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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-21-2004, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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possible tow vehicle question

I know this has been covered before but I may have found a possible tow vehicle for my 72 Commando. It is an 89 F150 Lariat 4x4 extended cab with a newer 302 (@10k miles). It is in pretty good shape and the price seems really nice $2000-$2500. I know a 3/4 ton would be better but they are more $$$ so my question is for anyone that has experience with a similar truck should this do okay for a daily highway driver having to tow the Commando on a dual axle trailer with brakes once or twice a month in the summer? Also I will be making a trip from NJ to Georgia in June with the Commando in tow so that would be the real test. Should this handle it okay, anything I should watch out for when I check it out?
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Re: possible tow vehicle question

It would get the job done, but the 302 is a little on the weak side. I'd look for something with the 300 I-6 or move up to the bigger V-8's. The last 302 (I think it was an 87) we used had trouble pulling my little fishing boat up a hill, and it weighs a lot less than your Commando.

Now if it were just a daily driver, that sounds like a nice truck. (and I don't particularly care for Fords).
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Re: possible tow vehicle question

While the truck seems nice, I think it's going to struggle towing a commando around. The suspension and motor aren't really up to the task, especially for a long haul.
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Re: possible tow vehicle question

I don't think it'd be too bad on the highway, even my '95 Trooper with the tired 3.2L towed mxnhid's Audi on the highway fine, and that was well over 5,000 lbs on the trailer. It took awhile to get up to speed, with the pathetic 4L-30E that usually dies at 130K (mine had 200K on it then), but once there it maintained it fine.
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Re: possible tow vehicle question

find out what tranny is in it. A lot of the 302 equiped f-150's were very light duty. Ford wouldn't let you tow more than 1500 or 2000 lbs. I had a 4cly. toyota with a bigger tow rating!!! Just a word of warning.
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