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Re: Towing 53/52 chevy 2 ton
spanky #686807 Sun Oct 17 2010 02:28 AM
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Boltergeist

Spanky is most likely referring to Grigg flat-towing (rolling tow) my 2-ton 54/55 GMC flatbed (long bed) from WA state through Macungie, PA to Albany, NY. Here are some photos.

Grigg first removed the rear axles (a quick and easy operation). Grigg also backed off the brakes and replaced a front wheel bearing because we knew it was bad.

The tires seemed to be in good shape but I replaced all the rear axle bearing soon after it was delivered. Grigg will most likely add to this with wise words of advice (I hesitate to state how fast Grigg traveled - I had good insurance).


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Towing 53/52 chevy 2 ton
spanky #686811 Sun Oct 17 2010 02:37 AM
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Posts: 318
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Shop Shark
I had mine towed on a roll back 7 years ago about 30 miles for $80, but waited 5 hours for the wrecker. Maybe you can find some in their down time to do it cheaper.You wouldn't want to have a problem pulling it, that could make it more costly.

Re: Towing 53/52 chevy 2 ton
Garandboy #686825 Sun Oct 17 2010 02:59 AM
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Posts: 5,161
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Cruising in the Passing Lane
Originally Posted by garandboy
I would put it on a trailer because the tires, bearings, etc. could be bad.

I agree.


Its true, I really don't do anything but browse the Internet looking for trouble...
Steve@OldSub.com . www.OldSub.com . www.MaxwellGarage.com . www.OldGasTowRigs.com
'55 1st GMC Suburban . '54 GMC 250 trailer puller project. '54 GMC 250 Hydra-Matic . '54 Chevy 3100 . '47 Chevy COE . and more...
Re: Towing 53/52 chevy 2 ton
OldSub #686860 Sun Oct 17 2010 05:49 AM
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Posts: 4,698
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Shop Shark
The tow bar Grigg uses is a smaller version of the one I use except that mine has a pintle eye that can twist. I'm sure Grigg built it himself out of stuff he had around just like I did. However, if you want to have an adequate tow bar built, it would be expensive and much cheaper to hire a towing company.

Last edited by crenwelge; Sun Oct 17 2010 05:20 PM.
Re: Towing 53/52 chevy 2 ton
crenwelge #686909 Sun Oct 17 2010 03:10 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,933
Boltergeist

Grigg's tow-bar is a military tow-bar bought surplus/new (as I recall - it was part of the payment-deal). Grigg will chime in on this soon, hopefully.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Towing 53/52 chevy 2 ton
tclederman #686934 Sun Oct 17 2010 04:32 PM
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Posts: 9,147
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Yep, its a military surplus tow bar, suitable for a deuce and a half.

Flat towing something so large and old is not easy and for sure not for everyone. There are a bunch of safer ways to move a truck.

Tim's truck towed well, but I had near 13,000 lb leading it down the road, plenty of HP and excellent disc brakes from a medium duty truck. We kept up at 60-65 mph. It was still a long drive.

Also drained the water out of the rear axle, and removed, cleaned, repacked with grease, and added some lucas oil additive to the rear wheel bearings.

Grigg


1951 GMC 250 in the Project Journals [stovebolt.com]
1948 Chevrolet 6400 [stovebolt.com] - Detroit Diesel 4-53T - Roadranger 10 speed overdrive - 4 wheel disc brakes
1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup [stovebolt.com]
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Re: Towing 53/52 chevy 2 ton
Grigg #687216 Mon Oct 18 2010 04:47 PM
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Unrepentant VW Lover
Be sure to check out Barry Weeks' Trailering/Hauling Article

Be safe,
John


John
"Paul! Peggy barada nikto. PEGGY BARADA NIKTO!!!!"


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: Towing 53/52 chevy 2 ton
John Milliman #688902 Sun Oct 24 2010 08:27 PM
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Wrench Fetcher
I just had my 57 Chevy 6700 Wrecker w 2 Ton rear towed on a Rollback about 35 miles, and they were charging me $110/hr. Final bill $385. Truck was not under it's own power, and I didn't have to lift a finger; other than opening my gates.

We were tall, but we made it under all the bridges and low power/telephone lines.

You might also want to be aware if you tow the truck on it's wheels over the highway you probably need it to be registered, and legal to be on the roads even though it's being towed.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/donnoman/sets/72157625095804541/


57 Chevy 6100 Wrecker http://donovanbray.com/tag/57wrekr
Re: Towing 53/52 chevy 2 ton
donnoman #688909 Sun Oct 24 2010 08:39 PM
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Posts: 2,589
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Shop Shark
6700?, Donnoman your truck looks to be a 6100, or 6400. 6700 series is a Schoolbus chassis. If "6700" is what your fender emblems say, they have been switched.


Spanky Hardy
Collector Of Fine Old G.M. COE Trucks & Antique Holmes Wreckers

1948 Chevrolet 5700 COE Holmes HD W35 Wrecker
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1950 GMC 250 1-Ton
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Re: Towing 53/52 chevy 2 ton
spanky #688974 Mon Oct 25 2010 01:05 AM
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Shop Shark
Donnoman,

I like you new toy! Looks like Spanky's right, it's a 6100 with 130" wheel base and a 60" CA. What engine and trans does it have?

You can see my 1956 8400 wrecker in the gallery...

Mike B smile

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