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Raines said he remembers the big V8 engines and the fast speed of the 1960s' Ford model cars.

The car has the original body paneling and cream white paint with shining chrome decals. The whitewall tires with special hubcaps look like large silver saucers, which were required on 1960s police vehicles, Smith said.

The police department also had to manually remove the window cranks and door handles in the back two doors to keep suspects from slipping out, Raines said, who added it was a time when officers also had to provide their own gun.

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The project is part of the Marietta Police Explorers program, which was started in 1988 for children over 14 years old. This year's group has 17 participants.

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A piece of the past Police group restoring 66 Ford Galaxie

City of Marietta senior Police Officer Andrew Colquitt holds an old photo of a Marietta Police Department squad car. The Marietta Police Explorer Program is restoring a one owner 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 as part of a department project. Colquitt, fellow senior Police Officer Don Smith, left, and city mechanic David Drafall are going to restore this car into a city police car, which will used as a teaching display and conversation piece for parades, car shows, etc. The youths in the Explorer program are seeking the donations for needed parts to complete the project.

Because the 1960s models were big, it was easy to get people in and out of the back seat, Raines said.

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The Marietta Police Explorers are hoping for donations to complete the restoration, which is estimated to cost another $10,000 to $15,000, Smith said.

Inside, the Ford has a pristine radio with large flat buttons, no air conditioning and light blue interior on large bench seats with one long lap belt.

Senior officers with the Marietta Police Department, Andrew Colquitt and Don Smith, are leading a Nike Sweatshirt Womens

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The group hopes to be done by June, in time for the Fourth of July parade, to show off the remodeled car in the downtown neighborhood, "right in front of the fire Nike Tracksuit Junior Girls

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After hearing about the project, Rupert Raines, 76, who served on the Marietta Police Department from 1959 to 1985, said he looked through old scrapbook pictures with a former assistant chief of police, Clarence Robinson, 88, who served on the force from 1946 to 1980.

Raines said another big difference was the flashing light on the top of the squad car was red, but switched to blue soon after he joined the force.

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"You learned it by Nike Girls Sweatshirts driving," Raines said, in what he called "hot pursuit" exercises that simulated chases through city streets.

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City mechanic David Drafall has already completed some suspension and brake work at the garage.

At the large Marietta city garage, surrounded by big utility trucks and fire engines, sits a nearly mint condition 1966 Ford Galaxie.

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MARIETTA A group of officers and students will sound an old fashioned siren and flip on the red flashing light when the restoration of a 1966 Ford Galaxie is complete this summer.

Smith said the Ford was built in Atlanta, and the single owner only put 54,000 miles on the car.

Colquitt said the Explorers are like the Boy Scouts, but for promising police officers who are taught how to de escalate situations and handcuff people.

Smith, who found the car on Craigslist for $2,500 after eight weeks of searching online, drove to far west Georgia to load the Ford on a truck and haul it to Marietta.

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"I knew I wanted to be a police officer," he said.

Colquitt was part of the group until he aged out at 21.

"I like old things, because I am old," Raines said.

front and back sections of the vehicle, Raines said, which meant one partner had to ride behind the driver next to the suspect after an arrest was made.

Auto parts stores, like NAPA, have already contributed and local trim shops are also promising to donate services.

In his day, officers only took a few classes on maneuvers, mostly in the giant parking lot at Six Flags Over Georgia in south Cobb, which opened in the summer of 1967, Raines said.

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team to recreate an old Marietta police car by restoring the 1966 vehicle.

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