1980 Ford ¾ ton pick-up
Does anybody have any recommendations how to make a spare tire holder?
I've given up finding one at the junk yards, and I don't like the
in-the-bed or on-the-grill solutions. I want it under the bed behind the
differential, where it's supposed to be.
I'd like to be able to access it relatively quickly (a hinged holder
perhaps?), because if I do get a flat, it may not happen where there's a
On Sat, 28 Feb 2004 07:17:51 +0000, Nehmo Sergheyev wrote:
All of the uder-bed holders I've seen involve some sort of winch. Ford
has an absolutely horrible design - a greased cable that picks up all
sorts of dirt, kinks, and generally is good for one tire change in adverse
conditions. You're lucky if the thing winds back up after changing a tire.
Datsun (now Nissan) used to have an open chain winch on their 1980s
vintage trucks that was the best. Never jammed, never failed. See if you
can find one of those.
o__ | If you're old, eat right and ride a decent bike.
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Same with '80s Toyotas. With either one you'll still have to figure
a way to have a hole avalable for the jack crank to get to the winch
You may want to look at older 4WD "little" Ranger PU's .
Mine has a hinged "dropdown" spare carrier that looks like it was
I wish I knew what year this was ( mine's "just a trailer" made
out of the bed/frame/axle of a 83-86 ? pickup that I drag behind my
Bronco II) .
But I'm curious as to "why" you'd want your spare back and under
the bed. It's fine if you have a flat on the freeway / no major
load/ no tow behind.
You'll curse and beat yourself to death if you have a flat in a
mudhole with a heavy load and/or a tow behind . "Been dere-dun dat"
Got a '92 Ranger that has this setup. Works real sweet. On pavement. Would
hate to have to access the spare in any of the numerous places "out back of
beyond" that I have gotten myself into over the years. My daily (and weekend
fun) ride is a '92 Dodge with the Cummins, and for the approx. 50 weeks a
year that I am pavement bound more often than not, I use a front carrier.
When I do get serious about being in the rougher stuff, I take it down and
toss it into the bed with all my camping/hunting gear. Underneath all the
fragile stuff :-) This puts it into a place that, if I have to get at it,
there is no worries about being axle deep in a bog. Really did happen to me
once in Wyoming. Was cruising down an old logging road, and just after I
entered a boggy little park I ran over a tree branch that was stuck into the
mud. Never would have gotten the tire out from underneath the bed of the
truck. Had enough fun digging out the mud to change the tire and then get
out of there. Plain forget about jacking the rig up. And all of this
happened at 8500' elevation. Wahoo!
- Nehmo –
That's the problem with the spare tire placement: it should be readily
accessible, but you should only rarely have to use it. The
requirements are almost contradictory.
In the bed: Some cargo makes it difficult to access. Takes up payload
Front of the grill: Adds to length of vehicle, which is already hard
to park. Blocks air to the radiator. Interferes with bumper.
On top of the cab: Wind resistance. Adds to top-heavy balance.
On the back of the tailgate: Adds to length. Adds to tailgate weight.
Interferes with bumper.
Under the bed in back (factory position): Access may be a problem.
I'm thinking about an under-the-bed cone and winch system, but just
using a ratcheting nylon strap for the winch. I'll also have a couple
of linked chains for safety in case the ratchet mechanism fails.
You've not seen much. For about 50 years, trucks had a flat metal bar that
pinned the tire against the bottom of the bed, with an underengineered and
clumsy way to fasten it to the frame. That's what this 1980 had on it. Same
as a 1950 or a 1996. These are thoroughly impractical to use, and I'm not
sure why they were ever made. I have taken to hauling a spare in the back of
the truck, but it does get in the way.
You are correct that the Datsun chain hoist was the best design ever. I'm
not sure when it came out, but the first one I ever saw was a 1967 model.
First Japanese vehicle I ever saw, period. I was a little kid. Used to crank
it up and down just for the pure joy of it.
Here in upstate NY, where 1000's of tons of salt are spread on the road
every year, more than one spare tire has been freed from its holder eith a
cutting torch. Unscrewing the nut was not an option.
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