Bent lockable Bully towbar tounge pin.

Submitted: Monday, Sep 01, 2014 at 13:54
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Hello people,

I am in need of advice and a first timer to this forum and feel very foolish. Have been using a Bully lockable pin to secure my hollow light weight towbar tounge into the square recieving hole built into my series 200 landcruiser. Last week I backed into a huge concrete pillar. All the force was taken by the towbar tounge and chassis. To my relief there was no visable damage to the tounge, chasis or anywhere else. Now I want to change the light weight tounge over to the solid tounge for van towing. The key can't be turned sufficiently to wind the locking device into the centre of the pin as the pin is bent.

With any normal towbar this would not be a problem as the trusty kacksaw would soon have the problem sorted. The 200 series is very different as the towbar mounting forms part of the chasis and it is impossible to get a hacksaw to slot in easily beside where the tounge slips into the chasis to cut the pin off.

Would appreciate any advice, particularly from anyone who may have done the same thing.

Regards
Bill







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Reply By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Monday, Sep 01, 2014 at 13:59

Monday, Sep 01, 2014 at 13:59
Is there room for a 4 inch angle grinder with a thin cut-off disc?
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Follow Up By: William H3 - Monday, Sep 01, 2014 at 17:12

Monday, Sep 01, 2014 at 17:12
Thanks Frank for your reply. No a 100mm angle grinder will go nowhere near getting into the space.
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Reply By: bluefella - Monday, Sep 01, 2014 at 15:06

Monday, Sep 01, 2014 at 15:06
Hi Bill
Can you drill the lock which may allow the insides to collapse ?
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Follow Up By: William H3 - Monday, Sep 01, 2014 at 17:18

Monday, Sep 01, 2014 at 17:18
Thanks for your reply Blue. I can't get a drill into the lock where it is because of the way the safety chain plate and holes are placed.
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Bill
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Reply By: Member - Craig F (WA) - Monday, Sep 01, 2014 at 15:11

Monday, Sep 01, 2014 at 15:11
Dremal or Die Grinder will get into a tight space but will take a while. By using a die Grinder and burr you can eliminate sparks and heat near your paint. I would dare say if it’s a good hit that it will be wedged in and need drilling out. Most lockable pins are not High tensile like the std ones which will work in your favour. Maybe best to have the assembly removed and send it to a tow bar manufacturer as I dare say it will be easier to cut out and replace the reciever.
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Follow Up By: William H3 - Monday, Sep 01, 2014 at 17:25

Monday, Sep 01, 2014 at 17:25
Thanks for your reply Craig. Could never understand why I kept my Fathers Dremel after his death many years ago. Went and purchased a pack of very thin one and a half inch metal cut off wheels. Worked really well. Now out of trouble.
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Bill

Out of trouble half a day after realising I was in it. How good is that?
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