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Username Post: Tow option        (Topic#355124)
Rex B 
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Rex B
Loc: Melbourne, FL
Reg: 09-13-06
02-06-19 06:52 AM - Post#2759190    

Hi all,
Wanted to ask what, if any, to pull a trailer, are available for my 66, shortbed, fleetside. The motor is a 383, with automatic trans, rear gear is 3.07




 
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jktucker92 
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02-06-19 08:36 AM - Post#2759195    
    In response to Rex B

How big a trailer are you trying to tow? The stock bumper has a hole in it for a trailer ball and is fine for towing up to probably 3,500 lbs. I towed my 3,500 lb. boat several times with my '65 1/2 ton, and it did just fine with my 235 6 cyl. I did have to drill a couple holes in order to have a place to hook the breakaway chains to. Mine had a SM420 4 speed, and 4:11 gears, but you have plenty of motor to tow anything the chassis can handle. If you want to tow a bigger trailer than that, you'll want a trailer hitch that mounts to the frame. Etrailer.com has one for up to 10,000 lbs. (weight distributed hitch) for $150.
The stock brakes in our trucks aren't very powerful, so that's probably your weakest point. Be aware that your stopping distance is greatly diminished with a trailer. Anything over 3,500 lbs. would require trailer brakes and a brake controller, so that would resolve that issue with a bigger trailer.
The other question is which transmission and clutch do you have? If you're only going to tow a few times, then just be aware that you're causing excessive wear to the smaller clutch and some of the transmissions. The stock SM420 is bulletproof and could tow anything and it came with a large clutch. That granny gear helps a lot for getting started with a heavy load. The old saginaw 3 speed isn't as strong and the powerglide is probably better than the saginaw, but not much. If you upgraded the transmission when you put in the 383, a TH350 is about as good as the powerglide, and the TH400 could tow anything.



 
Rex B 
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Loc: Melbourne, FL
Reg: 09-13-06
02-06-19 02:14 PM - Post#2759216    
    In response to jktucker92

I have an automatic transmission. I just want to be able to haul about 3500 pounds or so, a one axle U haul trailer.
Would a gas tank in the back hinder this?

Again thank you for your comments



 
jktucker92 
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02-07-19 08:20 AM - Post#2759282    
    In response to Rex B

For a 3500 lb. trailer, you'll have no problem using the rear bumper to tow. It has a large hole in the middle specifically for a trailer ball for towing. You may need to drill a couple of holes in the rear bumper to provide a place to connect the breakaway chains, but that's pretty easy to do. Unless your gas tank in the back fills through the rear bumper, there is no interference with the trailer ball and fuel tank. I'm not sure which automatic you have; the only stock auto transmission was a Powerglide (2 speed), but since you have a 383, I expect a TH350 or TH400 was used along with the retrofit. Any of those transmissions should be fine towing 3500 lbs. In fact, any automatic that was put behind a 383 should be fine (assuming that the person installing it knew what they were doing).



 
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