From: emory!mcigate.apdev.cs.mci.com!rmwise (Bob_Wise)
X-Source: The Hotrod Mailing list
Date: Feb 1994
Subject: Re: Towing question
If you gotta tow it this way, you gotta, but...
You won't be happy with acceleration with the smallblock. If you have
a light-duty transmission, it will also suffer. The tranny cooler is
mandantory. I don't think you will need a bigger alternator.
My dad towed a heavy two-horse trailer with a huge Mercury Grand Marquis
station wagon, which is now in my possession. The power was fine (460),
the transimission (C6) required regular rebuilds. I have towed my Mustang
road race car with this wagon as well. On the most recent rebuild, I
put an RV torque converter and a shift kit in it.
Even with the big wagon, there are two weak spots: braking and
rear-end sway. Under severe braking, the rear of the wagon gets
pushed all over the place.
I have been unhappy enough with the safty of towing with the wagon
to have purchased a 3ton F700 crew-cab dually. It is actually a
bit slower than the wagon (I'll be fixing that soon), but the braking
and handling difference is enormous.
I think you can do it, but be careful. I suspect you will be rebuilding
your transmission a lot. Use semi-metallic pads on the front. Make
sure your trailer brakes work.
PS: I own a 240Z. Four tons of sand, are you kidding???
[Thanks for the info. I figured the Elky would be marginal but if
it will work until the money starts flowing, I'll buy a box van
which is what I really need. As to the Z, yes indeed. Imagine
a large horse trailer but without the top. Now imagine towing this
thing over to the concrete block yard to get some flue blocks, a couple
of bags of mortar mix and 500 lbs of sand. Now imagine a front end
loader operator that gets carried away and fills the trailer to the
brim with wet sand. No extra charge and I'm only a couple of
miles from the house so I go for it. Couldn't move the rig with
the clutch so launching it was a case of 5500 rpms and sidestepping
the clutch. Tire smoke for MINUTES. About a quarter mile from
home I got stuck on the lip of the pavement where one road rose
a little to meet the other. Ended up calling my dad who came over
with his bronco. I made it home with the bronco strapped to the
front towing lugs! Hey, you can do that in a small town. :-) JGD]