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Hey there,

Well, last saturday it was finally time to take the car to the body shop where it will undergo an extensive process of preparation before a bare metal respray is carried out.

Some of you may remember my incident with the C4 overflowing and me mistaking it for a gasket leak, causing two weeks delay.

I must say that it is quite a strange feeling you get when you hire a car trailer for transportation of your own car. It was a van with a flatbed, not the type you hang behind a car.

Driving the car on was really strange and a bit scary as well. You drive a car without seeing anything of where you are going as the nose is pointed up towards the sky. It went on without troubles and we secured it on the flatbed. I was then to drive it 25 kilometers to its destinaton. And, that to was kind of scary... My friend HighVoltage was driving behind me as an escort, making sure everything was ok and simplifying switching lanes. In the beginning every bump worried me.....don't roll off!!! but, after a short distance my confidence was raised and I had no worries anymore. It is mighty strange though to look through the window and see your own car right behind you.

I'd never done this before, but it gave me a great feeling as I rolled the car off at the body shop.

Now it is finally on its way to becoming a real beauty again!

Anyone have fun stories about their first time with a trailer?

Columbo

First time '66 Mustang rolling restoration, nearing completion.
 

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I've got 3 actually...bought my '57 Chevy 4dr wagon in western MA about 3 yrs ago and used one of those tow dollys...I had a '85 pickup to pull it...rolled her on and tied her down...took 3 hrs to get her home...every time I stopped to check on the straps I had to step bak and look...wish I brought a camera...I ALWAYS forget a camera...about 6 months ago I bought a '65 PowerWagon in CT...a 5 hr drive...this time I had a 2000 Expedition pulling a 3ton 16' landscaping trailer...the truck weighs in at 5500lbs with nothing in the bed!! Same thing - had to step back and look at it...what a sight!! People kept telling me I had the wrong truck pulling the trailer...ya, no kidding...hahaha stopped 3 times and each time people would come over and talk to me about it...truck handled well but it was a longggg 5 hrs...mostly hightway driving at 55 mph...was worried an big rig would ram my back end cause I was going so slow on a highway...about 2 months ago I picked up my '69 mustang (gawd I luv her! - did I mention it has a 351W in it? hahaha)...same truck pulling and trailer...was a 7 hr drive one way...nice guy I bought the car from...getting the car on the trailer we tore up the exhaust system...ooops...no brakes on the car either...THAT was fun! Tied her down and drove home...what a sight to see that '69 on the trailer...man I wanted to get her home...no problems (thank gawd)...guess I'm getting pretty good at it...my girlfriend and I had left at 5am that morning - was at the car by noon...got home around 8p...of course I HAD to get the 'stang off the trailer and in the garage THAT NIGHT! It might snow!! hahaha

Thank gawd my girlfriend and I like to drive, huh? Guy(NH)

'69 Mustang Grande
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I was a senior in high school doing a "favor" for a "friend" who wanted to move a 57 Chevy Tudor HT. I had a 59 Chevy Pickup shortbed spruced to the gills. Paint, motor, buckets, the whole nine yards. I had never pulled a trailer before but simply wanted to be kind and helpful to someone who needed help. We got the car loaded and what I didn't know was that the car was loaded too far back which made the trailer pull up on my pickup rather than put weight on the rear-end. Needless to say, I hadn't gone 10 miles until the trailer gets squirrelly with me on a down grade with a curve and jacknifes on me. It pushed me over an embankment and I rolled the truk three times. Totaled. Fortunately for my "friend" the tongue of the trailer twisted and his car simply turned up on its side and was unhurt. He left me high and dry and didn't even offer to help with the wrecker bills. A total loss for me and a very valuable lesson. I would love to have another 59 chevy pickup.

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I posted this on the old forum, but I don't mind repeating it /forums/images/icons/smile.gif.

The day I picked up my dream car was very exciting! I had to drive to Ohio from Dallas to get it, but what a ride!!!

It was snowing when I pulled into Cincinnati and getting late, so we had to work fast to get the car loaded and me out of Ohio before the storm hit. (Being from Dallas, pulling a car and trailer in the snow was not my idea of fun!)

We had to warm the 289 up for a little while before we could drive it on the trailer. In doing so we pissed off one of his neighbors with the open Tri-Y headers. After the guy quite being an ass and realized that I was buying this gorgeous car, he asked for how much and the seller responed with a smile, "$3000." Needless to say the guy was falling all over himself about missing out on this great deal sitting next door (I really bought the car for $9000, but only smiled at the look on this guy's face.)

If that wasn't good enough I got to look at a beautiful Vintage Burundy '66 conv. riding the bumper of my truck for 800 plus miles, all the while collecting thumbs-ups and whiplash glances all the way home!!

It just doesn't get much better than that!


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I bought two old pickups that didn't run. I trailered the first one home no problem. The second didn't have a steering wheel, so we pulled that one on backwards, and strapped it down. I pulled onto the highway, and got up to about 45mph and the trailer started fishtailing violently and threw me assfirst into the ditch. Scared the hell out of me. I put it in 4WD and pulled out. It happened again later. I only learned after I got home that I needed more tongue weight. I nice lesson in trailering and physics.


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When I bought my 64 1/2, the owner had stored it in his garage for 16 years. As soon as the garage door opened, the driveway angled down at about thirty degrees down to the road and the house across the street. Obviously, I didn't trust the brakes. So I hired a flatbed truck to back up the driveway and pulled the car on to it - simple enough.

Wrong - the guy was lining the bed up with the car with very jerky motions and caused the trucks parking brake to release. The truck takes off down the driveway toward the owners freshly restored El Camino. The driver runs after it and catches it about three feet before smashing the Elky.

After the driver overcame the shock, he was trying to get out of the job. I talked him into me holding the brake while he loaded the car. While sitting there, I noticed his idiot light for the parking brake was on. I mentioned it and he shrugged it off as always being on - duh.

No Mustangs were damaged during the making of this story.




Keith

64 1/2 coupe built around April 30, 1964
was a 260 3-speed becoming a 5.0 5-speed.
 
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