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Old 02-16-2017, 09:39 AM   #15
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Definitely worth it. We all make our own decisions on how comfy we want to be. So long as you aren't risking anyones life who wasn't part of this decision, I see no problem with it. There is something to the vintage thing. It's not for everyone, but for those called by it, why not?

Until last year, I had never owned a vehicle with airbags. Now that I have them, I suddenly feel as though I'm not safe driving in a car without them. How'd that happen? It's absolutely a great thing to take advantage of modern safety equipment. But it's also ok not to.

I watched a documentary on motorcycle builders a few years ago. One of the guys, I think in Italy, made some comment about how anyone could buy a new BMW and decide to drive to a town 300 miles away, and know they're going to make it there with no problems. Where's the fun in that? With an old, classic bike, you're most likely going to have to stop and fix something, possibly even pull into some small town and find help at the local garage, meeting new people. That's the kind of trip he wanted. Again...that kind of trip is not for everyone. But it definitely is for some people.

I put 20,000 miles on a 1978 motorhome over a two year period. Doing tuneups and minor repairs down desert roads, ordering parts in to the nearest Toyota dealership down the road the direction I was headed, all that was part of my travels.

It's also really nice not to have to deal with that kind of stuff. Just depends on the kind of trip you want.
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:52 AM   #16
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Well said, Zach!

I know myself, and when it comes to the mechanical side of travel, uneventful suits me just fine...

But I love to cross paths with vintage vehicles of all kinds and the folks who nurse them along!

To the OP I will just caution: know what you're getting into, and how much time and money you're prepared to invest. It can certainly be done, and it would be fun and attention-getting, but it won't be the cheapest or easiest way to get there.

How about a picture?
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:26 AM   #17
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This is it. It's lived in this shed for the past 20 years. I'm expecting to do tires, hoses, brakes and fluids first thing.
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:25 PM   #18
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towing with vintage vehicle

do it and have fun. Would convert to disc brakes in front and a dual power assisted master cylinder Have been towing a 13 foot scamp behind my 1947 ford street rod for many years,and also my 1934 dodge street rod. They both have modern drivetrains as well as some creature comforts.good oodluck and have fun.





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Old 02-16-2017, 02:00 PM   #19
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Nice Ford! I had a 49 Tudor Sedan, V8 flathead, 3-on-the-tree with overdrive. It was my grandmother's car at one time. It had the old 6V positive ground system. Never used it to tow anything, although it had a trailer hitch installed by the original owner.

I think the brake upgrade is a great idea, also fresh springs and other running gear. Is it an automatic? Not sure about the reliability of the old 2-speed autos, but the manual trannies are indestructable.

These old cars are body-on-frame, just like a pickup truck, so they have the structural integrity, assuming rust etc. hasn't taken a toll.

My 49 had manual steering, and the old kingpin front-end. Yours may be a more modern design, but cranking that wheel would build your arm muscles.

I recommend seatbelts and headrests, if you don't have them. Whiplash injuries are bad.
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People who have more experience with true vintage vehicles and not just 70s & 80s trucks like me would know better, but the "sitting for 20 years" thing is a concern.

Without oil circulating around the engine, a lot of seals will dry out, shrink and become brittle. That means once oil is circulating again finally, it's going to have a lot of escape routes...

I'm sure you'll take it all into account. I would just say that before you start planning any trip and getting too excited, get that thing running and driving around town and see how it does. No matter what, it looks like it's worth the effort.
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Old 02-16-2017, 02:24 PM   #21
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I have a Y block Ford engine in my barn, a 312. I think I have a 3 speed overdrive trans too.
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Nice Ford! I had a 49 Tudor Sedan, V8 flathead, 3-on-the-tree with overdrive. It was my grandmother's car at one time. It had the old 6V positive ground system. Never used it to tow anything, although it had a trailer hitch installed by the original owner.

I think the brake upgrade is a great idea, also fresh springs and other running gear. Is it an automatic? Not sure about the reliability of the old 2-speed autos, but the manual trannies are indestructable.

These old cars are body-on-frame, just like a pickup truck, so they have the structural integrity, assuming rust etc. hasn't taken a toll.

My 49 had manual steering, and the old kingpin front-end. Yours may be a more modern design, but cranking that wheel would build your arm muscles.

I recommend seatbelts and headrests, if you don't have them. Whiplash injuries are bad.


Yes. It's an automatic. I think I heard someone call it a "slush-o-matic".
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People who have more experience with true vintage vehicles and not just 70s & 80s trucks like me would know better, but the "sitting for 20 years" thing is a concern.



Without oil circulating around the engine, a lot of seals will dry out, shrink and become brittle. That means once oil is circulating again finally, it's going to have a lot of escape routes...



I'm sure you'll take it all into account. I would just say that before you start planning any trip and getting too excited, get that thing running and driving around town and see how it does. No matter what, it looks like it's worth the effort.


Yeah - I expect to be replacing a lot of rubber and cork.
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I fully plan to use a '57 Chevy wagon as a tow vehicle, about 50/50% of the time, along with the Tacoma. I converted to a dual master cylinder, but the drum brakes are fully capable of towing/stopping a 1200 lb. trailer.
We used to flat tow our '57 Chev racecars behind these wagons all the time, with no problems, or fears. Proper setup is a must.
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Larger tires & wheels would make her roll better,less rolling drag. Trailer brakes wolud make her stop more gooder!! Drain & flush trans & third member[rear end] refill with mobile one syn. Good stuff!! Flush rad & replace t-stat,160 or 180 degrees,engine cooling. I am prep'in '65 289 4sp.mustang will add 4 barrel carb. Power brakes. Riding on 16" bullittwheels. Hitch is custom,for wd set-up. Good luck and happy wrenching. Barney cone ii
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As for the "sitting for 20 years", several years ago I got my son's 62 Fairlane that he drove in high school, out of the barn after 20 years to use it in a movie. I would run it a little every year, but it hadn't been on the road in all that time. Had to do a few minor repairs and off I went. It ran good but handled terrible on the old bias ply tires. Leaked fluids everywhere. Luckily the movie was being filmed about 10 miles away so I didn't have to drive it far. After 9 days on the movie set it went back in the barn. Oldest vintage vehicle that I use for towing is a 76 pickup.
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Davie b, while your at it,check clutch for slipage,steering box & linkage for lube & any loose play. Bbc ii
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Old 02-16-2017, 06:32 PM   #28
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If the old Ford is in good condition, and mechanically sound, there is no reason it couldn't tow a trailer. Brakes for the trailer would be a good idea. The old Ford certainly has the weight factor going for it.
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