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rfitzpatrick 08-07-2020 08:11 PM

History Of The Fender-Well Spare Mounting

Who came out with this, when?

1930-Pickup 08-08-2020 03:12 AM

Re: History Of The Fender-Well Spare Mounting


Originally Posted by rfitzpatrick (Post 1917790)
Who came out with this, when?

Like the invention of the car, it wasn't Henry Ford.

Spare tires were strapped with leather belts to the running boards since the very earliest days of automobiles (pre-1900).

Many manufacturers put the spare(s) typically next to the driver's seat because the cars' hand-operated controls often blocked the driver from entering/existing the vehicle from the drivers side, so adding the spare tires there next to the driver made no difference to function.

Many manufacturers didn't put the spares in the back; that was reserved for the backwards-facing Mother-In-Law seat, or a storage area/trunk. As any rear-mounted spare tire car owner can tell you, rear spare tires sure can get in the way.

As sheet metal forming technology evolved, recesses for the spare tires were eventually formed into the front fenders.

These things that I describe here are just of every possible type, size, and configuration existed 120 years ago.

So really, side-mounted spare tires more or less evolved into existence, rather than one day "showing up".

updraught 08-08-2020 05:49 AM

Re: History Of The Fender-Well Spare Mounting

"The early days of motor travel took place on primitive roads that were littered with stray horseshoe nails. Punctures (flat tires) were all too common, and required the motorist to remove the wheel from the car, demount the tire, patch the inner tube, re-mount the tire, inflate the tire, and re-mount the wheel. To alleviate this time-consuming process, Walter and Tom Davies of Llanelli, Wales, invented the spare tire in 1904. At the time, motor cars were made without spare wheels.[5] Their company, Stepney Iron Mongers, had agents distributing the United States, Belgium, France, and Italy.[6] The word "stepney" is sometimes used interchangeably in countries that were once part of the British Empire such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and Malta [1]
The first to equip cars with an inflated spare wheel-and-tire assembly were the Ramblers made by Thomas B. Jeffery Company.[7] The Rambler's interchangeable wheel with a mounted and inflated spare tire meant the motorist could exchange it quickly for the punctured tire that could then be repaired at a more convenient time and place.[8]
The pre-mounted spare tire and wheel combination proved so popular with motorists that carrying up to two spare tires became common.[citation needed] Automakers often equipped cars with one or dual sidemounts. The spares were mounted behind the front fenders as they blended into the running boards (a narrow footboard serving as a step beneath the doors)."

updraught 08-09-2020 04:55 AM

Re: History Of The Fender-Well Spare Mounting

Probably more interesting:

"The side-mount spare wasn’t a new idea. Companies like Locomobile had been offering them since the early 1900s, but back then side-mount spares precluded using one side of the car as an entrance for the driver. The same was true of Oldsmobile, Packard, and Pierce-Arrow, among others by the 1910s. Interestingly, in 1919 Earl had already penned the innovative fender-mounted side-mount spare, which was used for a coachbuilt Duesenberg Model A sedan bodied at the Earl Automobile Works in Los Angeles."

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