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Project Buford T Justice: Our Cop Car Cruises Home and Then We Beat on It!


Project Buford T Justice: Our Cop Car Cruises Home and Then We Beat on It!


(Photos by Dave Nutting, Gene Stauffer, and Brian Lohnes) –¬†Project Buford T Justice, BangShift’s 1987 9C1 Caprice cop car is back home in Massachusetts safe and sound and we have begun to put the old girl through her paces in anticipation of future upgrades to crank up the fun factor of the car by several hundred percent. While we planned to live blog any cool or weird stuff that happened during the 350-mile ride home, there was literally nothing to talk about. The car runs like a top (a slow top), stops good, turns good, and was 100% drama and action free on the eight hour ride north to the Boston area where east coast BS HQ is located.

Just because the ride was drama free, that doesn’t mean we lacked for fun during our weekend in Pennsylvania. We got to hang out with our BS pals Doug, Gene, and John, wrench on some minor stuff to sure up the car, and we ate like kings at the legendary Shady Maple¬†smorgasbord, a Lancaster-PA area landmark that is heaven on Earth if you like to eat. Rather than bore you with a big long-form story, we’re going to do it with photos. Scroll down to see us prepping the car, beating on the car, and then we’ll give you the full tour as well! She ain’t a lot to look at right now, but the 9C1 makes up one of the most robust factory platforms for a performance build you are going to find under anything of the last 25 years!

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13 thoughts on “Project Buford T Justice: Our Cop Car Cruises Home and Then We Beat on It!

  1. 67pete300

    Awesome. I took my drivers test in my parents’ civilian equivalent in 1989. I think I recreated some of those pics that day (minus the posi.)

    This is going to be fun.

  2. Beagle

    Must be a LT’s car, as a regular cruiser would have the door handle delete, which was something like 10 bucks as an option, and the rear window crank delete, another 10.00 option. I didn’t see the door lock knobs on it though, are they there? They sold about half a dozen 9C1 cars retail (I know, they weren’t supposed to) at a local dealer here, I laughed my ass off when I found out they charged money to *remove* options.

    When you get all the crap off of that 350, you’ll wonder why they didn’t go 454. You can actually sit on the fenders to work on it!

  3. Beagle

    Oh – probably MPG better too. You should have frame holes for any mount / engine / trans you want. 455 Buick. 500 Cad. Torque it up baaabbbyyyy.

    360 AMC dammit. Do it. I TRIPLE NINJA DOG DARE YA!

  4. Huskinhano

    You let your kids sit on that back seat with gawd knows what bodily fluids have been there? *LOL*

  5. CdmBill

    Caddy motor idea is cool but then there is the cheapie LS w/turbo concept which would be my choice despite the inevitable whinning.

  6. FredDamnRock

    This is awesome. I have the same exact ex-cop Caprice except it’s a 88. I’ll be looking forward to seeing your upgrades and all.

  7. Jerry Kahn

    Great car! I have nearly the exact same car, and I love it. The only differences are that mine is Michigan State Police blue, has front bucket seats, no stitches on the seat backs, and has 318,000 miles. Yours is the first Caprice that I’ve seen with the same color seats as mine – gray cloth and blue vinyl sides. I’ve owned mine for many years. If you are “upgrading” anything, please don’t throw out the original parts without asking me: I may be interested in them.

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