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Old 09-20-2007, 09:54 AM   #1
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Hitch for 1957 Dodge passenger car

Hi all,
To go in style, I would very much like to have a good, class II or III hitch for my TV, a 1957 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer.
Of course these are no longer in production (the hitchses, as are the cars...).
Does anybody have any idea about a custom product that might fit?
Much appreciated!
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:07 AM   #2
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Best thing is to find a custom hitch shop, and let them make one for you. There weren't any prefab receivers in that era anyway.
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:10 AM   #3
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Try the junk yards...find one off a wide SUV and modify it.
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:15 AM   #4
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What I'd prefer is to have one which doesn't need any welding at all, or at least hardly any...
There were era correct receivers, but you wouldn't want these... There was one on eBay recently, see the accompanying picture.
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:26 AM   #5
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Jim,

I've had a couple of "custom hitches" made over the past few years. Not that it's hard, it can be hard to find someone that will do the work. Lucky for me, I have a friend that can do it. The problem, more and more, people are less willing to do that type of work becuase they don't want to be on the hook if it fails and someone gets hurt.
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Don't pull a fat girl off a tricycle with a hitch like that !

The welding needed would not be on your car, it would be done to hitch only, then bolted onto frame.
Maybe using existing holes too.
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What I'd prefer is to have one which doesn't need any welding at all, or at least hardly any...
There were era correct receivers, but you wouldn't want these... There was one on eBay recently, see the accompanying picture.
I think you would be better off with a 2" reciever so you could use an adjustable ball mount to gain the correct height . Some U-haul places do custom hitches , also some welding shops . Good luck
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Old 09-20-2007, 04:52 PM   #8
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Jim,

You can certainly use a 2" receiver, they are correct for that year. My '59 Tradewind was originally hitched up behind a '57 Chrysler. The hitch was an EAZ-LIFT.

I believe the only difference between it and today's hitches was the tube was 2.5 inches (63mm), compared to todays 2 inches.

I have the original documentation if you would like me to fax it to you. There were several installation options, including one that had draghooks from the rear axle.

The head was adjustable. Once. The head would be set up at the correct height and angle, and then the head and tank bar were welded together permanently. The tank bar, sleeve, shank and uprights were chrome-moly 4130 steel, they recommended a low hydrogen welding rod, such as #327 Airco 5/32".

Other than that, the hitch looks just like a modern Reese round bar WD hitch with a friction anti-sway bar.
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... The tank bar, sleeve, shank and uprights were chrome-moly 4130 steel, they recommended a low hydrogen welding rod, such as #327 Airco 5/32". ...


I am casually familiar with the steel & welding rod you posted, and can believe the materials are the optimum choice.

But how in the h*ll did you know that?

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But how in the h*ll did you know that?
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Back-In-The-Day, the manufacturers presumed your local mechanic would be welding the thing up for you, and they included things like that in the instruction sheet.

Sure made it easier.
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I have the original documentation if you would like me to fax it to you.
Well, thank you very much!! Though I don't speak that lingo, my good friend and welder probably does. And I'm very interested in the documentation you have.
Though I'm deeply into fifties, I do no longer have a fax..., could you email instead? I'll PM you my address if so.
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I'll try to get them scanned tommorrow, PM me your email.
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I'll try to get them scanned tommorrow
Very much appreciated!
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PM me your email.
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I think I just found the perfect hitch...
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