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chadmaisel2
 Post subject: Re: Tow bar
PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:33 pm 
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Nice, maybe I need to get a new tail wheel setup, my other Thorp had the API tail wheel I believe?


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Rich Brazell
 Post subject: Re: Tow bar
PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:30 pm 
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Took my "original" Bogert tow bar and made this copy (red part) for my golf cart tug . Nothing more than some square tubing , a few nuts and bolts and so far has worked OK . Remove the "T" handle from the Bogert . Measure for the stop bolt to keep the bar from going further into the "tube." measure the end of the tube on the Bogert where the "T" handle goes and drill for the pip pin to keep the Bogert from pulling out . Attach to the tow hitch and away you go ! Need to use the Bogert as a "regular tow bar ? Just pull the pip pin out , remove the Bogert from the steel square tube and insert the "T" handle . The cost to make the counterffeit Bogert bout $1-15 dollars . The tug tow bar unit section about an additional $10.00 ?

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Jeff J
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:07 am 
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I like it Rich. I have considered doing something similar to move planes around. What I really need is one to fit the Maule tailwheel on my L4 so I can tow it to the tiedowns before starting. I haven’t read many things about the scoop type tow bars that make me think they are secure enough to use with a tug.

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TonyNZ
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:18 pm 
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My tow bar is just 1" square mild steel tube. The two small U fittings are made to go over the tail wheel steering arms with two plain pins to go through and secure. Easy to pull and steer, if you need a bit more turn pull around until tail wheel lock releases. Probably does not push to easy but I never need it pulling T18 out of hangar.

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James Grahn
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:28 pm 
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I like that one Tony. No need to pick up the tail. I may have to fab one up.
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TonyNZ
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:55 pm 
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Cubes, the bend in the thin handle is so it will fit into the luggage locker! Wouldn't fit when straight.
Cheap as chips and easy to make.
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pmandel
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:53 pm 
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Here's the sling I mentioned above -- see images, and here's the link again:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Keeper-6-ft ... /205727032
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