My car has been apart for over a year and, as simple as this seems, I cannot remember the order of reassembly - it is so simple, I didn't take a before picture or write down the order. Duh.
Do the backing plates go first against the frame or does the spare tire carrier go first?
Also, for the life of me, I cannot find any lock washers to go with the nuts. Did it have lock washers?
Jim, You've got a tudor with the gooseneck carrier, right? Just to clarify your questions, I don't know if my fordor has lock washers, but I do know it has castellated nuts with cotter pins.
Yes, I have a Canadian tudor with the gooseneck and castle nuts.
I'm bumping this because I'm curious if mine is assembled correctly. I've always assumed the carrier goes up against the frame and then the plates go on after.
Yes, it does. After I played around with different options, that was the method I chose and it turns out I was correct. I confirmed that with a local Tacoma Club Member, Marty Pendriss. It goes the carrier, then the plates, then the nuts, then the cotter pins.
Don't know what Ford method was, but have always fitted the gooseneck to the U-bolts and up against the spring stack. Then added the plates and castle nuts.
Seems to be stronger that way, a lot of toggle on the gooseneck with the wheel and tire hanging off the back, the gooseneck flange is rather thin, and putting the plates over that flange, to sandwich the gooseneck, seems the engineering strength way.