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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 03-02-2019, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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For those with pickup trucks...

To tow a '66 about 600 miles, would a 3/4 ton truck do or do I need to absolutely get a 1 ton truck. The 3/4 ton is easier to find for rental purposes but didn't know how much I would be pushing the towing capabilities.

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I towed my 67 when doing paint work 400miles in my previous 2003 Ford Expedition which is I believe a 1/2 ton. Just used the towing capacity which was like 5800-8000lbs and figure my 67 is only 3400lbs. I rented a car trailer where the entire car was on the trailer.

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3/4 ton is more than adequate to tow a 66 Mustang on a trailer.
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A half ton is more than adequate......
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3/4 ton is more than adequate to tow a 66 Mustang on a trailer.


Yup. I towed my 66 in an enclosed trailer with my old 2000 F250 PSD from Kansas to Oregon and back to Kansas, then to Iowa with no problems.


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I've pulled my boat, which weighs twice as much as my car, and drags an immeasurable more amount of air, halfway across the country. Most new half tons are rated to tow 11K+ lbs. I wouldn't advocate towning 11K long distances, but a classic Mustang on a trailer will weigh less than half of what a half ton is rated to tow. A 3/4 ton is just fine.
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I have a 2014 crew cab F150 with a 5.0. I towed 2nd 66ís Mustang on my trailer that I use to haul wood pellets for my stove. I didnít even really notice his car on the trailer, no issues I noticed 2 tons of pellets more.

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Heck any 1/2 ton from the last 20 years is good for 6500+ lbs. Most large SUVs would be enough, the only worry is the wheelbase and weight for stopping ability but the right hitch and trailer makes all the difference. Make sure any rental agreement allows for towing.

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I once towed almost 6000 lbs, 700 miles, with a Jeep Liberty.
Not that any sane person should ever do that.
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For 600 miles I would contact an auto transport company. It might be cheaper.

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I once towed my 65 vert down to Atlanta.. about a 700 mile round trip with my 2006 F150 with a rental Uhaul car trailer. It had a 5.4 engine with 300hp/365 ft lbs of torque. Except for the slight jerking of the trailer, I barely knew it was back there.

My current 2013 F150 with the EcoBoost with 365hp and 420 ft lbs of torque is even better.

Both trucks had the standard towing package installed, but thats just a hitch and a trans cooler really.

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3/4 ton is fine. Years ago, I pulled my mustang project with a drive on tow dolly behind a ford ranger (4cyl).

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Thanks for the input guys. So with the conventional rental company options, you never know exactly what truck you're going to actually rent until you pick it up. So there is a local Toyota dealership that rents any model on the lot including the Tacoma & Tundra. Now these are the base models of each, but I'm leaning more towards the Tundra even though the Tacoma will tow my car. It's less than a $10 difference for the rental. Would you guys go with the bigger Tundra or should I drop down to the Tacoma.

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Thanks for the input guys. So with the conventional rental company options, you never know exactly what truck you're going to actually rent until you pick it up. So there is a local Toyota dealership that rents any model on the lot including the Tacoma & Tundra. Now these are the base models of each, but I'm leaning more towards the Tundra even though the Tacoma will tow my car. It's less than a $10 difference for the rental. Would you guys go with the bigger Tundra or should I drop down to the Tacoma.
Iíd go bigger, itíll make for a more pleasant and reassuring tow

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