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Old 04-25-2015, 01:29 PM   #15
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Any of these older cars can be updated with new suspension, even adjustable air, new cleaner motors, much better shocks and about any kind of brakes you want. I know we're all interested in FGRV's, but I've been a hot rodder for years, and am currently rebuilding my 1923 Ford T. It has a modern engine, jaguar independent rear suspension, and disc brakes all around. While I doubt when I get done with it that it will tow our Parkliner, it would have no problem doing that, as it is a torque monster.

I only mention this because I get a number of hot rod magazines, and trust me, you can modernize about any old car or truck you want to drive today with bolt on stuff somebody is making and selling, right down to entire new chassis. So if $ is not a problem, I say go for it. It does not have to be a polluting, wandering, poor handling and braking vehicle in today's specialty markets.

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Old 04-25-2015, 01:41 PM   #16
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But, the 1984 Ford Crown Vic was awesome. It hugged the road at 80 mph. We put 139,000 miles on it and I am sure it could have gone more. We have a 1993 Ford Club Wagon 145,000 miles on it and it is going strong having moved around the country with us and towed a small sticky like it wasn't even there. We also have a 1995 Lincoln Continental with about 90,000 miles on it but it has a tow limit of 1,000 without a tow package which would only bring it up to 2,000 lbs. but the quality and ride............. We just bought a 2008 Dodge Durango with 139,000 miles on it and I am guessing the Ford Club Wagon will probably be gone when the Durango is scrap. So, I stand behind my statement that they don't make them like they used to and that goes for everything that is made.

In our case, we can't fit into a tiny tow vehicle. Our mileage is low.

I would love a vintage car and teardrop. We have some older people in the neighborhood with classic cars and they take them out of the garage every once in a while for a drive and every so often, one goes on the market. I have seen these beauties in books. I always loved the classic cars featured in the center of Motor Trend when I was a kid; I taped them to my bedroom wall.
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Old 04-25-2015, 04:15 PM   #17
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Howsabout an early '80s El Camino to haul my Burro (same vintage) around? I had one years ago before I bought the Burro, and am thinking about trying to find (if I can afford) another one now.
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Old 04-25-2015, 04:48 PM   #18
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They're around, but you have to be careful cause the chassis went on a lot of them. You can find new frames and re-done ones around if you look, like here: Autowerks - Chevelle and Elcamino*Frames, Buick, Olds, Pontiac

I didn't look long, but I know guys who have bought new frames for their el caminos, and they have all the modern suspension and brake stuff. Just pricey!

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Old 04-25-2015, 06:09 PM   #19
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Ahh the old wagons! My father had a 1966 Ford country squire (yes with the fake wood grain) with a factory 428 under the hood. It would pass anything except a gas station. 4 kids and a golden retriever plus camping gear and away we would go , from Duluth MN to Saint John, New Brunswick and back. The only towing we did was a one wheel trailer that would attach to the bumper in 2 places and the wheel swiveled. My father used to joke , it was the only trailer he could back up. Looked like this one.
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:12 PM   #20
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towing with a classic car

towing a 1300 trillium with my classic car
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I think I may have posted this pic before. This was my Dad's rig 1978.

1971 Mercury Montery 429c.i. 4 barrel 11-1 compression. Used premium gas only. Basically a police interceptor engine! 24" foot Terry sticky trailer in tow.

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So if you need a new chassis or anything to modernize the suspension, brakes, whatever, here's a link for a company that can set you up in modern style with an old clunker!

Fatman Fabrications - The Hot Rod Innovators in Custom & OE Chassis Products for Classic Cars, Muscle Cars, Trucks & Vintage Vehicles. Fatman Fabrications
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:41 AM   #23
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How about a 1995 Buick Roadmaster wagon with 94k miles. Air ride suspension. Lt1 V8, full factory towing package #5,000 towing capacity seating for 8. Not a better riding or handling wagon out there. It is available in Missouri if any interest.
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How about a 1995 Buick Roadmaster wagon with 94k miles. Air ride suspension. Lt1 V8, full factory towing package #5,000 towing capacity seating for 8. Not a better riding or handling wagon out there. It is available in Missouri if any interest.
Would probably work for a glass egg.

A guy on the Airstream forum use a similar Buick with the LT1 V8 to tow a 25' Airstream. He had to replace all the rubber body mounts and front end parts. Didn't work as well as he thought it would.
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Old 04-26-2015, 11:01 AM   #25
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I remember that body style well. It was super popular with the hot rod+20 years later set, and could look very bad and very cool at the same time. One of my Kodak customers had one that he called "Proud Mary" didn't have to ask why. LOL
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Tom.... here is a couple of my all time favorite classic TV's...
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Using 76 T-bird for towing 76, 1300 Trillium. Hauls like I have nothing more than a trunk full of luggage.
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For the time the big wagons had the best safety features. Full perimeter frames, larger brakes, big gas guzzler engines with allot of torque. Nine passenger seating and room to still pack stuff inside and on top. None of it compares to whats available today. For their time they were king of the road. You were somebody if you had one.
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