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Nose Wheel Tow Bar Plans?

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Michael Crowder
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#1 Posted: 8/10/2009 13:37:54

Does anyone have a web link to obtain plans for a good lightweight tow bar? 

 

Before I start playing with aluminum angle and tubing I thought I would see if anyone has done this before and documented it.  I tried searching Sport Aviation in the Member's Only section but could not find anything.

 

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Michael

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Mike Rosen
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#2 Posted: 8/12/2009 17:37:27

I designed and built one for my RANS. Slips over the top of the  fork. Made from a wooden hoe handle with a standard tapered metal reinforcement sleeve at the working end: a short piece of steel angle stock and two modified U-bolts. Screws onto the end of the woodent handle (slightly drilled out) with a hex head wood screw. I can carry it easily extended into the plane's tail cone. Total cost maybe $15. If you're interested, I'll send  you a photo, or post it (new to this site; dont' know if I can put up pix).

 

Mike Rosen

 



Michael Crowder
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#3 Posted: 8/14/2009 14:20:54

If you can post a picture it might help give me some ideas.  I'm amazed that I couldn't find anything in the Sport Aviation Archives.

 

 

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Michael

 



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Doug Belbin
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#4 Posted: 8/15/2009 05:46:49 Modified: 9/14/2009 13:29:37

There is a set of plans for a folding towbar on our website www.yippyio.net.

click on "Homebuilt Aircraft" when that page opens select Page 7 - 2009. There are photos of the towbar, and a link to "Towbar.pdf" This file is 207K and has both pics and a drawing of how to build.

This towbar can be adapted to most aircraft and a few suggestions are on there.

 

Cheers



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Michael Crowder
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#5 Posted: 8/15/2009 06:01:47 Modified: 8/16/2009 13:15:45

Thanks!  I found the towbar at http://yippyio.net/5HomebuP/Plane%207/Towbar.pdf


 

Looks like a nice design.

 

 

 

--Michael

 

 

 


 

 



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Doug Belbin
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#6 Posted: 8/15/2009 19:49:47

Whoops, I failed to mention the metal. I am comfy welding steel, so mine was made with 1/2" steel tube (round for handle). It could be equally made in same size al if you weld that.

 

Cheers and enjoy.



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#7 Posted: 8/17/2009 18:24:57 Modified: 9/14/2009 12:46:55

Hello Mike.

This is my first try at  answering anything like this but thought you might possibly be interested in what I did. I caught a glimpse of this idea in a picture but no plans.  I bought a used pair of aluminum crutches at a goodwill type store (Humana). Think I paid $3. Then used one to make a tow bar for my zodiac . Cut off the  armpit rest end and made some brackets that slip on my nosewheel fork and attached them with Large Pop rivets ( I can't weld alum.)  Then  the bottom portion becomes the handle. I just cut it off a bit  and took about a six inch piece of  the smaller diameter upper cut -off, drilled a snug fit hole in larger one so you have a tee handle. The crutch already has the quick adjustment feature but I find I just use the one position. Works fine for light planes like ours and stows easily in the plane. Haven't weighed it but I'd  quess around a pound. I'm not sure what your nosewheel setup is but you should be able to figure out something as I did, Hope it helps!   

   ps; I think I noticed you were somewhere in NC. You can have the other crutch if you want to come to central SC !

                                                                                                                 hgammill@Juno.com

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Adam Smith
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#8 Posted: 8/17/2009 20:12:17

Hue... that's just briliiant!  Moments like this make me love EAA!!



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#9 Posted: 8/20/2009 08:21:03

Michael (fellow EAA1114 member),   put that 3rd wheel on the back of the fuselage where it belongs and you won't need a towbar!   Just kidding - congrats on the superb Sonex and your many important contributions to the Sonex builder community.  Kent



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Michael Crowder
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#10 Posted: 8/20/2009 14:03:17 Modified: 8/21/2009 10:49:16
Hue,

 

That is such a cool idea!  I'm going to keep an eye out for some cheap aluminum crutches!

I have a two-piece shaft collar on my nose gear with two stubs sticking out.  Should be able to fashion something up.

 

You are correct, I'm located just outside of Raleigh, NC.

I hope you're enjoying your Jab3300,  I know I really like mine.

 

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Michael

Hubert Gammill wrote:

 

Hello Mike.

I bought a used pair of aluminum crutches at a goodwill type store (Humana). Think I paid $3. Then used one to make a tow bar for my zodiac .

                                                                                                                 hgammill@Juno.com

Hue Gammill   Zodiak 601XL   N16XL     Jab3300    


 

 



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Michael Crowder
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#11 Posted: 9/11/2009 20:59:04 Modified: 9/11/2009 21:00:13

Hue,

 

This is what I came up with.  A foldable tow bar.

 

http://www.pbase.com/sonex293/towbar 

 

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Michael

 



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