Post by oldbitsmadenew on Jan 1, 2014 6:32:26 GMT 10
Here are some photos of my tow car. I have owned the FJ since May 1999 but it has been off the road for the last 7 years due to house renovations taking priority over limited funds. It is currently undergoing repairs but it will be registered later in the year and then it will be towing my van! Time will tell whether I will need to update the van's brakes to electric in a bid to help the FJ's drum brakes out a bit.
I recently ( 12 months ago) sold my stock 56 FJ ute.... I found it pulled up better with the the 11ft plywood supalite van on behind it, than it did on its own. The van had original drum brakes with original ( asbestos ) lined break shoes. I changed from original cross ply tyres to radials and then the ute went around the corners in the direction/line that I chose... unlike the crossplys that steered wherever they wanted to....
Electric brakes are good ... but a bit of an overkill.... All you need to be mindfull of is you are driving an old car with an old van on the back with limited braking ability and drive accordingly
Never be in a hurry.. no matter how many cars are building up behind you ( pull over.. let em passed when an opportunity presents itself) ... leave plenty of room between you and the car in front for braking.. ( and hope some dickhead with 4 wheel disc brakes don't jump in front of you and jump on the stoppers at the traffic lights).... Give yourself even more space if its wet/raining
Post by oldbitsmadenew on Jan 3, 2014 8:35:03 GMT 10
Thanks for the comments, suggestions and advice, all taken on board. The fox tail only affects the speed if it is outside in the wind, it slows the old grey motor by at least 10mph, that's why it is inside....
Reddo I know your old FJ ute quite well since I spent quite a bit of time in it with you at the 2012 Bathurst FX-FJ Nationals! Glad to see you have replaced it with another iconic Holden. I still have the old tow hitch from my van for you if you still want it.