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Old 01-25-2006, 18:01   #1 (permalink)
Bob Lewit
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Towing a Pony

I'm in the AF and will be transferring to Missouri soon. "Problem" is, I
have 4 vehicles and 3 drivers--my Pony spends most of it's time in the
garage, my son drives his Mustang everyday and my wife and I operate the
other 2 vehicles regularly. All 4 vehicles are rear wheel drive. OK, I was
given a tow dolly several years ago for making moves with front wheel drive
cars--put the front of the car on the dolly and away you go. I guess I
could tow one of the Mustangs like this, but I believe I'd have to drop the
driveshaft since it is an automatic. To save that hassle, can I put the
back of one of the Mustang's on the dolly and tow it with the front on the
ground or is that a bad idea? I guess I'm thinking it is time to get rid of
the dolly and get a regular car trailer, but that is another expense.
Opinions/suggestions?

By the way, over the past couple of years I've certainly gained a lot of
information from reading posts in this newsgroup and I've received some
helpful tips and guidance when I've asked questions. Thanks!

BOB


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Old 01-25-2006, 18:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Towing a Pony

"Bob Lewit" <RLEWIT03@COMCAST.NET> wrote:

> I'm in the AF and will be transferring to Missouri soon. "Problem"
> is, I have 4 vehicles and 3 drivers--my Pony spends most of it's time
> in the garage, my son drives his Mustang everyday and my wife and I
> operate the other 2 vehicles regularly. All 4 vehicles are rear wheel
> drive. OK, I was given a tow dolly several years ago for making moves
> with front wheel drive cars--put the front of the car on the dolly and
> away you go. I guess I could tow one of the Mustangs like this, but I
> believe I'd have to drop the driveshaft since it is an automatic. To
> save that hassle, can I put the back of one of the Mustang's on the
> dolly and tow it with the front on the ground or is that a bad idea?
> I guess I'm thinking it is time to get rid of the dolly and get a
> regular car trailer, but that is another expense.
> Opinions/suggestions?


You could tow backwards but the alignment isnt set up for a long-haul in
the attitude.. and there would probaly be some side-tracking... hard to get
the wheel perfectly straight.

It takes very little time to disconnect a driveshaft... especially
considering the tow-weight advantage you gain by using a dolly rather than
a trailer.

Good luck... you have an extra added trans cooler for the tow vehicle, of
course.

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Old 01-25-2006, 19:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Towing a Pony

On Wed, 25 Jan 2006 19:33:50 -0500, "Bob Lewit" <RLEWIT03@COMCAST.NET>
wrote:

>I'm in the AF and will be transferring to Missouri soon. "Problem" is, I
>have 4 vehicles and 3 drivers--my Pony spends most of it's time in the
>garage, my son drives his Mustang everyday and my wife and I operate the
>other 2 vehicles regularly. All 4 vehicles are rear wheel drive. OK, I was
>given a tow dolly several years ago for making moves with front wheel drive
>cars--put the front of the car on the dolly and away you go. I guess I
>could tow one of the Mustangs like this, but I believe I'd have to drop the
>driveshaft since it is an automatic. To save that hassle, can I put the
>back of one of the Mustang's on the dolly and tow it with the front on the
>ground or is that a bad idea? I guess I'm thinking it is time to get rid of
>the dolly and get a regular car trailer, but that is another expense.
>Opinions/suggestions?
>
>By the way, over the past couple of years I've certainly gained a lot of
>information from reading posts in this newsgroup and I've received some
>helpful tips and guidance when I've asked questions. Thanks!
>
>BOB
>

Might be better to look into either a used trailer, or a rental. Not
cheap but easier.
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Old 01-25-2006, 21:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Towing a Pony

Bob Lewit wrote:
> I'm in the AF and will be transferring to Missouri soon.


I used a tow dolly to move my '69 FB from Langley to Griffiss. Front wheels on
the dolly, drive shaft disconnected, trans tail plugged. A dolly is half the weight
of a trailer. And you already own it.

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Old 01-25-2006, 22:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Towing a Pony


".boB" <bobcowan@access4less.nospam.net> wrote in message
news:43d847ea$0$6330$ec3e2dad@news.usenetmonster.com...
> Bob Lewit wrote:
> > I'm in the AF and will be transferring to Missouri soon.

>
> I used a tow dolly to move my '69 FB from Langley to Griffiss. Front

wheels on
> the dolly, drive shaft disconnected, trans tail plugged. A dolly is half

the weight
> of a trailer. And you already own it.
>
> --
> .boB


I've always been able to disconnect the drive shaft and tie it up with the
front end still in the transmission. Saves looking for a way to plug the
tail shaft.

Al


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