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Old 03-29-2015, 07:42 AM   #29
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Not necessarily. These specialty packages use all sorts of non-regular production components.
1977 body on a 1976 frame?
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:56 AM   #30
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Probably a suburban 2500 or 2500 pick up stretched frame
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:21 AM   #31
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But maybe not. Hearses aren't as heavy as armored limos.
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:03 AM   #32
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Definitely the 1977 body style- slightly down-sized and more squared off- 1976 down were longer and more rounded contours-
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:19 AM   #33
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We tow with a '71 Buick Centurion (conv.) or a '69 Olds Ninety Eight. Both have their versions of 455 cid engines. The Olds is touted as the most powerful ever built. The last built with NO reducing the 10.5 compression for the looming emission regulations. The '71 Buick has the beginnings of emission prep with just 8.5 compression. HOWEVER, the Buick engines were design with more torque by a shorter stroke than the Olds 455. The Olds pulls great but when we tow up the mountains the Buick does not 'hesitate' like the Olds. But the 'overhang'.... the long distance between the rear axle and rear bumper plus a long shank to allow the center bumper license plate to permit access to the gas filler that's behind the plate! I have to use the 1000 lb WDH bars as tight as possible. Our Airstream is a '66 Trade Wind....a light weight at 4100 lbs dry. From towing this for 9 years I can say that both old cars can tow heavier trailers. BUT, I agree that the new 'trucks' are much more efficient to tow with.


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Old 03-29-2015, 10:22 AM   #34
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'76 Cadillac Fleetwood Hearse Tow Vehicle?

More efficient that is true, my 2014 Durango is that, but the old cars are more fun to tow with. Nothing gets the looks and waves like a vintage Airstream and vintage tow vehicle.


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We tow with a '71 Buick Centurion (conv.) or a '69 Olds Ninety Eight. Both have their versions of 455 cid engines. The Olds is touted as the most powerful ever built. The last built with NO reducing the 10.5 compression for the looming emission regulations. The '71 Buick has the beginnings of emission prep with just 8.5 compression. HOWEVER, the Buick engines were design with more torque by a shorter stroke than the Olds 455. The Olds pulls great but when we tow up the mountains the Buick does not 'hesitate' like the Olds. But the 'overhang'.... the long distance between the rear axle and rear bumper plus a long shank to allow the center bumper license plate to permit access to the gas filler that's behind the plate! I have to use the 1000 lb WDH bars as tight as possible. Our Airstream is a '66 Trade Wind....a light weight at 4100 lbs dry. From towing this for 9 years I can say that both old cars can tow heavier trailers. BUT, I agree that the new 'trucks' are much more efficient to tow with.


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Old 03-30-2015, 08:16 AM   #35
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Thanks for all the great information. That's awesome. Slowmover is correct. I was wrong about the year and engine. I used a VIN decoder and it is a '77 with a 425.


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What year is on the registration? Why did you think it was a 1976?
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:54 AM   #37
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:55 AM   #38
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What year is on the registration? Why did you think it was a 1976?
I said 76 because it was supposedly a 500 CI engine and those came in the 76, not the 77. I assumed the owner told me the wrong year. As of Sunday I am the owner and finding out the correct info. We know the people we bought it from so I don't think they meant to mislead, he just wasn't that familiar with it I guess. They barely used it, which was one reason they were selling it. Pretty low mileage. 62K miles on it.
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Well the transmission has gone out on the hearse two days after purchase. Good thing I got a great deal on it.
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Well the transmission has gone out on the hearse two days after purchase. Good thing I got a great deal on it.
That is one of the hazards of putting a little-used vehicle back on the road. When I have put previously-stored vehicles back in service, I usually had to replace belts, hoses, water and fuel pumps, master and wheel cylinders, and brake calipers.
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Well the transmission has gone out on the hearse two days after purchase. Good thing I got a great deal on it.
Well, bummer.

If you plan to tow with this dinosaur, it needs a solid reliable tranny. TH400? About $700 for a reman on eBay, so locally probably budget a grand. Good time to stuff in a trans oil cooler if it doesn't have one.
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