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updated: 12/8/2011 2:20 PM

Arlington Heights bank joins effort to restore vintage car

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  • Fundraising efforts are ongoing to restore a vintage 1929 Plymouth similar to the first Arlington Heights police squad car. Costs of the restoration are estimated at more than $24,000.

      Fundraising efforts are ongoing to restore a vintage 1929 Plymouth similar to the first Arlington Heights police squad car. Costs of the restoration are estimated at more than $24,000.
    Courtesy of Citizen Police Academy Alumni

 
 

Restore the Glory, a project to fix up a 1929 Plymouth that looks like the Arlington Heights Police Department's first squad car, has a new fan.

The Arlington Heights Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association wants to restore Squad No. 100, which is used in parades and at events.

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To help with the rather large bill, The Peoples' Bank of Arlington Heights is making its Traveling Bank fundraising tool available this month for the project. The Traveling Bank is a special collection box in the lobby of the bank, 1104 South Arlington Heights Road.

Rusting parts of the car include the floor boards, fenders and running boards. With a total cost topping $24,000, the restoration may need to be done in two phases.

Officer Doug Hajek drives the car in parades, and residents have been known to give him a push to get the old beauty started.

The bank has revived the traveling bank, a fundraising concept that was used in the village during World War II.

Visit the academy alumni website at www.AHCPAAA.org.

Details on the bank can be found at www.travelingbank.net.

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