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Old 09-15-2010, 02:35 AM   #1
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Default Model A trailer hitch

Iím looking for plans or ideas for a trailer hitch on a Model A coupe.

While perusing a Restorer index of issues, I found this article on hitches:

TRAILER HITCH
Gold, John, "'A' hitch with no hitch," illus., drawings and instructions, May-Jun 1960
(5-1) p 23-25

Does anyone have this issue that they might part with or copy the article for me? Or even other plans or pictures?
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:16 AM   #2
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If you haven't already, do a search. There was a discussion here a few weeks ago about hitches, some pictures.
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A few months ago I installed a hitch on my 30 Tudor. I wanted something out of the box and adjustable. Look for Reese #88001 class II. Cost was $130. I had to cut a little off the top of the supplied brackets to allow the hitch to fit under my rear spare and middle tire guard. You will need to drill a few holes in the supplied brackets to mnatch the bolt holes in the bumper brackets. It took a few hours and I needed a helper and a floor jack to support it while installing it. You will need a 1.25 inch tow bar with a 5 inch lift to get it high enough to use. I hauled a small trailer to try it out. It works good.

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Old 09-15-2010, 02:58 PM   #4
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Vic,

Do you have any pictures?
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:00 PM   #5
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If you haven't already, do a search. There was a discussion here a few weeks ago about hitches, some pictures.
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I saw that several weeks ago, but was looking for some other ideas. Sometimes it is easier to see what others have done instead of reinventing the wheel.

I would still like to get a copy of the Restorer article.
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:26 PM   #6
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Here are some pictures of an old one.
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:48 PM   #7
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Fordcrager:
I have not figured out how to put the pictures in the computer yet. I really need to do this. If I cannot, I will send you a hard copy. Send me a PM with your address. The hitch looks almost professional.

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Old 06-28-2016, 11:53 AM   #8
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Vic, would you send me some pictures of your hitch mount please? Glen Williams
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:32 PM   #9
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A few months ago I installed a hitch on my 30 Tudor. I wanted something out of the box and adjustable. Look for Reese #88001 class II. Cost was $130. I had to cut a little off the top of the supplied brackets to allow the hitch to fit under my rear spare and middle tire guard. You will need to drill a few holes in the supplied brackets to mnatch the bolt holes in the bumper brackets. It took a few hours and I needed a helper and a floor jack to support it while installing it. You will need a 1.25 inch tow bar with a 5 inch lift to get it high enough to use. I hauled a small trailer to try it out. It works good.

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Was your Reece the Reese Towpower 88001 Class II 1 1/4" Square Tube Multi-Fit Receiver with Hitch? I see another that is a different model with the same 88001 to it and it is called an Omni. There was a price difference between the two and they looked different to me. Which one was your's?

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I have the hitch shown in post #4:
https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showth...ighlight=hitch
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Old 06-29-2016, 12:55 AM   #11
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I have one that clamps on the bumper. If interested I'll show pictures
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Please show photos as I am interested in all the different hitches available.
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Old 06-29-2016, 10:21 AM   #13
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Please show photos as I am interested in all the different hitches available.
Do a search. There are quite a few pictures.
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Old 06-29-2016, 11:56 PM   #14
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I have one that clamps on the bumper. If interested I'll show pictures
Here's the one that clamps on the bumper. I brought it up in the swap meet section


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Old 06-30-2016, 12:32 AM   #15
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I bought the one Mac's sells for our '31 Coupe. It replaces the strut. Took about an hour to install. Not technically a trailer hitch, it's billed as a flag holder. We use it to mount a platform for my FIL's power scooter. It sits a little low but does the job. It looks sturdy enough to haul a light trailer as well.

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Old 07-22-2016, 05:24 PM   #16
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I got this hitch delivered today. No way to work on putting it in today though, as the garage is waaaay to hot to work out in. The thing is very heavy. Just some random pics. I am not sure if it is the same as Vic in E-TN or not. (Did you get my pm, Vic?).

Anyone use this or similar one and have any photos of the anchor plates to the frame? I have not even taken measurements today as I am fighting a darn eye infection at present and don't want to get down on the garage floor and have something get in my eye as I work on the truck and hitch installation.

Hoping this one works okay and does not take much modification to install.

Note: The side plates/ears shown in photo 516 are how it came out of the box when I unloaded it. I just laid the hitch on the ground to shoot a photo. I know the placement of those pieces are not correct for mounting the hitch in this photo though.

Thanks for any tips. Not sure when I'll get on this project to finish it out.
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Old 07-23-2016, 08:27 AM   #17
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I built my own receiver type . barely notice it . I pull a very light trailer !
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I bought the one Mac's sells for our '31 Coupe. It replaces the strut. Took about an hour to install. Not technically a trailer hitch, it's billed as a flag holder. We use it to mount a platform for my FIL's power scooter. It sits a little low but does the job. It looks sturdy enough to haul a light trailer as well.

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I have this one too, it is called a flag holder because of the liability issue. It will pull a light trailer no problem but it depends on the bolts and condition of the bumper brackets so they didn't want to have anyone trying to pull an RV with their hitch and having it break loose.
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I have this one too, it is called a flag holder because of the liability issue. It will pull a light trailer no problem but it depends on the bolts and condition of the bumper brackets so they didn't want to have anyone trying to pull an RV with their hitch and having it break loose.
That's what I figured, too. We used all new hardened hardware to install it. We've been using it to haul my father-in-law's scooter on a platform and it works great. I plan to put a riser receiver on it in order to raise the platform. I also have a small tagalong trailer from Harbor Freight that I hauled with my motorcycle so that is always an option should I need extra storage capacity.
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I have this one too, it is called a flag holder because of the liability issue. It will pull a light trailer no problem but it depends on the bolts and condition of the bumper brackets so they didn't want to have anyone trying to pull an RV with their hitch and having it break loose.
I have one of these as well. I always thought it was mandatory that a pickup have a trailer hitch.
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