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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-13-2017, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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69 Impala hitch installation

Dear all, I'm searching a hitch for the 69 Impala convertible. I'm living in Germany and it' nearly impossible to find a fitting hitch for my car. As I have removed the cover underneeth the bumper, I got surprised, I think something is missing at my 69. The bumper is not fixed at the lower side (no sway bar). So I do have two questions:

Does anybody has some pictures, drawings, installation guides or anything else where I can gain some information about installation of that hitch (found one for the 69-70 station and the 67, but not for 69 convertible)
And as I believe that a swaybar is missing (directly underneath the bumper), does anybody has also pictures from that sway bar.

It would be perfect if somebody would like to sell such hitch.

Thanks in advance.
Best regards

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-13-2017, 05:52 PM
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A trailer rental shop (such as U-haul or Penske here in the US) could weld in a Reese Receiver hitch for you. They will have to modify a universal fit hitch to place it permanently between your frame rails, as Reese no longer sells one to fit your car (lots and lots of hitches for light trucks, but nothing for a car).

As to your sway bar issue. Your car has a Panhard bar attached to the frame above the rear axle and attaches to the axle with a second bracket. It locates your rear preventing excess rear end movement from going side to side as it goes up and down.

A rear sway bar was only installed if you had the Heavy Duty suspension option (RPO code F40), and was part of the factory trailer towing package (that include a factory installed two inch square Reese receiver). I would be surprised to find a rear sway bar on a convertible. It attached to the lower control arms and the rear axle near the inspection cover, not back by the bumper. The bumper has two flat steel struts (plates that form a mounting bracket) that bolt to the rear frame horns and hold it in place. It is not strong enough to tow anything.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-14-2017, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Hi Big Dave, thanks for the very quick reply. I'll try to find acompany in Germany who can weld such hitch, or can adapt an existing one. And also thanks a lot fpr the explanation regarding the rear end.


For me it would be very helpful if anybody has some pictures from a standard hitch for the 69 (original GM) and maybe from the rear end?


Thanks a lot.


Best regards
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-14-2017, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Here are the correct pictures, sorry for the wrong ones in reply before.... This is the rear I found behind the cover.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-15-2017, 11:22 AM
 
 
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https://www.uhaul.com/Trailer-Hitche...leId=2661&ship

UHaul says they can make one to order. Not sure what, if any, the differences would be between the convertible and 4Dr.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-20-2017, 08:15 AM
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The frames on our cars are all basically the same. The body panels are different. I bought a hitch on ebay for my 65 Impala. It was even stamped 65 Impala. It was not a Reese style hitch, just a simple bolt on hitch. Bolts on bumper and frame by license plate.

http://www.impalas.net/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=521&dateline=14693626  69
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-20-2017, 10:46 AM
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The frames are different between the convertible and the other models as it is stamped out of heavier gauge steel, has a boxed center section and has an additional cross-member to support the convertible top. In the back of the frame were a Reese hitch would be welded in they are the same.

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