Tow Bar Options

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Tow Bar Options

Post by ndnile » Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:07 pm

I think within the last two years I stumbled upon a thread here where the poster described modifying an off the shelf folding tow bar to install on the front shackle brackets on an M38A1. I did a search here, but could not find it. Any pointers?
Doug
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Re: Tow Bar Options

Post by 199th MP » Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:56 am

i had a welder make one for me from square stock. you might consider that idea.
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Re: Tow Bar Options

Post by Ken Perkins » Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:52 am

Doug, pm me your cell # and I'll send you some pics of mine....
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Re: Tow Bar Options

Post by ndnile » Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:54 am

Done
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Re: Tow Bar Options

Post by ndnile » Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:56 am

199th MP wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:56 am
i had a welder make one for me from square stock. you might consider that idea.
Looks pretty good, but I'm really wanting something I can fold up and get out of the way when I don't need it. I have an M170 and will tend to store it in the back instead of keeping it mounted on the bumper all the time.
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Re: Tow Bar Options

Post by Cabin Fever » Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:37 pm

Yes, I have done this.

I purchased an off-the-shelf tow bar for towing my M38A1. I believe it is a Curt Manufacturing tow bar....not sure as there is no manufacturers information on the bar.
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The width of the connector (below) is 2" wide. It fits perfectly into the front lifting shackle bracket of the jeep with no slop.
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Out of the box, the connector hole was too narrow to accept the 3/4" diameter of the shackle pin. So, I drilled it out to 3/4" diameter,
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Now it all fits perfectly and hook up is fast and efficient. When I get to the parade I remove the shackle pins, pull off the tow bar, and replace the shackle rings and pins. I am ready to go!

Let me know if you have any questions.
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Re: Tow Bar Options

Post by ndnile » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:54 pm

Cabin Fever,

Perfect, thanks!

Cheers, Doug
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