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Old 05-03-2012, 08:57 AM   #519
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What are your thoughts on this beauty: 1953 Ford Mainline Utility
It's got an L-head 239-cid V8 with a compression ratio of 7.2:1 and developed 110 horsepower at 3500 rpm, a three-speed manual transmission standard, with synchro on second and third.
Do you think that engine is big enough to tow out 2.5 ton (5000pound) Airstream?

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Well, it was built with L-head 239-cid V8 with a compression ratio of 7.2:1 and developed 110 horsepower at 3500 rpm, a three-speed manual transmission standard, with synchro on second and third.

It has a 302 Cleveland and a C10. Even better. Disk front brakes too.

Very cool! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:58 AM   #520
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Well, it was built with L-head 239-cid V8 with a compression ratio of 7.2:1 and developed 110 horsepower at 3500 rpm, a three-speed manual transmission standard, with synchro on second and third.

It has a 302 Cleveland and a C10. Even better. Disk front brakes too.

Very cool! Thanks for sharing.
Haha, good pickup! Now it looks even better!
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:14 PM   #521
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Finally our maiden voyage

We finally finished all of the work on our car and completed our interior redesign. Thank you all for your priceless advice.

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Old 05-06-2012, 12:27 PM   #522
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1964 Buick Skylark Convertible 300cid V-8

Maybe someone here on this thread will be able to help me. For years I've dreamed of owning an Airstream. In fact, at some point, Airstream had a Buick (very similar to mine) used in a brochure. Seems like the Buick was in Yosemite National Park, towing an Airstream. If memory serves, the Buick was even a convertible like mine.
Does anyone have a copy of this that they'd like to share?
Yes, still have the Buick, but instead of a TT Airstream, I found my 'dream' Classic Airstream motorhome. Maybe I'll tow the Buick behind???
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:24 PM   #523
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Maybe someone here on this thread will be able to help me. For years I've dreamed of owning an Airstream. In fact, at some point, Airstream had a Buick (very similar to mine) used in a brochure. Seems like the Buick was in Yosemite National Park, towing an Airstream. If memory serves, the Buick was even a convertible like mine.
Does anyone have a copy of this that they'd like to share?
Yes, still have the Buick, but instead of a TT Airstream, I found my 'dream' Classic Airstream motorhome. Maybe I'll tow the Buick behind???
Thanks, Derek
I seem to remember the publicity photo that you mention. I am not certain, but I believe that it may have been on a postcard that introduced the Caravel in 1965 . . . since this likely would have been during the summer of 1964 it would explain the 1964 tow vehicle. I was looking at my 1964 Airstream materials and found a photo of a 1963 Pontiac Tempest towing a Bambi II and what I believe may be a 1963 Buick Special towing a Bambi II as well.

The following are links to some of these documents on the web:I couldn't identify a 1964 Skylark in any of these photos, but there were a few Buick tow vehicles among the various documents.

I will keep my eye out as we prepare the Overlander for this season's camping expeditions . . . I may just have that post card in one of my open house displays.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 05-06-2012, 04:19 PM   #524
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:50 AM   #525
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Yikes, a 1963 Tempest had the "rope drive" and rear transaxle, and a two speed automatic. The Buick would have had a two speed also. From what I've been reading on auto blogs, they're kind of fragile and hard to find parts for. Towing with a two speed tranny (Super Turbine 300) doesn't slow for a lot of engine braking, in my opinion. That said, somehow people used to tow with Ford Falcons, a more god-awful driving car I can't imagine.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:07 PM   #526
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Well, finished with the re-polishing and new windows on the 31' 1975 Excella 500. Tomorrow I get the 66 Caddy back with the engine rebuilt, Trans cooler, rear leveling system, etc. Just need to put a few miles on the Caddy, get the hitch put on and I will be aready to hit the road.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:33 AM   #527
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A hitch guy once exclaimed to me, "YOU'RE NOT going to tow a trailer with that beautiful Buick, are you"? DUH! He didn't get to install the hitch receiver. Your RIG will be a real head turner.

Question for you, have you found a classic car insurance company willing to insure your car when you tow? Most will not...so far for me I haven't found one.

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Old 06-04-2012, 12:15 AM   #528
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My new to me tow vehicle. A 1972 F350 that has been a mini fire engine. It has 16K miles on it. A 360 V8, 4 speed New Process trans. I got this off Public Surplus auction about a month ago. I have stripped all the fire gear off & spent 10 hours yesterday fabricating & installing a reciever hitch. I will post a picture when Helen takes them. I towed the water trailer this morning for my trial trailer pull. The water trailer is about 5K loaded. It did quite well. I picked up a set of original Ford trailer tow mirrors today off Craigs list. Next Sat I hope to get lights & brake controller wired in.
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:36 AM   #529
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Great vehicle! You may want to leave the water tank on for boondocking I personally think the siren & lights should stay too, but the local authorities may have other thoughts on the matter!

Good luck with this cool find!
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:28 AM   #530
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What a great vehicle!

I had a sobering experience last week, which made me re-think my vintage car, which I use regularly. I was driving our Honda sports car on a local 45mph two lane highway, when an elderly driver pulled right out in front of me- witnessed by a park ranger and others. I pushed so hard on the brake I sprained my foot, broadsided her and totalled my car. Thankfully for our airbags, shoulder belts and a stiff structure, I'm still here. If I were in my Dart convertible, I'd probably be dead. People here in town were commenting that seeing the accident made them drive more carefully... and my point to this is, be careful and expect the unexpected, particularly important driving a vintage car and towing. I typically watch for deer to run out, and have missed many (fog lights help to light the side of the roadway) and thought I was pretty vigilant.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:39 PM   #531
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Glad you are ok. I often wonder if the 'safety' features of todays cars are overstated. Yeah, that they crumble upon impact and 'cushion' the blow but ending up wrapped in tin foil looks a little risky too. Our '71 Buick convertible weighs (no plastic) more than our 24' AS Trade Wind so if any one drove out in front of us.....short of flipping us I'd be the one calling 911...for the other guy.
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Glad you are ok. I often wonder if the 'safety' features of todays cars are overstated. Yeah, that they crumble upon impact and 'cushion' the blow but ending up wrapped in tin foil looks a little risky too. Our '71 Buick convertible weighs (no plastic) more than our 24' AS Trade Wind so if any one drove out in front of us.....short of flipping us I'd be the one calling 911...for the other guy.
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Crash test Chevrolet 1959 vs Chevrolet 2009 - YouTube

Has little or nothing to do with the weight, crumple zones work by transfering energy, note where the engine and transmission of the 'Big" all metal Chevy in this video end up...the laps of the passengers. Weak brakes, lousy handling, thoughtless design. Todays cars and truck are so much better than the old ones we all love, take that as truth from a guy who owns an old classic '57 Chevy Belair post coupe with a power pack, and great pipes. I would tow a 25 footer without sweating but it might never stop.
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