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Old 07-18-2016, 07:24 AM   #15
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Hi, if you are looking for a receiver for your tow vehicle there are hitch/welding shops that specialize in making these. Williams Welding In Long Beach, California made mine for my 1959 Ford. They can make a hitch for almost anything. There must be a place similar near you.
Yes, I am hoping some old school folks may still be around that can do just that. Great idea.
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Old 07-18-2016, 07:32 AM   #16
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The large Caddy's and the Buick Roadmaster and Chevy Caprice clones were available with tow packages. The were the last body on frame cars that GM made. Perhaps you can find one with a hitch in a junk yard and you can salvage the hitch. The frames had holes pre punched so the hitch just bolts in place.
That would be ideal. There are at least three pick-and-pull salvage yards in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I subscribe to Row 52, which alerts me when a car model I am looking for comes in. I know that no Caddies in the last 9 months have come in that have rear hitches. However, I can expand the parameters of the search, per your suggestion, to include Caddies of the 1993-96 vintage and also, B-bodies that would include the Buick Roadmaster, Chevy Caprice, Oldsmobile 98, Buick Electra 225 and Pontiac Bonneville. Who knows, I might get lucky.
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:15 AM   #17
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Call Curt hitches. They are a great company and you can purchase the product at any NAPA Parts Store!!
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:18 AM   #18
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I'm thinking his Cadillac is the Fleetwood Brougham body style prior to the "bubble" Fleetwood, Roadmaster, and Caprice.
The last of the "elegant" Cadillacs, as referenced by its name "d"Elegance"-
The basic body style began with the 1977 "downsizing" with a refresh in '81 or so.
The '90-'92 was a little different with the cladding below the beltline and the one piece "Euro" look headlights.
These are very attractive cars.
As far as I'm concerned when Cadillac discontinued production of this particular body style they could have closed the factory and quit manufacturing Cadillacs.
This is the last "real" Cadillac.
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Call Can AM and see if they have done a hitch for your auto. Maybe they have one or could give suggestions.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:15 PM   #20
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Perhaps try exploring businesses that cater to boat towing, and horse towing.
If some of the other feelers don't work out, I will certainly consider this suggestion. Thanks.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:20 PM   #21
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Amazon and Google can be your two best friends.
Yes, they can be. This evening using Google, I ran across an ad for an '89 brougham. The description said it had a hidden Class III hitch. I sent the guy an email, asking if he would consider selling me just the hitch. If he would, then most of my problem would be solved. I know I could get someone here in town to help me mount it and also wire the vehicle for a 7-pin plug. Keeping my fingers crossed...
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:24 PM   #22
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Whatever you do, please avoid U-Haul. I was at the Factory Store in Tempe trying to get a new 2-5/8" hitch ball, and it was like the three stooges minus two. The store manager was unable to remove my old ball*, and literally did not know what a pipe wrench was.

Inexcusable. And that's not the worst U-Haul story you'll hear.

*I finally got the old ball off myself. Bunch'a dummies!!
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:37 PM   #23
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This thread may give you some ideas about what you are looking for.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...itch-8578.html

I suggest you should go to the local Yellow Pages and lookup welding shops that specialize in truck and heavy equipment repairs. Call a few shops and you will most likely find or get direction to at least one or two local business that will build custom hitches.

Another suggestion: Andy from CanAmRV is a hitching specialist, a member of this forum. You might contact him. I hear he is generous with his advice.
I do have a lead on a local welder. I really am hesitant to go this route unless I have complete faith in the person. This hitch has to look great when it is completed, not like something that was just slapped together. Also spoke with a trailer hitch specialist company today. Since a class III hitch is apparently not produced any more, he suggested that I purchase a class II hitch, which has a 1 1/4" tube receiver. Then get a fabricator to cut out the window 1/4" tube and replace it with a 2" tube (class III), then reinforce around the tube to make sure everything is solid. I am thinking this would allow the main hitch body to be mounted directly to the car via pre-drilled holes from the factory. Just concerned about the strength of the hitch. It needs to support a tongue weight somewhere between 680-800 lbs., depending on the trailer model. Any thoughts from people on this scenario?

Regarding CanAm, I have been in communication with Philip for the past two weeks. If I lived close to Canada, I would have my car in their parking lot tomorrow. Superb bunch of folks there. Philip related that they had a customer back in the day that used a Brougham to tow a 1996 Airstream Limited 30' with no problems. Said he used to travel each January through February. I know if I set up the car properly, I can achieve similar results.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:49 PM   #24
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I didn't know Caddy and AS did some tag teaming!

What do you that trailer weighed?

I think that rig looks very cool 😀
That picture shows exactly what I would like to do! The towing package on the '92 models was rated at 7000 lbs. For the small upgrade towing package cost, the vehicle was beefed up in many ways...heavier suspension, bigger 5.7 liter engine, heavy duty alternator, and the really important piece, a posi-traction rear end with a 3.73 final drive, which gave much better low end power as opposed to the standard 3.08 rear end. Gas mileage, though, was reduced by 1 to 1 1/2 miles per gallon with the 3.73 vs. the 3.08.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:52 PM   #25
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Call Curt hitches. They are a great company and you can purchase the product at any NAPA Parts Store!!
Did that today. Worked with a trailer hitch specialty company. They called Curt directly. Curt does not make a hitch for the rear drive Brougham. The search continues...
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I'm thinking his Cadillac is the Fleetwood Brougham body style prior to the "bubble" Fleetwood, Roadmaster, and Caprice.
The last of the "elegant" Cadillacs, as referenced by its name "d"Elegance"-
The basic body style began with the 1977 "downsizing" with a refresh in '81 or so.
The '90-'92 was a little different with the cladding below the beltline and the one piece "Euro" look headlights.
These are very attractive cars.
As far as I'm concerned when Cadillac discontinued production of this particular body style they could have closed the factory and quit manufacturing Cadillacs.
This is the last "real" Cadillac.
You are correct. The 1990-92 Broughams were the last version of what was the longest run for a production luxury car in America. This last version was commonly referred to as the Euro version, due to its use of large halogen front lights as opposed to the quad lights used in the 80-89 models. Some prefer the quad look, but I do like the halogens, combined with the lower clad molding. Riding in one of these cars is like sitting on a comfortable sofa at home, only you've got six feet of American steel in front of you to serve as a crash zone if needed.
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:08 PM   #27
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Whatever you do, please avoid U-Haul. I was at the Factory Store in Tempe trying to get a new 2-5/8" hitch ball, and it was like the three stooges minus two. The store manager was unable to remove my old ball*, and literally did not know what a pipe wrench was.

Inexcusable. And that's not the worst U-Haul story you'll hear.

*I finally got the old ball off myself. Bunch'a dummies!!
Thanks for the heads up. Hadn't really planned on going the U-haul route. Have had my own less than desirable experiences with them. To be fair, though, the store I visited this past Sunday was top notch. Very competent staff.
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I once bought and had installed a hitch on a small pickup at uhaul. Took them 4 hours for the job. Got home and found that they had only installed half the mounting bolts and had buggered up most the other bolts by forcing them into the wrong holes and cross threading the threads using air tools. Went back to the store and had them remove the hitch and got a refund. Bought a replacement from the old original JC Whitney. Once delivered took less than an hour to install at 1/3 the uhaul price. I do not blame uhaul just the idiots at my local one.
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