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Towing a 65 GTO with a Tow Bar

I am in the final stages in the restoration of my 65 GTO Convertible. Car has to be moved at least 4 times; upholstery shop, paint shop for touch up, muffler shop etc. There is at least 40+ miles between all these locations and using a flat deck was going to be very costly for all the moves. I do not have a car trailer as my truck is not quite big enough to move a fully loaded car hauler. I removed the front bumper and installed a tow bar to the frame rails. Car tows very well on the straight road portions , but I am having problems turning. I make wide turns but car will not track and I end up skidding the front end, once straight car tracks well again. I do not want to damage my new front end components. I should mention that the car has a power steering box. Car has not had a front alignment as yet and I only eye balled the adjustment on the front wheels. Has anyone towed this type of vehicle with success and could give me some advice. Thanks
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I would suggest you rent a trailer and truck from U_Haul if you don't have a buddy with a trailer and/or truck. Definitely cheaper than renting a flatbed.


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Or at least a tow dolly...
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X2 on the tow dolly. Cheap and effective.
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X3 on the tow dolly, to answer your question on towing the car, it sounds as if the caster may be too negative. How many shims do you have under the front and rear bolts of the control arm shaft.

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Thanks for all the replies. Car is at the upholstery shop and I will be up there on the weekend, I will count the shims. I was careful to replace the exact number when I restored the frame, front end etc. I assume the number would be slightly different for every vehicle. Is there a 'typical average' amount? I am not an expert but I thought that the shims only affect the camber.
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No average amount, and shims affect the camber AND the caster.
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The camber is set by adding or removing shims to both the front and rear bolts, caster is set by adding or removing shims to only the front bolt. For positive caster remove shims, for negative caster add shims. Try removing 1 or 2 shims from the front bolts and see if the car's front tires will turn properly when towing.

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Great information, thanks all for the input.
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