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Default Hitch mounting help

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Anyone can help me with picture or bolt placing, for a hitch mounting, on frame for my -66 convertible
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Hitch on a classic mustang?? Why?
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It is for a combi camper and the hitch will be removed when not used, then nobody can see it
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Sorry, but your convertible, with it's uni-body, should not be used to pull anything over 500 lbs. Most hitch installation companies won't even put one on for you. It's a good way to jerk the convertible apart. Just sayin'
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My 66 hard top had a hitch on it when my dad gave it to me, I yanked it off. But he said he pulled a fishin boat with it. I wouldnt want to though
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This was not my meaning, but sometime i want to take my combi camper to meetings long away, and therefore i will have a hitch on my pony, there is no problem the body is on restoring and i am not afraid to pull a small weight after it, when not in used nobody can see that there is hitch mounted
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Hello Leif,

Don't let these naysayers get to you. There weren't a LOT of Mustangs with trailer hitches but I have seen my share of them. Many of them tended to bolt the hitch, at least partly, to the rear bumper which has about as much strength as a dish towel. I think some of them would weld a steel beam on the back side of the bumper to give it more strength.

Unibody isn't a problem for tow vehicles; there are a lot of such vehicles made. I own one myself; a W124 Mercedes. These guys might be amazed at the kinds of cars you see in Europe with trailer hitches on them. The problem with an older Mustang is finding something at the rear of the car that can accept a hitch. The biggest thing back there is the gas tank and I wouldn't recommend bolting into it with your hitch.

Direct from the mouth of the people who built the horse I have attached a clip from the 1965 Mustang sales brochure. It says that even with the 6-cylinder engine you can tow up to 2,000 lbs with your pony. Of course, they recommended that you buy about every option they sold in order to do that towing. But remember, these guys were in the SALES business.

They reference the '1965 Ford Car & Truck Recreational Brochure'. I don't have a copy of that but there are many of them for sale on eBay, etc. I have no idea what else it might tell you. It could be interesting or could be meaningless. The 1977 version of that manual is online and has a page for the Mustang II which might be interesting - see attached.

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That's when they were new. There 45 years old now if that makes a difference?
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My brother pulled a ski boat with his 68 fastback. Not a large one but a 16 footer.
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That's when they were new. There 45 years old now if that makes a difference?
If your car is in good condition there is no difference. My '66 Mustangs are in the same condition today, if not better, than when they were when new. If they weren't I wouldn't be driving them.

Europe, in general, and I would imagine Sweden also has regular inspections for automobiles. If they are not in top condition they are banned from the highway. At least half of the cars in this country would fail their tests. If the OP's car is licensed for the road in Sweden I have no doubts that it is capable of pulling a small trailer.

http://www.transportstyrelsen.se/en/...thiness-tests/

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Haha. Didn't notice he was from Sweden. Iv seen a hitch on one mustang, i think a 72, and it just had a frame with a ball that was attached around the license plate.
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I had a 67 convt C-code with a dealer installed hitch. I pulled a double jet ski trailer. (I turned a lot of heads backing that trailer into the lake).

The hitch was a T formation. There was a cross bar that ran behind the gas tank and was bolted to the rear frame rails. At the middle of this bar was another bar which bolted to it forming a T. That bar ran under the gas tank to another small T that was bolted behind the license plate to the bumper. The hitch was actually pulling the load from the rear frame rails and the bumper. It can easily pull more then you think. I never had any problems.

A dealer hitch will increase the value of your classic mustang.
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Default Hitch mounting 66 convertible

Thanks for some of your positive comments, i`m restoring my pony and all of the frames is changed to new one and new floor in trunk and behind gas tank frame is new , on new frame left and right side is 2 holes with pipes installed from factory (vertical) and 2 holes (horisontal) about inch rear from the pipes, is those hole for something else or can i complete the holes with pipes and use it for my mounting for hitch frame?
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By your description I am not sure what holes/pipes you mean. Could you post a picture?
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