S80 as a Tow Vehicle

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  1. 64desertscout

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    Thinking about getting a "canned ham" trailer, smaller 12-14 foot and around 1200lbs. I will be upgrading to SII 44's on my 63, so I'm not worried about it being able to stop it, but will keep the 196 till it gives up which wont be anytime soon. I cant seem to find anything about there towing ability. I'm not going cross country with it, just would like something nicer than a tent on the weekend outings when its done.
     
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    Random, associated question - what's your hitch setup like on the 63?

    I just picked up a step bumper with a step hitch to tow my small aluminum fishing boat around, but I would like to see what other options there are.

    J.P.
     
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    It does not have a hitch or even a rear bumper. I will most likely build a hitch for it.
     
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    A 4 speed would help drivability 100% and don't go any higher than a 4.10 ratio and 28" tires.

    Not days I'm not sure I would want to pull a 1200# trailer with manual drum brakes. I would look into disc front brakes and vac. boosted to Hydraboost. Or add electric brakes to the trailer. It easy to do and pretty cost effective.

    But I have been totally spoiled by towing the last couple of years with a F150 Super Crew FX4 Ecoboost.
     
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    Add electric trailer brakes to the trailer if it doesn't have them. Even though it's a small trailer the adding braking ability with the trailer will be money well spent especially on a lighter tow vehicle like a Scout 80.
     
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    Will have D44's as I said in the first post. Will most likely have 35's, 5.13's, and a T19 when done. I was more wondering about the abilities of the 196.
     
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    I had a '65 with a 196. With your proposed drivetrain and use, I am confident the 196 will disappoint. :no:
     
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    I use to own a 67 Scout 800 with a 196. Plenty of torque but not a lot of horse power. I could tow a small trailer with probably 400 lbs of weight, but highway speeds in hilly country were pretty low. From what I remember I was usually going about 10 mph slower than the posted speed most of the time when the speed limit was over 50 mph. Made a big difference adding an overdrive to the T18 transfer case. Speeds were still slow compared to a V8 but I could keep it in a favorable power bad a lot easier.
     
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    Yea I wasn't expecting it to win any races, just be up to the task along as it still lives. It just runs way to good to just replace it and after it dies it will be replaced with a 4.3 V6 and it wont be a problem.

    Guess Ill start small and see what it can do after I get it into a decent driver.
     
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    A 196 with 35" tires, it will barely be able to get out of its own way, much less pull a trailer.
     
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    it will be fine with 5.13's
     

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