Frisco Texas SSP Mustang

Filed in Ford Mustang by on May 8, 2017 • views: 794

The Frisco Police Department (FPD) was established in 1965 to service what, at the time, was a very small farming community. Since that time, the city and its Police Department has grown tremendously. Their patrol cars have went through many changes during that time as well.

One of FPD’s most unique patrol cars was a 1990 Special Service Package (SSP) Ford Mustang. Ford produced these vehicles from 1982 to 1993. They were a special police package based on the 5.0L Mustang LX (More information on the SSP package can be found HERE). Most of these cars were sold to State Police/Highway Patrol agencies. Although they were available to all law enforcement agencies, few local police departments actually purchased them. It has been said that FPD received the Mustang through a grant for doing drug interdiction. This has never been confirmed, but there was a strong push in the early 1990’s for agencies to do more drug interdiction, and the federal government was giving grants to law enforcement agencies.

The Ford SSP Mustang is a very interesting part of our nations automotive history. Finding such a rare car as the FPD Mustang is a treasure all its own. The SSP Mustangs owned by the large state agencies are very well documented. It’s not very difficult to find the information necessary to restore a state agency SSP.

The FPD Mustang is very rare because they only purchased one, and 21-years later it’s difficult to find any information on it.

The FPD Mustang did not come from the factory with many options. In fact, all it really had was air conditioning. The car came equipped with:

* 5.0L HO V-8 Engine

* Automatic Transmission

* Manual windows & locks

* The car didn’t even come with a rear defroster

The FPD Mustang was used for traffic enforcement and was actually wrecked more than once in it’s first year. It served as a traffic car until around 1994 when it was painted black and used by the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). The car was eventually sold to the public.

The Mustang changed hands three times and ended up spending 5-6 years in a storage lot outside of St. Louis Missouri. In 2011, the car was sold to its current owner who hauled it to its new home in Ohio. Unfortunately, the car was sold again to someone in the Newton Falls Ohio area, along with numerous pieces of equipment such as emergency lights, 2-way radio, radar unit, new front bumper, engine, and transmission.

Rebuilding the FPD Mustang is a unique challenge. Finding photos of the car in it’s in-service condition has been impossible. The Frisco Police Department has been very helpful in providing information about their patrol cars dating back to the 1990’s.

The Mustang started its career as a white marked cruiser, but ended it as a black unmarked car. Since the Mustang wasn’t an actual ‘marked’ cruiser when it last served the Police Department, and since there isn’t any photos of the Mustang when it was marked, it’s difficult to say what the car looked like in service.

This is what their cars would have looked like in the early 1990’s:

The 1990’s Frisco Police cars had these lights in the rear window, but the Mustang did not show any signs where they may have been mounted.

Proposed Look:

This would be a great look for the car. It’s based off of the School Resource Officer cars used by the department (below).

Maybe using lighting like these Whelen Micro-Grill Masters:

Frisco’s slicktop cars had directional arrows in the back:

The MPH BEE RADAR would be the right RADAR for the time period, and would have used those same RADAR mounts on the glass:

And during that time period, Frisco PD would have been using the Motorola MCS2000 radio:

Interesting Things Found:

Hole In The Roof – Bodywork was found on the drivers side of the roof. Removing the body filler revealed a hole in the roof that was most likely drilled there for the lightbar harness.

Frisco Police Buck Tag – While some agencies may just say ‘POLICE’, this buck tag actually lists the ordering agency ‘FRISCO POLICE’. The 6-digit DSO shows that it was a Dealer Special Order (DSO) through the Dallas Texas district office.

Overhead Console Outline – The outline in the headliner shows that this car actually had an over head control console installed. Overhead consoles were introduced around 1989-1990, but police departments rarely installed them.

Here are some drawings from the original patent that can be seen HERE.

Frisco Property Label – Many agencies wrote an identifying number in the door jam, or attached it with plastic Dymo tape. Frisco Police actually placed an adhesive property tag inside of the glove box.

Radar Antenna Mounts – The windshield and rear window had mounting tabs on the drivers side for RADAR antennas.

Bullet Hole – And the most interesting thing found – a bullet hole in the door frame above the drivers door. You can see it in the first photo where it went in, and where it came through and scraped the roof in the second photo.

Special Thanks To Frisco Police:

Chief Todd Renshaw

Sgt. Adam Henderson

Officer Tom Presley

For providing information for this research.

Hopefully the current owner will be able to complete the car.

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