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Towing capacity for '73 vert
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(02-14-2019, 10:21 AM)Hemikiller Wrote: Ford offered an optional hitch that attached to the rear bumper and IIRC, went under the tank and bolted to the front tank crossmember. It's a reasonably sturdy hitch. There's actually one on eBay right now.

https://www.ebay.com/p/1971-1972-1973-Fo...749&chn=ps

You could increase the strength a bit if you made a crossbar that bolted between the bumper brackets and was sandwiched by the bolts through the bumper itself.

The one I have and posted earlier i believe was a dealer installed unit. It attached to the bumper and to the front tank crossmember. But i.t's not a Ford unit.
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(02-14-2019, 08:53 AM)jpaz Wrote: There’s a member on here who goes by spike morelli. He uses his 72 Mach to pull his jet boat.

JPAZ! How Dare You!!!!!!  I know you didn't mean it on purpose, but us boat types definitely have a pecking order. I do indeed pull boats with my 1971 Mach 1 Mustang....…..but calling either my legitimate 1965 drag boats a "jet" boat, is like referring to Dolly Parton as "flat chested". My drag boats are all prop driven v-drives.
     My Mach 1 trailer hitch was installed professionally by Eckhart Trailer Hitches at their shop. It can handle 3500 pounds, it is bracketed and welded up to the underbody frame rails at 5 points, and is either a class II, or class III. I had it installed in 1990 when I got the car ( 29 years ago ), and I've not had a lick of problems towing a handful of different boats. The car has enough power, but the biggest issue, Mustang or not, is to be sure that your trailer has brakes as well, ( all of my trailers do have brakes ), and you'll stop like you're not towing anything. The Mach has an FMX ( shift kitted) automatic, 3.50 Trac-Loc rear end, aftermarket trans cooler added, heavy duty springs and shocks, and passes Dually Crew Cabs pulling hills with a 351C . It is my only transportation car , driven to and from work everyday, aside from being used to tow the dragboats.
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I see you say they welded the hitch to the frame. That is a NO NO on any type of vehicle. Bolted or riveted will result in a much longer stress free life. Take a look at a heavy truck no welded frame just bolts or hot rivets.
I would caution anyone to weld brackets to the frame and then bolt the hitch to them that gives a place for the stress to dissipate and not go into the metal and cause cracks and failures.
As I stated before I would not see an issue pulling a small camper with a mustang with proper hitch and of course brakes on the camper. I see camper crashes with big SUV so anything can happen.


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(02-21-2019, 10:05 PM)mbrew2 Wrote:
(02-13-2019, 07:15 PM)mbrew2 Wrote: Anyone happen to to what the towing capacity/max tongue weight is for a 73 convertible. Thinking about a lightweight teardrop style camper for an upcoming extended road trip. H code 351, FMX.

Just for information, looked in my original 73 mustang owners manual  and there was a "towing" section that says max towing capacity of 800# with a max tongue weight or 100#. Guess that excludes my idea of a small teardrop-style camper since most I have found are 1100 to 1500# with tongue weights of from 150 to 200#.  These Ford ratings were with the factory hitch option.

Tow hitches like cars have come a long way since 1973. Here in the UK i could go to a hitch specialist that make hitches from scratch. Tell them what you want to tow and they will make it to your specification

Steve
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(03-06-2019, 09:33 AM)Carolina_Mountain_Mustangs Wrote: I see you say they welded the hitch to the frame. That is a NO NO on any type of vehicle. Bolted or riveted will result in a much longer stress free life. Take a look at a heavy truck no welded frame just bolts or hot rivets.
I would caution anyone to weld brackets to the frame and then bolt the hitch to them that gives a place for the stress to dissipate and not go into the metal and cause cracks and failures.
As I stated before I would not see an issue pulling a small camper with a mustang with proper hitch and of course brakes on the camper. I see camper crashes with big SUV so anything can happen.

What you have stated here, I also have read many years ago. It's probably true in a general statement. However,.....the entire hitch set up on my Mach was designed and fabricated custom, to do exactly what I use it for, by the Company itself. Yes, the mounting points ARE bolted through, but are welded as well. This custom hitch is now part of the car. The gas tank is held captured within the mounting of the hitch surrounding it, and should I need to remove the gas tank, I'd have to take the car back to Eckhart to have them do the surgery of removing the hitch.
     Make no mistake....this hitch is no afterthought, or a store bought bolt on. I took the Mach 1 to professionals, told them what I intended to do with it, and they designed, installed, wired in the electrics ( including electric brake system for one of my trailers ), and warranty the entire deal. It is not a hitch as has been posted here by a few......AND.....just as a precaution, because you just never know, I have Eckhart inspect the hitch at the beginning of every season in the spring. It's been 29 years and zero problems. To add, Eckhart does really clean work, as reinforced as the piece is. it's appearance is minimal. Here's the rear view....
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