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Old 05-30-2012, 08:24 AM   #1
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What do you think? Towing TT with 1973 Ford LTD

I would appreciate your thoughts. I have a 1973 Ford LTd, 460, real good condition, at the garage getting a check up as we speak, that I don't want to get rid of. I would like to buy a small (not tiny,need a pot) travel trailer to go out west for a few?months starting in August. Won't be putting on alot of miles a day as I will be traveling with my 92 yr old mother and we like to stop and enjoy. We live in the Florida Keys and it takes us 2 days to get out of Florida. I have had lots of different opinions +&-. Thought about a small motorhome but think that would be hard for the sightseeing we want to do. I am on a budget, not rich. Thanks for any help.

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Old 05-30-2012, 08:35 AM   #2
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Back when 1970 LTDs were new, friends of ours towed a 22' Shasta TT with their Country Squire for several years. IIRC, it had the 390 engine. We towed a boat trailer several times with our Mercury Colony Park wagon (429) and flat-towed a Ford Cortina car from Hampton VA to Seattle. The Cortina went much faster behind the Merc than it ever did under its own power.

They added a transmission cooler and level adjustable rear shocks and used an equalizing hitch. I don't remember tham having any problems with th4 car that were specifically caused by towing.

We didn't make any changes to our Mercury.

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Old 05-30-2012, 08:40 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. Offhand I would say that it is ok , but would check the manual for towing capacity and get your TT acordingly. I'm sure you'll be able to have a "pot". Let us know what you find out.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:52 AM   #4
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The power won't be a issue that 460 is a monster the trans cooler is a must I would say, then shocks and even load leveling hitch will help with the leveling out of the 2
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Find a refurbed classic trailer to go with it. It would be cool.
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My parents towed TT's with a '57 Plymouth station wagon with a 318 engine. It strained at times like up the OLD grapevine (not the new one we have today), but it did the job.
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I would love that but not in my budget at this point. That would be fun since we are old, too. I am 61 and my mother is 92. All classic would be cool.
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X2 on adding a transmission cooler. Maybe do a service on it, too.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:11 PM   #9
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LTD's are BEAST !!!!

well built and surprisingly good mpg for that size car...

As college students on a budget that wanted to follow their team around the southeast,
we towed a large popup with one to games...
never knew the popup was there,
stopped when @ Alabama game in december with frozen streams @ the campground - popup was TOO cold - but it was conducive to the girls we brought wanting to "snuggle"

you probably would want a wd and sway control hitch just to be sure... good luck !
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Ricky and Luci did it... but with lots of "slaining".
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:28 AM   #11
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My brother pulled a 23' Prowler trailer all over the place with a 74 Chevy station wagon with a 283 and a powerglide tranny. There are lots of smaller TTs available these days. I just sold my 18.5' Shadow Cruiser to my daughter. They're pulling it with a V-6 Tacoma pickup. The whole thing weighs in loaded at 3900# the way we used it. It might be a bit cramped for your 92-year-old mom... but... you could pick one up gently used and do well.

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My concerns would be the 40yr old cooling system. I would not even think about towing with the old radiator. You should be able to get a new radiator for about 350$ or the old one re-cored. Replace all hoses and as previously noted a trans cooler and temp gauge.
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Transmission cooler, shocks and upgraded tires are a must. A good weight distributing hitch with sway control and you should be good. Also cehck the brakes and add a good brake controller.

Change the engine oil and transmission fluid now and then use the severve duty maintenance schedule.

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Old 06-15-2012, 09:07 AM   #14
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Oh my. Back in the day I towed my 19' Nomad single axle TT with my 68 Pontiac Lemans 6 cylinder. They had a two speed automatic and I spent a lot of time in first gear. We made it from VT to Nova Scotia and pretty much the rest of NE. I think the LTD will be no problem, especially if you check the things mentioned above.

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