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I didn't make myself clear. I want to post the two pictures from this thread to another forum.
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I didn't make myself clear. I want to post the two pictures from this thread to another forum.
If it is mine, please feel free to do so.
Otherwise, you need to ask Ray
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:29 PM
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What were they thinking?? The original brakes would barely stop the
car . . . How was going to stop a trailer too??
If it's original . . . It would be a cool novelty to have on there though.
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:33 PM
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What were they thinking?? The original brakes would barely stop the
car . . . How was going to stop a trailer too??
If it's original . . . It would be a cool novelty to have on there though.
There is an automatic brake on the trailers that sets in when you are breaking and the weight is going forward.
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Is there still a demand for this hitch? Do you guys really want a hitch on your classic squarebird? Or, is this a 'collector' item?


If you guys seriously want more, I will see what I can do. - Dave
I would love one, it would save tearing apart our mountain-bikes to fit them in the trunk of the '66, I could mount them off one of those fancy brackets that fit to your trailer hitch.

Could you see if there is any record of the company making a hitch for a '66??

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Old 01-04-2010, 03:49 AM
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Anders and Tom, I will call tomorrow. I have no idea what they might say, but the worst they could say is, "no". So, it's worth a try.

partaxer is referring to a 'receiver' style. Trailer companies sell universal hitches that bolt onto the frame for that type. Draw-tite makes them, too. Just fit to your frame, tack-weld, pull it off, weld, and paint. Then bolt it on, and you're good to go. Receivers are rarely plated.

I don't do much pulling, but a trailer hitch will save your bumper plating on steep driveways. Let the bottom of the hitch get scraped a little... might not make too much difference on an old bumper, but it sure does on a freshly re-chromed job. - Dave
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I have been told that there was a dealer option trailer hitch for the squarebird. Does anyone know if this is true? If so, does anyone by any chance have a photo? Thanks. Ken
Hi Ken,

As you know by now, yes there is!
Ray posted some pictures of it also, he has the same one as I have.(stamped: 1958-59-60 Thunderbird)
The trailer hitch on Alexander's Bird was marked only with 1958-1959 Thunderbird.
Before I purchased mine I placed some bids on another hitch with only 1958 Thunderbird on it.
(needless to say I didn't won that one....)
Conclusion: they were made all three years for our Squarebirds - the same shape and style - so they are inter changable. Just the stamped marking on them is different.
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Dave: I seriously like to have one of these "originals" if possible.
I might take the trip to The Netherlands and buy myself a old Constructam Comet 5 some day. Will give me a reason to visit Marco and have a Heineken with him
Hi Anders,

Great pics of the '60 with the Constructam!
If you want to come over and have a drink, no problem because I run a B&B!!
(Beer & Breakfast)

If you want to haul a (vintage) trailer with an original hitch you need to drill a hole in your bumper, please keep that in mind!
That's one reason why I still haven't mounted mine, the second reason is the rear springs/shocks.
For the '59 and '60 you can buy adjustable Rear Air Shocks from Monroe (#MA 739) but for our '58 I'm still looking for years now to get some adjustable shocks.
(All tips / info very appreciated!)

Good luck hunting.............
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Hi Ken,

As you know by now, yes there is!
Ray posted some pictures of it also, he has the same one as I have.(stamped: 1958-59-60 Thunderbird)
The trailer hitch on Alexander's Bird was marked only with 1958-1959 Thunderbird.
Before I purchased mine I placed some bids on another hitch with only 1958 Thunderbird on it.
(needless to say I didn't won that one....)
Conclusion: they were made all three years for our Squarebirds - the same shape and style - so they are inter changable. Just the stamped marking on them is different.
Sounds like they added a year in the stamping for each year, meaning itīs easy to see what model year you have.
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I have some interesting information for those of you who are looking for original Draw-Tite Squarebird/Tbird trailer hitches!

bigmess16 is Corey, who is a sales rep for Draw-Tite Co, who made these original, stamped trailer hitches for our Squarebirds and other Ford products. simplyconnected ~ Dave, contacted Corey about the possibility of Draw-Tite making more of these trailer hitches. Corey wanted to see the pictures of them I posted, so he joined us!

Now, at this point, I have no idea, nor does Corey, possibly, if Draw-Tite would even want to start up production on this model 50 year later... Perhaps, if Corey was given an indication of how many would like to buy a Draw-Tite trailer hitch for the 1958-1960 Squarebirds, 1961-1963 Bulletbirds, and 1964-1966 Flairbirds, that might help the company make a decision.

So if you want one, you might post here to Corey ~ bigmess16 and let him know. This is an excellent chance to possibly bring back this product if the demand warrants it.

I think this warrants posting in the other two Forums, so I will.
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