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Old 08-26-2017, 03:07 PM   #1
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Yet another older tow vehicle

another picture of our Safari, this time behind my old truck...I've had this 59 Chevy since 1977, it now has a 454 for power, TH400 trans with Gear Vendors od, Dana 60 rear with 6 lug wheels and 3.54 posi.

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Old 08-26-2017, 03:26 PM   #2
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Not a bad ride height for towing. Looks like a very nice build. Pat
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Old 08-26-2017, 03:32 PM   #3
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Okay, she's a beautiful rig and she has a very stout power train............but can she stop?

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Old 08-26-2017, 03:34 PM   #4
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Nice rig. Have you thought of putting disk brakes on the truck?

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Old 08-26-2017, 04:10 PM   #5
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heh...yeah, over the past 40 years I've thought once or twice about putting disc brakes on the truck. But I haven't done it. Somehow Wally lived through his adventures with drum brakes. Maybe I can too?
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Old 08-26-2017, 04:15 PM   #6
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Beautiful. I am sure it stops just fine.
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Old 08-26-2017, 05:24 PM   #7
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heh...yeah, over the past 40 years I've thought once or twice about putting disc brakes on the truck. But I haven't done it. Somehow Wally lived through his adventures with drum brakes. Maybe I can too?
Drum brakes in good shape work just fine. And no ABS, no problem for those of us who learned to modulate the brakes!
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Old 08-26-2017, 06:47 PM   #8
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I just got back from a 5000 mile trip in an early Corvair with little drum brakes. No problems with stopping. Climbing hills, on the other hand, was a problem!
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Old 08-26-2017, 07:59 PM   #9
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Nice rig.

Quite the powertrain ... a sleeper!
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Old 08-26-2017, 08:59 PM   #10
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I put a 396 into the truck when I was still in high school...it was even more of a sleeper then, with it's brushed on house paint, plain steel wheels, etc. I used to drag race every weekend.

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Old 08-27-2017, 06:52 AM   #11
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I had several of those 1980s GM diesels in classic pickups. Everywhere I went people told me what a mistake that engine was for GM. I laughed and told them to look at my odometer!
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:31 AM   #12
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I had several of those 1980s GM diesels in classic pickups. Everywhere I went people told me what a mistake that engine was for GM. I laughed and told them to look at my odometer!
I too have the most reliable "unreliable" vehicle. It's a 1995 Jaguar XJS convertible; and everyone that comes up to me to talk about the car, speaks in hushed tones about how unreliable it is. I've had one electrical short other than basic maintenance; that's it.

It all depends on how you maintain the vehicle. If you don't maintain; even a Toyota Corolla will become unreliable.

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Old 08-27-2017, 12:39 PM   #13
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Thumbs up Older tow vehicle

Nice wheels!
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Old 08-27-2017, 01:53 PM   #14
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I too have the most reliable "unreliable" vehicle. It's a 1995 Jaguar XJS convertible; and everyone that comes up to me to talk about the car, speaks in hushed tones about how unreliable it is. I've had one electrical short other than basic maintenance; that's it.

It all depends on how you maintain the vehicle. If you don't maintain; even a Toyota Corolla will become unreliable.

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When I gutted the 4 cats it ran like a raped ape!

On the brakes: as long as your trailer breaks are set right , the truck can handle itself.
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Old 08-27-2017, 03:32 PM   #15
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I like your rig! Yes, as long as you know the limitations of your brakes drums work fine. I dream of discs on all wheels but I have no reason to hurry downhill or uphill anyway.
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Old 08-27-2017, 09:22 PM   #16
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OMG I am so jealous. That is one fine looking ride. Enjoy that. I know I would.
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Old 08-30-2017, 03:43 PM   #17
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I love that set up, truck looks great towing the trailer. I tow with a 1970 c10 with drum brakes, no problems with stopping. I installed a very good brake controller, and have it adjusted properly, I drive within my safety limits.
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OMG I am so jealous. That is one fine looking ride. Enjoy that. I know I would.
Oh Yeah, baby! That is way past cool.

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