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Re: 1950 Underbed Spare Tire Carrier
oldtxag80 #1361591 Sat May 23 2020 06:18 AM
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I believe 1953 was the first year Chevrolet offered the optional side mounted spare in the rear fender. Prior to that (Art Deco and back) they were mounted on the side of the bed (not in the fender) or front fender mounted (1934 and back).

So, who has a factory right side mounted spare on a Chevrolet truck from 1953 and up?

Mike B smile

Re: 1950 Underbed Spare Tire Carrier
Mike B #1361597 Sat May 23 2020 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike B
I believe 1953 was the first year Chevrolet offered the optional side mounted spare in the rear fender. Prior to that (Art Deco and back) they were mounted on the side of the bed (not in the fender) or front fender mounted (1934 and back).

So, who has a factory right side mounted spare on a Chevrolet truck from 1953 and up?

Mike B smile

As Mike knows: 1953-1955st (47nd-1955st) factory right-side-mounted spare tire on a GM truck would be scarcer than hens' teeth? ohwell

However, does anyone want to speculate why GM put the outside spare on the driver's side?
(maybe that is related to the reason why the outside door lock was on the passenger side?)


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE [1954advance-design.com] - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 1950 Underbed Spare Tire Carrier
oldtxag80 #1361656 Sun May 24 2020 01:26 AM
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Having the spare on the driver's side is a horrible idea in terms of safety while addressing a flat tire.
The only explanation that I can think of is that it was done for aesthetic reasons. If you were in charge of marketing and wanted to create an image which showed the friendly looking driver (as all Chevrolet truck owners which I have ever met are), and you wanted to display the latest and greatest snazzy looking spare tire option, you would naturally put it on the driver's side.

Re: 1950 Underbed Spare Tire Carrier
oldtxag80 #1361663 Sun May 24 2020 02:02 AM
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ace skiver
Well, conjecture has it that the outside door lock was on the right side because in city/town/village street-side parking, it is unsafe exit/enter the truck on the driver's side. I have see movies with stovebolts that show the driver getting out and/or getting in a the passenger side.

My bs theory for the tire on the driver's side is that only a fool would try to change a tire on-or-near the side a two-lane road. This tire location forces the driver to completely pull off the road to safely change the tire?


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE [1954advance-design.com] - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 1950 Underbed Spare Tire Carrier
oldtxag80 #1361669 Sun May 24 2020 02:11 AM
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Shop Shark
It's not in the way if you always exit on the passenger side... dang

Mike B smile

Re: 1950 Underbed Spare Tire Carrier
tclederman #1361672 Sun May 24 2020 02:23 AM
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Wrench Fetcher
another thought; most city streets were unpaved therefore in order to avoid walking in the often muddy streets the driver would simply slide across the seat and exit via the passenger side onto a sidewalk.

Re: 1950 Underbed Spare Tire Carrier
papas52 #1361675 Sun May 24 2020 02:25 AM
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Originally Posted by papas52
another thought; most city streets were unpaved therefore in order to avoid walking in the often muddy streets the driver would simply slide across the seat and exit via the passenger side onto a sidewalk.
Yes, in rural areas, but, most cities probably had paved streets in the "booming" 1950s?


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE [1954advance-design.com] - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 1950 Underbed Spare Tire Carrier
oldtxag80 #1361722 Sun May 24 2020 02:22 PM
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Shop Clutterist
It's on the driver's side so you notice when it has been stolen.

Last edited by Gord&Fran; Sun May 24 2020 02:23 PM.

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Re: 1950 Underbed Spare Tire Carrier
Mike B #1361810 Sun May 24 2020 10:55 PM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 9,168
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Master Gabster
Originally Posted by Mike B
It's not in the way if you always exit on the passenger side... dang

Mike B smile
I have one of these on the driver's side of two of my trucks and it is not in the way of anything. It is just sitting there, looking pretty, with the beauty ring, and the CHEVROLET red letter hubcap.

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