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pepenador

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Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by pepenador on Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:55 pm

Im looking into buying 1965 chevy van ( NOT running ) in sacramento and hauling it to san diego, can a tow bar be hooked up to this van? or would be easier to put it in a dolly or carrier, maybe using a come-along? scratch

I haven't towed anything before so, any advice?

And wouldn't like to hire somebody to go get it, where's the fun in that? pirat

I would be towing it with a 2006 ford F150

Thanks
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Re: Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by savage on Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:00 am

Donivan, towed a Few with a tow bar,and his 65 Chevy Van. Mark(108 vanguy)towed some with tow dolly with his Ranger pickup. I have towed a Few with a trailer and my 97 E-150 with V6.
Good Luck with your New Van project
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Re: Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by richie61 on Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:11 am

I towed my GMC from that area, 300+ miles each way. I would recommend a car trailer. I used my son-in-laws F150 with a V8 and it was still slow going through the mountians. It took 1 1/2 tanks of gas and 4 hours up there and 2 tanks and 6+ hours back and you still have another 150 miles or so to get to Chula Vista. The elevation is 5000+ feet coming through the grapevine area on the 5 freeway, which is the shortest route and it can get very windy through that area as well. If you have a trailer great, if not you should check, you may be able to rent one up there, it will be a little more money for a one way rental but an easier drive there. I had to pull the trailer up there because the closest Uhaul store was 60 miles away from where I picked up the van.


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Re: Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by Guest on Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:40 am

I can't speak for Chevy's, but you might want to drop the driveshaft so you don't trash the tranny if you go the tow bar route. Good Luck
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Re: Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by jrinaman on Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:39 pm

towed mine home from the nats last year with a tow dolly. 400 miles. didn't have to remove driveshaft, it fell off when my transmission housing cracked!
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pepenador

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Re: Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by pepenador on Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:29 pm

I think i'm gonna go with the car carrier trailer, I would think it's safer just because of the long distance, and i won't have to remove the driveshaft or anything.

So im taking like four guys and try to push it onto the trailer, also maybe using a come-along.

Thanks for the advice guys!
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donivan65
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Re: Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by donivan65 on Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:04 pm

,,,,,you are not going to bring another SportVan here, are you? I got a front bumper drilled for a 1st Gen and I made a towbar for Chevy vans,,,,,,here is VanAgain testing out my towbumper,,,,,,








and I just towed this thing to my house a few weeks ago,,,,,,,


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Russell

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Re: Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by Russell on Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:06 am

When I towed mine from Long Beach I rented a U-haul trailer, reasonable price. I had to center the van above the wheels so the trailer sat level.
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kookykrispy

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Re: Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by kookykrispy on Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:20 am

The safest way to tow is with a flatbed trailer. You can tow with a tow bar. Like others have said, remove the driveshaft so its not turning the transmission the whole time.
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pepenador

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Re: Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by pepenador on Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:38 am

So I went with the u-haul trailer, we used a come-along to pull it on top. It was a good drive we didn't get much traffic, we did 1000 miles in 24hrs haha, the only time we had any worries was in the grape vine that uphill-pulling took us down to 20 mph and a lot of fuel!

Thanks for the advice guys!


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donivan65
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Re: Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by donivan65 on Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:11 pm

,,is it a G1255 or a G1265,,,,,,,,
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Re: Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by vanny on Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:52 pm

I'll take the bait, what's the difference between those models? Never heard that distinction before...


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kookykrispy

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Re: Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by kookykrispy on Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:08 pm

Cool!! I'm glad someone here scored that blue sportvan
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pepenador

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Re: Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by pepenador on Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:58 pm

Sorry for the late response, it is a 126 5
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donivan65
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Re: Towing a 1965 chevy van?

Post by donivan65 on Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:52 pm

That makes it a genuine 1965 Sportvan,,,,and they come in 3 trim levels,,,,Base, Custom and Deluxe,,,,,
looks like San Diego is the Sportvan capital of the World,,,,,,,,
If it was a 1255, that was the test run for the Sportvan body,,,,,they tried it out on the panel frame,,,,, outside it looks like a Sportvan,,,,,,inside it is a panel,,,,,,we call them ShevyVans,,,come to El Cajon Wednesday and see more of them,,,,,,,,
I seen a lot of them,,,,,,,,,,,,in my rear view mirror,,,,,,,,,



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