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Cheapest way to get a car somwhere..

I need to move my car 300miles+ to get the tranny installed for a unbeatable price! Any ideas how to get it there? cheapest way perferred....

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j/k. my best guess would rent one of those car hualer things that you attach to a hitch and borrow someone's truck.

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tow dolly from u-haul, etc. and a tow vehicle.

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you don't move a lowered tbird, or any tbird for that matter on a tow dolly.

It needs to go on a full trailer.

If you have a decent truck you can rent one at uhaul.

I've towed my car with a f150 4.6 4r70w with 3.73 gears, and it pulls fine, you just gotta be careful stopping.

Or you could have a place like carmoves.com ship it, probably cost a few hundred bucks.

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I've towed my car with a f150 4.6 4r70w with 3.73 gears, and it pulls fine, you just gotta be careful stopping.

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Just out of curiousity - 2WD or 4WD F150? I'm guessing, being a Roush F150 it's 2WD. Asking because my dad has a 98 F150 4.6 auto. Just kinda nice to know that I've got a truck around that can haul my 'Bird if needed. My Ranger could probably do the job, but not as well as my dad's F150.

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DO NOT EVER attempt to tow your Bird with a ranger. The truck doesn't weigh enough to stop the car and a trailer. You're begging for problems. Trucks come with weight ratings for a reason. My 3/4 ton F250 weighs 7400lbs. It's MORE than capable of handling a 8000lb+ trailer without issues. My car on the trailer weighs in around 5800lbs...that's cake.

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I know a guy wih a v6 Ranger tried to tow his 5.0 from Kansas to Houston. He made it but the truck was toast brned the clutch up ad tore up some other stuff

The problem with a 300 mile tranny job it has problems your out 300 bux plus a blown up truck You have to look at the big picture. The problems with trannys very few know how to build good ones no matter what they claim Its a science in it own way. JW, Ross House, K danner, JLangton are the only ones I know who get it.(4r70w) Iam sure there are others but if they don't follow the tranny 101 article jw wrote years back then you get what you pay for. There is a kid in Houston that was trained by Ross House and the circle d bunch, I would probably let him build me one. Ross can build and ship one, Iam sure circle d has the recipie they also know the performance convertor business. In this game you truly get what you pay for, a 300 dollar tranny job would be waste of time and money.

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Come on guys.. I'm not that stupid. I didn't say I was actually going to do it I might be crazy, but I ain't dumb

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Talk to Uhaul, they'll get you all squared away with the right trailer and make sure you've got a good truck to haul with, they will NOT rent a trailer if the truck can't tow the car

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Talk to Uhaul, they'll get you all squared away with the right trailer and make sure you've got a good truck to haul with, they will NOT rent a trailer if the truck can't tow the car
FYI, U-Haul will not rent to Ford Explorer owners (no matter what year or engine or anything). I have a 2002 Eddie Bauer Edition that is capable of towing 7000lbs. with an electric brake option and U-Haul wouldn't even rent the smallest trailor to me. If you have a Mercury Mountaineer or Lincoln Aviator you are all clear. What a *****ty company.
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Yeah I have lied to uhaul about what im driving and what im hauling im like yeah im moving a 92 geo metro with a 98 Mountaineer

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Yeah I have lied to uhaul about what im driving and what im hauling im like yeah im moving a 92 geo metro with a 98 Mountaineer
They don't come out and check the vehicle? When I rented from the Morse Rd. location they actually bothered to come and check it. Fortunately I brought my truck to pick up the trailor but unfortunately I was limited to what trailor I could get because my truck doesn't have a full hitch and only has the ball hitch on the bumper.

Either way it sucks because the Mountaineer and the Aviator are the same friggin' vehicle. What a bunch of morons.
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Any competent rental company will inspect the vehicle they're hooking up the trailer to. The only catch is that you could get the trailer home and hook it up to whatever other vehicle you wanted. The problem being though, if anything happened to the car, trailer or towed vehicle, the rental company would take NO liability for it

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Does the tranny shop have a tow truck ? Some do or maybe a local guy if it was on the Poconos side of PA I could probably help you out with my suburban

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Any competent rental company will inspect the vehicle they're hooking up the trailer to. The only catch is that you could get the trailer home and hook it up to whatever other vehicle you wanted. The problem being though, if anything happened to the car, trailer or towed vehicle, the rental company would take NO liability for it
Actually that would be fine. I would sign a waiver if that is what they required. That is apparently not an option.
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well im not gunna take the car im gunna just take the tranny with me instead... oh well!

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FYI, here is Uhaul's official response:

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Dear Mr. MaddMartigan,

Thank you for your request for information on our policy regarding Ford
Explorers.

U-Haul has chosen not to rent behind this tow vehicle based on our history
of excessive costs in defending lawsuits involving Ford Explorer towing
combinations. This is an unusual circumstance and we do not like having
to make this decision. We do not like saying “no” to our customers and we
apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. This policy is not
related to safety issues.

U-Haul can offer several ways to move. We suggest using a different tow
vehicle or renting a truck and/or an alternate towing combination to
facilitate your move. For rates or more information, please visit us on
line at www.uhaul.com, click on truck & trailer or contact our National
Sales and Reservations Team at 1-800-468-4285.

Sincerely,
Salea Kinealy
U-Haul Customer Service
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