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Originally Posted by 64Lincoln
I just bought a '64 Airstream Safari which I want to tow with my '64 Lincoln Continental Convertible, but I need a hitch. Does anyone know where I can get either a hitch or the plans to build one for a '64 Lincoln?
I don't know whether Lincoln did the same thing as Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge, but you might inquire of a long-time dealer (one who was around in 1964) about whether the receiver hitch plans were part of the the Factory Service Manual. I know that receiver hitch plans were detailed in both the owners' manual and factory service manuals for 1965
MOPAR products. If there is an Internet Forum for Lincoln products, you might be able to post a question about whether the factory service manual might have the receiver hitch building instructions.
I found locating a welder to be among the most difficult of my tasks in 2003 when I was getting my 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible outfitted to tow, and it didn't have the added intricacies of fabricating for mounting to a unibody structure. What finally worked for me was to locate a shop that catered to farm vehicles, and it was there that I found a welder who was very experienced with fabricating and modifying receiver hitches. In less than two hours he had my hitch fabricated and installed . . . and it has performed flawlessly for nine seasons.
Dodge Coronet was fitted with a Reese Weld-up Hitch kit in 1980, and performed well throughout the life of the car and is still performing well. The welder who fabricated that hitch may have varied from the MOPAR instruction a little as he welded reinforcement plates at each attachment pont that included brackets for the receiver assembly . . . in this way, the receiver could be unbolted from the car and stored when not in use (although I never removed the receiver from the car).
Good luck with your investigation!