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Old 03-18-2003, 10:02 PM
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Post Spare Tire Mount on 54 Chevy Pickup : 3 Questions

Q1 - You know how you always see the spare tire side-mounted on the 50s Chevy pickups? Well, I wanna do that on mine, but someone said I'd have to cut into the rear fender to do that -- is that so?

Q2 - It always strikes me as odd that they are always mounted on the driver's side ... is this intentionally meant to have the driver's *** knocked onto the other side of the highway as he attempts changing the tire on a busy road?

Or is it just because the gas filler cap is on the passenger side? Note : My filler cap has been moved to the right rear fender, so I'd be side-mounting mine on the passenger side where it's safe!

Q3 - Until I do this, my spare is sitting freely in the bed ... with a Crager S/S rim ... where it can be easily confiscated by some rotten-hearted person. Any cool ideas, products, or ways I could lock her down?

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Yes, thats true. You'd have to cut a 1/4 pie shape out of the fender for it to fit. Or just find a '54 fender with that option and repaint it and keep your old one if you ever want to change back.

Right now if you intend on re-doing your bed when you swap to the candy apple red paint I'd just drive a stud from the bottom up and put a locking lug nut or a locking bike chain on it.

Check your PM in about 5 minutes, I'll fire you off a idea for the bed when you go to repaint.

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I'm gonna *have* to side-mount it ... there's no place else to put it, since my 30-gallon gas tank is now where the spare-mount use to be ... and laying it flat in the bed just looks terrible.

I wonder ... what the difference in cost would be between finding/buying a fender that had the cut-out vs having the body shop do it to my fender when I paint?
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You won't find a passengers side fender with the cut out. They were only produced to mount the spare on the drivers side so if you wan't to mount it on the other side you're going to have to have a body shop modify the fender. They'll also have to fabricate a mounting bracket that will bolt to the outside of the bed.

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Fender from 47 to 54 will work. I would do something creative with spare in bed.
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Yeah ... I'm thinking about side-mounting IN the bed, with a cover to keep the sun off the rubber, too.

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