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Old 12-15-2010, 01:17 PM   #85
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Thoughts on a TV being a 1952 chevy Cabover? Plan on doing a SBC in it or maybe even a cummins diesel
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:40 AM   #86
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I had a '52 Chevy pickup (5-window, half-ton) as a daily driver for years. The '52 had the 216 straight six (with "dippers"). It was a fine truck, but certainly not an ideal tow vehicle.

If you have enough money and time, you can convert a '52 to a fine tow vehicle... but it's more than simply an engine swap. The OEM suspension is not going to handle the weight well. What you're really talking about is keeping the '52 frame, body panels and interior and replacing everything else. There are plenty of options to replace the suspension, running gear, brakes, steering, etc, but again, you're basically building a new vehicle around some vintage parts.

The good news is that because of the popularity (and ubiquity) of Chevys, there are plenty of parts. You can build a "new" '52 from catalogs, if so inclined. It's just important to remember that "motor" is only about 20 percent of towing. The other 80 percent is handling, brakes, steering, etc.
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:38 AM   #87
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We were going to do the vintage A/S & Tow Vehicle thing because of the "cool" factor. Then we retired and became full-timers; thus ending our ability to have "stuff" we really didn't need. Being a long time Pontiac guy, I would find a 1967 Pontiac with the 400 engine to tow your Overlander. If you're a Ford guy, I'd find a 1972 Lincoln with the 460 engine. You should talk to VAC member Ken Faber who has around 10 vintage A/S's and an equal number of vintage tow vehicles. Good luck and stay "cool".
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:07 PM   #88
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If I had a 19 footer, I'd use this. It's 4 wheel drive with disk brakes and a soft ride. 1980 Scout running gear.
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I have a 47 GMC set up for tow. Will post tomorrow, pictures and specs.
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We are into old vehicles too (mostly Ford, but we do have a GMC 5-window 1/2-ton pu, most are projects waiting to happen), but anyway I wanted to share what we came across last year.

We went to look at a pickup cab which we wanted to make into a "Rad Rod" and saw that they fellow who owned the cab, also had a Diamond T body which he had mounted onto a rather new vintage 4-wheel drive chassis (which had been wrecked) -- everything was "new" except for the body. He had to make some minor modifications, but not a great deal. It really looked great. I think it was a 1 1/2-ton, I can't really remember. He has a website and I think you can find it if you google in "Diamond T" truck. He is located in Indiana.

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As promised, the 1947 GMC 100 Long Bed is sitting on a 1986 GMC frame and has PS,PB,AC,Tilt Steering, CD/Fm with remote, front discs, IFS,Tranny cooler, Auxillary fan with manual switch, 350 re-built 360 hp with k&N, Turbo 400 tranny,Headers, Flowmasters, Brand new rear end including spindles, brakes and everything else. Class 3 hitch welded to sub frame. I uploaded pics to the gallery. I will be acquiring a vintage AS in the first part of next year. 21-23 ft. Have not figured out how to add a picture in the thread yet but as I said I did upload to the gallery. These are not cheap to build but classic auto parts has all the glass, bumpers, grills ,panels, doors and hardware should I have an acci"dent". Hope not. Things to be accomplished would be towing tires and tranny temp gauge. She has air monroes on the rear along with new springs. I may change that as I go along meaning different shocks and beefing up the springs.
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Old 12-17-2010, 06:09 PM   #92
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If I had a 19 footer, I'd use this. It's 4 wheel drive with disk brakes and a soft ride. 1980 Scout running gear.
If you don't mind me asking, is this your truck or did you find this on another forum?

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Having spent three years under and around her I feel like she is mine. Born the same year I was. She had the frame upgrade in the early nineties in NC. That fellow passed and I picked her up from his nephew from E-bay. She was completely gone over here and all Mechanicals and electric replaced needed or not since I did no know the history. A correction on classic auto parts. I use brotherstrucks.com. I am on their forum and on the Lexus forum. You guys are tough.
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Ike T: It's my truck, I've owned is since 1969. It's the first pickup I owned. Cost me $150.00 back then and I had to make paymants on it.
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People like you two ruin forums for everyone......How sad. thanks for the welcome.
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People like you two ruin forums for everyone......How sad. thanks for the welcome.
No "ruin" intended. I hope your upcoming Airstream experiences are as much fun as my family's experiences have been. You will enjoy the company and comraderie of the members of this site.

You have a beautiful truck, and I can tell you are very proud of it.
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Some of you have seen our '65 Caravel towed by our '47 Chevy.
Next on the road will be our '37 Buick, not yet finished.

I have updated both cars with 300+HP Chevy V8s, automatic trans, power steering, power brakes, power windows, tilt steering columns, air conditioning (the Buick has front and rear air) electric door locks, cruise control, modern suspension with air assist, etc, etc.

We have towed the Caravel with the Chevy over 80,000 miles.

If we ever stay put for a time, I will get the Buick finished.
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Thank you Tim. I am proud as a peacock mother hen and look forward to help from you guys/gals as it is all new to me. That's why I am here and did not mean to be cocky {hence peacock} lol, only wished to share the what/how of making an old truck towable. I will rely on you guys and gals in the coming months to set her up safely and how to enjoy the friendships developed and how to fix an AS as well as the TV. Grateful to be here and earn my wings, as you have.
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