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Ideas for hauling a non-running project truck?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Sledge, Jun 12, 2003.

  1. Sledge

    Sledge Registered Member

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    At the start of July I'm finally getting out of my apartment and into a house. So now I'm itching to get back to working on my '72 project Jimmy.

    The problem is it's not running now (and will take a bunch to get to that stage) and is currently "decorating" my parents' garage in NW Oregon, 500 miles from my new home in Reno.

    I've considered renting a U-Haul and trailer and doing the job myself, but I don't have any experience pulling a trailer and don't think this is the time to learn (mistakes mean expensive lessons). /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    Anyone have any brilliant ideas on how I could I get this done?
     
  2. sdavid

    sdavid 1/2 ton status

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    Put some skinny tires on it and push that heavy mother into the back of a big U-Haul truck. No trailer to pull and it is covered and secure for the ride. Better find a way to tie it down though. Other than that, pay some one to move it for you (lots of dough).
     
  3. Rolled

    Rolled 1/2 ton status

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    IIRC - U-Haul will not allow you to put a car/truck inside one of their box trucks. So, don't tell them about it /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

    BTW - Get a tow dolly. Towing is easy, just practice turning wider than normal.
     
  4. BowtieRed

    BowtieRed 1/2 ton status Author

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    there's nothing to towing unless it's a semi, just make WIDE right turns, and plan on braking a long time before you usually do, accellerating slower, and shift lanes slowly, otherwise the trailer will jerk you when you try to straighten out.
     
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    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    Trailoring isnt that bad, just go slow and pay attention.
    That would be cheapest and easiest.

    Ken H.
     
  6. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    If you are renting a moving van any way get one of the larger ones, even if its more than you need. They make great tow rigs. Rent a trailer from the same place, just make sure you have small tires so it will fit.
     
  7. CHEVY 4WD

    CHEVY 4WD 1/2 ton status

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    Get a car dolly & pull the rear drive shaft out Going forward isent bad but if you never have gone backwards it will take some pratice /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif but one you get it to your house you can move it how you want to.
    Either do all that or get a pipe and chain and pull the rear drive shaft /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif although 500Miles is a LONG ways
     
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    bryguy00b 3/4 ton status

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    tow it...im only 17 and i tow and manuver our boat on trips all the time..(not that big of a boat 18 ft bowrider) but still..its not much worse than that. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    The only hard part of towing is backing up(that and jack knifing!). Here's what I do. I just grab the bottom of the steering wheel with one hand, while looking back of course, and I turn the wheel in the direction I want the trailer to go. For example, if I want the trailer to go right, my hand goes right and vice-versa...I hope that made sense! [​IMG]
     
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    Short trailers are harder to back up then long ones
     

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