thing...
                      Sure, that badge will get you midgets, but those midgets will get that badge!

                      The more I learn about people, the more I prefer the company of my dogs.

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                      • #12
                        I like it, the color screams WWII Corsair, the gum machine reminds me of the old Idaho State Police, and the sign on the hood, well you sure as hell!!..... could tell who's to the right or left of you without turning you head. (thumbs up)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BCSD Frank View Post
                            Sweet!! As you build up speed, does it hunker down and hug the road like the civilian types do?
                            Yes, they do. Just think your way through an S-curve and the car does it.
                            If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

                            ---Jack Handey

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                            • #15
                              When I attended the Academy in Michigan we were lucky enough to be the first recruit class to go through that particular academy to get a charger Our other vehicles had seen their abuse, CVs and Impala, but the Charger was brand new. The only thing I wasn't a huge fan of with it was the delay between hitting the gas and the car actually moving. The benefit to that was that if you put a little foot into it, it didn't respond right away, so you put a little more foot into it, then it caught all at once and you were gone.

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