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Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by Dallas Landers » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:37 am

Im getting ready to make an under bed spare tire carrier for the 23 TT. I have two sizes. 32x4 1/2 rear and 30x3 1/2 front. The 8in1 bed is long enough for this. Just asking to see what others have come up with on their T pickup or TT. Im leaning toward a hinged front mount that swings down in the rear so Im not lifting both rims and tires to the ground for access. Any photos would be great. Thank you.

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Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by ModelTSpeedster » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:42 am

This is what my brother had on his TT, years ago.
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Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by HPetrino » Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:26 am

When I started working on my TT I found a spare tire and rim (30 X 3 1/2 which matched none of the other wheels, was flat and the rubber as hard as a rock) wedged up under the bed on top of the rear chassis cross member. I dunno if there's room on your truck to do this, but if there is you might consider putting the lighter front wheel spare up under the bed an rest the weight on the chassis cross member then put the heavier rear wheel spare on the hinged assembly you mentioned. In this manner you'd never need to lift the weight of both at the same time.

Anyhow, a thought.....


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Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by bud delong » Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:38 am

With all the features that truck bed has to offer i"m wondering if the maker did not offer anything??Bud. :D

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Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by Steve Jelf » Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:53 pm

I very much dislike the idea of lying on my back in the mud to wrestle a heavy spare in or out, which is what's required by some under-bed spare carriers I've seen. I like the swing-down idea in Randy's photos, but I would put the hinges toward the rear so that when it's down the tire would be easy to reach. I would put a latch at the front end with a control rod to the rear. Pull the rod to undo the latch and let the carrier swing down. I imagine this would eliminate the aforementioned mud wrestling. But how about raising the carrier up to the latch with that heavy spare on it? Maybe a cable winding onto a shaft with a crank at the rear. I haven't tried this, but I think it would work if designed properly. Maybe it could be made to accommodate both a rear and a front spare.
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Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by Angmar » Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:36 pm

Perhaps an AA spare tire carrier similar to the one above. I put one on one of my TTs a long time ago

Gave it a factory look and worked well, pain to use but I figured I would not use it often.
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Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by Les Schubert » Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:01 pm

Ford offered a spare tire carrier for 26-7 pickups that bolted to the left side top mount and bolted to the running board. Yes it did block the drivers door but it certainly made the spare very handy. I have one for my project and could certainly take a picture if you are interested

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Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by RajoRacer » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:00 pm

This is the "side" mount on my Gramps' Express bed TT he bought new in Seattle - I've never seen another and it was made specific for the Express box - the body of the carrier matches the beading in the box sides ! It's only for a 32 x 4.5. - my Gramps had the front wheels & tires exchanged for "baloons" as soon as they became available - there are stories of him getting the 30 x 3.5 fronts stuck in the streetcar tracks around downtown Seattle !

I apologize for the small photo - it was taken years ago - I'll attempt to get a better photo if there's any interest.
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Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by Steve Jelf » Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:31 pm

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You can blow up a small picture. Of course, that doesn't make it any sharper. :D
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Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by Dallas Landers » Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:43 pm

Something like Randy posted is what Im thinking. Will be made of flat and round stock. I dont have a place for a sidemount the way the bed is made. Thanks for all the input.


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Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by Allan » Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:45 pm

Dallas, I put the 30 x 3.5" spare tyre and rim for my shooting brake under the rear of the extended body. It is cradled in some rusted 1/2" rod framework, hinged at the front and pinned at the rear. With just one spare, it is still heavy to lift and hold while setting the holding pin.

I would be looking at some kind of winch to lift two spares. Two modern types come to mind. One Is from an 80's GM Holden ute, and utilises a cable on the winch drum. I thing a Toyota landcriuser traytop uses a chain instead of a cable. Both are cranked up from the ground using the same handle as the jack. Both simply wind up and jam the spare against the under side of the body, the weight of the spare being supported by the cable/chain. Replicating the basics from used chain, recycled angle iron and bracketry would be relatively simple. The pulley with recesses to accommodate the chain may have to be sourced from a breakers yard.

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Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by DHort » Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:47 am

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This monster might help with carrying your spare.
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You could ask this monster to help.
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This monster is available but you might have a puncture.


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Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by Dallas Landers » Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:50 am

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The weight is a factor. Maybe I need to think about a rack that the tires slide in from the side. The tail lights are in the way to the rear. Moving the lights outboard of bed runners may be an option also.


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Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by DHort » Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:32 pm

Dallas, can you reverse the brackets and make them swing outboard instead of inboard? Would that provide enuf room, and still keep the look?


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Re: Under bed spare tire carrier

Post by Dallas Landers » Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:31 pm

Dave, I have to do some measuring.

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