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Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
#1397390 Mon Feb 15 2021 06:12 AM
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Hi, it's been awhile since I posted.

Have been overseas for the the last 4 plus years and now it is time to return to the states.

I have a disassembled '54 3800 in storage and am trying to figure out how to get it from point A (Hampton Roads, VA) to point B (Mobile, AL).

She's been kept up on blocks for these last few years so the tires should still be good. Driveshaft and transmission are currently removed.

Is this something I can do myself (uhaul, tow dolly or something of the like) or am I better off paying someone to deliver her?

Looking forward to getting back to America!

Thanks all!

Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397397 Mon Feb 15 2021 07:56 AM
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I've used u-haul car hauler trailers and their tow dollies. I would not recommend the tow dolly for that distance. I used one to haul a bare frame about 30 miles, but would never try it for that distance or with a complete truck. One-way U-haul charges might be more than just paying someone to haul it for you.


Kevin
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Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397402 Mon Feb 15 2021 09:48 AM
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If flat towed it would be best to pop out axles and plug tube ends as that way only the bearings are spinning and not the ring and pinion. I have had straight axle rigs be a bit difficult in sharp turns.


Evan
Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397405 Mon Feb 15 2021 10:26 AM
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Unrepentant VW Lover
Check our Hauling Board forum -- you might find that getting a professional to bring it to you will be well worth the cost (and probably not as costly as you think).


John

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
— C. S. Lewis


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397407 Mon Feb 15 2021 10:42 AM
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Will do! Thank you for the replies!

Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397409 Mon Feb 15 2021 11:20 AM
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Unrepentant VW Lover
And because it is still a "project" and in pieces, maybe it will be considered a part of your PCS/HHG shipment ... ? wink

Beat Army,
John


John

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
— C. S. Lewis


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397413 Mon Feb 15 2021 11:58 AM
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That's a wonderful idea but I'm switching "companies" and they are already having a conniption on the relocation costs. Already lost a job with NASA because of the fear of relocation costs so I'm not pushing anything at this point.

Go Navy,

Allen

Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397415 Mon Feb 15 2021 12:11 PM
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I used a broker company arrange delivery of my '51 3600 back in '13. Distance was just under 700 miles and cost was $500.00. Way it worked was you post your load on the brokers site and haulers submit bids to deliver. I got lucky and a small one man operation with a nice 20' car hauler and diesel pickup up used my truck as his backhaul to his home in Arkansas (about 25 miles from my house, got lucky) . Zero problems. He sent pictures of the loaded truck before he left and called a couple times to keep me in the loop on the way to my place.

I don't remember the name of the broker but it was similar to this. [courierbrokers.com]

You know if I were in your shoes and since you may well have to be onsite anyway to help load your truck I'd just rent/borrow a car hauler style trailer and move it myself. That said you'd need at least a 3/4 ton truck and a good trailer (5k axles with brakes). Or a bud that was up to a quick weekend trip.
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Good Luck, and WELCOME back!

RonR


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397421 Mon Feb 15 2021 02:04 PM
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A U-haul two axle trailer would work if your tow vehicle is at least 3/4 ton. U-Ship might be the company Ron used. I have used them, no problems.

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.
Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397424 Mon Feb 15 2021 02:29 PM
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When you say disassembled, what do you mean?

I towed a 54 3804 some 200+ miles with a 16 foot bobcat trailer and my F150. It was a little tongue heavy, but I had a set of tires, tools, come along, jacks, chains, air tank, etc... in the bed. A longer trailer would've let me roll the truck a little further back on the trailer and get some of the items out of the bed.

Your best bet may be a Uhaul box van and a flatbed trailer. You'll have to take a tape measure with you though, since the 3800 has a 137" wheel base. The Uhaul trailers are fairly short.

Another option is a company that hauls RV's and trailers. You may be able to catch one on a dead head.


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