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Old 01-30-2008, 10:15 AM   #29
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Hi Albert

Certainly in those days the leafs had a lot less side to side movement than coil spring axles, they were also set at pretty wide stance.
It had 15 x 7" rims with 205/70R x 15" tires this is an almost ideal tire and wheel combination so there was very little tire sway. The Centre of gravity was low and the rear overhang was relatively short and the steering box was quite tite for the times. Most axles with coils today have 5 link suspensions that locate the axle much better Independent rear suspension is the best set up to have when you can get it.

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Old 01-30-2008, 12:24 PM   #30
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That's interesting. I was thinking that something that had about the same weight as the AS, 3000# would be okay, like a Coronet, but smaller would be better. A '70s Camero would be so cool, like the one Jim Rockford drove! I'd love a Toronado...

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Old 01-30-2008, 02:00 PM   #31
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A '70s Camero would be so cool, like the one Jim Rockford drove!Peter
That was a Firebird, '77 or '78 model I believe. Still, a GM F-body with the same underpinnings.
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Hey Albert, you're right! I was thinking that they were sort of interchangeable, except for trim.

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Yes, they were kind of interchangeable. Engines were different though. The Firebirds had 301 or 400 Pontiac V8s, and 403 Olds V8s in 1979. Camaros were available with 250 inline 6s, or 305 or 350 Chevy V8s.

I don't think any of the Buick 231 V6s found there way into these cars, but I could be wrong. Maybe some Camaros had the 229 Chevy V6.
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cant go wrong with a cadi!!!!!!! LOL

the car is sitting low because i have airbag suspension.
so it is raised to stock height when we tow.
i also use weight distribution bars.
tows just fine. all we did was add the hitch, a trans cooler and some gages and off we went. i get about 10-12 mpg!!!!!!!
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:29 PM   #35
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Love the cadi TV. They just seem to work so well in front of an Airstream. I can see why they were often used. Even the old ones have lots of creature comforts and are quite pleasant to tool down the highway in.

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Old 05-09-2008, 05:34 AM   #36
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I remember those days of fading brakes, vapor locked fuel systems, overheating engines, and blown out tires. All this without towing anything. Most of these relics could barely stop and going around a corner was a real chore. The only real tests of concern was the time it took to go from 0 to 60 m.p.h and the elapsed time in a quarter mile. No one gave much thought to stopping the beast. But, they had pa-jazz - beauty - style - chrome. Every kid could identify every model of every car including C.I.D. horse power, and torque. You could do most anything with a set of snap-on tools. Those were the days of adjusting timing - carburetors - chopping the coil springs in the front to create a rake (and destroy what little suspension the car had)

You want to use these things to tow with? Ha!!
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I remember those days of fading brakes, vapor locked fuel systems, overheating engines, and blown out tires. All this without towing anything. Most of these relics could barely stop and going around a corner was a real chore. The only real tests of concern was the time it took to go from 0 to 60 m.p.h and the elapsed time in a quarter mile. No one gave much thought to stopping the beast. But, they had pa-jazz - beauty - style - chrome. Every kid could identify every model of every car including C.I.D. horse power, and torque. You could do most anything with a set of snap-on tools. Those were the days of adjusting timing - carburetors - chopping the coil springs in the front to create a rake (and destroy what little suspension the car had)

You want to use these things to tow with? Ha!!
I cant help but laugh when people comment on our TV. Its a 59 towing a 59.
My number one response when people think im crazy or whatever for using the cadi to tow is this, what did they do in 1959???
They didnt have big suv's and all that. There werent expeditions and sequoia's and big diesel dullys.
Back when these airstreams were new, they used the cars of the time. The trailers are now classics and so are the cars. It worked then, it can work now.
Just gotta make sure you know your car and that it is set up right.

Its a shame so many people think its wrong, or not possible, or any number of other responses i have heard over the years.
There is no reason a classic car cant tow a classic trailer.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:20 AM   #39
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Its a shame so many people think its wrong, or not possible, or any number of other responses i have heard over the years.
There is no reason a classic car cant tow a classic trailer.
I agree with you... to a point. They certainly can tow a classic trailer but not usually with the transparent confidence of a "plug and play" vehicle.

But there's by and large a significant tradeoff where you're giving up reliability and mechanical superiority found in new tow vehicles, vs. a lot of the questionable elements of older cars from drum brakes and AM radios, to inferior heating cooling and gas mileage.

I love our 1970 vintage tow vehicle - but I'll never get in and mistake it for a new Tahoe, that's for sure.
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Vintage Tow Vehicles -- Journalist Needs Your Help

Hi, I'm new to this forum and thread; fascinating reading.

My name is Rich Truesdell and I am a Contributing Editor to more than 20 publications and the Editorial Director of Automotive Traveler, an online-only magazine and companion web site. I hope that you'll click on the links above to take a look at the magazine and web sites. As we're dedicated to the proposition that every drive is an adventure, I think that you'll find content that will be of interest to many of you.

This past weekend at a car show I shot a 1956 Chevy Nomad that displayed with a small 1956 Shasta trailer, both painted in a matching ivory/light blue color scheme. The combination was quite impressive, which was confirmed by my editor at Cars and Parts, who immediately commissioned a full feature based on the preliminary photos I submitted to him.

You can take a look at a few of the photos of the Nomad/Shasta combination in an album I've posted of the images.

I have two requests. First, I would like to build a database of publication-quality, high resolution digital images of vintage vehicle/trailer
combinations. I anticipate that shortly I am going to start working on a feature on those enthusiasts who tow vintage trailers with vintage vehicles, more often than not, where both vehicles are the same year or from the same era, and where everything, with the exception to safety systems -- upgrades to disc brakes as an example -- are done in a period-correct way.

If you think that you would like to contribute to my project, here's what I need. At a minimum I would need your name, E-mail contact information, year. make, and model of your tow vehicle, year, make, and model of your trailer, and a photo of the combination (similar to the ones in my album of the Nomad/Shasta combination).

If you would like to contribute more, I'd love to see individual photos of the exterior and interiors of both vehicles (I have just posted a detailed "how to" feature on car photography), images of your combination on location, vacation and trip photos, and some written details on your various adventures over the years. I'm also looking for scans of old vacation photos of cars and trailers when they were new, such as was seen last year in Airstream Life when they showcased Ardean Miller's classic Airstream photography.

My second request is for suggestions on purchasing a vintage Airstream trailer for myself. I have three possible tow vehicles, a compact 1969 AMC Rambler American 440 station wagon equipped with a small V8, a 1969 Mercury Colony Park 10-passenger station wagon with a 2V 429 V8 already set up with a factory towing package, and a 1969 Jeep Super Wagoneer with a Buick 350 V8, which is the way Kaiser built them back then.

I would like to purchase a trailer from that era, prefer a 1969 obviously (I've never owned a trailer so I am a complete novice on the subject but especially after seeing the Nomad/Shasta combination it really appeals to me), one that would be small and light enough to be towed with the Rambler after suitable upgrades, like disc brakes, better tires, UD shocks, trans cooler, but big enough to have a bathroom/shower, even if not originally equipped that way.

To answer either of my requests, in addition to posting here, could you E-mail me directly at autotronic (a) aol dot com?

Thanks for any help and suggestions.

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hi 'tronic and welcome to the forums...

to help with your journalistic endeavors...

scan this thread or contact folks IN it...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...les-16089.html

lots of pics and enthusiasts for towing old buckets with old rusty things...

it IS the most read and posted thread on this topic,

and while it is IN the main forum on towing, tow vehicles & hitches...

it is NOT in the 'tow vehicle' sub forum...

so why be that madam and master moderators?

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