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snowmaker 12-30-2015 11:56 AM

Towing a Mustang
 
Ok I have a 2009 automatic covert mustang that I rather tow them my Ford focus. My question is how to tow it without taking the drive shaft off. I know Remco makes a disconnect for the drive shaft but we are talking well pass $1000. I know everybody says fat bed tow it (but storing a flat bed on some site is a night mare) so I wondered if I was to place the car in neutral and ran the engine while towing will this solve my problems?
Other then that, I will have to bite the bullet and buy the Remco kit and find a knowable mechanic or Transmission specialist to install it.
Thanks for any help on this.
Jim

lllkrob 12-30-2015 12:37 PM

Yes you could tow it with the engine running. Only drawback is the towing miles will accumulate on the odometer.

kimbo 12-30-2015 01:12 PM

looks like you covered all your options, which one will you do?

snowmaker 12-30-2015 01:15 PM

Thanks never knew about the mileage running up. I guess I was thinking that came off the front, foolish me!

Gordon Dewald 12-30-2015 01:35 PM

We tow a trailer and have not encountered any nightmare situations. Sometimes not as convenient as one would like but with our trailer the vehicle is kept out of the elements (including rock chips) and arrives clean and secure.

lllkrob 12-30-2015 09:07 PM

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Originally Posted by snowmaker (Post 2881250)
Thanks never knew about the mileage running up. I guess I was thinking that came off the front, foolish me!


Wait a second, were you planning on towing the Mustang on a dolly with the engine running? or 4 down with the engine running?

The reason I ask is towing it on a dolly this way could present all kinds of problems with the trans, while 4 down towing would not.

snowmaker 12-31-2015 07:04 AM

Yes I was planning on towing this on a tow dolly. What problems would I encounter? Is it because of towing in a consent incline?

lllkrob 12-31-2015 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by snowmaker (Post 2882070)
Yes I was planning on towing this on a tow dolly. What problems would I encounter? Is it because of towing in a consent incline?


YES, that much constant incline could lead to fluid pickup problems and cavitation causing transmission failure. You can flat tow it with the engine running or you could back it on the dolly and tow it with the front wheels on the ground. To do the backwards dolly tow you would need to tie down the steering wheel very securely to keep the front wheels in a straight ahead position at all times. However backwards dolly towing is not recommended and will cause abnormal tire wear on the Mustang's front tires due to the reversed alignment angles of the front suspension.

snowmaker 12-31-2015 10:16 AM

Ok so even flat towing and the drive shaft disconnected, I would still need to have the engine running? Starting to look like might need to trailer it. On the plus side of flat trailer, backing up would be no problem as I use to drive trackers with low boy trailers.
Can't back up those darn dolly's.
Thanks for your help

lllkrob 12-31-2015 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by snowmaker (Post 2882350)
Ok so even flat towing and the drive shaft disconnected, I would still need to have the engine running? Starting to look like might need to trailer it. On the plus side of flat trailer, backing up would be no problem as I use to drive trackers with low boy trailers.
Can't back up those darn dolly's.
Thanks for your help


NO, with the drive shaft disconnected you would not have to have the engine running, you could tow it any way you wanted.

snowmaker 01-01-2016 06:40 AM

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Originally Posted by lllkrob (Post 2882427)
NO, with the drive shaft disconnected you would not have to have the engine running, you could tow it any way you wanted.

Thanks for all the info. Now I just need to weight out the cost of renting a u-haul trail $712 for 8 days or the added cost to retro the drive shaft along with everything to connect the car to the Motor Home.
Thanks for all the help
Jim

vettenuts 01-01-2016 06:51 AM

I saw someone towing a Corvette on a trailer and they also put some other toys on with the car (kayaks, etc.). That was a definite advantage of the trailer.

Bumble 01-04-2016 05:52 PM

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[Attachment 115710I also was in the same exact position ,2006 mustang GT convertible ,I did the tow dolly thing ,didn't like towing backwards because of the wind shaking the convertible top and all the stress on the front suspension , and there is no driveshaft disconnect for the GT model ,so I went and bought a new 20 foot car trailer with brakes on both axles and 2 foot dovetail ,easy to load and tows nice

Bumble 01-04-2016 06:16 PM

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snowmaker 01-05-2016 05:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Bumble (Post 2888034)
[Attachment 115710I also was in the same exact position ,2006 mustang GT convertible ,I did the tow dolly thing ,didn't like towing backwards because of the wind shaking the convertible top and all the stress on the front suspension , and there is no driveshaft disconnect for the GT model ,so I went and bought a new 20 foot car trailer with brakes on both axles and 2 foot dovetail ,easy to load and tows nice

I found a company that installs a disconnect drive shaft from Superior drive line. Simple pull on a knob and your drive shaft is disconnected. Push the knob backing and your drive shaft is engaged ready to roll. Since I already own a car dolly, I'll use this and avoid the expensive tow bar, brackets and breaking system. The drive shaft system installs for around $1300.
Thanks for your input.
Jim

38Chevy454 01-05-2016 09:27 AM

I have the old Remco driveshaft disconnect on my 52 GMC pickup. It does allow towing, but the disconnect is not exactly the most convenient. I have trouble to get it to re-engage, since the sliding collar is keyed to keep the u-joints in phase. Most times I just jack it up to slide under (low hot rod truck) and line it up with my hands. Never had good success with the knob to engage. Disengage is easy, it works fine with the knob. The disconnect does work, it just is not the most convenient.


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