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Old 01-05-2006, 04:53 PM   #141
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Bill,

The 70's was the last decade for big cars with big block engines. That is because the car companies did not retool for new engines that were designed for emmissions and better fuel efficiency untill the 80's and through the 90's. Towing or heavy job responsibility was shifted to trucks and later SUV's. The car no longer is used to that kind of job.

So what was done instead was the car companies took the existing (1960's and earlier designed) engines and added things to make them emmission compliant. This created so many driveablity issues (pinging, surging, hesitations) because the engine was not designed for all of the things that it was asked to do. (starting in CA for '66) So by the time the 70's came along the big blocks used in cars were choked down, untill big block engines in cars did not exist any more. In fact all of those engines are no more. Not because they were not up for the job of moving cars, people and towing trailers and running smoothly to boot. Because the government mandated any vehicles under 8500 GVW comply to emmission standards and later to CAFE. (Corporate Average Fuel Economy)

Ford big block product Examples that would have been used to tow:
The 460 in your late 70's Lincoln is not the same as the 460 in the over 8500 GVW truck. Or even the 460 of 1968 to 1971 in Lincolns.
The 400 lived a short life in the 70's only! And it was too sensitive to the emmission devices to make it a keeper in most vehicles. Pinging and surging.
The FE block 360/390/410/428 was taken out of cars all together in the 70's. It was too stinky. But it could pull big loads. So it was kept in trucks only for the 70's.

You have a big car with a big engine. And if you were to up the compression, increase the carb size to a CFM pre-1974, remove the smog stuff the change would be unreal. If you ever get the chance to tow with a late 1968 to 1970 Lincoln Continental with a 460, do it. I'm not saying the 70's should be avoided for a classic tow car. It's just one may have some driveability issues with using that era car for a tow rig even when it's in great condition. It is also an engine that has more items to break.

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Old 02-15-2006, 09:05 PM   #142
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I do not know if it quite qualifies as classic but I tow with a '82 3/4 ton K20 Suburban, currently 350 (big block going in when I get it put together), sm465 4 speed, A/C but oddly does not have a tilt column.

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Old 02-15-2006, 09:15 PM   #143
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We have been using our 1957 Pontiac Safari wagon as our tow vehicle for the last many years. From 1970 to 1979 we had a 70 Chevelle SS we always really liked and for my birthday my wife kindly bought me the twin to that car, completely blown apart and repainted and ready to be reassembled. A big jigsaw puzzle to play with. It should tow the Airstream just fine as an alternate to the '57 when we want A/C and just to drive something different yet still older (like us - but not too old). This is the twin to the car, mine is still in my shop in many bright red pieces. Barry
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Old 02-15-2006, 09:20 PM   #144
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58 Travelall for a 58 Sovereign of the Road

This is a vehicle we are going to go pick up this weekend. It'll be our tow vehicle eventually for our 1958 Sovereign of the Road

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Wow! That's one cool truck, Rob! Where did you find it - it looks relatively rust-free. Are those the original colors? Love that two tone.... Di
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:28 PM   #146
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Yeah, its ok for a cornbinder, but here is a real truck.

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Old 02-16-2006, 05:47 AM   #147
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I found it through a fellow member - RideAir and WBCCI member Paul Waddell. It is located in Douglas, Mass - and we are heading from here in Plymouth to Plattsburgh to Boston to get it this weekend... I have a bunch of parts to leave for Colin and the SOTR.

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Old 02-16-2006, 09:28 AM   #148
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Here is what we are using.
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Old 02-22-2006, 09:33 AM   #149
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Another shot of the Travelall

It is now home next to my dad's barn. Lots of work ahead!
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Ahhhhhhhhhhhh the love/hate of a new project!

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The new vintage tow vehicle

Just drove our new future tow truck home. Its a 1963 Chevy Suburban Carryall. I need install the hitch and will replace the engine and transmission and go back to more original looking wheels and tires. Will sell the 57 Chevy wagon now.
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Old 03-02-2006, 09:01 AM   #152
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Just drove our new future tow truck home. Its a 1963 Chevy Suburban Carryall. I need install the hitch and will replace the engine and transmission and go back to more original looking wheels and tires. Will sell the 57 Chevy wagon now.
Herb, I'm so jealous. My father found a '66 in the exact same color in a lot near him, and emailed me several pictures. We went to the lot on Sunday to take a look - it was gone. Probably for the best, as if it was there, I'm sure we would have left with it (and are running out of room as it is!). Could you please post some more pictures so I can live vicariously through you?
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Old 03-02-2006, 01:30 PM   #153
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Herb - that sure looks like a neat suburban. I like them a lot. I thought it was illegal to sell anything 1957 and particularly a wagon. That's what I've told my wife now for 26 years......

Mel - I notice there's a '63 in the BC Buy and Sell if anyone is interested. I believe it's www.buysell.com and it was in two week ago Vancouver issue. Said it's a WA unit so wonder if it is the same one you were going to look at? I just looked and did not see it on line so it may have been sold, but there were three '72's (http://www.buysell.com/search/result...d=3546&id=3560) BC is darned close to you and your exchange rate makes buying a vehicle here a better deal.

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Hi Barry,

Thanks for the tip! I will add that site to my list of ones I am checking. You're right - BC is an easy trip for us. We're in the early stages of looking, and having a lot of fun doing so!
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