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Old 06-10-2007, 05:47 PM   #1
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Wink Toad plunge

We finally took the plunge and got a toad. I am now having fun thinking through the wiring issues (So, if this isn't the best place to post this, please direct me elsewhere).

1. The Zeppelin has a 6 wire recepticle installed ( I haven't looked to see how it's wired).

2. I have installed a HEAVY steel rack in the hitch on the AS, and the rack has its own hitch welded to the rear underneath. So, the standard lengths of electrical cable that come with the tow bar wiring packages are too short, by the overhang length of the rack. I expect to be making up cable cut to fit.

3. The toad (a classic mini cooper, ca 1975) has a 4 wire system recepticle, very nicely installed by the PO.

Seems to me that the best way through this is to just change the wiring on the AS to a 4 wire system. Has anyone out there done this?

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Old 06-10-2007, 06:01 PM   #2
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I don't have an answer. Just wanted to say that I like your choice of toad. We have a '74 VW Thing. There's not much better than a classic towing a classic.
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Old 06-10-2007, 07:29 PM   #3
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They actually make adapters from 7 and 6 pin down to 4 pin. We have a 7 pin to 4 pin adapter. It would be easier and cheaper just to get the adapter, and not change the wiring.
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Old 06-10-2007, 09:49 PM   #4
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What is the weight of your classic Mini Cooper? I'm sure that they are light, but you should keep in mind the requirements (which vary from state-to-state) about having BRAKES on your toad.

If you need them, there are a bunch of add-on systems like Brake Buddy that fit over the brake pedal of the toad and use a radio frequency signal from the dash and MH brake circuit to activate the unit.

Something to think about!

BTW: Awesome toad choice! We had a new MINI a few years ago, and in college I did some road rallies with a buddy in his original Mini Cooper.
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:26 PM   #5
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They actually make adapters from 7 and 6 pin down to 4 pin. We have a 7 pin to 4 pin adapter. It would be easier and cheaper just to get the adapter, and not change the wiring.
I agree. Can someone point me to a supplier?

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Old 06-11-2007, 07:28 PM   #6
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Thanks--but I'm ahead of you. the mini weighs less than 1300 pounds--don't need any additional brake stuff !!
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:28 PM   #7
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Can't help w/wiring... but I love the title of this thread. A Toad plunge sounds like some bizarre frat house right. or maybe it's a tribal ritual?
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I found a 5 to 7 I needed for the SOB I had a few years ago at AutoZone. The adapter you are looking for should not be hard to find. Check out this site, they seem to have everything....
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:23 PM   #9
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I don't have an answer. Just wanted to say that I like your choice of toad. We have a '74 VW Thing. There's not much better than a classic towing a classic.
Thanks very much!!!

In my mis-spent youth, I had a VW Thing (I prefer to think of it as a kubelwagen) that I loved dearly. I sold it, if I remember correctly, to a guy who wanted to give it to his son. He did. Four days later, the idiot rolled the car with 4 people in it--and they all walked away with minor cuts and abrasions. The parts are out there somewhere!!

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Thanks very much!!!

In my mis-spent youth, I had a VW Thing (I prefer to think of it as a kubelwagen) that I loved dearly. I sold it, if I remember correctly, to a guy who wanted to give it to his son. He did. Four days later, the idiot rolled the car with 4 people in it--and they all walked away with minor cuts and abrasions. The parts are out there somewhere!!

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Had a '74 THING a few years ago. Did a total resto on that puppy: interior, motor with chrome detailing, exhaust, polished aluminum 5-spokes and new skins.....new top and side curtains: THE WORKS. It was painted pepper white (MINI color) with titanium metallic fenders and rocker panels (Subaru color). It looked and ran like new.

It was a blast to drive around SW FL. Got tons of looks and comments. This guy comes up to me in a parking lot and just HAD to have it. Made me the proverbial 'offer I couldn't refuse' so I sold it. Should have kept it, but you know the story..............
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Had a '74 THING a few years ago.
I had a '73 Thing, and a '72 Bus, both orange with white tops. The Thing had a black interior, the Bus had the tan interior. The Thing was Germany's answer to the Jeep during WWII, they weren't quite as verstile as the Jeep, but they were more efficient, cheaper to build, and no radiator to puncture with shrapnel.
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I had a '73 Thing, and a '72 Bus, both orange with white tops. The Thing had a black interior, the Bus had the tan interior. The Thing was Germany's answer to the Jeep during WWII, they weren't quite as verstile as the Jeep, but they were more efficient, cheaper to build, and no radiator to puncture with shrapnel.
Ja, das ist ein kubelwagen--literally, a "tubwagen." The early model of gasoline heater in the dash had an alarming tendency to catch fire. Flat 4 engine designed for the VW by Anton Porche. They may still be making them--in Brazil.

I used to aggrevate the local police by driving around with the windshield down......

Best to all, and thanks for the help.

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I found a 5 to 7 I needed for the SOB I had a few years ago at AutoZone. The adapter you are looking for should not be hard to find. Check out this site, they seem to have everything....

This looks very useful--thanks very much!!

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