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Triumph Spitfire - Does anyone know how to tow a Spitfire?

Hello all.
I need advice on towing a 79 Spitfire 1500 on a front wheel dolly. I am not a transmission guy. I am told that in MG trannies,
there is some sort of shaft or bearing that is splash lubricated when the engine is running and when being towed, spins, but
doesnt get lubed because the engine is not running....therefore, the drive shaft must be disconnected, or risk burning up the
tranny.(Although, I towed a 75 Midget down from Maine last year, some 400+ miles, with the front wheels on the dolly and the
drive shaft connected. This car shows no sign of tranny trouble.)

Is this situation true of the 79 Spitfire tranny too? (no OD) I was also advised that one could put the back wheels of the car on
the dolly and tie down the steering wheel, so the front tires are the ones spinning, thereby protecting the tranny. Is that a safe
way to tow the vehicle? I bought the car in NJ, and will need to dolly it about 400 miles.

I tow cars all over the place on the dolly, but this will be my first Spit.

Any advice much appreciated.

Chuck Crawford


Just to be on the safe side i would climb under and remove the propshaft. The gearbox will not turn at all and no damage can be done. The diff will be fine for towing as long as it has oil!

The prop is only 8 bolts and will come of real easy in about 30mins.

Hope this helps

Ashley Meson

I have towed my spitfire also on a dolly by taking out the driveshaft with the front wheels on the dolly from Halifax Nova scotia to Sydney N.S. 300miles no problems this should work fine.
Tom Mac Kinnon
Thomas Mac Kinnon

This thread was discussed between 03/05/2001 and 07/05/2001

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