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Old 06-15-2005, 09:38 PM   #15
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Don't know for sure, but I think the little blue number in the bottom photo is an early 60's Falcon coupe. Definitely a unibody.
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Old 06-16-2005, 01:00 AM   #16
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...and the top red one is a '63 Chevy II, most likely a unibody with a small V8 or even a straight 6. Misleading as a tow vehicle.

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Old 06-16-2005, 01:02 AM   #17
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The Falcons of that year also had a 6 cyl. engine either a 144 cid or a 160 cid. I bet it was slow going up hills. I towed an empty horse trlr with my 64 Comet w/ a 289 in it. That was too much for the car. Wouldn't do that again. But it was a Brawley, all steel construction.
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Old 06-16-2005, 07:00 AM   #18
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Frankly, IMHO, there is little worse than towing if underpowered. Towing my '67 Caravel with an '01 Land Rover Disco II was miserable yet it was well within the tow rating of the Disco. I dreaded every minute. Just not enough HP.

On the other hand, towing our 22' CCD with the VW V8 Touareg (air suspension) is a wonderful experience.
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Old 06-16-2005, 07:01 AM   #19
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My comments were directed at the Forrester. As for older cars, there would be less reservation depending on the model and features. A lot of the older cars mentioned were built like tanks, but in the Forrester's case, even a good vintage unit which would weigh less is going to have issues. 2400lbs isn't a very robust tow rating.....esp if going through hilly or mountain area...heck it's not even all that great on flatland.... not that the Forrester is a bad vehicle in general for what it's designed to do.
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Old 06-16-2005, 07:53 AM   #20
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A little perspective on era

That Chevy II weighed almost as much as my '95 Dakota did empty. The Chevy II was around 3400 pounds, and the Dakota was 3600. The weight of the tow vehicle matters, as the more mass it has, the less it is going to get pushed around. The Chevy II also had an optional V8, I think it was a 327, more convertibles came with that than the 230 L6, or the 153 L4, both available powerplants for that car. In modern terms, the 327 would be around 5.3 Liters, the 230 would be a 3.8 Liter, the 153 would be a 2.5 Liter.
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Old 06-16-2005, 09:05 AM   #21
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That Chevy II weighed almost as much as my '95 Dakota did empty. The Chevy II was around 3400 pounds, and the Dakota was 3600. The weight of the tow vehicle matters, as the more mass it has, the less it is going to get pushed around. The Chevy II also had an optional V8, I think it was a 327, more convertibles came with that than the 230 L6, or the 153 L4, both available powerplants for that car. In modern terms, the 327 would be around 5.3 Liters, the 230 would be a 3.8 Liter, the 153 would be a 2.5 Liter.
How true...great info.
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The second car down is, I believe, a TBird, and those are actually HUGE up close. I'd love to tow with a classic 'bird! What's the third car down, some old Fairlane or something?

Another promo pic shows a 67 mustang fastback pulling a Caravel. Still, those cars are heavy, and pretty big compared to a Forester. I just don't think the Forester has the weight or wheelbase for a safe ride with something of that size.
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We towed our Globetrotter with an '03 Discovery. With the increase in HP in 2003, it did an OK job. the short wheelbase though was a challenge. But other applications, it didn't do so hot. So, we now tow with a '04 Chevy 4X4 Duramax, and for special occasions 1969 Cadillac Deville Convertible with a 472 CID motor.
IMHO, a Subaru of any model will not be a fun tow vehicle to haul an airstream. If one could find a 1940's Airstream model, called the Wee Wind, the Forester maybe able to tow that.
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The second car down is, I believe, a TBird, and those are actually HUGE up close. I'd love to tow with a classic 'bird! What's the third car down, some old Fairlane or something?
The third car down appears to be a 1962 Chevrolet -- Belair or Impala -- at one time my family owned a total of six of the 1962 Chevrolet Belairs or Impalas. I suspect that it is likely an Impala, but the Belair was quite similar in exterior appearance -- in all probability, there were fewer Belair two-door hardtops than Impala two-door hardtops.

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Thanks for all of the info...

I appreciate all of the info that I got from this forum. I wasn't expecting such a rapid and voluminous response. Looks like I won't be towing with a Subaru. The A/S that I'd really like to have is the '64 Globetrotter. Does anybody have any recommendations as to a TV for it? Would a Toyota Highlander work?...Thanks for all your help....
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Old 06-20-2005, 07:37 PM   #26
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We use my mother-in-law's Tahoe to pull our Globe Trotter, and it felt just perfect in everything from the flat Wisconsin plains to the Bitterroot range in December.

Here's what it looks like... never ceases to amaze me at how small it makes that SUV look:
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