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Old 01-16-2010, 10:00 PM   #463
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Anyone want a beautiful vintage Tow Vehicle?

What a beauty. If I only had the room and hadn't just bought a truck I think I'd be in big trouble with the wife........

1969 Chevrolet Impala 427 Wagon


"1969 Chevrolet Impala Wagon, 427, 4-bbl., turbo 400, a/c, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows, tilt, solid, black plate California car, runs well, looks great, $8900/offer, Larry 408-483-9414"




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Old 01-16-2010, 11:27 PM   #464
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How is this for a tow vehicle?

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Old 01-17-2010, 08:39 PM   #465
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Wow, I love that station wagon... and it's only a couple of hours drive away.
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:05 PM   #466
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1972 Toyota FJ-55. Needs some suspension upgrades before I tow the AS with it. Most people think it's some sort of Jeep. Only going to use it for short trips.
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:25 PM   #467
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Wow, I love that station wagon... and it's only a couple of hours drive away.
Just think of the wagon reflecting off your Airstream as you drive down the highway. And when you are parked in the campground.

And how neat it is zipping down the highway.

Yep, just think those thoughts on your way to pick it up. I can't remember the last time I saw one with these options for less than 20 grand, but it has been a lot of years.

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awesome pix in this legacy thread !

the retro question is

old pre'burb like thing...

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or crewcab powerstroke from the 30s...

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Old 01-27-2012, 11:01 PM   #469
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1967 Chrysler Imperial

I am looking at ourchasing a 67 Chrysler Imperial with a 440 TNT engine. I have a 31' 1975 Excella 500, just under 5000lbs dry so maybe 5500lbs or so loaded. Love the car and want to see if you all think this would work well. I know it has the torque and power, as most of the 60's cars do.

Any reason why I should not proceed??

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Old 01-27-2012, 11:03 PM   #470
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The only issue is that the Chrysler is unibody and you need to find a hitch fabricator who is familiar with unibody cars to fabricate the hitch. Mid 60's Chryslers are cool.

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I am looking at ourchasing a 67 Chrysler Imperial with a 440 TNT engine. I have a 31' 1975 Excella 500, just under 5000lbs dry so maybe 5500lbs or so loaded. Love the car and want to see if you all think this would work well. I know it has the torque and power, as most of the 60's cars do.

Any reason why I should not proceed??

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Old 01-27-2012, 11:33 PM   #471
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Javier,

I am looking at a 67 Imperial to tow my 31' Excella (1975). Dry weight is 5000 and loaded maybe 5500-5700lbs. It has the 440 TNT Engine. I know the torque and HP are there. Since you are an Imperial owner, do you see any issues?

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I'm the Javier who had the hitch manufactured for the 1968 Imperial. Hello everyone! It tastes great and is less filling.

With the weight distributing hitch (must have) and the receiver bolted into two spots along the uniframe, the Imperial pulls better than my back up tow vehicle (an '06 4Runner).

That said, My 19 foot Bambi International is well under the tow capacity of the Imperial with the tow package and i wouldn't try to pull anything heavier than that. The car still has that sixties luxury car ride slopiness and the steering will never have the road feel and tightness of a modern car. (All of this makes the car just not as safe as a newer tow vehicle with abs, etc and so forth.) But i believe, because I'm not playing Tim Taylor with my rig, i have a very safe, and extremely cool ride.

In case you were wondering:

Bambi - a photoset on Flickr

My car is a strong #2- driver and it is important to me to keep the rig as safe as possible. Once i have the (reese dual cam) sway control and the heavier springs, sway control bars on the car, and higher gear ratio upgrades made, i'll be confident on mountain roads.

I'll keep you posted on my progress.

But to anyone else considering towing with a vintage car, GO FOR IT. The airstream alone is somewhat of an odity, but it doubles when some passes you to see that fine vintage convertible at the lead.

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Old 03-10-2012, 09:15 PM   #472
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Just got this 66 DeVille Conv to pull my 1975- 31' Excella. Looking forward to hitting the road.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:28 PM   #473
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Greetings RVGuyRaleigh!

Congratulations on one fine Cadillac!

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Just got this 66 DeVille Conv to pull my 1975- 31' Excella. Looking forward to hitting the road.
I have always considered the late 1960s to 1970 Cadillac DeVille convertible the superior tow vehicle when compared to the 1971 to 1976 Eldorado convertible that was its successor. With the DeVille you at least have the option of a comparatively easy differential gear change while the later Eldorados only had one option if you had the 2.70 final drive and that was 3.07 and the change was prohibitively expensive.

Enjoy the challenges of introducing your Cadillac to your Airstream!

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Old 03-11-2012, 08:35 AM   #474
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Thanks Kevin. It's in the shop now getting a little engine work done. As it stands now it has more HP and more Torque than my 08 Tahoe so I am going to give it a try without changing the differential just yet. Plus, I am having a newer auto leveling system installed, oversized Trans cooler, as I live in the mountains of Western NC and have more than one 7% grade to contend with. My mechanic found a hitch that will work with monir modification. The Airstream is in it's final stages of repolishing now so it should be a site to see. lol.
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[QUOTE=RVGuyRaleigh; The Airstream is in it's final stages of repolishing now so it should be a site to see. lol.[/QUOTE]


Would love to see a picture of both the Caddy and the Airstream "hooked-up" together. Congratulations on your set-up!
Maaann,, I love old stuff!

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Old 03-11-2012, 11:34 AM   #476
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My folks used their '76 DeVille as TV for over 12-years. Don't know about year-to-year interchange, but he had it switched to the optional 3.21 ratio, IIRC (maybe 3.15 according to some sources). Posi-Trac was also present (and a good idea). A rear anti-roll bar was also added, as were two-stage "progressive" rear coil springs (MOOG Cargo Coil CC511; with new insulators).

Monroe Sensatrac is about the only choice for shock absorbers it looks like.

ADDCO 897 and 940 are the anti-roll bar numbers (poly bushings recommended).

ATF and PSF coolers/filters are also a good idea.

Sorry the Imperial didn't make the cut . . it would have been the better car for towing.
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