Towing is Fun!


| 10/21/2014 4:44:00 PM


Tags: looking back, sam moore, towing,

Vintage Cartoon 

One thing that’s common to most every man into old trucks, cars or tractors is the periodic need to pull one of these vehicles with another. If you’re unfamiliar with this exercise, it requires two people; one driving the towing vehicle, and another on the towed, to steer, apply brakes, or to pop the clutch with the transmission in gear in an often futile attempt to get the engine started.

Well most of us don’t have another man about the house, so it’s usually the unfortunate spouse who’s pressed into service as either the puller or the pullee. I've read many sad tales in the tractor magazines of these adventures going comically wrong (often with a real potential for disaster), and I've a few such stories of my own.

My sister B.G. and my niece Cindy, both from North Carolina, were visiting a few years ago and told me of their experiences, B.G. as the pullee and Cindy as the puller in two different episodes.

Long ago, B.G. and her husband had an Oldsmobile that wouldn't run, so he decided to tow it several blocks to a repair shop. He hooked a chain between his work truck and the Olds, put B.G. behind the wheel of the car, and instructed her briefly on what to do, before starting off. What he had not told her was that the power steering and power brakes didn't work when the engine wasn't running.

B.G. said she got quite a surprise when they came to the first stop sign – he stopped, but she didn't and banged into the truck. Fortunately they were going slow and no damage was done. Then he turned a corner and she couldn't steer the thing and the Olds had to be dragged around by the chain. It was a hairy journey, with the Olds banging into the truck again before they finally arrived at the garage.