Cop Car: Arlington
Police Department, Spring1984
Everything would be fine until you had to put your foot to the floor,
and the damned thing would die!
a brand new 1984 Ford LTD, Crown Vic with a 351 engine in it. It
had a brand new light bar on the roof with a 100 watt, low band
radio mounted in the trunk. It had bright blue reflective stripes
applied on each side on white paint. It was a nice looking cop car,
and it looked fast!
patrolling around town, everything would be fine until you had to
put your foot to the floor, and the damned thing would die! The
engine would choke up and just stop. Kaput! And to add insult to
injury, you could not restart the car for at least 30 to 45 minutes.
It just would not start!
this is a brand new patrol car. It’s still under the manufacturer’s
warranty! So we started calling the Ford Dealer to tow it in every
time when it died. After the fifth or sixth time the car had to
be towed in, the Ford Dealer called in a Factory Representative
from Michigan to come to Nebraska to help figure out what the problem
was with this brand new police car. The Factory Rep decided they
were going to pull the entire fuel system out of the car from one
end to other until they found the problem.
they started at the back. I’m watching the mechanic work through
a window from the waiting room. He’s scratching his head as
he’s trying to get the gas tank off. He’d go to the
service manual, and then back to the car. Then back to the service
manual, scratch his head some more, then back to the car. Finally,
he lowers the car on the rack, and comes to ask me if I have the
key to the trunk. He opens the trunk, and has an “A-Ha
installing the 100 watt, two-way radio in the trunk, the installers
had drilled right through the floor of the trunk, and into the gas
tank when they were putting in the radio. Only two of their four
bolts actually went through to the gas tank, leaving two open holes
to suck in dust and dirt. As long as you were slowly patrolling
around town with little demand on the fuel system, all was well;
but as soon as you stuck your foot on the gas, the fuel pump started
sucking fuel, with all that dust and dirt that came in through the
holes plugging up the sending unit! Thus, the result acted almost
like vapor lock! The engine would stop, and could not restart until
the pressure was equalized in the fuel lines.
the Ford Motor Company sent a bill to General Electric for finding
their install error!
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