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Bullbar Fitting?

Discussion in ''How To' & 'Handy Hints'' started by LEVI, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. LEVI

    LEVI New Member

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    Coorparoo, Brisbane
    Hi

    I’m in need of a bit help. I’ve recently purchased this front bullbar and honestly don’t have the faintest idea on how to fit it to my bus/if it is even compatible. Our Bus is a 73 tin top and believe the bar came off a 74 model.

    It came with 2 plates with bolts welded through it and another 2 bolts with 6mm steel welded to the top.

    Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction.

    Thanks
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  2. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Bracken Ridge, Qld
    Get a couple of mates around to help hold the bullbar up so you can see how it fits against the chassis rails @ the front of the kombi - picture a bit small to really gleam too much from.

    Expect it'll need some drill done on the rails to mount it.

    Should have no issues from a '73 to '74 mounting position(s)

    Cheers
    Bert
     
  3. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Looks like its been bastardised a bit.
    Cross bar at base looks like a cut from a tow bar?
    Normally the vertical pipes bend to go under and to the rear.
    From the pipes underneath there would be vertical lengths of flat to reach chassis.
    The 2 bits of 45x8? flat shown in foreground look like they are for that purpose.
    Or the smaller could be a plate for front bolt.
    Front lower crossbar probably bolts thru compression panel behind bumper.
    At very least I would be checking quality of weld where uprights join lower cross member.
    Beef them up if necessary as they take a big load in a hit.
    Some solid tabs of flat off the verticals going along the Chanel in bumper to existing boltholes will help.

    Mounting point for spare wheel looks wrong for boltholes to take wheel.

    Being non stock I think Bert's suggestion of sitting in place and determining fix points makes sense.
     
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  4. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Or a lot:mad:. It's not a 'standard' bar so will be interesting?

    Fully support this comment (with beers) & your mates support of the bar to get a 'feel' for how it may mount & what is needed. Firstly check that horizontals of bar match with sub frame;). Then look for 'spacer' need for the horizontals to subframe so verticals clear bumper.

    That bar looks like it had a 'block' under sub & 2 mounts to sub & nothing up front:rolleyes: around the front bumper?

    Originally they had a right angle section hanging off the upside of the underside of the bumper going to some vertical lugs off the horizontal part of the bar. The bumper cracked under the load over time:(.

    Good Luck,
    Cheers
     
  5. Blunderbus

    Blunderbus Active Member

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    Location:
    St Helena, Melbourne .
    The bar i took off my bus has a length of angle iron bolted to the bottom of the bumper and the bull bar bolted to the angle iron, then it used the front suspension mount bolts to hold the rear of it with longer bolts.
     
  6. Mr Beckstar

    Mr Beckstar Well-Known Member

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    Here are the bits that came with mine. I’ve been trying to dig out a photo of up underneath but nothing which is weird because I thought I took a thousand photos at the time.

    Anyway, mine is different to yours, but you might find something useful in it. This is one of the incarnations of the VW Campmobile factory roo bar which I believe was used from around 1975 through to 1979. I think the earlier ones had a different spare wheel mount but not sure on that.

    The angle piece that bolts to the bumper bar is attached to the bent tubes on the left of photo. That whole assembly is of those three parts is basically upside down in the photo.

    The piece in the foreground bolts between the chassis rails.

    The two bent tubes on the left have a drilled flat plate at the end that bolts to the chassis rail piece.

    The roo bar then slides into the two vertical tubes of the bent tubes.

    Need to bolt everything up loosely before inserting the roo bar into the two bent tubes. Otherwise, you’ll probably find the roo bar tubes won’t line up with the bent tubes.

    I had to use a bunch of spacers and slot most of the holes so the roo bar was fitted at the right height and level.

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    In this photo, you can just see the angle piece bolted up under the front bumper.

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