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Old 11-21-2008, 12:23 PM   #21
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:53 PM   #22
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Beautiful, Brian. Any chance for some interior shots of both the car and trailer?
Thanks--------Here a few of the Spartan .I have none of the Caddy at present
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:05 PM   #23
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vintage tow

The key to vintage is safety. brake controller, and by all means go through the entire suspension system. ball joints, shocks, idler arm....
these cars towed these trailers when they were new. the only difference now is most vintage car restorations have only addressed the body and interior but the suspension is shot. My ventura is all original except for the drivetrain, I rebuilt it all for the specific purpose of towing my airstream.
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:37 PM   #24
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I prefer the pre 1955 tow boats.The frames are heavy,the wheel base long and the over hang short.A suburban has about 142" wheel base. I use a 1936 Caddy Fleetwood with 138 " WB but my over hang is alot less. I beefed up the suspension and running gear but I can tow 33 " Spartan or my 65 Tradewind at 80mph if I want to pay for the gas,but 60-65 feels great .I am kind of a freak for that older stuff.My tow car is a 1936 model,my Spartan is a 1950 model and my Wife is a 1951 model.
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Well, would a 48 model do the trick? Shucks, with ours you don't need brake controllers, sway bars, or (heaven forbid) a Hensley!




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Old 11-21-2008, 09:55 PM   #25
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Lynn,

I think that TV needs to have the wheels painted the same color red as the WBCCI numbers . Then you'd be stylin.....

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Old 11-22-2008, 12:55 AM   #26
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My former Vintage Tow Vehicle, a 1965 Dodge Polara. It had air shocks and a load leveler hitch and a big old 383, it did the job nicely.
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I'll won't tell you it's a good idea to tow it with a 65' Mustang, but dam that would look cool......... Just stay out of the mountains....
This belongs to a forum member. It was reported that the power to weight ratio would be similar to most other combinations on the roads today.

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I prefer the pre 1955 tow boats.The frames are heavy,the wheel base long and the over hang short.A suburban has about 142" wheel base. I use a 1936 Caddy Fleetwood with 138 " WB but my over hang is alot less. I beefed up the suspension and running gear but I can tow 33 " Spartan or my 65 Tradewind at 80mph if I want to pay for the gas,but 60-65 feels great .I am kind of a freak for that older stuff.My tow car is a 1936 model,my Spartan is a 1950 model and my Wife is a 1951 model.
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Brian & Patty:

WOW, that rig is a knockout! The inside of the Sparton is just stunning, too.

And, I see that you've adorned the living room with a Sparton radio, as well, although I'm pretty sure the colour isn't original

Thanks for those photos!
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:54 AM   #29
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Vettestreaming

We call it Vettestreaming!
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We call it Vettestreaming!

And it is even the correct color. Very nice.

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I prefer the pre 1955 tow boats.The frames are heavy,the wheel base long and the over hang short.A suburban has about 142" wheel base. I use a 1936 Caddy Fleetwood with 138 " WB but my over hang is alot less. I beefed up the suspension and running gear but I can tow 33 " Spartan or my 65 Tradewind at 80mph if I want to pay for the gas,but 60-65 feels great .I am kind of a freak for that older stuff.My tow car is a 1936 model,my Spartan is a 1950 model and my Wife is a 1951 model.
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Stunning combination, you have my vote for best of the best.
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:45 PM   #32
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We were originally looking for a vintage TV, to go with our '62 Ambassador. Perhaps we should look for a smaller trailer to tow with our Skylark.
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Beautiful car! What motor is in it?
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:08 PM   #34
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It's very easy to hitch up! You can use the tractor's bar (with ball attached) to come up under the hitch and just raise the rig.

What's really challenging, though, is to back a rig. On the tractor you're sitting so close to the front of the rig that you can't see around the sides. And, at least on our tractor, the bar sways back and forth, so minor corrections in direction turn out to be nearly impossible.

In the end, I use the tractor only if I'm going to tow in a foreward direction. If backing is involved, I use the truck.


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Old 12-04-2008, 01:52 PM   #36
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Beautiful car! What motor is in it?
It has a 350 2bbl single exhaust. Very stock car.
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Oh man, Ralph has a tractor too?

I feel so left out. It seems like EVERYONE has a tractor but me.

Thats it, I just HAVE to get me one.

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We were originally looking for a vintage TV, to go with our '62 Ambassador. Perhaps we should look for a smaller trailer to tow with our Skylark.
The Skylark most likely has the power to tow your Ambassador but what it dosen't have is a long enough wheel base.
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