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Towing a WD45

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01-04-2003 14:39:39

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I'm ready to start cleaning the paint and grunge off my wd45. Sheet metal, rad etc. are all removed. I have to move it about five miles to a heated shop to do the de-grunging. I really don't want to load and unload it on a float but was wondering if anyone has ever used a tow bar or one of those tow dollies they use for cars. Any advice would be appreciated. I don't need to go fast but I don't want to tow it with a chain either


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Dave K

01-05-2003 11:07:03

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 Re: Towing a WD45 in reply to ksmith, 01-04-2003 14:39:39  
Just wondering...how do you secure a chain for towing a narrow front WD? Don't think I want to pull on the pedestal and there is not much else up there to chain to!


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Brian G. NY

01-06-2003 05:59:04

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 Re: Re: Towing a WD45 in reply to Dave K, 01-05-2003 11:07:03  
A few years ago I bought a "parts" WD and had to haul it about 11 miles behind my running WD. It was a NF and I made a tow bar using 2" pipe, some channel iron and a large muffler clamp. I bolted the channel iron onto the pedestal using that big bolt on the bottom, welded a couple of angle iron uprights to the channel and ran a large muffler clamp around the pedestal, bolted to the angle iron. Worked absolutely perfectly. However, if I were doing it again I might consider bolting a couple of plates on the side of the frame and bolting a couple of pieces of angle iron to them that come together for a ball hitch.I would tie the steering wheel fast and "slide" it around the corners if the caster wouldn't allow the wheels to "follow". I've flat towed many cars and if the caster wasn't right, I just tied the steering wheel down and "slid" it around the corners; never had a problem. I can't imagine towing a tractor with bull gear final drives for 100 miles. I wouldn't tow the tractor much over it's designed top speed as it would put a lot of stress on the gears and bearings. BTW, I always use safety chains. Disclaimer: This is what I have done/would do and I would not recommend that anyone else do the same as the knowledge and experience necessary to accomplish something like this varies from individual to individual and there are inherent dangers in such an undertaking.

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01-05-2003 15:50:00

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 Re: Re: Towing a WD45 in reply to Dave K, 01-05-2003 11:07:03  
Either run the chain around the pedestal, down low between the wheels, or go back to the front engine support angle iron. Or bolt a hook or short length of chain in one of the side rail holes, near the front.

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Gordon in IN

01-05-2003 10:28:27

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 Re: Towing a WD45 in reply to ksmith, 01-04-2003 14:39:39  
You could use a "car dolly". If it is a "wide front end", just pull the front end onto the "dolly" and secure, tie steering wheel in place, go slow and be careful. If it is a narrow ("tricycle") front end you can still use a car dolly, just pull the rear wheels onto the "dolly" and secure, tie and very securely keep the steering wheel from turning, go slow and be careful. This can ONLY be safely done if you do not over load the "car dolly" (do not exceed the load rating of the "dolly"). The rear of the tractor may be too heavy and may overload the "dolly". You can always drain the fluid from the rear tires if they are filled with fluid and remove the rear wheel weights if it has them to reduce weight of the rear of the tractor on the "dolly". If you have a "dolly" rated for for the full weight of the rear of the tractor, it will make things a lot easier. Good luck, Gordon

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01-05-2003 21:23:00

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 Re: Re: Towing a WD45 in reply to Gordon in IN, 01-05-2003 10:28:27  
If you are using a car dolly, you do not tie the steering wheel in place. The steering system needs to allow for where the dolly is turning. The rear weight of the tractor is not on the dolly, so it has no effect on the towing characteristics. On an extra long tow, the fluid sloshing in the rear tires could have some deleterious effects, but you are talking about five miles! Don't worry about it!

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01-04-2003 21:40:56

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 Re: Towing a WD45 in reply to ksmith, 01-04-2003 14:39:39  
If it's a wide front there is no problem with a tow hitch. Pulled one many years ago for over 100 miles. It's a simple gear drive- leave it in neutral. If you need to pull it with a chain, have a driver on it- the brakes still work. Five miles is certainly nothing to worry about.

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David Maddux

01-05-2003 06:09:35

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 Re: Re: Towing a WD45 in reply to JMS/MN, 01-04-2003 21:40:56  
Here is an old trick my dad tought me several years ago, run your chain through a pipe- that takes the slack out of it. Still needs someone to steer but won't jerk. Dave

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01-06-2003 19:15:44

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 Re: Re: Re: Towing a WD45 in reply to David Maddux, 01-05-2003 06:09:35  
FYI I towed my CA by making a tow bar from 2 pcs of angke iron connected to a ball hitch. I reversed the front wheels and made clamps to go around the tee, just next to the spindles, then also used a safety chain just in case. this way you steer the tractor with the tow vehicle. I later reworked the tow bar and towed my B with it, by connecting to the front axle. this was ok, but didn't steer to well, good luck, what ever we do with our old allis's is fun and better than work

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