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Old 02-16-2014, 10:30 AM   #1
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Ford F-1/F-100 Vintage Pickups for Towing a 1952 Flying Cloud

Anyone using a vintage pickup to pull? I've got a 52 flying cloud, which is 21' including trailer. Been using a 2008 F-150 for cross country pulls, clearly a different beast, but looking to match the FC up with a bit more period specific vehicle, at least for local flat lander towing. Looking at pairing it with a circa 52 ford or similar. Any experiences appreciated.

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Old 02-16-2014, 11:11 AM   #2
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Thing to check first is how your insurer feels about that combo. Apparently, some of them aren't wild about antique TVs.

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Old 02-16-2014, 11:36 AM   #3
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Hello Chopperusa:

My only caution would be: That was the time when automatic transmissions were beginning to show up in cars & trucks. I had a "17' Terry trailer" and a brand new 1953 Chevrolet with the Power-Glide transmission. The transmission went out almost immediately when towing. I purchased a pick-up truck with a manual transmission and had no more problems.

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I have found this to be vary common out in the northwest. Washington and British Columbia.

You might try looking for a forum that combines antique TVs and Trailering.

My first rig was a 58 VW, slightly modified, and an Apache trailer. Go for it.
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I used a 1959 chevy half ton step side as my daily driver in the 90's for about 6 to 7 yrs. im a carpenter and used it for work and general transportation. Though i never towed with it, the first thing that comes to mind would be the brakes on those old pickups. Unless someone has put a modern day front clip on it, which is common when folks are using them for a daily driver, then you have four wheel manual drum brakes. They take a good deal of attention to keep them adjusted properly even though they were equipped with a star wheel type self adjusting system. Even when they were adjusted properly, their stopping power was marginal at best. Speaking from my own experience, i would NOT consider a 50's pickup for a TV unless the front clip was replaced including disc brakes and probably power steering. The old mustang II front clip welds right in to most of those 50's pickups. Both chevy and ford i believe. Just my own two cents there.
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It all depends on the condition and equipment level of the vehicle.

Back in the 50s and 60s, 50s and 60s tow vehicles were commonplace.....

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Old 02-17-2014, 05:26 PM   #7
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Ford F-1/F-100 Vintage Pickups for Towing a 1952 Flying Cloud

Thanks all, great info. My take from here and some other research is while people obviously towed trailers with what was available, the vintage TV's are better off being mod to take advantage of some modern tech. Clearly lots of variables in the outfitting, but with some reasonable mods seems like no showstoppers preventing the pairing of a similar year model rig to get a complete retro feel. Thanks again...W

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