Other differences between Mendocino and Marin cars (going by Arthur's and Jenny's car's pictures) from what I've seen (I've seen the Mendocino car in person, I'm buying it), aside from Marin having Dodges and Mendocino having Plymouths are; Mendocino has a black interior, taxi style plain vinyl seats with a split front bench, no thottle lock, a/c, rubber flooring, no fire extinguisher mount, civilian location mounted spare tire, only exterior antenna was on the roof, factory dual spotlights with reinforcements, no ticket light (I think Marin had one, right Arthur?), as I had mentioned earlier a white decklid, no pushbar, and the large alternator. Once I get it home and start going through it I'll list any more things I find. Adam
But what really surprised me is that yours has the civilian spare tire location. Maybe because it's a Fury? It's my understanding that the Marin County cars were piggybacked on a larger CHP order, so they got the CHP-style spare tire location. It looks like the CHP ordered only Monacos and not Furys:
Possibly, or maybe it was a difference between '74 and '75? I'm a moron too, twice I've looked at this car and both times forgot to look for the siren bracket! I doubt it has it or I would have noticed it but I specifically wanted to check. Next trip when I pick it up I'll have to look. I thought yours had the ticket light, must have been confused with all that I read on here about them in that thread. Mendocino didn't have one but the current owner added one (it is the correct '74-5 one), headliner is out but he cut the one that he has as a replacement and the original's fabric was loose. I might take it out and do something with the headliner, I want to keep this car as built.
Post by 58hemifury on Jan 13, 2013 21:05:30 GMT -5
Here it is with a Mendocino '71 Polara which the previous owner's friend bought. They were bought from the Sheriff's Dept. and parked, my Mendocino car has just over 100 miles since 1978 and 10 of those were my test drive.
Post by 58hemifury on Jan 13, 2013 21:14:17 GMT -5
Notice the other cars around it. This car is amazingly solid, being a New Yorker I'm used to anything that sits a couple of years much less over 30 being rotted to death and everything seized up, this car runs great, has no oil or trans leaks, the brakes are the 1978 brakes and work perfectly, the floors and the left quarter and fender have minimal rot, it's unbelievable. I think if the car had carpet instead of rubber flooring the floors would have been perfect. The car is so original it's almost a shame to restore it, I'm going to try to leave as much original as possible.