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Old 12-28-2014, 07:58 AM   #1
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Flat Towing a " Classic " car

Anyone out there flat towing a Classic or Hotrod ? I am not talking about a show car - just a decent " driver " quality car or truck. Would be front engine, rear wheel drive, auto or 4 speed. I can install a driveshaft disconnect if necessary.
I am not interested in pulling a trailer or using a dolly.
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Old 12-28-2014, 08:03 AM   #2
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Depends on car....If its a standard trans, no problem. Automatics are a different story. With GMs, pre 62, I believe with the Powerglide had a rear pump in the trans, so would likely be OK...After that, there would be no lubrication to the trans, so I would disconnect the driveshaft. Heck, I think I would disconnect the driveshaft anyways....keeps the mileage low on the odometer....lol

I found flat towing some older cars around that some dont steer as well as others. That may be a problem

What is the car involved?
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Old 12-28-2014, 08:12 AM   #3
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I have a couple of what might be called classics. I looked into flat towing my '67 Mustang, but didn't like what I would have had to do to the front end, the same with my '57 Chevy. I also have a '69 "Judge" but have never contemplated taking it with us. I have used a tow dolly for the Mustang, but only a couple times.
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Just wondering........If a classis car is in any kind of "great condition" and is one's old pride and joy.......why would you subject it the "abuse" of being flat towed? There is nothing good going on back there......... My JK has battle scares on it..........
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Thanks for the replies so far. I am a gearhead at heart, and have a hot-rodded 40 Chevy pickup sitting at home. Currently pulling wifes Jeep Wrangler, but missing that old car vibe. Considering a 66 / 70 El Camino. Decent ones out there in 10 - 15k range.
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Old 12-28-2014, 09:36 AM   #6
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Number one problem, you'll be on your own for fabricating a base plate. As everything you mention is also two wheel drive, you'll need a driveshaft disconnect (or you'll have to remove it for towing).


None of these challenges are insurmountable, it's just a matter of how much time or money you want to throw at it.


If I just had to bring along my SS Camaro convertible, I'd get a trailer.
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I flat towed my 39 Chevy street rod use a remco disconnect made my own tow brackets made a 1/2 inch lexan shield to mount on tow bar all went well until front tire came apart mess up fender and running board and it didn't have enough positive caster if you it a dip while tuning wheel wouldn't return
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Anyone out there flat towing a Classic or Hotrod ? I am not talking about a show car - just a decent " driver " quality car or truck. Would be front engine, rear wheel drive, auto or 4 speed. I can install a driveshaft disconnect if necessary.
I am not interested in pulling a trailer or using a dolly.
Not me... enclosed trailer only for my "classics". Security, protection from damage, and a "garage" while traveling are some of the reasons. I flat tow the PU or TJ in my sig and on rare occasions dolly a minivan. YMMV...
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I flat towed a '63 Corvette split window coupe from north Texas to northern Indiana and then from northern Indiana to California and on to Eastern Washington. Tow vehicle was a big V-8 station wagon - no problems at all. I did disconnect and remove the drive shaft.
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