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Old 01-19-2018, 03:43 PM   #1
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I am wondering the proper place to hook a chain or rope to tow my Tudor across town. maybe at most 5 miles, probably less. It would be slow speed on side streets. Should I hook to the axle on the outer end, or would the bumper brackets be better???
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:48 PM   #2
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I would hook to the axle. The bumpers can get bent.
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:59 PM   #3
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If you pull from the axle connect near the spring perch not the center of the axle.

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Old 01-19-2018, 04:04 PM   #4
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Put it on a roll on truck.

Why take a chance with 90 year old metal. Enjoy.
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Old 01-19-2018, 04:12 PM   #5
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Use two chains. Attach the ends of the first chain at each spring perch. Attach the second chain in the center of the first chain and attach it to the tow vehicle. You may want to wire the hooks in place so they don't come loose when slack is allowed into the chain.
The towed vehicle should do most if not all of the braking for both vehicles.
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Old 01-19-2018, 04:14 PM   #6
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If you hook the chain in the center of the axle, you can easily bend the axle, and put too much stress on the bell housing, take a short piece of chain 8 or 10 ft and go through the axle wish bone hole then hook another chain into that one and secure it with wire or tape so it wont come unhooked, then hook to tow vehicle.
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Old 01-19-2018, 04:19 PM   #7
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I like 1crosscut's idea. I have a 10 ft heavy chain, and also a nylon tow rope. Thanks all!

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Old 01-19-2018, 04:22 PM   #8
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Put your general location in your profile and maybe someone will have a tow bar that they will loan you. An chance you live in Los Angeles? I don't think I would tow across town, maybe around the block.

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Old 01-19-2018, 04:32 PM   #9
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I would use a nylon tow strap so you don't jerk the Model A too hard as a chain has little give but a Tow Strap will stretch a foot or so as its designed to.
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Old 01-19-2018, 06:17 PM   #10
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What do you want to tow it and not have it moved by a roll back?
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Old 01-19-2018, 08:47 PM   #11
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Is it legal to flat tow in Nebraska?
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:17 PM   #12
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It is legal yes. And I am talking only in town side streets at 10 mph or so. And I don't want to use a roll back because I can tow it cheaper. Actually at the present time it runs and drives fine. I am simply thinking ahead just in case it were to have a problem in the future. Maybe my Condon and Skelly insurance covers some towing. I need to check that out. I will probably never drive it more than 5 miles from my house. I have my 65 Mustang that I use for more distant shows and cruises. Or my 64 Ranchero.

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Old 01-19-2018, 11:49 PM   #13
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Don't do like I did and use a parachute rope. It reacted like a bungee cord and the tow vehicle had driven almost out of sight before I moved, then in a flash I caught up. Don't pull with anything that hooks to the bumper. I towed my roadster over the Santa Cruz Mtns with a bumper mounted tow bar at road speed, 65 to 75 most of the way, My truck made the turn onto my street dragging the bumper while my new acquisition rolled merrily into my neighbors juniper hedge. Took several days and material for me to pound out the fenders and repaint them. The mounting bolts were repo and made of pot metal then chromed. Like thousand year old egg, "Look good on outside." Bolts broke right off. Like the guy said when his horse died, "It never did that before."
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i am simply thinking ahead just in case it were to have a problem in the future.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:17 AM   #15
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Less then 5 miles : push it (enjoy the Model A every minut)
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:21 AM   #16
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This is also an option ;
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:23 AM   #17
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Be sure to make WIDE, slow turns while towing. The way the Model A steering is designed, the sector gear doesn't always return to its neutral center position and allow the front wheels to straighten out after completing a turn, especially a tight one. After making a turn, pull over and ensure that the wheels have straightened themselves out. Otherwise, they'll remain cocked and skid along without you knowing it. Depending upon the size and power of the tow vehicle, you may or may not feel the extra drag. This phenomenon happened to me in the distant past before I decided to remove the pitman arm from the sector gear's shaft and support the now-disconnected drag link in a loose rope "sling" from the frame. Other times I simply removed the drag link from the steering arm ball up front. Tie off the front of the drag link so that it doesn't flop around. Don't forget to put the drag link back over the steering arm ball before driving away!
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:54 AM   #18
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... After making a turn, pull over and ensure that the wheels have straightened themselves out. ...
Really ??? What is the problem when there is sitting someone in the towed vehicle ? None I think.
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"Really ??? What is the problem when there is sitting someone in the towed vehicle ? None I think"

I don't know how the traffic laws read in Belgium, but I rather think that in most states in this country it is illegal to have someone sitting in a vehicle that is being flat towed, even if that person were sitting behind the steering wheel. If it isn't against the law, it SHOULD be - for obvious reasons. To do so for more than a block or two to make it home would just be asking for a written citation from the friendly local authorities (cops!) at the least.
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Old 01-20-2018, 01:57 AM   #20
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Wow, so with no one in the towed vehicle it is going to hit uou up the arse at every stop, EVEN if it could possibly track you around a corner.

It is, and it maybe over there, legal to tow a vehicle using an approved engineered A frame.

But the OP here is talking about a rope or a chain.
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