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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-09-2008, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Smitty Built tow bar help

I just bought a used tow bar off of craigslist and I'm trying to remove the main bolt and it won't budge. The tow bar is a Smitty Built and I'm not sure if the bolt is welded or rusted. Is anyone familiar with this type and model?
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I am not, Looks like you tried penatrating oil, next step in my shop would be an impact on it in reverse and see if it will spin. If so, then put the unt back on part way and smack it with a hammer, if it dosen't move get some heat, then hammer again, next step is heat and air hammer, then cutting tortch....

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I'll give it a shoot

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I'll bet they threaded the tow bar part so if the nut falls off, the bolt won't immediately fall out. Let it soak for a while and if you do use heat, try to concentrate it on the center section and not the bolt so much.

Is this the only hammer you've got?
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And when you put it back together use a pin instead of a bolt.

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Just a quick update. I let the bolts soak for a day got home wrenched on them for a while the used a big hammer and smacked them out. I for sure what to use a quick release pin; any ideas on where I can find such a big pin?? I'm assuming that I will need to drill a hole for the quick release pin to go through??

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I for sure what to use a quick release pin; any ideas on where I can find such a big pin??
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I'm assuming that I will need to drill a hole for the quick release pin to go through??
No, you'll use the same hole that you just removed the bolts from. You may however, need to drill the holes a bit bigger to fit the pins you buy. The fit of the pins to the hole should NOT be sloppy.

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