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Forty Tons of Trouble 

Thieves are stealing large construction equipment. The CHP officers also chipped in to buy a dragster.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Lacher ...
Michael Huddleston ...
Brodie Greer ...
Biff Manard ...


The officers have gotten together to run a drag racer and discover their biggest competitor is stealing their parts. Thieves stealing construction vehicles threaten a small company's survival, the owner of which is an attractive woman that Jon and Ponch both take a shine to. Written by Randy for Randi

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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11 January 1981 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Grossman, played by Paul Linke, while off-duty in plain clothes investigates the theft of the auto parts. The clerk says he didn't know the CHP had detectives. Grossman tells him only in auto theft. Grossman would play a CHP auto theft detective in CHiPs '99 (1998). See more »


The AMC race car blew a front tire. When the race crew steals the tires after that happened, they steal larger slicks that are mounted on the rear wheels and would not fit the front wheels. See more »

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Racing And Thieves
3 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Forty Tons of Trouble,Jon, Ponch and the CHP officers try to stop a group of thieves that are stealing heavy equipment from an independent construction company owner.Also,they are also participating in a drag race and have their dragster ripped off by an opposing team consisting of a gang of thieves looking for spare parts.

At the drag strip, someone steals a bulldozer but jumps off when the brakes fail. The bulldozer pulls out into traffic behind Grossman. Jon hops on it and crashes it into a building.

Back at the drag strip, a driver blows his engine. He and his buddies decide to steal the parts. Then,the thieves start to get worried when they realize they took some CHP parts. Harlan tells everyone of their misfortune at the briefing. Their next time on the strip, the thieves blow a tire so they steal more. After talking with a woman who had construction equipment stolen, Ponch spots the van that was used to escape by the thieves. He follows it.

The next day, the thieves are at the woman's construction site again While Ponch and Jon attempt to catch them, one of them tries to escape in a forklift. He tries to kill Ponch with a forklift. After Jon and Turner catch the guy, Grossie tells them he found their missing parts. Jon and Getraer chase two thieves while Ponch chases the thief in the other dragster and manages to stop him by opening his 'chute in front of the guy.

While the episode again features racing as a the so-called sport of the week,the CHP officers deal for the first time thieves that deal in stealing heavy equipment.Aside from this,there is nothing new in this particular episode that the CHiPs writers have done in its past episodes from the time the show started until this particular moment.

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