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old tow dolly

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 5559, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. 5559
    Joined: Oct 25, 2012
    Posts: 362

    from tn

    hey guys,I'm thinking of buying an old car dolly.The one i found works like a wrecker,itsgot a sling that you back up to the car with -hook to with chains & a hand crank to lift the car with.Has anybody here ever used one . Like i said it looks old & is narrow so it looks easy to pull. Any opinions on a carrier like this.

  2. Swifster
    Joined: Dec 16, 2006
    Posts: 1,449


    You have to watch the 'narrow'. I have a 15 year old U-Haul dolly and larger cars won't fit on it. It works fine for my Studebakers, but they are the size of a Nova.
  3. I rented one once to tow a 65 chevy pickup. After about 10 minutes I was wondering why I just didn't rent a trailer. It was scary. Evertime I'd turn a corner the front tires would come out from the straps... I think the truck was too wide. Also, the fenders would get into the side of the truck in turns... and FORGET backing up. It was a mess that I'm glad I survived and no one got hurt.
  4. they work okay. compared to a trailer they are a bi%$#. But way better than no way to get stuff around.

    does it have a center pivot or stiff mounted? if it has a pivot it will pull a lot better and turning will be easier.

  5. Xdrag48
    Joined: Mar 1, 2009
    Posts: 469


    I saw some of them when I was in N.C. A guy were using one to scrap cars.It had 13" wheels on it so the car would not hit it when he turned.They do work,i'm not sure about a long haul.I think a dolly you put the tires on is a safer choice as these are narrow and used a hitch like a tractor.(All the weight is on the hitch when loaded pulling up)

  6. Pops1532
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 544

    from Illinois

    I haven't seen one of those for 25 years. As long as it's not TOO narrow it could be a good rig. Just make sure you don't over load it.

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