TOW BEAST

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TOW BEAST

Post by Capt Smitty » Mon May 13, 2013 7:07 am

Here's my strange tow beast. Unknown age, can barely make out what I think says "Wheman Power Buggy" on the side. Powered by a 5hp Wisconson, rope-pull start. Has 6 wheels, stand-up, rear steering. It's only 3 ft wide by 7 ft long, and seems to have a capacity of about 1200 lbs.
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This is my alternate tow beast. 1982 GMC S15. 5.0 V8, 4-speed auto, over-load springs, air shocks.
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Re: TOW BEAST

Post by NiceAft » Tue May 14, 2013 4:33 pm

1982 :o impressive. :D

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Re: TOW BEAST

Post by Russ » Tue May 14, 2013 4:39 pm

Capt Smitty wrote: Image
I hope that beast has good breaks. Could be a comical moment at the ramp otherwise.

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Re: TOW BEAST

Post by kmclemore » Tue May 14, 2013 4:59 pm

It's a "Whiteman Power Buggy". They primarily made concrete moving equipment, but also made various devices for moving industrial equipment. You seem to have one of the latter, and it appears to be a model from the mid-50's.

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Re: TOW BEAST

Post by Québec 1 » Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:18 pm

Just got a new to me tow vehicle. 2001 Chevy blazer 4x4 with a new V6, brakes, tires, and more. Image

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Re: TOW BEAST

Post by raycarlson » Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:13 am

your going to be terribly disappointed with that 4.3 V-6 towing. I spent many hours with mine floor boarded down in 3rd gear at 35mph climbing from phoenix to flagstaff. Its barely big enough to move the vehicle.

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Re: TOW BEAST

Post by Québec 1 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:52 am

Seemed to do the hills okay the other day. Well,l only payed 2 k for it , so I will just have to see how she does. Wonder if the factory towing package it came with will help out a bit. Its 2,000 lbs towing without the package and 5,000 lbs with it.
I cant believe she would tow less well than my Buick Lesabre that towed me thousands of miles with no problem.

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Re: TOW BEAST

Post by dlandersson » Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:34 am

Smart - probably gets better mileage than my 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee too. :D
Québec 1 wrote:Seemed to do the hills okay the other day. Well,l only payed 2 k for it , so I will just have to see how she does. Wonder if the factory towing package it came with will help out a bit. Its 2,000 lbs towing without the package and 5,000 lbs with it.
I cant believe she would tow less well than my Buick Lesabre that towed me thousands of miles with no problem.

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Re: TOW BEAST

Post by beene » Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:49 am

Technology amazes me

That 2001 Blazer has a 4.3 V6 that only puts out 190hp and 250 torque at 2800rpm

You can get a 2.0 4cyl that put out 264hp and 270 torque at 1750rpm now with AWD lock so no spinning tires

Means a 2.0 4cyl, less than half the cc of the 2001 blazer, has more oomph to get the job done and far more fuel efficient than the 4.3 V6

Amazing...

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Re: TOW BEAST

Post by SENCMac26x » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:08 am

We just upgraded my 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup (and my wife's Minvan) to a 2013 Ford 350 XLT.... Great for towing.....but still getting used to backing it down the ramp blind! :D

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Re: TOW BEAST

Post by Russ » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:25 am

SENCMac25 wrote:We just upgraded my 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup (and my wife's Minvan) to a 2013 Ford 350 XLT.... Great for towing.....but still getting used to backing it down the ramp blind! :D
My Highlander has a backup cam. Works really well for visibility backing down the ramp.

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Re: TOW BEAST

Post by SENCMac26x » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:12 am

RussMT wrote:
SENCMac25 wrote:We just upgraded my 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup (and my wife's Minvan) to a 2013 Ford 350 XLT.... Great for towing.....but still getting used to backing it down the ramp blind! :D
My Highlander has a backup cam. Works really well for visibility backing down the ramp.

We have a back-up cam too, and it works great backing up to the trailer...but going downall it sees is my bow.

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Re: TOW BEAST

Post by Québec 1 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:26 pm

The Blazer has back up mirrors, I have always used back up mirrors so there is no problem there. I have more horse power and more torque at lower RPM's than the Buick did so I think I will be satisfied with my ....already....fully payed for vehicle. Image

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Re: TOW BEAST

Post by Québec 1 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:28 pm

beene wrote:Technology amazes me

That 2001 Blazer has a 4.3 V6 that only puts out 190hp and 250 torque at 2800rpm

You can get a 2.0 4cyl that put out 264hp and 270 torque at 1750rpm now with AWD lock so no spinning tires

Means a 2.0 4cyl, less than half the cc of the 2001 blazer, has more oomph to get the job done and far more fuel efficient than the 4.3 V6

Amazing...
So does this mean you guys would buy a 4cyl. vehicle to haul an :macm: ?

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Re: TOW BEAST

Post by Russ » Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:46 pm

Québec 1 wrote:The Blazer has back up mirrors, I have always used back up mirrors so there is no problem there.
Backup cameras are pretty inexpensive.
http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PLCM7200-7-I ... 01&sr=1-12
I used my camera yesterday backing my jet ski trailer down the ramp. I can't see the trailer well and the camera really helped. It's absolutely fantastic at aligning the hitch.

Nice tow beast. Nice choice of color too.

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