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    car dolly questions

    I can't have a full car trailer and need something to haul cars home (for parts/repair) so found this oldie for $180....

    Here's the question though.... I have to leave the rear suspension on (axle,subframe, & tires) in order to trailer a car to the junkyard....



    Is it possible to make it so I can take the entire front end/ cradle off and still use the dolly to get to the yard (7 miles).... I'm just thinking keeping my subframes/bearings if they are still good.... and one gave any ideas? (Flat bed is off limits, don't have $$$ or truck to pull it)


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    In my experience, you secure the front of the car onto the car dolly by putting straps over each of the front tires/rims. If you don't have that, I am not sure how you will safely secure the car to the tow dolly. I guess you could figure how to secure it somehow but it would be difficult to go around bends in the road and not the safest.

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    car dolly questions

    I know about securing it via the tires... just trying to figure out a round out of it, if I have no suspension how to attach

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    Make sure you get a dolly with a pivot plate/point. it has the wheel buckets on it. And I'm sure something can be fabricated to work with your situation. I could think of a few ideas. I can draw a plan up I think would work if wanted. PM me.

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    The strapped front tires of the tow vehicle also serve a purpose. When turning, they track with the tow vehicle and allow the car to turn. And of course you need to tow with the steering wheel unlocked.

    Trying to tow without a front end is an all around bad idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gabrielservices View Post
    Make sure you get a dolly with a pivot plate/point. it has the wheel buckets on it. And I'm sure something can be fabricated to work with your situation. I could think of a few ideas. I can draw a plan up I think would work if wanted. PM me.
    That is very good advice, but I have towed countless times without the pivot plate. Being the dolly is 180$ I doubt it has any.

    Something might be fabricated but I am pretty sure it would be an illegal eyesore. Either, or.

    Still don't recommend it.

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    Personally i would strap and chain the crap out of it throw the 4-ways and strobe light on and take carefully planned out back roads at 10-25mph. But thats just me. If your unskilled at strapping stuff and afraid/not patient enough to drive at a running pace then i would suggest against it.


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