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  1. I pull a 2,000 Pound trailer but the question is how heavy is your load.  My old car is 3,000 pounds, about 400 pounds of miscellaneous stuff plus my wife & I as a minimum.  With too light a tow vehicle, you will have less control & you will be pushed by your load.


    I pull with a 1500 Dodge Ram, model Laramie crew cab, 6’3” box with 5.7 hemi, 8 speed trans & I use an equalizer trailer hitch.  I have been told it’s over kill.  It drives through W Virginia on I-77 down to I-81 & back with no problems other than gas millage. The Ram has coil springs both front & back giving a loaded ride almost as good as our Buick LaCrosse.  

    The Laramie model interior Is plusher than our Buick and is cream color, not for construction or farm.  We installed a bed liner & color matching cap. The wife likes the appointments and comfort.  A new Ram is pricey but mine was a couple years old with less than 10,000 miles.  

    I like the security of a large tow vehicle but last year were passed on western NY I-90 by a VW pulling a open trailer with a 1931 car.  My belief is you can pull with an under powered & under sized vehicle, it’s the stopping when you get in trouble. When you pull with an under powered vehicle you will slow down 10 to 30 miles  less on big hills.  I-77 in W Virginia has 7% hills 8 to 9 miles long.


    you could look at the new small truck called a Colorado with a 5.3 engine.  For every rule I have been told, someone will successfully break it.  Best of luck.






  2. We have had AAA service since 1964.  May of 2019, I was informed of limits of service by our SIDNEY OH local AAA service office. 


    Their "AAA Member Handbook" lists several services not covered.


    Service to boat,  horse, light duty, & utility trailers.  This includes all car trailers.  

    They will pay to change the tire on your truck but not the trailer. 

    AAA said I could negotiate with the driver, $65.00,  to change the tire.


    They also list anything "Vintage antique vehicles" as "Services not included".


    .Each AAA office makes a decision if they will provide service. 

    I have been stranded on the road and other AAA offices have picked me up and delivered me home.


    It appears we will be moving to a different road service like Hagerty Ins.

  3. My brother lives in Iowa with corn fields on 3 sides of him.  He says to feed your mice outside the garage, not inside.  He sets snap traps & peanut butter under 8” to 10” clay pots. He also puts the Tom cat green mouse cubes under the pot.  He sets them over small stones with a heavy rock on top.  Keeps the cats away from the snap trap.  It seems to work for him.


  4. 4 New tires, Brigstone, for my Buick LaCross, mounted balanced, new valve stems, from Cosco were $800.  I have 20 inch tires on a 2015 Ram & the tires are at lease double the size of the Buick.  I not supprised  at $1,800.

  5. I purchased one 5 years ago & installed for better lighting on a 1931 car.  The generator & alternator are driven off the timing chain.  It has an internal voltage regulator rather than a cut-out.  I still charge the battery when it sits for a couple months.  Works best on 2 amp over 10 to 18 hours.

    People who try using 8 volt batteries should use double 00 battery cables & a 6 volt battery  This usually happens when they use 12 volt battery cables.  The parts store people will not know of using heavier cables with 6 volt systems.  Most restoration shops can build the cables needed.

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  6. In 1959 I took drivers training in a Ford V8 automatic.  We had a 1956 Chevrolet 6 cyl manual transmission.  Dad required me to learn to slide the clutch on a hill to keep the car still without using the breaks.  He also taught me to feel the clutch to shift without the clutch.  I did it on additional cars with manual transmissions; 53, 40, 49 Chevy, 62 Valiant, 50 Plymouth, & 76 MG Midget.  The Midget clutch master or slave unit failed every year  of 5 years & I drove home without the clutch each time.  The car could be started in 2nd gear if I got caught at a light.


    however, I was unable to double clutch a 29 Hupmobile without synchromesh.  My 31 Hupmobile has freewheeling which was the new thing.  One feature is the ability to shift between 2nd & 3rd without the clutch.  The advertising claimed you avoided “Clutch Foot” from shifting.




  7. I worked at the Des Moines, Ia Armstrong plant from 1965 thru 1969.  During that time, 52% of their production were Sears tires.  They also made Firestone truck tires & Goodrich car tires.  The company name is now called Titan.


  8. My father had a 1938 Pontiac & sold it to the dealer after D-day when he went to France.  He arranged to get first in line when he wanted a new car afterward.  In 1947, with price controls & 6 month wait on all new cars, he ordered a Pontiac & Ford.  Picked it up the Pontiac on a Saturday morning, traded in in on a new Ford.  The Pontiac was now a used car not under price control.  The trade in value was now greater than the price control value & the Ford dealer could sell at any value.  The Ford was easier to sell than the fully loaded Pontiac.  He advertised the Ford in the Sunday paper and & sold it before noon.  


    We lived on a streetcar line & didn’t need a car.  We didn’t get a car till May 1950 when my sister was born.  He would sell all the appliances with a complete remodel.  Actually, he traded a new kitchen, including a dish washer, for the Studebaker.

  9. I could be wrong but I can assure you that I will be corrected if I am wrong.  I am astounded how many knowledgeable people will help.  That said, Carfax will not have information of damage and/or repair if the insurance co does not report it.  I was rear ended by an underaged driver in an off road golf cart.  They paid to fix the bumper & it never got on Carfax.  I have used Carfax for the last 3 cars I purchased, none with undisclosed damage. If it is totaled by the insurance company, I skip the car.


    My father owned a reposition business for banks & those vehicles were usually not well taken care of.  Most were sold at auction & carried a discounted value.  I bought one from a bank that needed repaired.  Price formula = wholesale price - 20% - retail repair value - condition value.

  10. Keep in mind, advice given here will find someone who is successful bending this advice. In 1972 my in-laws towed a 4,000 Pound camper with a 4,400 pound 1967 Chrysler with a 383 engine.  Most trips were less than 400 miles around Iowa.  The exception was 2,600 round trip to trip to Brownsville TX.  Towed at 50 mph and replaced the trans in TX.


    Today, I use a Silverado 1500 to pull a 2,000 pound open trailer & 3,000 pound car.  Works ok on flat areas but had a strain going across West Virgina last year.  


    You will need a frame hitch & an equalizer hitch on a 64 year old car with a soft suspension.  Stay out of hills & you will be slowest vehicle on the road.  

    Truly vintage has very good advise

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  11. In 1998, at 56, I decided to purchase my first antique car. I wanted a 20s style with a vertical radiator.  Research highlighted I wanted a 4 door, 6 or 8 cylinder in good condition both cosmetic and mechanical.  Hemmings & Craigs List along with other web sites were used.  I searched over 18 months traveling up to 5 hours to view cars I actually didn’t want.  “You may have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find Prince Charming.”  I was also advised to avoid project cars if I planned to drive it in my life time. I first saw the ad in May, in August when he lowered the asking price, I contacted him to drive it.  Picked it up in October 2000.


    I suggest you use Hemmings to select car events to view & sit in cars for sale.  Charlotte has a large car show at the race track.  If your not 100% on the car, wait.  You could miss a car but another will show up.  When you find a great car some distance away, have a local person inspect it for you.  You could use someone from AACA check it out.  The good news is more cars & events will occur as summer arrives.



  12. I have had 67 Mustang on the road about 3 years & was redone as a very nice driver.  It has about 134,000 miles with everything new about 3,500 miles ago.  The car is an 289 V8, auto, Factory A/C, PS, new paint, interior carpet, headliner, seats, moter rebuilt & trans.  I plan to put it up for sale when the weather breaks in April.  If interested, PM me.






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