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Old 12-20-2011, 11:57 AM   #21
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...and I have one, ... that Barry had, ...that Bill had, ...that's back in VT, ... where it was born....

...check it out (that's Bill with the Roadster)

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Old 12-20-2011, 12:16 PM   #22
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Missouri State Highway Patrol first fleet vehicles were 30 or 31 Model A Ford Roadsters. If I remember correctly they were instructed to keep the tops down so that the general public would see the troopers.

I have a copy of the restorer somewhere with an article about it.

My grandfather and father were both Missouri Highway partrolmen.

Grandpa started in 41 I believe then was drafted and sent home because the war ended.

He retired in 1977 a Captain.

Dad is still in law enforcement. He is the Sheriff now Morgan Co. MO. His first patrol vehicle was a 67 2 door Galaxy 428 or 429.
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:19 PM   #23
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The motor vehicle fleet for these first patrolmen
consisted of 36 new Model A Ford Roadsters, a
Ford sedan, a Plymouth sedan, an Oldsmobile, a
Buick, three Chevrolets, and 12 Harley Davidson,
three Indian, and two Henderson motorcycles. The
Roadsters, which cost $413.18 each, had twin
Klaxon horns, a spotlight, a fire extinguisher, a first
aid kit, and an electric “Patrol” sign behind the
right side of the windshield. All vehicles had license
plates with the words “State Patrol” in bold letters
but there were no decals on the sides. None of the
vehicles had sirens and there were no heaters in
the cars.
On November 23, the members of the Highway
Patrol reassembled in Jefferson City for final instructions.
Their new uniforms consisted of a
French-blue whipcord blouse, breeches of dark
blue whipcord, Pershing style cap with French-blue
top, Sam Browne belt and holster, and boots. Noncommissioned
officers wore black leather, gunmetal
finish insignia, and a dark blue band on the
cap. Commissioned officers wore brown leather,
gilt buttons and insignia, and a royal blue mohair
stripe band on the cap. Noncommissioned officers’
boots were fully laced. Commissioned officers wore
boots without laces. The only weapon issued to and
worn by each member was a .38-caliber Smith and
Wesson revolver.

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Old 12-20-2011, 02:50 PM   #24
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Photo from Peter Winnewisser's "The Lengendary Model A Ford" would seem to indicate that some fleets were indeed equipped with radios.

That's some antenna!

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Old 12-20-2011, 04:04 PM   #25
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I have never tried posting before - here is my 1930 standard roadster with a rumble seat.
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:55 PM   #26
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Chip,You have my car! Right down to the red wheels.Mine looks like they were spray bombed,lug nuts and all.My wheels are actually so nice I can see all the draw marks, welding spatter,and paint runs from when they were new.My car has a real canvas top on it.That was done in the 50's too.It has a mouse hole right straight up from the passengers head.It was stored with the top down,and the mice nested in there.People ask me what I'm going to do about it and I tell them,nothing,it ain't over my head.Mine is straight with no patches,filler or fender cracks.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:26 PM   #27
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Some of those callboxes were still in use in the early 60's. I know 'cause I had to use them when I walked the beat. Sometimes it was a long walk to that box when you had a whole family of rowdies throwing beer bottles, but you eventually figured a way to get to it and still make the collar as they used to say. I still have my old Callbox Key. Unfortunately I never got to drive a roadster. The worst vehicles we had were the Dodge Paddy Wagons. The top speed on one of them was 37 mph. Embarrassing when we had the lights and siren running at 37 mph. Old ladies actually passed us.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:29 PM   #28
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Here is a picture of my fathers first car that he bought in 1937 for $90.00. It was Black with Red Wheels. I sure would like to still have it.This picture was taken in Summer of 1941.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:25 PM   #29
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Hi everyone, can one of you guys with a standard roadster help me out? I have a 30 standard, and the lower and upper stanchions were welded together. I have a set of lowers in primer, and a set of uppers that are steel and in primer. I have read that the uppers came in stainless steel,
and I have also seen where they were made of steel painted to match the body. Which would be correct? Also where does the mirror
mount to the stanchion? On the deluxe, there is a threaded hole in the upper stanchion, but not on the standard.
Does the mirror attach at one of the screw holes on the lower stanchion? Thanks in advance for an help.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:14 PM   #30
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I believe that is a Sterling siren on the passenger side. I have one just like it. The city of Detroit started using a 1 way police radio in 1928. Boston started using a two way police radio in 1934.

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Old 12-22-2011, 07:37 AM   #31
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Hi everyone, can one of you guys with a standard roadster help me out? I have a 30 standard, and the lower and upper stanchions were welded together. I have a set of lowers in primer, and a set of uppers that are steel and in primer. I have read that the uppers came in stainless steel,
and I have also seen where they were made of steel painted to match the body. Which would be correct? Also where does the mirror
mount to the stanchion? On the deluxe, there is a threaded hole in the upper stanchion, but not on the standard.
Does the mirror attach at one of the screw holes on the lower stanchion? Thanks in advance for an help.
My upper stanchions are stainless but they are new so I'm not sure what the originals should be. I used the upper screw hole on the lower stanchion to mount the side mirror and it works out well. I had one mounted on the wing window before but it was useless because it shook too much.
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:59 AM   #32
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The upper stanchions made of steel were for the roadster pickup.My lowers are bronze,or brass on my original 30.I don't believe there was an outside mirror on the standard,the screw hole is a good place to put one.Mine has one halfway up,like the DeLuxe,but somebody did that 50 or so years ago.It shakes plenty up there too,I think they are better off in the lower screw holes.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:12 PM   #33
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Thanks a lot for the information, I'll put it on the lower, and I'll have to get a set of the stainless uppers. It's a right hand drive car, so I have to drill a hole for the vacuume hose to exit the right lower stanchion too.
Thanks again.
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