View Full Version : For Harry!

14-04-2008, 09:52 AM
DJ; after seeing your photo of your ride posted in the eBay forum, I'd personally like to see a close up of your tow hitch setup. There's quite a few folks here in the states that are trying to figure the best way to make one, and you've apparently found it!


14-04-2008, 07:01 PM
You occasionally get the original Beetle towbars up on Ebay - I think Jimcub was talking about getting one at one stage..... They hook up to the rear horns of the floorpan. ( :blushing: sorry to but-in, I'm just pretty sure DJ is going to tell you his is a Beetle bar....)

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14-04-2008, 08:39 PM
One of the Nova's I got had a tow bar on, it was bolted to the floor pan via 4 bolts on each pan (right at the rear of a standard pan) then there was two "L" shaped brackets that were bolted to the rear of the gearbox horns. The angle steel frame was welded to a plate at the pan end with a corresponding flat steel plate on the inside of the pan to add strength, the frame then tapered slightly towards the brackets on the horns where they were then bolted. The frame then continued to the rear of the vehicle where the two parts of the frame were welded together with a plate that the ball hitch was mounted to. There was a couple of additional bits of cross bracing along the length of the angle frame as further strength.

Cut it up and used it for other jobs on the car so sorry no pictures but could draw it for you if needed.

Having said that I should think DJ has a photo of his somewhere.

14-04-2008, 09:42 PM
Hiya Rick,
Best piccy I can do at the minute but it will be up on ramps for MOT next Saturday, will take some detail for you.
Definately not VW :nonono: but scratch built. Trying to keep it as unobtrusive as possible when not towing.


Basically it is a BRINK detachable tow hitch from a Volvo, bolted in to some high carbon seamless gas barrel (pipe) for carrying gas at 1000psi. This goes through (and welded to) a Toyota towing bracket (modified) which is bolted up through a reinforced gearbox mounting frame between the horns. the pipe then carries on forward and is welded to a channel section cross member bolted to the rear of the floorpan drops. To do an oil change I have to undo the bolts (2) at the gearbox and the bar drops enough to take the strainer out. Can take the whole thing off in 20 mins and put it back in 30.


800 mile round trip to Jons (LotusNova) Euromeet Orleans France 2007, and nothing fell off :clapping:
Hope thats of some help.
Many regards

14-04-2008, 09:45 PM
:clapping: Excellent! If you can snap some photos while it's on the lift, that would be fabulous!

14-04-2008, 10:10 PM
Here is one of harry's tow bar I stole at stones last year, or was it the year before. Still it's just a taster till it's up on the ramps.



19-04-2008, 12:16 AM
Yes I have a genuine plated vw model, can take photo's when back in Uk, did not have the clamps but they seemed easy to fabricate and U bolts can be purchased but pricy. It did come off a local Nova so it will fit, still looking for the bits to fit as it is not going on for a bit but I may have to fabricate.

19-04-2008, 09:01 PM
Hiya Rick,
It's been that time again :cry: 13th annual MOT test and it passed :groupwave: owner didn't, too old :rofl:
Anyway got some piccys of the towbar up on the lift so pick from them what you can.


The tube is a special grade of gas pipe high tensile seamless but I'm sure it can be sourced in the States.
It quite happily pulls the mini caravan (Tardis) and a half ton twin axle trailer although not at the same time
Hope that all helps,
Many regards,
Harry (DjH)

20-04-2008, 01:07 AM
:clapping: Fabulous! Just what the doctor ordered, Harry!

06-05-2008, 08:20 PM
Ok - now you HAVE TO give some detail on the exhaust set up. Obviously it's custom...can you post a drawing of what it looks like?

26-05-2008, 10:55 PM
Hiya Yessong,
Sorry, I haven't replied before but have been struggling with some odds and sods here at home.

Not sure I can draw it up accurately but I have to change the heat exchangers soon so I'll get some more piccy's with the rear skirt (bumper) off.
The exhaust header is bog standard Baja/Buggy upright (usually has a stinger on it when fitted to buggies) Bugpac or Thunderbird are names that springs to mind. That brings the exhaust up to behind the rear deck of the car then I fabricated a stainless flange and two 90 deg bends welded together to form a Y piece to go left and right to the corners where they turn 90 deg forward and into the wheel arches, drop 90 deg and return 90 deg under the rear skirt all in Jetex stainless steel universal 2" bends and parts. Finished of with Magnex SS back boxes. Given the length the dak dak is completely eliminated and people are hard pressed to recognise the engine is VW and they don't believe you when you tell em :rofl:
Best regards,