Dick Rasmussen wrote:
Also, contrary to the post above, most Ford ratings I've seen for the small trucks are HIGHER for autos than for sticks (probably clutch wear issues assuming unskilled drivers). To get in the general "ballpark" you might try looking at the tow rating variables for a current version of the same basic truck which should be readily available.
So, what part of my post did you misunderstand? This part?
"Stick or auto? Ford (and most domestic manufacturers) rate stick at less than auto in their small trucks. Japanese manufacturers generally rate them the same (stick vs auto). "
Or this one?
"I'd wager a guess and say that you can tow 2000lbs with the stick and 4000-4500lbs with the auto..."
I'm not upset, I just don't like being misquoted.
And the primary restriction of stick vs auto isn't the clutch, it's the transmission and the rear axle. The manual trannies in the small (domestic) trucks aren't robust enough and the rear axles can't handle the shock loading of a manual tranny. (I think that they also have little faith in the driving ability of the average American driver... probably well-founded). As an example, Dodge has used heavier rear axles (Dana 80 vs 70) when their full-sized trucks were equipped with a manual transmission vs an automatic.
Here's an excerpt from the Trailer Life towing guide (PDF address above) for 1999, which has specific info.
Ranger 4WD 3.0 V-6 4,360 a,e
Ranger SuperCab 4WD 3.0 V-6 4,200 a,e
Ranger SuperCab 4WD 3.0 V-6 2,240 d,f,i
a Requires automatic transmission and towing package.
d Requires 3.73:1 axle ratio.
e Requires 3.98/4.09/4.10:1 axle ratio.
f Manual transmission.
i Must be equipped with heavy-duty towing package.