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Old 01-21-2004, 10:15 PM   #1
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I was just wondering if anyone with a vintage A/S has a vintage tow vehicle to go along with it? I have one and saw roger-n-cindy posted 2 photos earlier. Anyone else out there?

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Old 01-21-2004, 10:34 PM   #2
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Greetings Whistler!

I have two vintage tow vehicles. One, was my first tow vehicle and is in need of some restoration before it hits the road again which it will sometime in the not too distant future. It is pictured with my first trailer (purchased new) a 1980 Nomad Light 18':



It is a 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible with 383 cubic inch V8, 335 HP, 3.90 differential, and all of the heavy duty trailering features. I have owned this car since 1973, and it will probably stay with me for a few more decades.

My second tow vehicle is a little better match for my Airstream as it weighs in at about 5,000 pounds. It is a 1975 Cadillac Eldorado convertible with the 500 cubic inch V8 and 2.70 final drive, with heavy duty upgrades for towing. It will be towing my Minuet to the WBCCI Rally in Lansing, MI this summer if all goes well. It is pictured with the Overlander after its introductory towing experience (200 miles - - Cedar Falls, IA to the Quad Cities in Illinois).



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Old 01-21-2004, 10:36 PM   #3
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My newest vehicle, a 1970 Dodge 3/4 ton 4X4 truck with an enclosed utility body, is for sale. So my next newest vehicle, a 1968 Dodge W300 (1 ton 4X4) truck with a low side utility body, will soon become the main tow vehicle for the 1964 19' Globe Trotter. This summer I hope to tow the 16' Wee Wind with my 1962 Willys Utility Wagon (Ford 302 V-8, 4.27 axles and T-90 3 speed with Warn overdrive), and with the 1947 Dodge 1 ton Power Wagon when our Denver Unit attends the Yuma, CO. old thresher's meet this coming September. I'll probably need a kidney transplant after that last trip.
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will be towing with my 1957 Imperial
hope the old 392 hemi will do the job
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Old 01-22-2004, 07:52 AM   #5
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Greetings,
I use a 51 F1 Ford Pickup in the summer time because a heater was an option back then and it didn't have one. It's an off the frame restoration with the orignal V-8 Flathead engine. It pulls good at 50 mph, but dosn't do mountains...works fine for me here in Georgia.
My other tow rig is a 48 John Deere M tractor. I use it on the farm and to move trailers from time to time.
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I use a 51 F1 Ford Pickup in the summer time because a heater was an option back then and it didn't have one. It's an off the frame restoration with the orignal V-8 Flathead engine. It pulls good at 50 mph, but dosn't do mountains...works fine for me here in Georgia.
My other tow rig is a 48 John Deere M tractor. I use it on the farm and to move trailers from time to time.
Wow... Levon!

My very first 'car' was a '50 F1 Ford pickup (in 1971, by the way) that came off a ranch in Nebraska. I think it had about 40,000 on it then, and a new snowball white paintjob over the mint green! It also had the flathead V-8 with the oilbath air cleaner. I think that it must have been the deluxe model though, as it came from the factory WITH a heater, ONE windshield wiper (drivers' side; the hole where the other, optional wiper would have been had a chrome cap), ONE sunvisor (driver's side), and a passenger's side outside door lock keyway (the driver's side just locked from inside). I never should have sold 'er <sigh>

What a great hauler she'd have been for a vintage trailer today!

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Awsome old Fold pickup! I love those guys. They just look so right.

The previous owner of my trailer had a 68 pickup, I think it was a ford. He siad he took them to the international one year as a matching set. We came pretty close to buying it for a tow vehcile, as we didn't have one at the time, but then decided vacations would be more fun with the comfort and reliability of something new.

I think something like a mid 50's four door chevy station wagon would be pretty cool to tow with. I'm not holding my breath for one of those to come along though.

So Whistler, you started this thred - what's your vintage vehicle?
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Steph,

Funny you should mention that. I actually have my eye on a 57 4 door Chevy wagon to restore (its a basket case, but all trim pieces are there).

Old style styling, drop a new 502 and OD tranny in it and roll!



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Greetings,
I use a 51 F1 Ford Pickup in the summer time because a heater was an option back then and it didn't have one. It's an off the frame restoration with the orignal V-8 Flathead engine. It pulls good at 50 mph, but dosn't do mountains...works fine for me here in Georgia.
My other tow rig is a 48 John Deere M tractor. I use it on the farm and to move trailers from time to time.
Levon,That sure is a good looking truck you have. I know a guy that had one that looked like it's twin. When you get your mid- winter project done see how the truck will pull it. I bet they will really look good together.
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Funny you should mention that. I actually have my eye on a 57 4 door Chevy wagon to restore (its a basket case, but all trim pieces are there).
Old style styling, drop a new 502 and OD tranny in it and roll!
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Yeah, that would be cool. The nice thing about those Chevys is that they are popular enough that you could buy pretty much anything you need for them. You could practically build one out of a catalog. I'll bet you could even mail order a new frame if you needed it. Just pick up a Street Rodder mag and check it out. I used to just drool over the goodies available for them!
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remcolent,

Very cool! I love how a lot of people on this forum have the same "gearhead" mentality! Its not just the trailer, but the whole package!

My dad and I were talking today about buying a "radio bodied" 101 Forward Control Land Rover and stripping/polishing it to be a pull vehicle/off roader. Big Tires, strong axles, loads of room for a diesel conversion, loads of space, 2 1/2 ton capacity. Too much fun!

I need a "stable" of cars! I don't think my wife would let me kick her Tennessee Walkers out of the barn though!

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I need a "stable" of cars! I don't think my wife would let me kick her Tennessee Walkers out of the barn though!

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Tripp,
You got those too? We have some friends that have Tennessee Walkers and are trying to get us hooked. We got the cars just no stable for them...yet

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land rover that is build in the UK
its the same as with the triumph motor cycles
if they are not leaking oil there is no oil left
they are almost worse than the italian cars
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