Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-28-2014, 06:18 AM   #1
Registered User
 
husker boxster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Omaha
Posts: 2,197
Towing w/ A Dolly - Rear Wheels In Dolly OK?

I'm picking up my winter project in a few hrs - a 77 VW conv. It's about 80 mi away and I've rented a pickup and dolly to retrieve it. I see in the dolly manual it says to not pull a vehicle with the front wheels on the ground (or backwards).

So, do I:

1. Put the front wheels in the dolly and put the car in neutral?

2. Make sure the front wheels are straight and ignition locked and put back wheels in the dolly?

3. Something else?

A quick response would be appreciated.
__________________
PCA National HPDE Instructor
2008 Boxster S Limited Edition #005
2007 Cayman S - SOLD on Valentine's Day 2013
2008 Cayman S Sport - Signal Green
husker boxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2014, 06:50 AM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Emerald City
Posts: 885
Garage
Speaking from when a conventional wrecker towed my piece of crap crown vic, they put the rear wheels on the dolly and "locked the steering wheel" by wrapping the seat belt around it and hooking it up so it couldn't turn. I dont think you can lock the ignition unless its a stick shift. You need it to be in neutral I believe. Rear wheels on the ground will do damage to your trans and drive unless you can completely disconnect those wheels like you can in a jeep.
jdraupp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2014, 02:49 AM   #3
Registered User
 
husker boxster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Omaha
Posts: 2,197
I went rears in because I was concerned about harming the manual trans. I locked the ignition with the wheels as straight ahead as I could and I used my old Club to lock the steering wheel in place. Worked like a charm. Drove back between 55-60mph.

Here are a few pics. It's kind of a cat in the sack as it doesn't run for long after it starts. Internet says that could be an air leak in a hose. But a solid rust free body that should shine up with a good polish.



__________________
PCA National HPDE Instructor
2008 Boxster S Limited Edition #005
2007 Cayman S - SOLD on Valentine's Day 2013
2008 Cayman S Sport - Signal Green
husker boxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2014, 04:56 AM   #4
Motorist & Coffee Drinker
 
78F350's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 2,273
Garage
That brings back some memories. In '71 my dad's Ghia was rusting and he was looking for a new car. He almost bought a 914, but decided on the VW instead for the passenger space. By the late 70s, my brother and I shared it in High School, then off to college. In the early 90s my step dad did a complete restoration and took it to shows and parades. Finally sold out of the family in 2011 to a collector.

Old yearbook photo


After restoration

Last edited by 78F350; 09-29-2014 at 05:00 AM.
78F350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2014, 03:07 PM   #5
Registered User
 
husker boxster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Omaha
Posts: 2,197
That's why I bought this one - it should be an easy flip because everyone's had a VW Beetle. My brother, sister, and I all learned how to drive a manual trans in our 63 Beetle. My brother bent every fender on it. Ahhh, the memories of scraping ice from the inside of the windshield.

I had the misfortune a cpl yrs ago of taking Punkin to a European car show and being slotted next to a 58 Bug. Everyone was fawning over it and telling stories of the Bugs they had. I was miffed that no one was interested in my Boxster.
__________________
PCA National HPDE Instructor
2008 Boxster S Limited Edition #005
2007 Cayman S - SOLD on Valentine's Day 2013
2008 Cayman S Sport - Signal Green
husker boxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2014, 11:56 AM   #6
Certified Boxster Addict
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 7,470
The safest method is front wheels go on the dolly (IAW the dolly instructoins) and then the rear wheels should be disconnected from the engine/transmission so they freewheel (usually by removing the drive shaft in a front engine/rear drive car). In a rear engine/rear drive car like the vdub, this would require full removal of the half-shafts or at least disconnecting the half-shafts at the outer CV joint and then tying them safely out of the way of the wheels.
__________________
1999 996 C2 - sold - bought back - sold for more
1997 Spec Boxster BSR #254
1979 911 SC
POC Licensed DE/TT Instructor

Last edited by thstone; 09-30-2014 at 11:59 AM.
thstone is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:24 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page