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I'm sitting here wasting time and I ran across a pristine 85 S10 blazer on eBay. I feel like this would have been the kind of car someone would have towed with my bus back in the day. Did anyone actually flat tow a car back in the early 80's? If so, how did they do the brakes on them? I don't think I've ever seen a photo of an old motorhome towing anything, really.
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Andy I have had the same thought. It would be cool to have a toad that matches the age of the bird. I have thought about an 80's Mercedes 300D in a nice gold or brown color to match the bird. I am sure those could not be flat towed though. It is spendy but Air Force One uses the bus air brakes to operate the brakes and it also makes vacuum for the brake booster.
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In the 80's we flat towed a Honda civic, Toyota Corolla and a Tracker. You could not buy base plates. I used a Reese folding tow bar.
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Mike H. has several posts towing a Mercedes 240D

https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...ead.php?t=7466

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https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...p?t=117&page=5
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De-coupler on the pinion to freewheel the drive shaft, no brakes. Transmission had a rear pump so theoretically it would be fine to tow, however tried it for 25 miles fried the trans, the overhaul kit and parts required were spendy.
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The 240D was available with a 4-speed manual and could be flat towed. Neither the 240D automatic nor the 300D (all automatics) were approved for flat towing even though the transmissions were equipped with a rear-driven pump. The limit was something like (it's been many years) 20 miles at <35 mph.


300D was normally aspirated through 1981, turbocharged from 82 through end of production in 85. 120/122 HP vs 90. The 240 was 65 HP.


0-62 MPH time for a manual 240D was about 25 seconds, 29 seconds for the automatic.
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My dad sold those cars new, he sold a lot of stick 240s and 300Ds, turbo and non. Maybe more 300Ds! "The difference is this - a 300D will go up a hill without losing speed, a 240D will lose some speed with a stick and a 240D automatic, well, get right and hang on"
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My example was a free car, with crankshaft bearing failure. Hitler youth, yes, local in 'Germantown WI' where the home base is, ran a two man Mercedes repair shop next to my transmission company for many years. When Joe retired he put up a 4 car sized shop for puttering and taking care of a few old time clients. Joe liked my 240 and was offended that I was planning on repowering with a 302/C-4 Ford drive train and offered to repair my engine, 3500 dollars later it was running, after the transmission 'experiment' and the de-coupler final solution I was well north of 5k in my free Benz.
Was a A/C car but of course that didn't work and the ventilation was messed up, unfortunately my efforts to repair resulted in only moderate success.
As a aside, I have a collection of Olds/diesel Caddies, Oldmobiles and a C-10 pickup. They are all faster, quieter and produce better mileage than that old Benz. Never saw over 17mpg with that thing, took it on a couple extended trips, wasn't that great in the comfort department either, however it was a cool looking ride and got many thumbs up.
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Any '80s 4WD pickup, Surburban, or Blazer can be towed 4 down. I have towed a bunch of them with no brakes. I'm towing a '98 Yukon now and I have '95 and '98 2500 pickups setup to tow.


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Were they really Hitler youth or am I missing the sarcasm?
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