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Old 06-15-2013, 06:26 AM   #1
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Towing A Fiat spider

Can anybody tell me if they have ever towed a Fiat spider. This is a rear wheel drive. If anybody has any Ideas , I would really appreciate the feedback. I have thought of a dolly and towing it backwards. I won't even consider removing the drive shaft. And by the way it has an Automatic trans.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:03 AM   #2
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No way I would tow my Spider if it had an automatic transmission. I know you don't want to drop the drive shaft but with the flange connection it is really very easy to do.

At the 2200lb mark I've given serious consideration to having a tilt top single axle aluminum trailer built to carry it. Use a rubber tire at the front jack and it would be rollable even by the oldest of us once it was unloaded.
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Never towed one, but I have helped push a few. lol
I would not flat tow an automatic. Pulling backward on a dolly can be done, but can be tricky. You will need to lock the steering wheel (don't rely or use the key lock). The caster is wrong for towing backwards.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:04 AM   #4
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Whats a flange connection
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It's a flat plate one on the driveshaft and one on the differential that you put together and hold with four nuts and bolts instead of something like U bolts. Very easy to take apart and put back together.

Put a couple of 2X6 on the ground in front of the rear tires as you pull up to hook up and you'll have extra ground clearance to work with then just tow it of the wood.

The flange is right next to the driveshaft itself in the picture.



It's at the back of this picture closest to you

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Nice rebuild on the drive shaft.
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I'd like to take credit but it was a picture off the Internet.
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Regarding the Flange coupler

Thanks for the pictures. The only problem is the mod would be worth more than the Fiat.
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I'm not sure what mod you're referring to as there is none, this is how it came from the factory.

What year is the Spider?
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You might consider a closed trailer. That Spider is going to get all kinds of road crap thrown at it. Plus the rag top getting hit with all kinds of turbulence behind the coach. You then can get to the campsite and back it out clean and drive away!
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I'm not sure what mod you're referring to as there is none, this is how it came from the factory.

What year is the Spider?
My spider is a 1981. But I think I would hav a problem as they are so low and getting under is a chore even when its up on jack stands.
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You might consider a closed trailer. That Spider is going to get all kinds of road crap thrown at it. Plus the rag top getting hit with all kinds of turbulence behind the coach. You then can get to the campsite and back it out clean and drive away!
I have concidered that factor also.What you say makes sense, we restored the car 6 years ago and only have 300 miles on it seems a shame ,but I don't want to have such bulk.
Our trips will be travel stop tour a bit travel stop and tour a bit.
As simple a system that I can come up with is better. If we were boon docking I would look at the flange coupler. But an enclosed trailer would not be an option.I have one sitting in the yard that I never use.
Might trade the car for something to flat tow or something more suitable for a dolly.
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We had a Fiat (Fix It Again Tony) 124 and the only way you could be sure it would reach a destination is to pull it or to push it.

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