How does this thing work? Just found this Tripp Secord spare tire thiny but cant figure out how it is used. Anyone got a picture of it in use? This picture is from a previous post, mine is missing the lock,anyone have one?
I'll pay the full retail of 5.00 for it
The way it is used is to attach it to the spare tire already on the car and then add the second spare so it does not require any modification to the existing spare tire mount. I had one on my '29 Franklin sedan and it was great but I always worried about the stress it put on the existing spare tire bracket on the car because of the additional weight.
I was lucky enough to find a Duplex unit with an integral lock with a key! The lock plunges into a double sided keyway on the jack part to prevent turning/theft.
The T handle was too long so that it wouldnt turn between two 26-7 wire wheel. Cut it shorter and rebrazed.
I believe mine was intended for use on split rims. Theres no way it would line up with the wire wheel spokes. GINGERLY heat to red and bend. Its cast iron so let it cool slowly! I also glued some inner tube strips on mine to save the wheel paint. Then a mere 4 or 5 hands to line it up and its good to go. Its a pain, but a truly unique piece!
I used a 26-27 mount, and by trial and error, made two slices to slant the mount forward. More streamlined. I also mounted a trunk on mine, so I incorporated the frame into the carrier for vibration. Theres a lot of weight hanging of the back and I check it frequently.
Yours looks like it was intended for a wheel and a spare rim. Mine was symmetrical and barely fit the 4:50X21 wire rims. I still get compliments on it tho... ws
A few other issues to consider... if using wire wheels, adjust the unit so you can get a straight shot at the key. That's also where theres the most room to slide a fat hand in between to unlock LOL...
The key turns and a tumbler drops into a keyway on the T shaft,. Theres two on it so that you can make it tight, or a half turn tighter. I opted for tighter.
Make a habit of oiling the thing whenever you oil the chassis. Nothing worse than a flat tire with an un-lockable spare! The inside spare was a rusty old wheel that was was repaired with bondo LOL, and the outer is the service spare, but both tires match and hold air.
Pack up the gal and head for a picnic. She loves the trunk idea. Weatherproof and nice and dark and quiet too haha! ws
THE JUDGES WERE OUTRAGED!! I JUST LAUGHED...
I was trying to make it work flat as shown. Turn the end things 90 deg. and I get it.
Haven't tried it on my 26 with wire wheels as yet.
I stole the picture to save time. The cross bar on mine is straight, is the bent cross bar to accomodate wire wheels?
Trial and error pal... The pic shown here is a copy and paste when I was looking and cant find the original, but its pretty darn close to mine before the knobs were shortened. The one shown here was priced at $50, and Ive seen them as high as $200 (!). I think I paid $10 for mine with a key that works. Some are lockable and some take a padlock. Theres also different rim styles. Be prepared for a little shop time to make it work! ws