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Old 10-01-2007, 09:41 PM   #1
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olds Toronado TV

Today i was at my local RV shop ,on the wall was this old photo from
the late 60s .funny i never notice it there before as I frequent the shop in my repair business ,any way it showed a 68 Olds Toronado (2 cars actually )
one towing a boles 26 ' tandem trailer and the other towing a jet boat
olds455 / tunnel ram /holleys etc ,basset headers etc. Well ,the kicker is this ! NO REAR WHEELS on either car .The Olds Toronado was a front wheel drive GM car ,really the first predecessor to all GM front drive caddys and cars. The hitch setup was an EZ LIFT round bar with dual friction sway control .The story (true) was that EZ LIFT setup this towing scenario and
drove these vehicals acroos the country to prove the reliability and strength
of the design .Im thinking myself that that exercise was quite stupid and unsafe ,but then you could do that kinda thing and get away with it .But
I d say it would show how strong that EZ LIFT was .My 68 IH came with a
400# EZ LIFT round bar ,quickly being replaced with a 750 # EZ LIFT setup
bought at the same RV store (mom and POP ) .I suspect the Toronado's
used the heaviest setup on both they could . It does prove the ablilty to
equalize the trailer and car frames to tie them together as one unit . I will try to buy the photo ,not sure if its for sale ,but it would be neat to post it here .Im not a fan of unsafe towing and this clearly shows that . Its was
really quite surprising to see such an undertaking going on .Ill check on the photo this week ,see if i can buy it ,or donated would be cool .

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Old 10-01-2007, 09:52 PM   #2
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Scott----Hope to see the picture here soon. I remember it well.
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Old 10-01-2007, 09:58 PM   #3
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That is a classic sales picture and is hanging on the wall down at Oasis RV as well. I would sure hate to blow a front tire with that set-up coming down a hill.
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:40 AM   #4
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That is a classic sales picture and is hanging on the wall down at Oasis RV as well. I would sure hate to blow a front tire with that set-up coming down a hill.
I knew I saw that picture somewhere, thanks...
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Old 10-02-2007, 03:17 AM   #5
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I remember that Toronado too.
Think it was in Popular Mechanics when I was a kid.
Anytime I tried to tell someone about it, it sounded made up.
Glad to finally know was true.
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Old 10-02-2007, 05:36 AM   #6
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i had one when i was a kid, you sure could pack alot of your friends in!

went through the snow like a bull dozer too!


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Old 10-02-2007, 06:01 AM   #7
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That picture, or one like it, was on the wall of the RV shop I worked at back in the early '70's. It was also previously posted on this forum.
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That's the one.
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Old 10-03-2007, 12:45 AM   #9
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I've taken digital photos of things like that, it's sometimes easier than chasing down a source.
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Old 10-03-2007, 12:49 PM   #10
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In late '68 or up to mid '69 the rig with the trailer pulled into the RV Parts place I worked at in Lethbridge, Alberta. We sold a lot of their hitches and we were only an hour or so north of the Montana border so they popped up for a Saturday morning visit. They had put tens of thousands of miles on it without a problem (I almost said without a hitch but thought better of that). They towed at highway speeds and roads were far less consistent back then than they are today. The fellows who showed up at our place were very professional, they checked the rig at every stop, and they were very conscientious. I do not recall the make of trailer being towed but I remember it seemed to be quite heavy.

I reflect on that visit every time someone goes on a rant about bigger is better and if you don't have the latest and greatest you are putting every one on the road at risk...............

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Old 10-03-2007, 02:21 PM   #11
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I bet the LOOOONG wheel base made sharp curves interesting. I assume the same setup would be possible with a modern front drive TV, a Bambi and some 1400 lb weight bars
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I remember in the mid-70's there was a Chevy commercial for one of their small front wheel drive cars, a Citation IIRC, that had the rear wheels removed and a WD hitch. They towed a larger boat than the one in the Tornado ad on a residential street. Of course there was a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen.
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Old 10-03-2007, 08:54 PM   #13
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I was told the large trailer is a boles , and heavy .Cannot confirm but my RV guy said that was the type of trailer ,looks like one like vintage campers
has shown on their webpage .

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That is a Boles Aero.
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