Okay, looking from the back of the vehicle, the right hand side where the exhaust pipe exits should not be an issue. I have looked at a number of vehicles and towbars and they all seem to be the same. They all seem to use the same bolt holes and captured nuts and so the bar should simply bolt in to place without modification. Note however, that some Super Customs vehicles may have a hitching point for a rope bolted on to the side of the chassis and this will have to be removed but in doing so will provide the necessary bolts for the tow bar. This was certainly the case with my vehicle and the existing hitch can be seen in image 1.
The problem arises on the other side of the vehicle where a tow hook, welded to the side of the chassis (image 2), prevents the tow bar from being pushed up into place. To overcome this some modifications to the tow bar are needed and these will be explained in a moment.
Also, there should be two holes in the bottom of the chassis to enable the tow bar to be bolted vertically to the bottom of the chassis. But only the front hole is there.
So here are my suggestions.
Begin by temporarily removing the cover which protects the short hose running from the filler spout to the fuel tank. There are three small bolts. This is necessary to allow better access to the chassis.
Now, image 3 shows a bar installed on a Super Custom and what should be apparent is that the bar has no protrusions above the level of the bottom of the chassis so it can slip up inside the tow hook flange welded to the side of the chassis.
The second point to note is that from where the bar bolts to the bottom of the chassis, there is a flange or flat surface running downwards and through this the bar is bolted to the tow hook point welded to the chassis. In other words the end of the bar should look as though it has a piece of angle welded to it. This is represented in the illustration image 4.
Image 5 shows a Hayman Reese bar and image 6 shows my adulterations to the image representing one option for modifying the bar. The drawback with this approach is the arm of bar needs to be squeezed or sprung inwards about 0.5mm and this may make it difficult to fit the front bolt. But since this is only a small bolt I wouldn’t worry. I also found that one of the bolts for the reinstalled fuel pipe cover needs to be left out. But it has no apparent drawbacks.
The remaining task is to drill through the chassis to take the vertical mounting bolt at the back end of the bar support bracket. To aid in this I have included an image (Image 7) of the finished job as seen from the inside of the vehicle.
Before finishing this post, I want to recommend my next post which shows how to cope with a difficult situation where you can’t undo the captured nuts inside the chassis or where they do not exist. The purpose of this article is to show how the load is supported on the chassis.
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