I've decided I'd like to secure the spare tire cover in the front trunk so it doesn't move around. It seems a bit loose and I want to keep it from moving while driving into turns and over bumps, etc.
I am planning on bolting it to the spare tire with a long bolt going thru one of the wheel nut holes, thru a hole in the cover and a wing nut. But, before I do, I thought I'd see if there were others who had done it and see what they did.
I'd like the spare tire to be bolted separately; in other words, I want to be able to lift up the cover without undoing the bolt that holds the tire in place. I store stuff under it.
I'm making a new cover out of 5/8" plywood (it was free and I want something thicker than stock so it doesn't bend) and I'm not planning on adding any carpet. I'm just going to paint it black.
Have you considered using small patches of heavy duty velcro in the corners? It shouldn't take much to secure the cover and would still allow removal without unbolting anything. Just a thought...
I don't get it, it has worked for 50+ years and now you worry
It's not going anywhere in a street car...unless you are upside down
If in a track car....it and the spare are weight....remove them
The carpet actually helps it stay in place and not shift around
How about a few rubber blocks fastened to the bottom that press into the rim.
Is this real? I've never heard of this problem. Just tank it or remove it. Racers obviously don't carry them. What is your issue??? And pooleeeezzzzzz stop with the random bolts.
I have an industrial design background so I'm often finding ways to make improvements. Not sure why this wasn't done originally; maybe it was a cost consideration. Here is the finished product:
It rests on the spare. I have a bolt going thru one of the bolt holes on the tire thru an aluminum plate bolted to the back of the cover. The wing nut tightens it down. I carry a tool box so the red straps are for securing the tool box to the cover. It works, so I thought I'd share.
Overkill for a solution that didn't have a problem. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
Years ago, I made a cooler to fit in the front trunk: used an A/C cover from a 914, cut a hole in the spare tire cover board, and ran a drain line out the bottom. There was always a cold-one up front...
post a pic of your trunk floor...there shoiuld be a very adequate factory mount...unless your 914 had AC..
Thanks, I appreciate that!
How long did your cooler keep stuff cold?
That turned out nice.
Also explains the confusion. The factory cover fits tighter and is carpeted. Might flop on speed bumps but that's about it.
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