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I need towing a firebird 500 miles, how can i do

Lift from the front or back

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If towing that far of a distance place the front wheels on a tow dolley and pull it from the front with the car in nuetral. That is entriley to far to be pull from the rear will mess up the steering linkages.

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There is a company called REMCO that sells a rear driveshaft "disconnect" that would have to be professionally welded into your old driveshaft - or a new driveshaft.

This piece would allow you to tow the car and easily be able to drive it after you reach your destination.
http://www.remcodsc.com/

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Rent a transport trailer no car should be towed that distance unless modified for RV towing

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You can rent a four wheal tow dolly, or if its a front wheal drive, the front needs to be up in the air, if its a rear wheal drive then the rear needs to be up, or if its a rear wheal drive you can remove the drive shaft and lift the front.

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Lift from the back, better yet trailer the whole car. or you can tow it from the front, just remove the driveshaft.

Posted on Oct 03, 2009

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