Should I Fix the GTO to tow a Scamp? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-31-2013, 07:49 PM   #1
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Should I Fix the GTO to tow a Scamp?

This is a off the wall conversation. I moved to this desolate town out in the boon docks in Nevada. I moved here and quit doing things I used to do. I have a 65 GTO that has been in moth ball for a very long time. I was thinking just last week about somthing off the wall to do.
Get the GTO back on the road its needs a lot of work ideed. Have a special receiver made to bolt on the frame then wire a four prong connector and start looking for one of them Scamp trailers I was thinking a 17 footer. Get it all fixed up and hook it up to the GTO and head to the Oregon coast. I have been thinking about this a lot since last week everybody would think I was nuts driving down the freeway with a GTO and my scamp on the back. Will the GTO tow a 17 foot scamp trailer?
I can't do it this year to late and the GTO needs to much work. I don't know anything about these trailers so this is where I need your help. Not getting any younger and the years are going by way to fast. Did I mention its a convertible? I just think that would so cool to drop the top and cruise down the coast highway. There is a place called Long Beach Washington and certain times of the year you can take your car or truck on the beach its like 20 somthing miles long. I have always thought it would be cool to hit the beach with the top down and tear it up in the GTO! Drive my gas guzzling GTO all the way to the coast with a big grin on my face......................
I know I am nuts!

SHOULD I DO IT GUYS?
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:18 PM   #2
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Better yet is the "sea to shining sea trip", start with your rear wheels in one ocean and end up with the front wheels in the water on the other coast, and no we haven't done it yet. Read an article years ago written by a guy that did do it when he had a terminal disease. I think the tongue weight of a 16 or 17' trailer might be too much for the GTO, I'd do it with a teardrop or small vintage Scotty camper.
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Welcome to FGRV, Roger. It is neat to have 65 GTO as your tow vehicle, unfortunately you may be limited to 13' Scamp if you have the 4 pin set up. Anything bigger will need brakes and a 7 pin set up. You may also need air bags in the GTO rear end. Please post some pictures also, we love them here.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:28 PM   #4
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I was thinking first of a 13 foot scamp. The Scotty would be cool. Arent those trailer have the highfront end that grabs all the wind? I had an old Road runner trailer years ago a 15 footer and it was like pullingt a parachute down the road. Even in my 3/4 ton GMC I the drag was so bad I didnt need the brakes of the truck going down canyons. Just a question mind you. Thats a good idea if I had deep pockets but I don't the trip to the Oregon coast would be very expensive indeed. So what about a 13 foot scamp?
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:36 PM   #5
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why not?

we're getting our 68 skylark ready to tow our 77 13-ft scamp next year. haven't finished either of them yet. just started this spring. we think we'll have fun cruising to see friends, family and enjoying the drive as well as the destination.
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Welcome to FGRV, Roger. It is neat to have 65 GTO as your tow vehicle, unfortunately you may be limited to 13' Scamp if you have the 4 pin set up. Anything bigger will need brakes and a 7 pin set up. You may also need air bags in the GTO rear end. Please post some pictures also, we love them here.

I had already thought of a brake controler if I had a bigger trailer and also air shocks to raise the rear end up. It is already plumbed for it. With old school single master cylinder oh and no power brakes, yeah you better go with electric brakes.

I can remember when I was a kid people would get their Cadilacs , Lincolns and the nine passenger station wagons back up to the 20 foot travel trailer and take off for the weekend gettaway with four or five kids in the back. Nobody even thought a thing about it. It was common to see passenger cars towing full size trailers. $65,000 Power Stroke who needed them, When you had a 375 hp 440 mag under the hood with your Chrysler station wagon.

Thanks for the support guys this is what I need the Old Goat has sat way to long:{ I guess that goes for both Old Goats !LOL
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why not?

We're getting our 68 skylark ready to tow our 77 13-ft scamp next year. Haven't finished either of them yet. Just started this spring. We think we'll have fun cruising to see friends, family and enjoying the drive as well as the destination. :d
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:19 PM   #8
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65 GTO convertible with a 4 speed 389 V8? hooYEAH! This is too cool ... Get a brake controller and a 7 pin harness, have electric brakes on the Scamp and you are good to go!

Watch out for soft spots in the sand at Long Beach, though.

Let us know when you're on your way!

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Old 08-31-2013, 09:38 PM   #9
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Be sure to include a new set of tires for your GTO.... It sounds like the ones on it will be well over the 6yr safe life, and adding a trailer will put that much more load on everything.

Hope you have a big budget as well.... I'll bet it will take at least $2-3k to get that GTO back in "Safe" condition..... Ya gotta remember, that one was built back when 100,000 miles was quitting time for cars and if you didn't quit then, they would.

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Old 08-31-2013, 11:11 PM   #10
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I found out a long time what GTO stand for.............. GET TOOLS OUT LOL! Years ago I put thousands of dollars in this engine and in the car I know its sat a lot time and you just have to start all over. You want to see somthing finicky? Have a souped up engine with the old three duces on it from the factory you will get really good at getting tools out on a set of carbs that are almost 50 years old. I wouldn't give them up for nothing. There is nothing like popping the hood and seeing three carbs. So I will just keep getting those tools out. Yeah I will even go down the road with my scamp with my three duces. I hope I can put this together? I like the positive reponses you guys have given me. I have only been on here since this after noon and already starting to like you guys!
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I don't know if I would tow with a convertible tho, is there not too much body flex. I remember sitting in the back seat of a Mercury Cougar convertible a long time ago and watching the door gap open and close every time we went over a bump.
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:14 AM   #12
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If I had a nice GTO or any other classic car I would not take it on the beach. Too many chances to get stuck in the loose sand. Get stuck, and the tide comes in, and watch the ocean take your car.

The beach entrance in the town of Longbeach is improved and maintained. The others are just sand. OK for 4 wheel drive but not so good for cars.

Every year the Beach Barons car club host the "End of the World Rod Run". Lots of classic cars. It's a wonderful event held the weekend after Labor Day. I've enjoyed it many times.
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If I had a 1965 GTO convertible in good condition I'd sell it, take the cash, buy a used tow vehicle and used fiberglass trailer and travel for a year around America.

I would be shocked if an approaching 4000 lb GTO with it's huge engine couldn't tow a 13-16 foot fiberglass trailer with ease, just don't drive like you're racing. If it doesn't tow well, you can easily sell a GTO in good condition, actually the market for those in poor condition isn't bad either.

1965 GTO Specifications - UltimateGTO.com
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I have deleted an offending post and a response, let's try and keep it on point, thank you
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