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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 20, 3:49 PM Thread Starter
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Towing with a 112" wheelbase Chevelle

I know that I've seen at least one member here that uses a 68 or later Chevelle 112" wheelbase to tow a car on trailer .


I'm thinking about building a 37 Chevy Coupe 112" wheelbase (pro tour style) to tow a 37 Chevy fiberglass body gasser that should weigh in at a combined 5000 lbs with trailer.


I've done a lot of towing with my longer wheelbase 1/2 ton Ram and just curious if the shorter 112" wheelbase 37 Chevy would present any highway handling issues.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 20, 5:08 PM
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Re: Towing with a 112" wheelbase Chevelle

My Nova was 111 wheel base.. actually I made it 109" wheel base.
I towed more trailers with cars and Sod and junk iron on that car than any vehicle I ever owned.
350" engine and TH350 trans.
I broke a lot of 10 bolt rearends and finally went with a 9" Ford.
But as far as stability towing it was just fine.
Make sure your brakes are up to the stopping task.. leave plenty of room between you and the guy in front of you.. common sense.

I towed almost as many loads and some stupid heavy ones with a 1982 Ford mustang. 100" wheel base.
Load the trailer correctly. Too much weight on the back of the trailer and you get to dog walkin down the road at speed.

Good stiff sidewall trailer tires.. keeps the side to side motion to a minimum.

You should be fine.
Trailer brakes can be your friend if the load outweighs the tow vehicle by alot.
82 mustang was 2740 and I towed 8000 lbs with it.. stopping was scary. Pulled just fine.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 20, 6:46 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Towing with a 112" wheelbase Chevelle

Thanks Jeff. Good stuff.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 20, 6:56 PM
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Re: Towing with a 112" wheelbase Chevelle

We had a member many years ago who used his '68 SS396 Elky to tow a UHaul trailer with his '72 SP454 Sprint from Colorado to Chevelleabration one year. Based on that, I'd say what you are proposing to do would be no problem, with the above listed caveats.
BTW, he said coming across the plains in a wind, he was getting 4 mpg!

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 20, 8:34 PM
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Re: Towing with a 112" wheelbase Chevelle

When reading the above comments, I'm somewhat surprised that so many people have either forgot, OR, just were not around when almost everything imaginable, in various sizes and weights, was towed by the family car.
Everything I own has a trailer hitch, and does occasional towing duty--------------with ZERO issues. Now I admit, I do some use some discretionary judgement about what I hook up to the T-bucket or 56 Corvette.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 20, 9:15 PM
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Re: Towing with a 112" wheelbase Chevelle

growing up my dad had a 83 Monte SS clone with a dog 305 and use to pull a trailer with a ton of coal on it.

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Re: Towing with a 112" wheelbase Chevelle

I towed a lot with my '65 Elky w/400SB. Did well around town up to a car and hauler weights.

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