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Old 05-30-2009, 06:59 AM   #15
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When I towed the 60 Ambassador home it had broken brake springs ratteling around in the drum. You may want to see if there is any loose parts in there before you start. Otherwise it pulled fine without the brakes hooked up.
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Old 06-05-2009, 03:12 PM   #16
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From what I could gather in other posts, a 15" heavy steel truck wheel and a heavy duty 700-15 6 ply tire should be good to get me on the road as far as wheels and tire are concerned. Does this sound right?

I plan on replacing the axle down the road, but to get her home my thought is to find reliable used 5 bolt rim and put new tires on them. I plan on going with 6 bolt pattern when replacing axle and don't want to sink too much money into 5 bold wheel.

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Old 06-05-2009, 03:34 PM   #17
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From what I could gather in other posts, a 15" heavy steel truck wheel and a heavy duty 700-15 6 ply tire should be good to get me on the road as far as wheels and tire are concerned. Does this sound right?

I plan on replacing the axle down the road, but to get her home my thought is to find reliable used 5 bolt rim and put new tires on them. I plan on going with 6 bolt pattern when replacing axle and don't want to sink too much money into 5 bold wheel.

- Scott
Scott,

Something else which I just remembered. My 1954 Liner had 5 bolt wheels with a locater pin on the drum and a hole in the wheel to go over the pin. Check and make sure that your FC does not have the same thing or you will have to drill the wheel or cut off the pin.

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Old 06-05-2009, 05:05 PM   #18
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We towed home a '72 Soverign from Mobile, AL to MN in April (about 1300 miles). We put temporary running and brake lights on her, ran new wiring to the brakes for the tow home, and sealed her up (missing vent, and the storage areas didn't stay shut). Gorilla tape works great - stronger than duct tape. One thing we didn't check carefully, and regretted, was the underbelly. We lost a piece on the way home somewhere, and nearly lost our electric cord stored in the rear bumper also. Something to check. Ours, too, had not been towed significantly for many many years. She towed like a dream except for that piece of belly skin. Good luck!
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:20 PM   #19
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Tongue Pic

Heading back in 3 weeks to pick her up. This photo of the tongue was just sent over to me....more on the way. Tongue is going to have to be replaced before I drag it home. Considering having the axel replaced while it's in the shop. - Scott
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:54 PM   #20
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OK, let me get this straight. You were gifted an incredible trailer, you want to restore it, and you are going to go get it. But, it hasn't moved in 20 years. It it over 50 years old. The trip is 1,800 miles.

Now I'm not the brightess bulb in the lamp, but I don't like your odds!

I'm not saying it can't be done, but your crossing the rockies aren't you?

If I would do this I would consider two options:

- rent the carhauler.

- fix tounge, replace axle, tires, brakes.

Realistically, you probably have a rusty frame. That damage could range from surface, to completely missing major parts. You probably won't know this till you get there. Even then, you may not find them.

I would hate to have a major structural failure coming down the backside of a mountain at 2am.

You may want to take advantage of having an "inspection party" when you get to Perioa. I'm sure you could get lots of help from forum members to get this treasure properly readied for your trip home.

Heck, I bet you could arrange for enough courtesy parking and escorts to follow you home!

Man, I get envious when I read about adventures like this! Hope it can be me someday!

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Old 07-14-2009, 07:20 PM   #21
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A courtesy park and inspection in St. Louis, MO has been extended. Since we have a 53 FC it should be near identical to this 54 FC.

Keep us posted, and PM me if you want more contact info.

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Old 07-15-2009, 01:03 AM   #22
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DanB - going with replacement option. New tongue, axle, wheels and tires. Carhauler probably the smart option (never been accused of that), but seems like cheating and less of an adventure. I have one member lined up for an inspection and expect it to be a valuable resource.

Steve - thanks again for the invite and advice.

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Old 07-15-2009, 07:18 AM   #23
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:19 AM   #24
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Wow, what a great gift!!!!

Being it is 1851 miles from Peoria to Reno which includes mountain grades it would not be wise to attempt towing unless axle, bearings, rims, tires, brakes and exterior lights are all in good operating condition.

Pulling any camper loaded on a car trailer with a half ton truck over the mountains would not be advisable. Adventurous yes, advisable, no.

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Old 07-15-2009, 08:38 AM   #25
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I don't think you are into breaking the law, we tend to bend it sometimes. Most states have a weight law that says if the trailer is over a certain weight It HAS TO HAVE BRAKES. If anything happens U are in BIG DODO.
We brought our OVERLANDER home with no Brakes about a 75 miles. We never intended to bring it when we did so NO Controller was installed in the truck. PO said he wanted it moved that day.I didn't even pay him for it.
I was a professional Truck driver with 45 yrs experience and 60 yrs of driving. I was sweating Bullets believe me and I ain't scurred of nuffin!
So my advise is, make sure it has everything working. Tires (new) Bearings packed, Lites and brakes working.Then a 1/2 ton truck should be just fine.
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:31 AM   #26
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Cycletahoe - Not sure if you've already pulled your new treasure home yet. But if not, all the above is valuable information to insure a safe trip home - for you, other motorists on the roads, AND THE SAFETY OF YOUR TRAILER!!

One thought - all the work you are contemplating to have done before the tow home begins is fine, but may not be the best use of your money. You said you eventually want to replace the wheels & tires to a different size ~ so why spend those $$ only for the haul home, then those wheels & tires are surplus. Having the axel & tongue work done in Peoria could be more expensive than doing it yourself at home or by a local shop. Just a few thoughts. There are horror stories of rusted tongues breaking loose & the trailer taking off on its own path of destruction. . . . Not a pretty sight.

I towed my '54 Cruiser (with temp lights & no trailer brakes) from N. Dakota to Central Texas with an F-250. In always perfect hindsight - probably not a good idea. I think the car hauler is a much better solution, not to mention safer option. I also think your 1/2 ton can pull that combination, assuming the truck already has a factory installed trailer towing package (radiator & tranny). It may be slower going than you'd like getting over the Rockies ~ but I'd still think doable with care. Look at all this as your first OF MANY adventures with your Flying Cloud!!

Best of luck. Please ~ LOTS MORE PHOTOS INSIDE & OUT, and a narrative of your trip home.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:18 PM   #27
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more pics

a few more pictures....
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:57 AM   #28
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inside pics....not bad considering it has been sitting for over 20 years
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