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Topic: Home made tow bar
Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Subject: Home made tow bar
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2010 at 9:42pm
Well I am trying to get my tow bar finished before Friday, I really want to drag our 620 to our local meet. So wish me luck.



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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille



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Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2010 at 9:47pm



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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2010 at 9:48pm
I am 98% done, just getting tired working 10 to 14 hours a day. 

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Posted By: 289Fatsun
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2010 at 10:05pm
nice, I live 90 miles away from the closest 2 drag strips......90 south or 90 north, and I am going to need to get a trailer or one of those rear wheel dolly set ups like a tow truck

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Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2010 at 10:07pm
Dang, that looks good!  You might be already doing this but you might want to put some corner gussets on the big "t" for additional strength, just my opinion thoughTongue

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Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2010 at 10:08pm
Heck just build a tow bar. Ha ha I am kidding, you can make a trip to Arkansas and but a brand new 16' trailer for around $800

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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2010 at 10:10pm
Originally posted by EzCruiser EzCruiser wrote:

Dang, that looks good!  You might be already doing this but you might want to put some corner gussets on the big "t" for additional strength, just my opinion thoughTongue


I do plan to Ez, but it will be later, I am just trying to get my 620 to the show.


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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2010 at 10:12pm
I figured!  I wasn't doubting your work mang! Approve  Looks like you will be able to tow a tank with it!  lol.  A 620 tank, haha.

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Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2010 at 10:13pm
Yeah I have a Sherman tank in the back yard I need to tow. LOL 

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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2010 at 11:22pm
Well I got all things done needed to tow my Datsun to the meet tomorrow night. I will snap a picture of the wagon train and post it tomorrow.

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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: Rusty
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2010 at 11:29pm
Nice work Slam, where is going to mount on the truck? Take a pic of the mounting spot, I like that idea better than using the dolly I have, that things a pain.

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Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2010 at 11:36pm
I will snap some pictures tomorrow Rusty, it mounts to the factory tow hooks. 

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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: datsunloverbrad
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2010 at 7:52am
probably to late to make a statement, but make sure where it mounts to the truck that it can swivel up and down freely!



Posted By: Pacific Coast Datsun
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2010 at 4:41pm
Theres your side business...homemade tow bars Smile 

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Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2010 at 7:28pm
Originally posted by datsunloverbrad datsunloverbrad wrote:

probably to late to make a statement, but make sure where it mounts to the truck that it can swivel up and down freely!


Well it is hooked to my S-10 and it sits kinda low. I am going to redo the hook up point next week, just trying to get it to the show tonight.


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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2010 at 7:29pm
Originally posted by Pacific Coast Datsun Pacific Coast Datsun wrote:

Theres your side business...homemade tow bars Smile 

Yeah me and a friend are talking about doing that. Wink


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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: Rusty
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2010 at 9:40pm
Hope ya get some pics at the meet tonight.

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Posted By: Rusty
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2010 at 4:00pm
Well, how did your alls meet go? any pics? your truck didn't come off and pass you on the highway, did it, LOL jk

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Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2010 at 4:12pm
No it stayed behind me, luckily. LOL I will get the pictures up before to long. We had 9 Datsun there, so it was a pretty good.

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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2011 at 9:58am
hi i was just wondering if you have taken a picture yet of the mounting spot? been looking at pictures of tow bars and hook steps. just wanna see how yours ended up looking, thanks.


Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2011 at 10:09am
dang how did i miss this?   that thing is cool!   is that miller a 180 or 211?  i have been wanting a 211 for about a year now. The little millers weld great. i have used a 140 on 120ac and it did great but the duty cycle sucked!

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Posted By: smartmonkey
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2011 at 6:58pm
Great little tow bar slam but I'd plate the 't' as much as possible. On saying that it looks great, Nice work! Any recent pics of it?


Posted By: Knottyhead
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2016 at 8:06pm
I liked this "towbar" idea and decided to attempt to build my own so I could move my non op Datsuns from one location to another.

I built mine a little differently than Slam but I didn't start from scratch.

Problem #1 I had was that I am not a welder and do not know how to weld

Problem #2 I am not a carpenter or fabricator I am a mechanic.

I bought a welder about a year ago thinking I would learn how to use it but it sat in a corner until recently.
I was a a local welding shop and looked into their "dumpster" and found my inspiration for learning how to weld.

I started with a towbar someone had made, I could not use it as it was due to having a pintle style hitch hook up.
Fisrt thing to do was to cut the loop off,once I got the loop off I measured and found out I was working with 1 1/2" square tubing with 1/4 wall. So back to the welding shop I went looking for a short piece of 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 square tubing with a 1/4 wall, didn't take long and I was walking away with a piece 18" in length.
Next was a stop at tractor supply company to pick up a coupler, I settled for a 1 7/8 ball 2 1/2 channel coupler rated for 2000lbs.

I cut and trimmed and mocked up till I was happy then dug out the welder.

I made the "triangle" part angle down slightly from the ball for a few reasons and worked out well. I don't trust my welding but so far all is well. I pulled my white Datsun 38 miles with the old goat with no issues at all.



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