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Old 11-05-2021, 01:51 PM   #1
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Vintage toads?

Since I can't find a suitable convertible to tow flat (no Jeeps, please), I'm thinking vintage--maybe a 67-68 Mustang manual shift, but base plates don't exist for cars that old--unless it was purchased when the car was new. I have a friend with a 67 VW Beetle that came with a base plate and tow bar. Since "bumpers" were real bumpers in that era, can I have a connection point fabricated to the factory bumper supports?



Anyone towing a vintage car? Tell me about it!
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bumpers were not really designed to tow a car by. buy the car & go to a local welding shop that has a certified welder & have a custom base plate made.
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Old 11-05-2021, 07:49 PM   #4
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, can I have a connection point fabricated to the factory bumper supports?
Back in the late 60s, I pit crewed for a guy who drag raced a 1966 Shelby Hertz Mustang Fastback.

We welded up a "baseplate" (but it wasn't called that than back then) that bolted to the car using the same threaded holes as the inner bumper supports.

We took that Mustang to drag strips all over the midwest. In order to run in a "Stock" class we had to remove the towing stuff and re-install the front bumper. 4 bolts held it all together. We bolted safety chains to the front sway-bar mounts.

In later years, I ground up restored a 66 Mustang Coupe for my daughter and a 66 Fastback for me.



I also built a 400 HP Shelby Hertz Clone.

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Vintage toads?

I used to pull my 69 mustang to the track (behind my 68 F100) with a tow bar and mounts that I fabricated and welded to the front bumper brackets. 2 bolts and it was off leaving just the ends of the brackets peaking out under the front bumper and hardly noticeable. So yes it can be done.

Itís possible that I still have those modified bumper brackets in the shop somewhere. I still have the tow bar.
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We tow a 2005 Chrysler PT convertible Turbo 5 spd. Fun car, roadmaster tow brackets. Might be available for purchase in April. Good car for 4 people as they have big back seats. I describe it as a sports car that seats 4.
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Years ago, my dad bought a Toyota pickup (manual transmission) that he wanted to tow behind his motor home. I made base plates for the truck that attached to the frame. I added a large bolt through the center as overkill. Really not that hard to make a baseplate, concerns over liability is why you won't see any custom made ones.
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I don't know where you plan to travel, but remember vintage cars had carburetors, and carburetors needed to be adjusted with changes in elevation.
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Thank you all for your input! After much deliberation and consideration, we picked up a incredibly low mileage 2008 VW New Beetle convertible for which base plates are readily available! We think it will look good behind the motorhome, too!


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convertible

If your ok with stick look at the MiniCooper fun ride and lite to tow.
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