Description of the
This set of plans describes how to make a Tow Bar
for towing one vehicle behind another.
Tow Bar Plans
This set of Tow Bar plans is a very complete 34 page book that
describes in detail every step of the manufacturing proccess, as
well as giving complete working drawings, material lists, tools
required, supplier lists and much, much more. Also included throughout
the book are lessons on various aspects of metalwork, including
drawing conventions, tolerances, and how to read welding symbols.
Click on the image to the right to see the first few pages of the
plans including the table of contents.
Click here for a list of tools required
for the Tow Bar plans.
About the Author
Im a metal crafter. Theres nothing I like better than
working in my shop
making stuff out of metal.
I built this tow bar so I could move my converted
4X4 Toyota Celiac from place to place. I made it from scrap I have
been tripping over for years.
This project is not very difficult but some of the
drawings may look a bit intimidating. Theyre not really that
bad if you take the time to study them and understand them. The
templates supplied as an option are real time savers. The drawings
(also an option) are supplied in PDF format that you can take to
any office services store (like Kinkos ®) for printing or you
can purchase full sized prints.
The pivot bracket (page 12) is of a generic configuration.
It fits my modified Toyota (Figure 1) really well because I modified
the car to make things easy for myself. It is unlikely it will fit
every application. You will probably have to make a slightly different
bracket. You must attach whatever bracket you use to a suitable
structural member of the vehicle to be towed or attach a suitable
bar to the towed vehicle.
Bumpers on modern vehicles are not structural members.
Do not attempt to attach this device to the vehicle bumper. Many
GM cars have significant structure under the front bumper cover.
In some GM applications, you can mount the pivot brackets through
the outer cover on to the structure behind. A prudent person would
investigate the application thoroughly before attempting to use
this device. For some applications, you may have to attach additional
If youre an experienced craftsman and if you
have the right tools, you can probably make it over the weekend.
If youre a novice, it may require a bit more time but theres
really no particular rush. Take your time and have fun. If you have
any questions, Im happy to help. Do not be concerned about
writing or sending an e-mail (email@example.com). Im happy
to hear from anyone making my projects.
I made this tow bar 5 years ago. Ive towed
numerous vehicles since from an 86 Toyota ½-ton pick
up to an 88 Sunbird stock car without a hint of a problem.
The pick-up was towed 86 miles partially over back, country roads
(paved and un-paved) and partially at 65 MPH over a New Hampshire
Interstate. Nothing bent or showed any signs of failure.
Im a mechanical engineer, Ben Franklin Institute,
class of 1965. Ive worked in Aerospace, Shipbuilding, Robotics
and Telecommunications. My dream is to be chief fabricator for a
NASCAR Cup team.
- David Lee