Ideas to install front tow

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  1. Javier Rubio

    Javier Rubio Active Member Capri Power Member

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    Hi, i would like to install a tow that really works with a fiber front spoiler like this. any ideas how to make the structure?
     
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    fabricate a bracket that will fit to the bumper irons
     
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    Seems the best approach, perhaps a removable bracket, fitted only when needed.
     
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    Something like a sprung loaded bayonet type of system could work (Thinking caps on people)
     
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    Being a research and development fabricator for 43 years, I would come off the cross member forward with a frame with a boss for the tow eye to fit to, it would also protect the lower lip of the front spoiler, bumper irons are not particularly strong imo.
    Alternatively weld to the chassis a suitable frame or structure and then cut a hole in the spoiler and fit a suitable tow eye cover as per modern day stuff.
     
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    I have the zakspeed spoiler on my car and I just a standard tow hook, works fine
     
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    All later crossmembers already have the tow loop on them.
     
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    but with that wind drag item on the front you cant use the loop there
     
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    Wind drag item? The spoiler? If so, mine works just fine, yes the wire touches the spoiler but nothing a piece of tube or a cloth doesn’t sort out.

    been using it like that for 15 years
     
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    wasnt ment to sound offensive, just the way i word things, sometime dont come over as they should,
    are you able to tow with or do you use some other form
     
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    Thought it was the towing eye at the front ?
     
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    it is but with his front end being low he cant use it
     
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    I had 74, 75, 77, 78, 79' and 80' and there was no chassis tow hook on those.
    But all had the tow loop fitted on the crossmember.
    My mate has the same front spoiler and there is no problem towing it using the tow loop on the crossmember, even with the 4" lowering.
     
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    Depends on what you are hooking it up to, tow truck, another car, the angle of dangle could be a disaster for the spoiler, that's why I said come off the chassis and fit a tow eye cover off a modern car, or just tow it backwards, towed an automatic car that way for 200 miles on a dolly, I've had low cars before with spoilers and ferry crossings were always a trial and error job, even had to take one off once going to Ireland!!!
     
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    If you have the crossmember tow hook, could you not get one of those fabric towing straps (like are used on some race cars) that will fit from the tow hook to the front of the spoiler then just hook in from there? Maybe stabilize it with a bar/bracket off the bumper bar?
     
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    I have similar issues and no real good solution.

    When I built my car, I welded a tube insert in the "crossmember" in front of the radiator, for an M10 (or M12, can't remember) bolt to pass through. I then have a fabric tow strap that peeks through just under the front bumper - the strap can be seen on my profile picture.

    I am not convinced that the "crossmember" is very strong though. I thing the strap is fine for towing the car on smooth surfaces but I don't want to pull it up on a trailer, out of a ditch or a sand trap using that one.

    When pulling onto my trailer I have used a fabric strap round the tow loop on the engine cross member but care needs to be taken that the winsch is not too high up. There is a risk to damage the spoiler.

    Doing it again, I would have built more bracing so that the fabric strap actually is solid connected to the frame rails, then I think it would work fine.

    Gustaf
     
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    If possible I would be looking for a quick release method for the Spoiler. I think the spoiler must be lower that the cross-member and a tow vehicle would have a tow hook higher as well, any kind of an A frame from the engine bay rails would have to be well braced against uplift. We all saw the Grand Prix on Sunday, there they take the front nose off to put a dolly under the front of the shell to tow it, yours is a spoiler very pretty on the Capri but really are for race cars.

    Bert
     
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