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Old 08-10-2005, 12:39 AM   #101
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Wern't you at the Lincoln City Oregon Unit/Western Oregon Unit joint rally in April? We were formally inducted into the WOU at the Sat evening dinner. Unfortunately, I didn't get to meet you and see your setup . It looks really kewl! I did visit with you briefly when you were headed out.....and if I remember right you mentioned to me it's OK for short trips, but a gas hog for longer trips (400+HP?). Another reason to get some AS forums decals to help us identify each other. Maybe you can make the Beverly Beach Rally in October.....we'll be there, and maybe we can see your AS then!


Actually Jordandvm, you met my inlaws it sounds like. That is their set up and iirc they attended that rally. Thus far events have conspired to keep us from attending an event.
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Old 08-11-2005, 10:32 PM   #102
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Put on a set of spiders w/ beauty rings for the 58 ranch wagon, as well as a nice old pair of beauty rings for the 67 globetrotter. Changes the look on the wagon, makes it look a little tougher, and the rings on the trailer wheels make it look complete.
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Old 08-11-2005, 10:58 PM   #103
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It makes people take a second look which is always neat about subtle changes. I noticed with the trailer that when I put the polished 5 spokes on that match the car people now stop and do a bit of a double take. Next year I might try wide white's all around, and have a spare set of really old chromies that are polished up that would also look good. All swap meet acquisitions, nothing more than 10 bucks a wheel. Enjoy your wagon. Barry
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Old 08-13-2005, 11:37 AM   #104
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WagonGirls 58 Ford 2 Door Ranch Wagon, and 67 Globetrotter

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Old 08-13-2005, 01:23 PM   #105
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"spiders'

here are a few detail pics.
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Old 08-13-2005, 10:49 PM   #106
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Wow! That looks good. I'll bet you are quite the sight heading down the road. You sort of wonder how can it get any better than this?

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Old 09-14-2005, 08:36 PM   #107
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Hi, I'm new here, I don't have an airstream but I truly think they are great. My interest was in Vintage cars as Tow Vehicles, and I'm impressed by what I see in these threads! You have inspired me to find that Vintage sedan (or maybe rag top ) and get hauling!
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Old 09-14-2005, 08:44 PM   #108
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Welcome to the forums - I was at a rally near Bellingham a few weeks ago with a bunch of vintage tow vehicles. They looked absolutely great! Twice the opportunity to polish.
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Old 09-14-2005, 09:58 PM   #109
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Hi Janet. I had my '57 pontiac Safari stationwagon at Deming. I use it to pull the '51 Flying Cloud. Our friends with us were pulling their 17' Boler with their '35 Ford and they will be pulling their Award trailer with their '54 Ford wagon. I am hoping that several more from our club make the Deming campout next year. They include a 33 Chev that pulls a small Boler/Bigfoot, a 36 Ford that pulls a small Boler, a 38 Plymouth that pulls a 17' Boler, a '55 Chev that pulls a Beachcomber, a '36 chev that pulls a Trillium, a '57 Ford Retractable that pulls a Boler as well as several others but these are the ones who hang out with us. We enjoy both the car and the trailer hobbies and the two are dynamite when enjoyed together. I know my login name is confusing for many on the forum thinking I have a '57 Safari Airstream but it's the car that's the Safari and I'd of killed to find a similar Airsteam until my FC came along. We love it and wouldn't part with it. It was good to meet you there. For those thinking of towing a vintage trailer with a vintage car I can tell you from experience that it adds a whole new level to the experience. It's not without it's challenges - old cars need maintenance and gas mileage is less than most tow vehicles today, but it's our way of expressing ourselves. Barry
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Old 09-14-2005, 10:11 PM   #110
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Hi - So... gromits a buddy? We had the minuet w/ the orange flag at that rally.
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Old 09-14-2005, 10:18 PM   #111
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We have a 1968 Ford F100 4x4. It was originaly equiped with a 300 Streight 6 with many miles. In preparation for towing our 1946 Kit Tear Drop trailer to the first International Tear Drop meet in Minden Nebraska this summer I made a change and installed a 1993 Ford 5.0 liter fuel injected V8 engine. To make sure it would run well I installed the complete Bronco wiring harness, computer etc, bucket seat, senter console, and instruments. Shortly after My wife bought our 1963 Bambi Airstream. So the truck was well equipped to pull the new to us trailer.
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Old 09-15-2005, 12:30 AM   #112
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Thanks for the welcome! I'm a mechanic by trade, I look forward to the future challenges on classic tow vehicle upgrading and maintainence. Starting with Power disc brakes, fuel injection and better electrics. However for now it will be a nice dream!
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Old 09-15-2005, 01:13 PM   #113
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That 300CID six was a stout engine when in running shape. Lots of torque! Actually more torque than the 5.0. However the 5.0 will have more HP and will go faster.

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Old 10-23-2005, 08:04 PM   #114
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Bubble towed by vintage bus

While we were attending a Western OR Unit WBCCI rally near Eugene, there was a great combo vintage trailer and bus parked nearby (not part of the rally). I suspect they traveled to Eugene to fly to AZ to watch the Ducks play because we never saw them during the weekend. Anyway the painted Bubble was quite an eyestopper, and I suspect these die-hard Duck fans went to great lengths (and $) to pull this off!

Here are a few pics of the "Duckmobile"!

How much is that "ducky" in the window?
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Old 11-02-2005, 05:06 PM   #115
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Re: the Newport convertible and the urgings to go for it, my partner has caved, and at least we're looking for something cool to tow the Globetrotter. I'm wondering what, if any, experience anyone has towing with a compact. I've see a number of mid 60's Dart V8 convertibles for sale, and I wonder if they'd be stout enough. I've been towing the thing with a 160 hp V6 Ford Ranger 4wd without any drama, and we live just off highway 1 in Sonoma county, meaning twisty and hilly.

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You can find the grunt to tow with something small. A V-8 Falcon will do the work.

The Q I would have is stopping it or keeping the whole load on a twisty road like up to Lake County. I would be nervous.

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Re: the Newport convertible and the urgings to go for it, my partner has caved, and at least we're looking for something cool to tow the Globetrotter. I'm wondering what, if any, experience anyone has towing with a compact. I've see a number of mid 60's Dart V8 convertibles for sale, and I wonder if they'd be stout enough. I've been towing the thing with a 160 hp V6 Ford Ranger 4wd without any drama, and we live just off highway 1 in Sonoma county, meaning twisty and hilly.

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Is the wheelbase the same, or longer than the Ranger? Does the Dodge weigh the same, or more than the Ranger? If the answer to both questions is yes, than that is the answer to your question.
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Old 11-02-2005, 06:33 PM   #118
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Re: the Newport convertible and the urgings to go for it, my partner has caved, and at least we're looking for something cool to tow the Globetrotter. I'm wondering what, if any, experience anyone has towing with a compact. I've see a number of mid 60's Dart V8 convertibles for sale, and I wonder if they'd be stout enough. I've been towing the thing with a 160 hp V6 Ford Ranger 4wd without any drama, and we live just off highway 1 in Sonoma county, meaning twisty and hilly.

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While the 273 cubic inch V8 that was available in the Dart GT (at least in 1965), would have adequate power and the Torqueflight Automatic would round out a capable team; my concern would be finding one with a solid unit-body structure. I have towed my Overlander with the next model up -- a 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible (383 cubic inch HO V8), and it took quite a bit of reinforcing by a competent Reese Hitch fabricator some 27 years ago to fabricate an adequate receiver hitch system -- the '65 Coronet 500s came standard with the 273 cubic inch with options including 361 cubic inch, 383 cubic inch, and the 426 Max Wedge (could also be special ordered with a 426 race hemi according to literature that I have run across). I suspect that you might find the Coronet/Belvidere series a little easier to adapt to towing as the unit-body was a more robust structure (at least judging by overall appearance of the chassis).

Good luck with your research!

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Old 12-31-2005, 03:18 PM   #119
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I'm searching a little more seriously for the Chrysler convertible, but I'll also check with the guys in San Leandro that did the hitch, to see if they have any thoughts... maybe a particlar model would be better. I also secretly hope that the convertible will be a good candidate because there are additional members, for a frame.

We have the Ridgeline now, and I'd love to tow with that. It is unibody AND a ladder frame, and'll tow 5000 pounds.

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I was toying with the idea of getting something 1963 and potent to tow my 1963 Overlander ( up to 6000lb wet and loaded) with. Did GM make Suburbans in 1963? What was the hot setup for towing back then? Full size wagon?
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