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Old 11-09-2015, 04:00 PM   #15
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Aaah… you want some muscle, too! I'd love to tow with a Mustang drop-top myself. I can't imagine a more awesome way to explore the Pacific Coast Highway. But, alas!... 1000 pounds in all configurations.

Near the end of the linked thread about the VW scandal, I posted a report on some testing done by CR. It seems to indicate newer TDIs won't suffer as much of a performance hit as older ones (or will be an easier fix, anyway).
My 95 Mustang Convertible would do a nice job but It would require designing my own hitch since the ones available commercially are not up to standard. Oddly enough the convertible has a heavier stronger floor pan than the coupe.
The Pinto is no challenge at all and its tougher than elephant butter right out of the box.
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Old 11-09-2015, 04:36 PM   #16
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I once owned a 1975 Pinto with the big four cylinder, 2.3 liter I think. It was one of the best cars I ever owned. With the right hitch it wouldn't have any problem pulling a 13.


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Old 11-09-2015, 04:38 PM   #17
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I know virtually nothing about cars, but it is my understanding that convertible chassis connections are typically much stronger then non convertible cars. This is to overcome the lack of structure that the roof would have provided.

A drag racer told me that, a frame, with the additional mounting points, are sought after by the racing crowd.
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Old 11-09-2015, 04:42 PM   #18
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...The Pinto is no challenge at all and its tougher than elephant butter right out of the box.
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I once owned a 1975 Pinto with the big four cylinder, 2.3 liter I think. It was one of the best cars I ever owned. With the right hitch it wouldn't have any problem pulling a 13.
And with a hitch protecting the gas tank and a trailer behind you to absorb the impact, you'd have a sporting chance to survive a rear-end collision.
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Old 11-09-2015, 04:48 PM   #19
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Happier camper towed in one of their new trailers with the Mini Cooper SI at the last Lake Casistas Rally 2 weeks ago. It was a nice set-up.
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Old 11-09-2015, 05:02 PM   #20
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And with a hitch protecting the gas tank and a trailer behind you to absorb the impact, you'd have a sporting chance to survive a rear-end collision.

I remember that Ford did a recall and put shorter gas tank strap bolts in. I think the whole thing
was overblown. I have an 87 Suzuki Samurai that have never overturned ! 😄



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Old 11-09-2015, 05:10 PM   #21
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I once owned a 1975 Pinto with the big four cylinder, 2.3 liter I think. It was one of the best cars I ever owned. With the right hitch it wouldn't have any problem pulling a 13.


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WOW... it sounds like the rest of the cars you owned must have consisted of AMC Pacers, Yugo's and some of those wonderful Chrysler Corp K-Cars.

BUT... all is not lost, there is one other person on this site that loves the Pinto, it's just that 99% of America doesn't agree, especially after a rear end collision, but don't take it personally... LOL
Ford Pinto: Deathtrap Cars - AskMen

And Yes, I owned a Pinto, a 1974 Wagon... YUK
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Old 11-09-2015, 05:26 PM   #22
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That camper just looks fun, but I don't think it's geared towards full timing with it's tank capacities. Also, unsure of Scamp and Casita 13ft pricing, but perhaps it's a bit more?

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Happier camper towed in one of their new trailers with the Mini Cooper SI at the last Lake Casistas Rally 2 weeks ago. It was a nice set-up.
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Old 11-09-2015, 05:28 PM   #23
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I remember that Ford did a recall and put shorter gas tank strap bolts in. I think the whole thing
was overblown. I have an 87 Suzuki Samurai that have never overturned ! ��



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I'm surprised, that as a former Pinto owner you weren't more aware of the Pinto recall situation and that Ford initially made the decision that it was cheaper to pay off the fatality claims than fix the problem. I guess that was called "Good Business Practice" at the time.

The "fix" was to put a plastic buffer shield between the gas tank and the rear axle. When my late wife's Pinto couple was rear ended it ruptured the gas tank, but as it was almost empty (and with a lot of other luck) it didn't ignite.

The other fix was that no one would buy a used one, and many met the crusher before their usual wear out time of 75,000 miles. Only the Corvair may have suffered more than the Pinto as a result of an engineering/corporate error.

As far as overblown, one unnecessary death was one to many, and the hundreds of deaths attributed to the problem are beyond the pale....
http://ridgepoinths.com/wp-content/u...into-Case1.pdf
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Old 11-09-2015, 05:32 PM   #24
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When we looked for a new vehicle to tow the HC1 we wanted something that was relatively small ,cool looking , fun to drive and with good gas mileage.we checked out different VWs, jeep renagade, some beemers and the Mini Cooper countryman with a 2000 lb tow capacity. I think our choice to get the Mini Cooper was a good one as it tows beautifly even better than we expected and gets great mpg. You can see pictures at happier camper .com and how nice a fit it is with the HC1
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I saw this the other day and first it surprised me that the Porsche Panamera had a tow capacity of 4850 lbs Then I thought what a blast it would be to drive and pull into a campground.
Top 13 Best Cars for Towing for 2013 on Edmunds.com

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When we looked for a new vehicle to tow the HC1 we wanted something that was relatively small ,cool looking , fun to drive and with good gas mileage.we checked out different VWs, jeep renagade, some beemers and the Mini Cooper countryman with a 2000 lb tow capacity. I think our choice to get the Mini Cooper was a good one as it tows beautifly even better than we expected and gets great mpg. You can see pictures at happier camper .com and how nice a fit it is with the HC1
I looked high and low on the miniUSA site and can't find a towing specification for the Countyman. Can you look at the attached Countryman Owners Manual PDF and let us know where it is located?


http://www.miniusa.com/content/dam/miniusa/Owners/Tools%20%26%20Support/Owners%20Manuals%20%26%20Tips/2016_MINI_Countryman_Paceman_owner_manual.pdf


I ask this because towing within manufacturers specifications is a hot button here abouts.
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Although it has a Mercedes drivetrain and a v6, I'd never think of actually using it as a tow vehicle. The highlander made more sense.


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The Volvo C30 on that list wouldn't be bad at all. Nice link!

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