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Old 02-27-2008, 07:29 PM   #15
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Back during that era, I towed my 22' Holiday Rambler with a 1973 Gran Torino station wagon with a 351 Cleveland. The trailer weighed roughly what your new Safari weighs.
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:15 PM   #16
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I actually married a car person. Her brothers were building hot cars and the only way I could hang out at their shop was if I had a hotrod, was buidling a hotrod, or was part of the family. I was building a hotrod but it was so brutal compared to theirs that the option was to date the cute sister. Best thing I ever did. She's been my best bud and partner forever.

So she is anxiously awaiting the completion of the 70 SS Chevelle, the twin to the one I sold to her surprise and my grief, many years ago. Yep, big block, 4 speed, smoky burn outs and all.

Although she latched onto her 740i pretty quickly when I left the purchase of her commute car up to her so hmmmmmm, you might have something there after all.

I just remember reading an article in the local newspaper several years back where a fellow was restoring one and commented that it was several thousand dollars to redo the brakes.

I do know of a fellow in our area who has taken a mid fifties Bentley that was a real beauty and popped the power train out, installed a C5 Corvette engine, an OD tranny, and uses it for their holiday trips. This keeps getting better the more I think about it.

Actually, I do need to get her Chevelle done BECAUSE just on Monday a 1957 Olds 88 2 door Hardtop, original owner, excellent condition, showed up for sale locally. Of all the 567 GM cars, including my own Poncho, I love the Oldsmobiles. There's just something about them - tough yet slinky looking. Then the Caddy, then my Pontiac. I already have it in my sights but it will be long gone by the time I get her car done if I even get it out the door this summer. And given I currently can't drive, and I don't have anywhere to properly "hide" it, well, you get the situation.

But I can see that Olds out front of the Flying Cloud, slammed on airbags, a set of wide whites and wires or flippers, good tunes happening and I get all sweaty when those thoughts cross my mind.

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Old 02-27-2008, 11:05 PM   #17
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Barry, Barry Barry. (Said shaking his head sadly.)

I have three Harleys, 3 4X4's, 1 10wheel drive and 2 cars. How can I do this and be happily married?

Momma mentions she'd like a luxury car and Momma gets a Lincoln in the driveway. Big surprise! "It's cause I love you Honey and want you to be happy."

Momma's happy and thrilled and Milo keeps on collecting cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Trust me on this one Barry. Let the Mrs. find her very own Rolls in the driveway and she'll bring that Olds home for you and you might even get real meat Hot Dogs and extra cheese on your Mac & Cheese.

When she's not looking you can slap a trailer hitch on it too.
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Old 02-27-2008, 11:07 PM   #18
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Okay now that I have my 70 Safari 23foot, what type of tow vehicles from that era were used, mainly cars. zz
How about a big Chrysler convertable?
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Old 02-28-2008, 01:50 AM   #19
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How about a big Chrysler convertable?
How about a big Buick convertible!
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P.S. He served hot dogs and Mac & cheese for dinner. I remember that as we were having the same and my Mother said. "See, we're eating like the rich folks."
WHAT!! No Grey Poupon?
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How about a big Buick convertible!
Both are cool but get a big block.
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Old 02-28-2008, 05:33 PM   #22
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Barry, Barry Barry. (Said shaking his head sadly.)

I have three Harleys, 3 4X4's, 1 10wheel drive and 2 cars. How can I do this and be happily married?

Momma mentions she'd like a luxury car and Momma gets a Lincoln in the driveway. Big surprise! "It's cause I love you Honey and want you to be happy."

Momma's happy and thrilled and Milo keeps on collecting cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Trust me on this one Barry. Let the Mrs. find her very own Rolls in the driveway and she'll bring that Olds home for you and you might even get real meat Hot Dogs and extra cheese on your Mac & Cheese.

When she's not looking you can slap a trailer hitch on it too.
Wow Milo, you are my hero. What else can I say.

My shop is looking pretty bare now that I've sold off most of the toys .

I personally think that such a show of good will should allow me to put at least one more back into stock - I'm working the "but it's all there and it runs great so won't need a lick of work dear" routine at the moment .

If I got anywhere near her luxobarg with a trailer hitch it would take weeks for the bruises to heal. She does like the sport wheels on it though.

Neal - you keep breaking my heart when you post the pics of your trailer and car together. That combo is just so perfect and so 1970's - and so much how I remember seeing AS's heading down the road and wishing I could have one (or two).

I agree with the comments to buy big, they almost always came with the most options and are the most capable of pulling and handling the weight of a trailer.

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That's hilarious. What a thing to remember. No wonder you bought an Airstream. You were brought up with good taste right from the start.

Much to my wife's dismay mac and cheese and veggie wieners are still one of my top two food groups . It's tough to stick to a diet when those are the things I cook up for myself 3 or 4 days a week for lunch.

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Ahhh....Yellow Food and Tube Steak's. Two of our favorite food's.

Just shows, you were raised by someone who really cares!!
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late 60s or early 70s tow vehicle

Another option among the big blocks -- the 1971 through 1976 Cadillac Eldorado -- the convertibles can be even more fun:



or more conservatively dressed with the '64 Overlander:



It is something different to watch the reactions of bystanders when the front wheels loose traction rather than the rear when taking off on a slippery surface with either trailer in tow.

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