Restored 1988 & 1996 Houston PD cars

The 1996 was completed in April 2018 and I plan taking it to DC for police week in May.

The 1988 is nearing completion but I still need to install emergency lights (Jetsonic) and siren.

For the record I am an HPD Officer and the car restorations have been authorized directly by the Chief of Police.

I’ve also started an Instagram page: VintageHPD

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JazzDad

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I remember them both. They look great. (I still have a nephew on the force there.)
 

nerdly_dood

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I could never get over that mix of colors in the strobe bars they used, but hey... period correct is period correct. Beautiful graphics and paint job on the '88 too.
 
Always liked the older hpd cars when i saw them on cops as a kid. Is the 96 a 5.7 Lt1 car or the less common 4.3 v6?
 

dg0223

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I don't think it's anybody's concern whether or not you have "permission" from the chief, since you aren't breaking any laws in restoring a vintage police car. Second, they look great.

Third, is it just the lighting, or is the 1988 a lighter shade of blue than the 1996? Or is it just the lighting when the photograph was taken?

Looking good. Looking very good.
 
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Citabria7GCBC

Citabria7GCBC

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I don't think it's anybody's concern whether or not you have "permission" from the chief, since you aren't breaking any laws in restoring a vintage police car. Second, they look great.

Third, is it just the lighting, or is the 1988 a lighter shade of blue than the 1996? Or is it just the lighting when the photograph was taken?

Looking good. Looking very good.

The 1988 is a lighter shade of blue. The 1980s went through several lighter shades and they darkened it up in the 90s.
 

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