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Old 09-29-2006, 03:56 PM
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1995 Ford F-150 with 4.9L... towing capabilities??

I have a 1995 F-150 with the 5-speed and the 4.9L engine. It is high mileage but very well maintained. I was wondering what kind of towing capability it has. It is hard to find towing information for the 6-cyl. trucks as I'm sure it is done much less often.

I actually only want to occaisionally tow my Trans Am to the track so that when I break it racing I can get it home. Is this possible, with a flat-bed or a dolly, as long as it's only done a few times a year?

Due to the fact that my buddy and I towed my Firebird Formula with his Bronco II and a tow strap with no problem, and I've hauled some hefty loads in my truck myself, it seems like it would handle it fine... but I wanted to get some advice. I am new to towing!
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Your truck should handle that with no problem. The 4.9 is a torquey motor. My friend once pulled his Trans Am on a dolley with a 2.8 S-10. It did pretty well, much better than I had expected.
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If you cant tow it 365 days a year somethings wrong. Ive towed 6 tons up very steep hills w/ my f150 300 six 5 speed. I Dont recommend it. but i had to get the cars and trailer up the hill.
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trans am is nothing, 6tons of gravel on a 1ton trailer and i had enough power to go faster than 70 on the interstate, although i didn't. now braking was another story, it had no trailer brakes.

pulling it is not a problem, stopping it is
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Thank you guys for the tips! I just wanted to be sure.
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According to the Ford tow guide your truck should tow 3200#.

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That's a little under, but for only occaisional use it should be fine, yes?
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Ford under-rates the tow capacity of the 300. You will be fine towing that car behind your truck every day if you wanted.
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My last scraping truck was a 89 f150 with a 300 and a 5 speed, and I've pulled over 5 ton behind it, its all about gearing. If your truck has highway gears, it'll do it, it will just be doggy starting off. Now stoping, if the trailer/dolley doesnt have trailer brakes (mine doesnt) then you really need to be watching and give yourself the extra room. If you do pull it, go in the country and try some panic stops, see how it reacts to it.
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