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In the movie of that name , starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, was the 40ft trailer fitted with hub motors. This movie screened recently and an old flathead Ford V8 was pulling the trailer easily. Did it have electric assist?
 

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If it were just a shell then that would explain the ease with which the old ford pulled it. Thanks.
 

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No problem.

The same flathead 239 was available on the F1-F6 trucks. F6 = 2 ton. :cool:

The F6 is rated at 16,000 lbs GVW and a GCWR around 24,000 lbs (from memory). I can go out and check the plate on the 52 F-5 COE if you want. It only has a 226 flathead 6.

Those old motors had a LOT more torque available at much lower rpms. This allowed a relatively low hp motor to tow much more than a high-revving modern engine with the same hp number.

Plus, people used to be more patient. Once you get a load moving, it cruises along with little hp (until you get to a hill).

Cheers
 
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