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Police Model Servi-Car

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I am currently restoring a 1961 Police Model Servi-Car. While running a new wiring harness in the handlebars yesterday, my buddy and noticed that the right side of the handlebars had holes for internal wiring and to mount a switch. We had just finished the left hand side of the bars which the book indicated was horn and high-beam/low beam switch. There was no indication in the manual that said what went on the right side of the bars. I am thinking it could have possibly been a switch for a siren or possibly emergency (red and blue) lights.

Does anyone have any knowledge or reference for this?



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Re: Police Model Servi-Car

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Are the bars original to the bike? Police units often have multiple switches on the right bar. They can be pursuit lights, speedo hand lock button, electric start button (64 and newer), cycle signal switch, turn signals, etc. Some are factory mounted and some are department add-ons.

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RUBONE wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 4:45 pm
Are the bars original to the bike? Police units often have multiple switches on the right bar. They can be pursuit lights, speedo hand lock button, electric start button (64 and newer), cycle signal switch, turn signals, etc. Some are factory mounted and some are department add-ons.
Thanks for responding. Yes the bars are original. I had a feeling it was going to be department dependent or how their vehicles were set up. I learned that when I was researching paint.

So my assumption would be that I can set up that switch however deemed necessary (pursuit lights, siren, turn signals etc)

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Did Servicars have sirens? Who could they chase down at 45 MPH max?
The Big Twins all had mechanical sirens, no?

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The little old lady in the Ford Falcon!

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Yes they had sirens. They were often used for escort duty for things like Funerals, Wide Load moving, etc. They also usually had pursuit lights, radios, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits. They were inner city vehicles and did not need to "pursue" anyone.

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RUBONE wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 8:20 pm
Yes they had sirens. They were often used for escort duty for things like Funerals, Wide Load moving, etc. They also usually had pursuit lights, radios, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits. They were inner city vehicles and did not need to "pursue" anyone.
Thanks for the reply and verifying the use of sirens. I guess my question would, is there a wiring color code for the extra components? I want to differentiate from the wiring on the standard models if that was the case.

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The wiring harness was the same for civilian and police use. All the accessory items such as pursuit lights, turn signals, etc were wired just the same as a big twin. If a radio was used a special section of harness went to the large regulator position outboard of the coil mount, other wise no differences.

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Re: Police Model Servi-Car

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Thanks for all your help and information...

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