Now that we have our own vulture wagon and can take along any one of 4 T’s…I want to make up a permanent tie down system with a set of dedicated slings and tension ratchet straps for a T.
The rear is pretty straight forward as there are D-slots machined in the bed about a foot in from the ramp cleats. It is a diamond plate full bed. The front however is open to ideas as there is no front stop or D-slots (yet) just the PTO winch crosstie with wrap chains and a 6x6.
Looking for ideas…the usual way for a tie down for us in the past is a crisscross in the front coming off of the hand crank housing…but with the later ones and the radiator apron we have to flex it out...the rear usually come out straight from where the spring mounts to the rear crosstie, or straight out from the rear spring perches. Set the front….pull up tension on the rears until the tires bulge. But that has been a bit of a catch as catch can as we never knew what trailer we’d be using and we had to pick up points where we could.
Now with having the truck with a permanent bed and ramps, it makes sense to make up a dedicated strap system once and for all, just clip, ratchet and go. We will probably be welding something in across the front as right now you can come through the back window if the rear straps let go. Discipline wise, even with the shallow ramp angle, we have pretty much decided to always winch up and off as it is a 'concorde' tail and gravity is it's best friend for an unload. To complicate matters a bit, we’d like to have the option of nose in or nose back on any of the T’s. The way the '26 Coupe is stored, unless started and driven around to the ramps for a nose in....will always be a nose out if we just back the truck up to it's dedicated box truck body 'house' and winch it aboard.
Pic's appreciated too
Awhile back, Peter Claverie posted about his "tie down" system....really slick ! If he doesn't post soon in answer to your query, drop him a line - he was most willing to share his details.
See his post on 6/17/2013 in
George, the key to keeping it simple is to have a bar across the front of the trailer up to which you can drive or winch the car. Then any tie down is simply holding the car against the bar rather than trying to stretch it. I use a strap around the axle at each front perch to tie the car forward and then one on each rear corner to stop it migrating forward.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
I'll be happy to share with anyone who sends me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The system I built would work, I think, with any standard Model T with 30" wheels, but it wouldn't be much use with a TT or a car with significantly different wheel size.
Therefore, I don't think it is suited for a vulture trailer.
George,Myself i would look at what your local towing company is using.I hope when you bought a truck you bought one with air ride suspension? The air ride will let you adjust for weight/ride,and will also let you dump the air to lower the truck for loading.Springs on trucks are [old timey things] that have went the way of tires with tubes!Bud.