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Trailering a '55
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I need to trailer my '55 Caribbean and I'm trying to figure out where the best place is for the front end to use straps. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated and a picture would be worth a thousand words.

Posted on: 3/28 14:57:55
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Re: Trailering a '55
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Since you haven't gotten any hits with '55 owners.. I've trailered everything I have (plus some). The attachment points are more trailer specific than car specific. You don't mention if it's a full flatbed or two-wheels down (I've never done the later and wouldn't recommend it personally). The majority of trailers I've used are U-haul units. Based on the weight of your vehicle you may have a hard time renting one (especially if it's complete as yours probably is). The straps on those units go over your front tires and ratchet strapped down, with the addition of back-up chains on the front frame and back frame. The chains don't need to be tight but I wrap a rag around or through the chain where it rests on the frame (only if your frame is detailed). However, I highly recommend you either look up online the manufacturers instructions for using their trailer. If you've never towed a vehicle before, it's not "Miller Time", may want to hire it out. If you get someone reputable to do it they know best but I'd recommend being involved. You have I'm sure many fixed attachment points, but I would be concerned with avoiding torsion level components etc., I always chose points that won't flex, tear etc. Good luck..

Posted on: 3/29 5:18:05
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Re: Trailering a '55
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Nothing special insofar as anchor points. You can strap the differential housing and control arms in the front. However, the suspension must be turned off or battery disconnected. On the 56's the battery must be disconnected otherwise the car will try to go into park and can burn up the shift motor.

Posted on: 3/29 6:30:59
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Re: Trailering a '55
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Just be sure to get the straps or chain around the frame or lower A arms and NOT on the stabilizer bar. The stabilizer bar looks strong and is in a convenient and easy spot to grab onto but the brackets and end mountings will not take a lot of pull without bending or breaking.

Posted on: 3/29 7:19:16
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Re: Trailering a '55
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I assume you are going to have the whole car on a trailer, or flatbed.

I put the front straps through the lower A arm. The ratchet then clips to the straps from the A arms, and the trailer bed.

The rear straps around the axle. Making sure not to pinch the brake lines.

Posted on: 3/29 8:32:49
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Re: Trailering a '55
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Its an enclosed trailer. Ive used U Hauls with the front wheel straps in the past. I was considering on using the lower A arm and also about attaching a D Ring to the frame just in front of the stabilization arm.

Posted on: 3/29 10:52:19
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Re: Trailering a '55
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I put 3 hooks on the floor of my enclosed trailer and do the same as on the uhaul; hook to the rear hook go over the front tire and loop thru the 2nd hook and pit the ratchet on the front(3rd) loop.

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Re: Trailering a '55
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Psw does it all the time . can't remember how he did mine.

Contact him he can explain. Where he puts straps.

Posted on: 3/29 21:19:13
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Re: Trailering a '55
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PSW??

Posted on: 3/30 10:59:45
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Pacific Southwest Parts in San Diego. gerry@packardssouthwest.com

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