I've decided that I'm tired of getting out of my left door, so I'm going to install a spare tire carrier. Jack Putnam is not making them, so I decided to fab one up. The original on the right has hole in the triangle. Did they all have that hole? What is it for?
Tom, l like your work, looks like a new original...good job.
Tom: I think the hole in question was used for alignment purposes perhaps in the stamping or broaching of the bolt studs in the triangular flange. As far as I know is serves no useful purpose on the pickup. Your milage may vary.
Good work on the carrier!
I am curious as to why you are tired of getting out of the Left side. My wife really likes the idea of not getting out of the car when getting gas, etc. I wish someone had a carrior that would mount the spare on the left side to allow entry/exit from the left. It would have to be a swing mount of some sort. I'd buy one if available.
Seems that all the reproductions have the mystery hole too.
Perhaps the hole was for a lock.
Could be that is what the hole was for.
Another original running board bracket, it has the hole :
The std rear carrier has an 'extra' hole too.
I got a PM asking how I fabbed the top piece. I will try to explain here for anyone interested. It is three pieces. I turned a sleeve for the top and a stepped disc for the bottom. The center is a T headlight/fender bracket bent and filed to the proper shape.
Tom asked: "I am curious as to why you are tired of getting out of the Left side."
I'm not, really. I am actually joking about the loss of my door usage. I should have put a smiley face after the post.
I think you may be right Dennis. Perhaps the hole is a place to store the padlock when the spare wheel is removed. It almost makes sense.
I just checked the one I have hanging on the wall, and it has that hole too.
My R.B. carrier also has the hole. To mix it up -I have several Ford script Coupe/Runabout spools (as shown above) that hold the Y (or wire wheel) for the spare rim. Two of them that have three mounting holes that attach to the body have the "mystery" hole but my four hole spool does not - go figure ?
Tom: What did you use for the pipe? I would like to make one for my 25. Thanks. Dan.
1916-20 drive shaft housing
Tom, I also am tired of using the driver's door on my '27 pickup. When you are done fabricating yours would you please send that original to me?
Thanks, in advance, TH
Terry, I was all ready to wrap up the original to send to you, when I realized that there is a spot on the wall that it covers when it hangs there, so sorry, no. I do have a hunk of an old torque tube that I could send to you.
Here is Blackie (I don't name my T's, other people do) with the new carrier.
I know this isn't the place but don't know how to post on the classified so apologise in advance...I do have an original and supplied Ron with his, a year ago I purchased one that was made off an original and it is really nice. The only difference between it and my original is that the originals were split on the back of the long stand tube. I really don't need the second (even though it is nicer than my original) and just "speculated" on it for future sale or trade material. It is just sitting in the corner of my home office.
Tom, I have the solution to that spot on the wall problem. I'll send you a pint of wall paint and you can send me the running board spare holder... no thanks necessary!
I used to have a friend with a '26 roadster. His car had the two holes in the runningboard for that tire carrier. He didn't know what they were for, so I told him.
E-mail sent to Terry and Tom, look for firstname.lastname@example.org in your inbox or junk mail...I am not going to respond to any others---not the place for me to do this.
This is another version of a spare tire mount on a pickup. Not my rigging- it was on the truck when I bought it and I left it because of the simplicity and it does not obstruct the driver's side door.