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Old 08-14-2016, 06:50 AM   #1
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77 Triumph 4 down

Has anyone towed a Spitfire 4 down? Any info would be greatly helpful. Thanks
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If it's a manual transmission, I don't think you'll have a problem with towing it. Finding a base plate that will connect to the front frame ends might take some custom fabricating.

Good luck.
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A rear wheel drive manual transmission car may or may not be towable. On something that old, I don't think I would risk it unless you can get a drive line disconnect for it. And then there is the issue of base plate which will have to be custom built.

All these things cost money and it would be less expensive and safer for the car to tow it on a trailer.
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I'm not sure why a Triumph TR7 or Spitfire manual transmission would need a drive line disconnect, that's the function of the transmission in neutral.
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I'm not sure why a Triumph TR7 or Spitfire manual transmission would need a drive line disconnect, that's the function of the transmission in neutral.
Because the gears turning in the transmission may not be the gears turning when the engine is running and it could get insufficient oiling of the syncros and cause premature wear. My solution, which could be messy is to overfill the transmission.
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Because the gears turning in the transmission may not be the gears turning when the engine is running and it could get insufficient oiling of the syncros and cause premature wear. My solution, which could be messy is to overfill the transmission.
Do you know for a fact that this is the case for the '77 Triumph?
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I'm not trying to be argumentative, and I have no specific knowledge of this car just passing on info which pertains to my car (Datsun).
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Has anyone towed a Spitfire 4 down? Any info would be greatly helpful. Thanks
Over the years, I've seen a couple of MGB's towed behind motorhomes and a month or so ago, saw a Midget.
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The only issue I've heard about not being able to tow a manual transmission are those by Chevy (I believe) that have an actual internal oil pump in them. Any manual that old I'd have no qualms about flat towing.
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Don't assume anything, particularly with older British cars. When we moved from VA to WA, I flat-towed a UK-Ford Cortina behind our Mercury Colony Park wagon. Approaching Billings, Montana, I felt additional drag from the Cortina and saw smoke coming from the back tires.

I pulled over on the freeway to check and found the Cortina's transmission seized solid and both rear tire treads worn flat. I was able to rent a U-Haul flat-bed trailer one-way and loaded the Cortina on it for a remainder of the journey.

After settling in at our new place, I went to talk to a local foreign car maintenance shop. I discovered that the transmission lube was from a pump driven by the input shaft. Had I disconnected the driveshaft it would have been fine! I did get the seizure repaired and used the old clunker for a couple more years before the rust holding the body together gave way.

I believe Ford used that same transmission in the Pinto and maybe some other US-made cars.
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I had an 2005 Honda S2000 with a manual transmission I purchased new which had an oil pump connected to the input shaft and stated in the owners manual to not tow it.
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I had an 2005 Honda S2000 with a manual transmission I purchased new which had an oil pump connected to the input shaft and stated in the owners manual to not tow it.
2005 Honda S2000 == 1977 Triumph Spitfire

Japan == Great Britain
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Personally, if the car is in good shape, I would not tow it 4 down. Go with a trailer and protect the car. A lod of debris is thrown up and will chip the paint.

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