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Post by johnque » 11 Jul 2019, 08:47

So my 69 needs new tires including the spare.
The current spare is full sized but not on styled wheel. So does this give me the option of a "donut" spare to save space and money?

Anyone using donuts and if so what size?

Or should I just stay with full size and use the wheel I have in the trunk? Since not a styled wheel it won't be part of the rotation so I'll buy a cheap tire for the spare and go with "period correct" white letter tires for the road.

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Post by 1970puma » 11 Jul 2019, 09:50

In general (even on today's cars) I dislike donut spares. I think you are better off keeping the current steel wheel you have and put something close to the size it originally came with - I used something like a 195-70-R14 for a spare on a 70 XR7 in the past. Might be obvious, but use the same construction as the 4 you will have on the styled wheels (not sure if you mean to go to bias tires for "period correct" but radials should work better). That should work well enough if you ever need it.

Just my opinion - but I ran a donut spare after a blow-out on my newer Audi A5 this week and it ran like S&**! Couldn't wait to get it back into the trunk & I'm even thinking about getting 1 full size wheel/tire to replace it in the future...

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Post by Don Rush » 11 Jul 2019, 12:02

I never carry a spare in a Cougar, it uses too much space and how often does one get a flat these days? If ever you break down in a classic you will be amazed at how many folks want to stop and help, you need a designated flagger just to keep traffic moving! Original space savers are way too valuable to ever use... ... attribs=87

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Post by 77snb » 11 Jul 2019, 13:24

I got a donut tire from a newer Ford LTD at a wrecking yard. Only mounted it to make sure it fits and it does. $20.00 with the cover, so the price was right and I figure if used it will only be for a few miles to get the other tire fixed or replaced.
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Post by Yorgle » 11 Jul 2019, 15:51

Or... you could be like my grandfather-in-law who reportedly carried not one, but two spare tires in trunk of his car, just in case one of them went flat. But I have to agree with Don. I've traveled well over 80K daily driver miles in my 68, most of the time without a spare in the trunk on the theory that if I'm reasonably close to home, I can just call and have my wife run a spare out to me. However, when I do take long-distance trips, I throw in a full size spare figuring that a temporary donut isn't going to get me home.
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Post by polanskys » 11 Jul 2019, 16:19

Having gotten a flat on the PA Turnpike leaving Carlisle 2 or 3 years ago I am happy that I carry a spare. Unless your car is a daily driver, I wouldn't worry about tire rotation since you are likely to need new tires before they wear out. I've done about 22,000 miles on my car over 19 years. You don't want to drive on tires that old.


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Post by JETEXAS » 11 Jul 2019, 16:59

I picked up a late 90s Mustang space saver spare for $25. I haven't actually mounted it on the car to make sure it fits yet, but I don't see why it wouldn't
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Post by Al Bundy » 11 Jul 2019, 17:35

I guess it’s a matter of form vs function. There is supposed to be a spare in the trunk. If you’re just driving not showing I guess it doesn’t matter.
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Post by Midlife » 11 Jul 2019, 18:28

Huh. I always carry a spare tire around with me; it is always located just above my belt on my pants.

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Post by 69XR7Ragtop » 12 Jul 2019, 07:19

Midlife wrote:
11 Jul 2019, 18:28
Huh. I always carry a spare tire around with me; it is always located just above my belt on my pants.
Unfortunately ditto, but that was funny!

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