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Old 10-28-2009, 07:42 AM
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I learned something pretty interesting yesterday and thought I'd pass along. An episode of Real Stories of the Highway Patrol features an NCSHP SSP Mustang driven by Tooper J.M. Meade. In this segment they bounce back and forth between a dash camera video and the Trooper driving his SSP and being interviewed recalling and re-enacting his drive on the chase.

Through my contact at the NCSHP I learned they had not yet bought their first dash mounted cameras, however, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) donated approximately six (6) to twelve (12) Sony consumer-type VHS camcorders to the NCSHP. In 1991, one (1) was installed in a 1990 SSP that was equpped with a Jetsonic lightbar (most marked NCSHP's were slicktops) driven by Trooper Meade

The camcorder was creatively mounted onto a bracket, which attached to the radio mounting tree. It lasted three (3) short months in the rough riding Mustang, before the camcorder failed due to the vibration. My contact verified this with the radio engineer who managed the program and actually installed that one in Trooper Meade's SSP.

This seemed as though it would have been unusual. Has anyone ever head of a camcorder like this being installed in an SSP? Thanks.
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:47 PM
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don't know about mustangs but MADD donated a vhs recorder in 1990 and I installed it in my 1987 crown vic. It was attached to a bracket that attached to the passenger side headrest. It was huge ........ but state of art stuff back then.
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Old 02-14-2016, 06:00 PM
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The GSP Mustangs 88 and up used Panasonic camcorders on nearly all of their units. A few were fitted with Mobil visions later though.
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Old 02-15-2016, 05:16 PM
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Very cool, Bobby. I'm guessing that equipment must be pretty hard to find now...
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Old 02-15-2016, 08:25 PM
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Bill,
Yes it is... I've been looking for a while now and just recently found one. GSP removed upper handle and lower shoulder support and mounted them to roof by passenger sunvisor. I actually have an in service pic with this set up I'll be including in the GSP restoration document.
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1988 GSP#8292 Trpr R. Wilcox #799 Post 27; ACE wrecked in service with 24k miles; most documented & lowest mileage GSP

1990 GSP#0196 Trpr P. Kirkpatrick #756 Post 29

1992 GSP#2221 Trpr M. Prince #895 Post 9; 1 of 6 LoJack GSP Mustangs
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Old 02-16-2016, 02:39 PM
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I've got an old JVC VHS / 8mm setup that mounts on the windshield. Its in a aluminum case with all the mounts and stuff. I got it from a friend who was going to toss it, but if someone needs it for a resto I'd sell it for the cost of shipping.


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