Fiat Coupe Forum
- Founded by Kayjey & James Northam
- Funded by the Club for the benefit of all owners
Fiat Coupe Club UK
join the club
Fiat Coupe Forum
 
» Announced
    Posting images


» Related sites
    Main club site
    fiatcoupe.net


» External data
    owners listed
 
Who's Online Now
5 registered members (Chaba, Honza, Lukasz_B, 2 invisible), 127 guests, and 1 spider.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums67
Topics110,186
Posts1,308,378
Members2,872
Most Online546
Aug 30th, 2007
Top Posters(All Time)
barnacle 32,262
stan 32,098
Theresa 22,867
bockers 21,015
PeteP 19,219
JimO 17,908
Nigel 17,180
Jim_Clennell 16,342
Vickster 15,915
RSS Feeds
Club Events
Club Information
Track Events
Rolling Road/RWYB
Social Events
Non-UK Events
Coupé Related Chat
Coupé Spotting
Coupé News/Press
Buying/Selling Advice
Insuring a Coupé
Basic FAQ's
How to Guides
Forum Issues
Technical Problems
General Maintenance
Styling
Tuning
Handling
ICE and Alarm
Coupés for Sale
Coupés Wanted
Parts for Sale
Parts Wanted
Group Buys
Business Forum
Other Vehicles for Sale/Wanted
Other Items for Sale/Wanted
Haggling/Offers
Ebay links
Other Cars
Other Websites
General Chat
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Tow bar #1635740
24/09/2019 18:55
24/09/2019 18:55
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 314
Benfleet, Essex
robcal Offline OP
Club member 1573
robcal  Offline OP
Club member 1573
Making a profit

Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 314
Benfleet, Essex
I'm trying to do some detective work here, but it's a really long shot!

When I bought my car many years ago it came with a tow bar fitted, but no towing hook. It's not been something I've ever been bothered about but I may need to tow a small boat in the next couple of weeks. Does anyone:

a) have a tow bar fitted to their car I could compare mine with?
b) know how I might find the make / model of the tow bar I have so I can try to find a replacement? (I've crawled under the car and there's nothing I can see)
c) have any other pearls of wisdom which might help?

Cheers!

Re: Tow bar [Re: robcal] #1635743
24/09/2019 21:14
24/09/2019 21:14
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,253
Lightwater, Surrey, UK
DaveG Offline
Club Member 311
DaveG  Offline
Club Member 311
Forum is my life

Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,253
Lightwater, Surrey, UK
What do you mean by "towing hook"? I've just fitted a towbar to my everyday Jag. They typically come in 4 styles: swan neck or flange, and fixed of detachable. Swan neck just means a kind of U shaped thing ending in a traditional "ball" that the trailer will typically fit over, whereas flange is just that, needs a corresponding flange to be bolted on, but you can get a "swan neck" / ball fitting to bolt to the flange - perhaps that is what you mean? It could be that flanges are fairly standard so that a flange fitting from one manufacturer will fit another manufacturer's flange? A picture of what you have would help a lot...

The towbar bracket I just fitted has a kind of "type approval" or "rating" sticker underneath but I can imagine that after several years it might disappear, and anyway it doesn't give much of a clue about the manufacturer or model type (at least I don't think so)


1996 Portofino 20vt & 2000 Pearl White Plus
1985½ & 2016 2017 Fiat 124 Spider + XF Sportbrake
Re: Tow bar [Re: DaveG] #1635744
24/09/2019 22:41
24/09/2019 22:41
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 314
Benfleet, Essex
robcal Offline OP
Club member 1573
robcal  Offline OP
Club member 1573
Making a profit

Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 314
Benfleet, Essex
There seems something incredibly wrong about asking someone on the internet to share a picture of their flange, but here goes:

click to enlarge

click to enlarge

Re: Tow bar [Re: robcal] #1635757
25/09/2019 13:34
25/09/2019 13:34
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,253
Lightwater, Surrey, UK
DaveG Offline
Club Member 311
DaveG  Offline
Club Member 311
Forum is my life

Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,253
Lightwater, Surrey, UK
That looks like a bracket/housing for a "towbar ball" bit to plug into, secured by the (missing) bolt or similar, it could be that something like this might work? Is the bracket inside measurement 2" square inside? And pardon me for pointing it out, but it looks a little rusty, is it still structurally sound?


1996 Portofino 20vt & 2000 Pearl White Plus
1985½ & 2016 2017 Fiat 124 Spider + XF Sportbrake

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1
(Release build 20190129)
PHP: 7.3.9 Page Time: 0.015s Queries: 14 (0.008s) Memory: 0.7578 MB (Peak: 0.8062 MB) Data Comp: Off Server Time: 2019-10-17 07:36:30 UTC