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Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397425 Mon Feb 15 2021 02:50 PM
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I towed my ‘52 3100 over 900 miles from South Carolina to upstate NY on a U-Haul trailer using my 2013 f-150 and it towed beautiful. My truck is equipped with the off road and tow package, and the 3.5 ecoboost so it was more that capable to tow the 6-7,000 lb load.


Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100
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‘59 235 & hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
12v w/ Alternator
Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397426 Mon Feb 15 2021 02:58 PM
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'Bolter
By disassembled I mean transmission and driveshaft have been removed and the engine filled with oil. I placed the truck on jacks prior to leaving the states to hopefully save the tires. Gas tank was emptied, removed, rinsed with soapy water and then rerinsed with vodka (had extra remaining from the espresso cart we put in storage as well, another story).

Was about to swap out the sm420 with an nv4500 when the overseas job offer happened. Big life pivot but totally worth the experience for the family. I'm finding the transition overseas a whole lot easier than coming back though.

Thank you for all the advice!

Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397429 Mon Feb 15 2021 03:07 PM
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Well, let us know what you decide. And, Welcome back, to the Stovebolt and to the 'States.


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Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397433 Mon Feb 15 2021 03:37 PM
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Thank you. It'll be a few months still. We fly back at the end of March and there's that small problem of finding a house first. I'll definitely post an update.

Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397466 Mon Feb 15 2021 09:24 PM
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I towed my 54 3100, 650 miles over mountains (Appalachian's), with a homemade tow bar attached to the bumper. It was made out of a bed frame, hey we were farmers in our early 20's. I remember a guy in a new Cadillac at a gas station on I-75. He asked how far we had to go? When we told him he shook his head and said and you think this jerry rigged thing will get you there? We both said mister we are farmers, danger is our business, we have already towed it 400 miles! He shook his head and said God protects fools and drunks, good luck. Doc.


Currently making 1954 3100 better than new and Genetics
Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397496 Tue Feb 16 2021 12:44 AM
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Another thing -- we have a couple of trailering/hauling articles in our Tech Tips section (see the menu bar at the very top of this page) -- They may provide you some additional insight.


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 #1397512 Tue Feb 16 2021 02:21 AM
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I used a tow bar with a light bar for the back of the truck.It was about a 600 mile trip in the winter we took two days and wheel that wore its holes allowing the rear wheel to go one way while we went the other it happened in front of a auto store with a tire shop so we were able to get fixed up quickly and lucky the tire did not hit anything .


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Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
KEVINSKI #1397531 Tue Feb 16 2021 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by KEVINSKI
I used a tow bar with a light bar for the back of the truck.It was about a 600 mile trip in the winter we took two days and wheel that wore its holes allowing the rear wheel to go one way while we went the other it happened in front of a auto store with a tire shop so we were able to get fixed up quickly and lucky the tire did not hit anything .
That's why I wouldn't try flat towing a vehicle. I think a 3800 would fit OK on a U-haul car trailer. Seems like my 3100 had plenty of room at the rear of the trailer.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
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Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397539 Tue Feb 16 2021 01:17 PM
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I agree with Kevin (klhansen). My 3100 had plenty of room so the 3800 should fit fine. I wouldn’t take a chance towing any old truck on its own wheels more than a few miles unless I knew its history. Chances you won’t get as lucky as Kevinski.


Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100
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‘59 235 & hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
12v w/ Alternator
Re: Towing a '54 3800 to her new home
New_Ton #1397553 Tue Feb 16 2021 02:44 PM
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Yes I was lucky but I did go that far prepared ,the place I purchased the truck from I had family close by and in between even if the truck was on a trailer stuff happens.

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