1958 Mercury Monterey California Highway Patrol car

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1958 Mercury Monterey California Highway Patrol car

Post by chpmerc » Tue 2. Nov 2010, 08:33

I started on this car about three years ago. I finally drove it last week and I thought I would share some progress photos.
The CHP bought 325 cars and Bill Stroppe( Mexican Road Race Lincolns) prepared them for the CHP. They had Park Lane front spindles, wheel bearings and coil springs along with station wagon rear springs. They were manual steering and manual brake cars and were equiped with a Leece-Neville alternator instead of generator. The original photo of the car at speed was taken at Riverside Raceway at the testing done by the State of California in November of 1957.

The Leece-Neville rectifier is shown mounted to the front of core support
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Original photo showing Leece-Neville rectifier and the siren just above the bumper

Original photo showing Leece-Neville rectifier and the siren just above the bumper
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The Leece-Neville rectifier is shown mounted to the front of core support[
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Re: 1958 Mercury Monterey California Highway Patrol car

Post by VivaLaMercury » Wed 3. Nov 2010, 14:41

I am SO surprised that no one has decided to comment on this thread. These photographs are truly wonderful and they provide an excellent glimpse to the past! I can especially appreciate the 2nd printed photograph. My goodness. All of these photos REALLY do showcase just how sturdy Mercury's are. It's really no surprise that these vehicles were often times used as patrol cars. If you have happen to have anymore photos, chpmerc, DO post them. :)
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Re: 1958 Mercury Monterey California Highway Patrol car

Post by Shelby#18 » Thu 4. Nov 2010, 19:14

I'm not sure how I missed this thread. You are correct this is an astounding automobile. I'm really looking forward to some detailed photo's. I hope he took a lot!

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Re: 1958 Mercury Monterey California Highway Patrol car

Post by Theo » Fri 5. Nov 2010, 03:16

This is an outstanding car indeed. "chpmerc" I hope you won't mind that I reprocessed your photos by altering the light exposure.
Hope to see more photos and reports as the progression goes on.
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Re: 1958 Mercury Monterey California Highway Patrol car

Post by pinesd3400 » Thu 11. Nov 2010, 03:47

I can remember the whole article on these I cant remember if it was Popular Sience or Mech in 1958, also comparing with
a bunch of Buicks they bought. Here in Mass. I have never seen one. At that time Mass State Police had all 1957
no 1958s then 1959 Ford standard shift Interceptors. I assume your cruiser has Mult Drive.

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Re: 1958 Mercury Monterey California Highway Patrol car

Post by bhambulldog » Thu 8. Dec 2011, 18:32

I like That!
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