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Ecklers AutoMotive
Username Post: towing        (Topic#352310)
Posts: 8

Age: 73
Loc: Socal
Reg: 08-02-18
08-03-18 07:12 AM - Post#2741844    

Does anyone know the tongue weight and total GVWR of a trailer I can pull with a 58 Belair with a upgraded drive train and brakes? Looking at retro trailers.

58 Belair 2 DR HT. 350 TBI 4L60E trans, 4W disk brakes, Power windows, Frt 6 way power buckets.XM radio, auto headlights,and many other goodies. The car thinks its a '95 Chevy truck when you use a "scan" tool.

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Loc: Iowa.
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08-03-18 04:52 PM - Post#2741897    
    In response to loslo58

I don't know if there is a factory rating on passenger car towing or not.
But based on personal experience our trailers pull fine down the hwy @ 70+ mph with long tongues and a low center of gravity. The heaviest one being 1520 lbs with 80 lbs of tongue weight.
The wagon w/GM chassis seems to pull better (more stable) than passenger cars.
Weight-wise I would say 2000 with 10% max tongue weight is about all I would be comfortable with. Can't speak for high profile trailers.

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Loc: Mustang, OK, USA
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08-05-18 09:07 AM - Post#2742007    
    In response to Jens

For a trailer that size, I would NEVER hesitate to tow it.
I do not have a 58-64 car now, although for years I tried to get a guy to sell me his 61 Impala, 283/3sp. Never was able to get it. My plan was to "build" a 409/4sp from it. Oh well--------------------- -------
I do have two mid sized cars (and a Corvette) that I sometimes use for towing (remember, way back in the day, these cars were used to tow EVERYTHING!).
The Cutlass has both rear air bags in the coil springs as well as air shocks. I've installed a brake controller on the Cutlass for the brakes on the flatbed trailer. It has a built 455/5sp.
The Chevelle just has air shocks. The engine is a healthy SB400 and wide ratio Muncie.
I've never given second thoughts to towing with these cars.

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