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Re: [T3] So...who got what for the holidays?

I guess you would have to be familiar with the type of trailer Im getting.
Its an Allstate and not your average useful trailer. Its kind of an after
thought of trailers, not big, not heavy. I will be lucky to get two large
suitcases in it. It will be mounted to the rear bumper area at the brackets.
Its not a tongue and ball type. Keep in mind that I do not use my T3s for
daily travel nor will I use it for any useful hauling(other than me). So if
the body, mounts or any part were fatigued in any way it shouldn't be
because I used it allot. I do however tend to disagree with you that the
rear stiffness in the torsions will not help. If I do have any load in the
trailer plus the normal weight, the combined weight wont compound the rear
of the notch as much thus pressing it down giving the rear less travel.
Granted most of the weight will be loaded over the trailer wheel itself, ANY
load pushing back from the wheel of the trailer(fulcrum) through the
mounting points to the body and onto the rear suspension will be reduced
with stiffer torsions. All my brake stuff is NOS and in excellent shape and
is from 64-65 era 5 lug stock. Besides if the off-road guys and the street
rods upgrade their rears to T3 5 lug drums to help them stop(due to the
wider diameter shoe), then they should be fine stopping my 200-300 lb
trailer putt-putting to a show. All in all it should make for a fine vintage
addition. I have seen these in action on bugs, buses and T3s with no issues.
The biggest pain I have with it is getting it from Seattle to Murrieta Cali!


> The stiffer Bars will just make the ride stiffer, it wont help with a
> trailer on there. I wouldnt tow anything with a 62 Notch... first off, the
> drum brakes are inadequate for anything but the smallest trailers, and the
> bumper mounts are inadequate for ANYTHING.  Be sure you get a hitch that
> goes under the engine and mounts to the sub frame... this isnt really
> but its much better than the flimsy bumper mounts.
> Keith

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