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    Default Building a 4x4 recovery/tow truck

    I'm not sure if this should go in this section or landrover, but here goes.
    I have a Landrover Rapier 127 that has become more of a play thing, so my idea is to build a recovery tow truck from it. The general idea is that, now the rear tray is off the chassis, I will mount a beam/crane arm somewhere behind the cab at an angle of approx 45 degrees, this will in turn be supported by 2 uprights off the rear crossmember/chassis. At the base of the beam I will mount a warn winch with the cable running up the beam. From the rear of the vehicle(tow ball area) I will the mount a "T" frame that the stricken vehicle's wheels will fit in and this will then be lifted by the winch.
    Any ideas, suggestions, criticisms, design help, etc would be extremely welcome.

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    Please post a picture of the truck.
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    Have a look at the following site:

    http://tow411.yuku.com/
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    Hopefully the pictures are attached, it has just taken nearly 2 hours to upload with our ISP in Zambia!!
    The vehicle is a 127 Rapier, the British military vehicle that replaced the 101, and that was the fore runner to the 130. It has a strenghtend/plated chassis, so , hopefully, it should be strong enough for my intended application!!!!
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    Thanks, can see them now.
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    Great. Please let me know if you have any bright ideas or advise on the build before I start my own plans.

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    Remember a winch is good for pulling not lifting, why not hydraulic piston?
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    I would love to go the hydraulic route but trying to build something like that in Zambia would be a nightmare, and my engineering skills aren't that good. The only way I would be able to do hydraulic would be to drive the car to SA and find a good hydraulic guy to build the lift for me and then the cost would probably go well over budget. I am thinking more along the lines of the pick up tow vehicles you see at every traffic lights in Jo'burg, they all use a winch and pulley system; I'll just build it on a biggger stronger chassis.

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    I was one of those corner Vultures in my day.
    Your chassis is plenty strong.
    We built tow-trucks on Cortinas and Couriers in the day with V8's and no suspension, chassis or brake upgrades.

    If you get hold of one of the towing companies in JHB, Like A1 Assist on 011 673 3047 and ask for the details of the guy in the Vereeneging area who builds towing bodies they will be able to help you or somebody else who can help you.
    As I remember the guy was a real gentleman and I am sure he would share some knowledge with you.

    Forget the hydraulic route, cost and time. All the tow-operators use winches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Orange Beast View Post
    Remember a winch is good for pulling not lifting, why not hydraulic piston?
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    So put a pivot tripod on with a heavy duty fairlead.

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    Jelo-- I think access might be a problem with a truck like that, or just push any trees etc out of the way!!!


    Disco Deon thanks for the info I will try and contact the mentioned on my next trip south. In the mean time I will keep plodding along with my own ideas. Built a frame that lies on the chassis, bolts to the 4x shocker mounts through 10mm plate and lies along the rear cross member, bolted through the normal body mounts. Crane frame is built so now just need to fix my winch motor and see what happens when we try lifting another 4x4

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    Pictures say a thousand words.
    The pics in this ad can also give you a few pointers:
    http://www.gumtree.co.za/cp-bakkies-...swap-519231373

    You are going to get the engineers and clever people telling you this is not good enough. Thousands of tow trucks are built this way all over the world.
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    Hey Deon

    thanks for the inspiration. This truck will happen! I'm not saying it will work but I like your thinking. I am trying to do it myself up here in Zambia, which is not easy. Unfortunately the demand for a 14 seater off road vehicle has taken over and I've had to throw the game viewer body back on the chassis, the good thing is that I can now concentrate on the lift mechanism. Unfortunately my M8000 Warn winch motor is looking like it is finnished, so I need a new motor? Where can i get one from, looking at devon 4x4 in UK? This is a long term project. As time and money allow I will go further. The auto box and new transfer arrive next week . But I do think a full recovery vehicle here in Zambia is a positive for most people traveling in Zambia.
    Lexus V8 ----- very nice----- but a 5.2 V8 from UK is a straight fit.

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    Any updates?
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    Default Re: Building a 4x4 recovery/tow truck

    Somehow I came upon this thread.
    Been a while since this was updated, TOO BLERRIE LONG...

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