May 16, 2010 at 9:13 pm #232990Bill StuckParticipant
Another question for the experts and innovators.
The tire support ring on my kit seams to be trimed too small. With the cover in place, by laying it horizonal and putting the flat to one side it will slip through the hole and you can put it in place. HOWEVER, because of this small size — there really is not enough material to drill the six 5/16 holes ( or even 1/4 ) around the ring for mounting and have any edge distance at all.
I would imagine that the bottom flat takes most of the weight of the tire and support ring ( a total of 50 pounds), since the tire is raised slightly by the HAT portion. The top section likely gets quite a bit of both push and pull pressures as the car moves.
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billsflorida 40314.8847106481May 17, 2010 at 9:43 pm #241394Dan RosaParticipant
Bill I think i would make a big square out of 3X16 by 7/8 mild steel stock after welding I would glue it to the tank cover on the under side drill and tap where i would mount the[ HAT ] bolts top middle , both sides and 2 on the bottom just a thought,, Good Luck — DanMay 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm #241395edward ericsonParticipant
I might go on the Bay & see if I could grab a TD spare tire mount assembly & adapt it to my kit. But I don’t know if it would fit, and I don’t know how much this puppy will end up going for.
The other alternative is to get one fabbed out of mild tube steel. Might not be that much $ (maybe a friendly muffler shop guy might try it?), and IMHO it would look better (or at least, more TD-esque) than the “hat” assembly the kit came with.
Actually, what I would really do is try to JB Weld or marine epoxy the part in, as is, and hope is doesn’t break. But I would never advise anyone to be as sloppy and careless as me.May 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm #241396Paul MossbergKeymaster
The original style you found is meant to be bolted to a steel body…NOT to fiberglass. It’ll be a challenge to modify it for your replica and have it secure enough.
Not sure how your kit was designed, but usually, there is a steel support on the back side of the fiberglass, and the tire mount either bolts through the fiberglass and backing steel or it bolts through the z-bars that hold the engine (VW) / tank (Ford or Chevy) cover.
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