OT Model A Ford tow vehicle

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2018: OT Model A Ford tow vehicle
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Reed on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 10:12 pm:

Has anyone ever used a model a ford as a tow car behind a motorhome? Iím considering using one with a Mitchell overdrive. Any thoughts or suggestions? I realize I am asking a model a question on a model t forum so forgive me.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Prince Madras, Oregon on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:39 pm:

Back in 1975 I towed a Model A from the San Francisco bay area to central Oregon with a 1953 Chevy pick up with out any problems, I just put the trans in neutral and it towed fine. That being said if I was going to tow a T or A much I would put it on a trailer because it would wear the tires on the car and they wear out faster and cost more than trailer tires and if you have a problem with the car you can still get it home.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Reed on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 12:07 am:

Thanks. I am probably leaning towards the towing with a tow bar. When we are staying in a campsite sometimes the trailer would be a storage problem. Iím hoping to find someone with tow bar suggestions. The car I would be towing just completed a coast to coast to coast (7300 miles) last October. I will be installing a Mitchell overdrive which has a neutral. Just thinking it would be neat to explore American small towns using the. ďAĒas a tow car. It may not be practical but sounds fun.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Neil Kaminar on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 11:59 am:

What about a "toy hauler" where the Model A could be driven up into the back of it? The forward part is the living area.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By dale w on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 12:09 pm:

Another option might be a tow dolly- it takes up little space when not being used and it'll at least keep your front end and front tires from being on the road at high speed.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By RICHARD GRZEGOROWICZ on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 12:55 pm:

LARRY,What your thinking of doing is what every one dreams of, have you considered a two wheel dolly?they tow very easy, easy to load and un load, easy on the tires because the rear tire's turn independent causing very little ware, I used one on many jobs and it worked perfectly every time, it also is moved around very easy by hand,and takes up little space. what you could do is rent one from u haul and road test it to see what you think,it would be so much easy'r on your model a,one problem with them, there is no back up..you have to be able to drive ahead every time,unless you can unload, witch is no bigee if your not in a hurry. have you ever thought of a shorter pittman arm on the A? I have installed a few years ago and it gives them a feel of power stearing, talk to someone that's done it, its a big improvement to the FORD, good luck with your plans wonderfull safe trips.GREG


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Carl Sorenson-Montrose,CO on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 12:55 pm:

We have a 48 Ford Station Wagon ..I made a tow bar to tow it into campground because it was $20.00 a night for extra vec.
Wife drove behind me the 90 miles to the beach site ...We hooked it up towed it in and saved $280.00 for our stay ...Now when we headed home she didnít feel comfortable in rush hour traffic so I towed it all the way home...I wouldnít do it again...the wheel didnt like steering themselves on tight turns
It was a hassle ,,wouldnít do it again ...Our VW convertible has almost all of her miles since we bought it 8years ago behind our motor home....thousands with no problem ...Carl


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Reed on Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 01:09 pm:

Thanks everyone!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron in Central Massachusetts on Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 01:24 pm:

Read the thread title and thought you meant something like this:


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Pete Osmanski on Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 04:21 pm:

The oil level in the Model A Transmission is below that of the shaft bearings. Proper lubrication depends on the cluster gear spinning and throwing the oil all over the place (like the Model T flywheel!) When the tranny is in neutral, the main shaft, which spins with the drive shaft, will continue to spin if the car is towed. But the cluster gear will not spin in neutral, and the bearings could dry out from lack of lubrication.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Neil Kaminar on Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 04:27 pm:

Is there such a thing as a double dolly? A dolly for the front wheels and a dolly for the rear wheels with a bar between to keep things in alignment.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Denny Seth - Jefferson, Ohio on Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 06:37 pm:

Neil,

Yes it's called a trailer! :-)


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