I've read enough about hydraulic roller cams and pump-gas street/strip motors. How about a radical, solid flat-tappet race-cammed, high-compression, race-gas-powered, nitrous-injected,low-geared, high-stalled stroker Chevy small-block for bracket racing? Or should I drive my project to your office when I finish it? -email@example.com
After finishing the "Ford's Secret Weapon" article in the Nov. '05 issue, I had to chuckle at the dollars put into a cop car to allow it to reach 135. I was doing that as a rookie deputy sheriff in my bone-stock, 200-pounds-in-the-trunk '78 Fury. We get to take our cars home, so a local gearhead did a little tuning to it, but nothing the motor-pool guys would immediately notice.
The last true cop car was the LT1 Caprice. Lots of power and room. We really don't need a 130-mph car, just one that will go from 40 to 100 rapidly before those pesky Geo Metros get away from us. As a patrol sergeant, I am issued an Expedition, as they have the room needed for all the current high-tech equipment we now must carry. It is chipped at 100 mph, and I can't tweak a computer. As the mighty dollar rules, our agency buys our vehicles from what they call "state bid," i.e., the cheapest cop car available. PLEASE Dodge, underbid them by $25 and let us drive a cop car again. I'll put in my 25 bucks! -Joe Reiss, Kelso, WA
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