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Postby KCStudly » Wed May 31, 2017 7:59 am

Frank, Another great photo of a fantastic rig. :thumbsup:
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Sheddie » Wed May 31, 2017 2:33 pm

Thank you KC. It is a cool little car, I have owned it for 35 years. Thats my Capri, the one below is my wife's Capri.
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Same camp different car.
This one is a 1986 Ford Capri 2.8 injection. We rescued this one from being scrapped for parts for an Escort rally car restoration.
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby dancam » Wed May 31, 2017 2:35 pm

Sheddie wrote:This one is a 1986 Ford Capri 2.8 injection. We rescued this one from being scrapped for parts for an Escort rally car restoration.


Funny you say that. This is the first capri i have seen that wasnt a parts car. It looks good!

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Sheddie » Wed May 31, 2017 2:40 pm

Hi dancam,
see us in Taupo NZ this weekend. NZ Capri Car Club AGM. Lots of beautiful Capris.
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby flboy » Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:36 am

I am pulling my Cargo Trailer Conversion with a 2011 Ford F150 4WD with 302 V8. Love this truck! it has been great!



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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby rebar » Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:23 am

Ford E350 re-powered with intercooled 1991 cummins NV4500 5 speed, 29 mpg unloaded. 15 mpg pulling a lifted 24' featherlite toyhauler 14000# gross.

Dream is to convert the van to 4x4 and acquire a smaller toyhauler capable of off road.
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Postby Ohio_Steve » Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:29 pm

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Sheddie » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:54 am

My dad liked his Humber Super Snipe' for towing.
The first one here is a 1954 4.2L 6cyl 4speed manual. After a few years ownership, health issues required that he move to an automatic.
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The one below was the first of many of the "series" Super Snipe' that he owned, 3L automatic.
Being a motor vehicle dealer he would no sooner buy himself a good one, then someone would want to buy it off him.
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Please note, for the above two photos, from about 1967 you could no longer tow two trailers with a light vehicle (gvm under 3500kg)
The one below, was the last one he bought himself, it is a 1967 "series 5A". The last year they were produced.
He bought this one in 1970 at 8,000 miles. Mum and I banned him from selling this one.
My dad died in 1992 and I couldn't part with the car.
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Above; My wife and I on our way to the South Island in 2007 for a classic car rally, towing the 13' Lightweight
poptop caravan that we sold when we built the teardrop.
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I have now owned the Super Snipe longer than my dad did, and it pulls the teardrop with ease.
Foot note. This was the first car that I drove on the road when learning to drive and I am still driving it 45 years later.
Not many can say that. ;)
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Redneck Packrat » Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:01 am

'94 F250 4x4. Leaf front and back. 8800 GVW rating. Yeah, I know, overkill for a sortafoamie, but it also needs to do this:

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby rxberg » Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:43 pm

2014 VW Touareg TDI

6 cylinder turbo diesel with GVWR: 6400 lbs, Towing capacity: 7700 lbs

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby flboy » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:42 pm

rxberg wrote:2014 VW Touareg TDI

6 cylinder turbo diesel with GVWR: 6400 lbs, Towing capacity: 7700 lbs

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That is an awesome towing capacity for car/crossover? :thumbsup:
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby rxberg » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:55 pm

flboy wrote:
That is an awesome towing capacity for car/crossover? :thumbsup:



The towing capacity was one of the major things I was looking for to replace this:

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The Touareg is the smallest vehicle I've had since high school, so had to still be able to tow/haul around my toys.
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby dancam » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:20 pm

Sheddie wrote:My dad liked his Humber Super Snipe' for towing.
The first one here is a 1954 4.2L 6cyl 4speed manual. After a few years ownership, health issues required that he move to an automatic.
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The one below was the first of many of the "series" Super Snipe' that he owned, 3L automatic.
Being a motor vehicle dealer he would no sooner buy himself a good one, then someone would want to buy it off him.
Image
Please note, for the above two photos, from about 1967 you could no longer tow two trailers with a light vehicle (gvm under 3500kg)
The one below, was the last one he bought himself, it is a 1967 "series 5A". The last year they were produced.
He bought this one in 1970 at 8,000 miles. Mum and I banned him from selling this one.
My dad died in 1992 and I couldn't part with the car.
Image
Above; My wife and I on our way to the South Island in 2007 for a classic car rally, towing the 13' Lightweight
poptop caravan that we sold when we built the teardrop.
Image
I have now owned the Super Snipe longer than my dad did, and it pulls the teardrop with ease.
Foot note. This was the first car that I drove on the road when learning to drive and I am still driving it 45 years later.
Not many can say that. ;)


Thats quite an amazing story! And your right, not many people can say they have driven the same car 45 years.
I still love my first car, it was 15 years old and rusty when i bought it, i never expected it to last since the guy i bought it from figured it was miled out. I did more stupid and crazy things in it than i can even remember. It finally finished rusting out after i drove it 9 1/2 years and 245,000km. I really wish i had taken care for the body rust, not driven it in lakes... and so on.
Its sitting in the back of my yard now. I really had wanted to make it to 500k and i have to decide if i will make it my winter beater and still try and do that or not.
But anyway, love your car! Can you still get parts for it? What kind of fuel milage do you get towing? :)

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Sheddie » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:06 pm

dancam wrote:But anyway, love your car! Can you still get parts for it? What kind of fuel milage do you get towing? :)


Hi Dan, thank you. Yes it is a lovely old car and apart from the paint getting a bit shabby is all original and in near new condition.
Parts; Fortunatly we have never needed many parts for it and the service parts like brakes and bearings etc are common enough. A few years ago I had to get a new power shaft made for the power steering, but that was a simple enough one to make. Most of the components like brakes, electrical, fuel, transmission etc are shared by a lot of the other manufacturers so if you know what you are looking for you can find it on a Jaguar, Rover, Austin or the like. Body parts would be the issue, the only way there is second hand or make something.
Fuel milage; With a Supersnipe you don't think much about that, you just fill it up and enjoy the drive. 8) As the old saying went, "they could pass anything except a petrol station". They got that reputation mainly from the the big old monsters of the 1940s and '50s. The one I have, just touring on the highway will get 22 - 24 mpg, and puting the teardrop on the back won't effect that a lot. Towing our previous caravan around the South Island was a bit different, although it wasn't a lot bigger than the teardrop, it was 8ft wide and with the big flat front on it, we may as well have had a parachute out the back. But we were still getting about 16-18mpg. The old 1954 Supersnipe dad had was probably about that on its own. :o
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