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Old 12-10-2013, 08:43 PM   #15
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If I was looking for a vintage tow vehicle I would keep my eyes peeled for a full size Chev Caprice or Impala station wagon from the 80s. They are built heavier than the sedans with wheels, brakes and suspension the same as a half ton pickup. But all the comforts of a car.

Chev parts and repairs are easy to get anywhere, even for a car from the 80s or 90s at least compared to other makes.

Pontiac Buick and Olds full size wagons are basically the same.



A Scout would be about the last I would chose. They are not a very good tow vehicle and the parts situation impossible.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:07 PM   #16
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Would need a few pics of what your working with.
If your a decent mechanic or desire to be one then this would be an ok vehicle, it will probably take some work to get it shape and more work to keep it reliable.
I have not worked IH vehicles but were probably similar to AMC jeeps at that time frame. In 1979 Jeep used Motorcraft dura spark ignitions, GM auto transmissions, amc motors, Motorcraft carb, GM charging system, Dana axles etc. all these parts are relatively common at a good parts house. Go to a mom/pop autuparts store. The zit faced kid at Autozone will just stare at you.
If the vehicle has a prestolite ignition or points and condenser swap it out for a Pertronix ignition for reliability.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:13 PM   #17
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Well after researching some of m.hony's options and a few others, I realized a few things...

The wagons are too long. I have a very narrow driveway with a scement wall on one side and a cliff on the other. I would never be able to turn the trailer in the manner I need to with those long wagons...

Also, some of the trucks do not have back seats. I will need some back seat area for the dogs to ride.

I am fairly interested in the Chevy c10 and the Ford f100. Both have cool style in the late 60's and early 70's, but I am not sure if I can find one with extended cabs.

Anyway, I am getting closer. Appreciate all your sugguestons!
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An extended cab pickup will be longer than a station wagon. A standard cab pickup will be just as long as a station wagon.

I don't know what kind of vehicle to get but a Scout or SUV type vehicle with short wheelbase and high off the ground will not be very stable at hiway speeds.

Minivans have a long wheelbase and short body and make good tow vehicles. I know that is not the style you have in mind.
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What you need is a 68-72 Chev/GMC Longhorn, 3/4 for towing with the leaf spring suspension and heavier axle.

The Longhorn had a 8'6" box which would allow you to use an addon box mounted sleeper/canopy for the dogs. The 133"WB would give you great ride and handling.

Now you would be riding in style.



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I was talking to my trailer hitch guy about my old '68 IH travelall, like a suburban, when he emphatically stated that the scout was the worst tow vehicle he ever set up. The wheel base was too short. He loved the truck and told some story about nearly getting it stuck in the Mississippi River with one, but somehow made it back out. The drivetrain is stout and most parts are available, but you just need to know which parts they used on your truck.
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All I want is the perfect tow vehicle...

1. Not to long so that I can fit in and out of the driveway with the trailer.
2. Some back seat area for the dogs to travel.
3. 4 wheel drive to get in and out of fun camping spots
4. Some style preferably

That is it... Any help?
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:48 AM   #22
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What you need is a 68-72 Chev/GMC Longhorn, 3/4 for towing with the leaf spring suspension and heavier axle.

The Longhorn had a 8'6" box which would allow you to use an addon box mounted sleeper/canopy for the dogs. The 133"WB would give you great ride and handling.

Now you would be riding in style.



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The '67-'72 body style is my favorite, but very expensive to buy. The '73-'86 body style is generally more affordable.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:43 AM   #23
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All I want is the perfect tow vehicle...

1. Not to long so that I can fit in and out of the driveway with the trailer.
2. Some back seat area for the dogs to travel.
3. 4 wheel drive to get in and out of fun camping spots
4. Some style preferably

That is it... Any help?
The only thing that fits your criteria is a 4wd minivan. If a full size station wagon is too long, a standard size pickup is just as long and a club cab is longer.

An SUV would work but not as stable as a minivan which has a longer wheelbase and lower center of gravity.
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:17 AM   #24
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I would go to a vintage rally and talk to people doing it. I recently learned a lot from some vintage AS folks. For one thing, they heavily modify these old TVs. For instance, it may look like a 1965 Chevy on the outside, but it has modern engine, trans, drive line installed underneath. The hot rod guys think nothing of doing such things. It's every day stuff for them. So, when you see those cool old TVs towing a cool old AS, "looks may be deceiving."

So, the Scout might be something that would be rebuilt with modern drive train, and then you could make it just right for towing. I've been amazed recently by what these hot rodders and vintage guys do.
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Old 12-12-2013, 01:40 PM   #25
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We had a 1960s era international pickup with 3 additional feet welded to the bed. We could not kill the thing. We always said it was too slow for a truck and too fast for a tractor. Someone may still be using it today?! Jim
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:24 PM   #26
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The Scouts were rust buckets in their sheet metal. I saw them at the factory already rusting inside the doors just outside they assembly line door in Ft Wayne, Indiana.

I had the longer wheel base Traveler with a diesel engine. The dealer insisted on a 4.10 rear end. At 60mph, the engine was nearly red lined.

They were built as trucks, so the amenities were few.
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The Scouts were rust buckets in their sheet metal. I saw them at the factory already rusting inside the doors just outside they assembly line door in Ft Wayne, Indiana.

I had the longer wheel base Traveler with a diesel engine. The dealer insisted on a 4.10 rear end. At 60mph, the engine was nearly red lined.

They were built as trucks, so the amenities were few.
The rust probably saved my life when I T-boned the junkie that cut in front of me when I was doing about 55-60 mph. The body actually broke off the chassis but not until I bent the steering wheel with my ribs and dented the steel dash with my knees. Sal
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:20 PM   #28
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Here's a picture of one of my pullers. It's a 1968 International Travelall. Being 1/4 ton with the torsion bar suspension, it provides a great ride and very tight turning radius. With the 304 and auto, it gets me where I need to go, but not at a very fast pace.

The biggest problem if you want one of these is finding one that is not a rust bucket.

Enjoy,
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