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    Does anyone know the tow rating for a '53 1/2 ton short box pickup with a big-six overdrive?

    Thanks in advance for any help,

    Will in Colorado

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  • #2
    There were no official "tow ratings" back then.

    My guess is that you could probably tow 1/2 ton (1,000 pound trailer) without a lot of problems. Anything over that and I'd make sure you had a good class 3 hitch and electric trailer brakes. Maybe 3-4,000 pounds max safely that way. Just my estimate.




    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

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    • #3
      Depends on how fast you want to go, more importantly how fast you can STOP.
      Seriously I have no idea weight wise but if your running stock brakes I suggest no more than 1 to 2000#, escpecially true if you consider that your from the mountain country.
      Russ
      quote:Originally posted by lotsalarks

      Does anyone know the tow rating for a '53 1/2 ton short box pickup with a big-six overdrive?

      Thanks in advance for any help,

      Will in Colorado

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