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patrick51 02-25-2008 01:58 PM

Tow Hook Source
The Ford frame has elongated holes on the outboard sides for towhooks. These were used by the towing company to pull the SMB up onto a tiltback truck, and secured for towing. The hooks were fishook shaped and different than chain-end hooks. I am seeking a source for these to add to my recovery kit. Does anyone know where they may be purchased?

BroncoHauler 02-25-2008 02:40 PM

I bought all my tie-down equipment (for securing the Bronco to my trailer) from these guys. They were recommended to me, and I found them to have great customer service.

For my Bronco, I use axle straps on my front axle, the 15" J-hooks around my rear axle tube, and the Mini J-hooks in the oval shaped holes around mid frame to minimize body roll. It may be the Mini J-hooks that you are looking for. Or you could likely use the Mini T-hook as well. You could also look in the phone book under Rigging Equipment and see if you have someone local.


patrick51 02-25-2008 03:00 PM

tow Hook Source
Thanks for Mac's J hooks, just what I was looking for!

jage 02-25-2008 03:58 PM

Just don't recover with anything that could turn into a bullet. Never use a strap with a hook, never use chain, and never tie two straps together with a D-ring. People die from doing all of these things.

patrick51 02-25-2008 04:14 PM

Tow Hook source
Jage, do you have a suggestion for an attachment method for recovery? thanks

BroncoHauler 02-25-2008 04:56 PM

For recovery, a bracket like this works well, up to working load limit of your hitch, that is.


jage 02-25-2008 10:44 PM

I don't know what exactly is available for the van but you want your attachment point attached to the frame. The Ford pickups have a eye and most Jeepers have 10K tow hooks (although I think those are a little light for the vans). I've seen mega hooks on school busses and other heavy trucks, or D-rings like Bronco_hauler posted should work in a hitch- and I know they have front mount hitches for the vans.

Getting the hooks isn't that hard, figuring out where to attach them sometimes is. I don't know what the stock van frame is like so I can't say what would be a good idea.

geoffff 02-26-2008 01:21 AM

I had a custom front-hitch installed for recovery purposes.

-- Geoff

patrick51 02-26-2008 06:01 AM

Tow Hook Source
Great Pics Geoff. thanks

bitburger 02-26-2008 10:35 PM


I have found your web site and the associated pictures quite helpful.
Thanks for putting in the effort.


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