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Offline Rapps

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1974 Sedan deville Tow bar
« on: February 13, 2017, 09:05:35 PM »
My old girl has been on the road now for 2 years . All happy motoring as well !!!! I am also looking for a tow bar now
Thanks in advance

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Re: 1974 Sedan deville Tow bar
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2017, 03:54:16 PM »
I shopped around Sydney for a tow bar for my 76 Deville sedan about a year back without any luck . I asked one big dealer if they could make one for me and they said they wouldn't fit anything that wasn't ADR approved so I gave up looking. Importing one from the US would be expensive .
You will need to upgrade your rear springs as well . MOOG make a progressive rate spring which is available in Australia from several sources .
I , for one , would be keen to know if you have any success so keep us posted on how you go.

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Re: 1974 Sedan deville Tow bar
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2017, 05:14:39 PM »
Thanks for the reply.
 I have fitted those springs and they are just terrific, we live on a dirt road and they absorb the terrain great. Cadillac's are great on the dirt !!
 Once before some one had just made a bar . Even if some measurements  or a diagram was made available a boilermaker can make one. 

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Re: 1974 Sedan deville Tow bar
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2017, 10:09:00 PM »
I make my own tow bars when nothing is available.

I made one for my '72 Eldorado, my '70 Ranchero Squire, and my Sons' Nissan Ute.

It isn't rocket science, and all one needs is a pair of flanges to attach to the rear bumper mounting points, and some tubing to fit between them.

In the one pictures, the square flanges are for the supporting of the Continental Kit which I made, and the tongue had been changed since the picture was taken.   AS my Rego Plate is now further back, the tongue fits through where the plate used to be.

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Re: 1974 Sedan deville Tow bar
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2017, 07:08:48 AM »
Thanks Bruce , You always pop up with helpful information so thanks for that. Does your '72 have shock absorbing bumpers as well ?.
 I thought I  needed to make my own so here we go. Did you keep any measurements or pattern perhaps.
Thanks again Bruce

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Re: 1974 Sedan deville Tow bar
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2017, 09:37:06 AM »
No, no patterns, as this was a one-off and had to be built off the car, using a spare bumper bar that I had.   Yes, I have a lot of spares.

Plus, the Eldorado is different to the RWD vehicles, and thankfully, it doesn't have the energy-absorbing bumpers, which is another reason why I chose the '72.

Having Energy-absorbing bumpers would mean that the mounting points for your bar would have to be on the chassis rails, and without seeing what is under your car, I cannot comment.   BUT, Tow Bars were made for these cars, and from what I have seen of USA-built tow bars, they are really crappy.   Not as strong as out bars here in Australia.

If there are any of these cars coming down to Tassie in March, I will have a gander under them and see what can be done.

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Re: 1974 Sedan deville Tow bar
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2017, 06:48:50 AM »
Just got the steel required and hope to get into it this week will . It's  2" steam pipe and 8mm plate. It won't bend !

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Re: 1974 Sedan deville Tow bar
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2017, 09:00:49 AM »
Go for it.   Are you making it yourself?   If so, make your templates out of manilla folders.   That stuff is nice and stiff, and easy to cut.

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Re: 1974 Sedan deville Tow bar
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2017, 09:26:58 PM »
Did you finish the bar ?

I also want one for my 76 sedan deville
Neil Clarke... Perth Western Australia

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Re: 1974 Sedan deville Tow bar
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2017, 04:56:48 PM »
Bump. I'm curious also. Any update regarding your tow bar project?