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Need Non-op Trailering Suggestions

October 16 2008 at 10:11 AM

I'm considering rescuing a vehicle which is 350 miles away and non-op.
How do I do this? Should I assume I can't push it up onto a U-haul style carrier?
Do any rent-a-carriers have a winch which can pull it on?

I'm not going to pay more than the price of the vehicle to have it transported


SteveB from NJ
85 X1/9

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X Towing

October 16 2008, 10:19 AM 

Well having towed more Xs than I can count and for well over a quarter million miles...

Do the U-Haul car trailer but they don't have winches. Four or five guys can push the car on a trailer easily. If you don't have the manpower you can buy a "come-along" for less than $20 at harbor freight. Using the come-along you can easily winch the car on the trailer in a few minutes.


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Second that

October 16 2008, 10:35 AM 

U-Haul car hauler, Harbor Freight come-a-long and a strap is all you need.

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Starter motor lol

October 16 2008, 5:30 PM 

Lol i found out at the last race meet, when i forgot the winch that the starter motor when desperate can act as your method of transport lol its rated at .01hp what a machine.

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HA... the last non-op VW Bug I loaded onto a car-hauler trailer...

October 17 2008, 12:13 AM 

... we used gravity.

Parked the trailer DOWNHILL and set the ramps... rolled the car down the hill and let its momentum take it up the ramps and onto the rails.

You get ONE shot and ya need BRAKES...

(It was a BLAST!)

My best,

Black Tooth and me... since 1983!

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what condition is it in?

October 17 2008, 5:10 AM 

How are the tires? Will it roll? Make sure you have a small pump to pump up the tires if needed. It makes it easier to get it on the trailer when you are pushing / using a come along. It will go on very easy with the come along and one person.

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Come along... I'd sure like to meet that guy

October 17 2008, 6:59 AM 

Excuse my ignorance, but what is a come along. Sounds like a nice guy to know...

Herzel, in Israel

The late Green '85 X1/9

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hand actuated ratcheting portable hoist

October 17 2008, 7:21 AM 


You might know it as something else. Ratcheting chain hoist? It's like a hoist but you can wrap one end around something to anchor it, the other end to the load, and use the ratcheting device in the middle to pull the load. Use it horizontally, vertically, or any other orientation as long as it's safe. Your 'safe' might not be my 'safe', but...


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And as you use the hand ratchet your load "comes along" i.e. moves NT

October 17 2008, 7:13 PM 


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Thanks for the lesson guys

October 18 2008, 4:53 AM 

I know that tool. Truckers and construction workers use it.
I think we call it "Balanca".

Herzel, in Israel

The late Green '85 X1/9

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I won't use 'come along' again

October 18 2008, 2:11 PM 

balanca has a nice ring to it

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