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Old 08-08-2020, 03:12 AM   #2
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Default Re: History Of The Fender-Well Spare Mounting

Originally Posted by rfitzpatrick View Post
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".
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