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    How to Tow a MK1

    My MK 1 Roadster is not running and needs to be towed. Are the front bumperettes strong enough to pull the car on to a rollback trailer? If not, where can I hook it without damaging the body?

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    Phil: FFR 3121, Mk 1 1/2 built 2002, 1991 302, T-5 and 3.55 rear.

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    Attach to the front lower control arms. Donít use the quick jacks. Tow driver should have ramps to get you onto the tow deck at a better angle. Also, with a T5 you have to use a flat bed otherwise youíll damage the transmission.
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    The tow driver should put blocks of wood up between the cable and the frame to help keep the cable down, away from the body.
    Most of the rollback - flat bed drivers will extend the flat bed back to help reduce the angle. I was towed once after a blowout on my rear tire and the tow operator was very careful as well as knew what to watch for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptstew View Post
    My MK 1 Roadster is not running and needs to be towed. Are the front bumperettes strong enough to pull the car on to a rollback trailer? If not, where can I hook it without damaging the body?

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    Buy yourself a 2" 20' tow strap and loop it around the front 4" cross tube. Have the driver attach his hook through the tow strap. As the car is pulled up onto the flatbed keep you foot on the strap to keep it off the body work. I always keep one of these straps in the trunk. Scott

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    Thanks, guys.
    Phil: FFR 3121, Mk 1 1/2 built 2002, 1991 302, T-5 and 3.55 rear.

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    have the driver attach a strap to the control arm. he will need to put down blocks to drag it up onto his bed then have him strap it down using 8 point tie downs or D rings through the wheels.
    a 20' strap around the 4" cross tube wont work its too long and the drive wont use it or allow you to stand on it for insurance reasons

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    Had the car towed this week. Driver wrapped both lower control arms and pulled from leg of the Y formed. His truck bed was hinged about 6’ from the rear edge so that portion of the bed laid flat on the ground with the rest of the bed tilted. He then pulled car about half way on to the flat portion and then raised the bed back to being flat and pulled the car up. Worked really well. Thanks for all the feedback.
    Phil: FFR 3121, Mk 1 1/2 built 2002, 1991 302, T-5 and 3.55 rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acmikee View Post
    have the driver attach a strap to the control arm. he will need to put down blocks to drag it up onto his bed then have him strap it down using 8 point tie downs or D rings through the wheels.
    a 20' strap around the 4" cross tube wont work its too long and the drive wont use it or allow you to stand on it for insurance reasons
    Funny has worked for me with no issues?

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