1956 Continental Kit Not Holding Spare Tire

J
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May 7, 2022
Thunderbird Year
1956
The lock dowel is not being held by the clamp. I have tried adjusting the dowel but the clamp still does not completely hold the dowel and the tire spare tire falls out of place. Any suggestion on how to fix this?
 
paul5456

paul5456

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Dec 12, 2020
Thunderbird Year
1956
While the lever has a spring that brings it back up, are you sure the lever is coming all the back up?. Also check the "catch" the lever moves to make sure it is working properly.
 
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jack-in-sac

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Aug 1, 2018
Thunderbird Year
1957
The lock dowel is not being held by the clamp. I have tried adjusting the dowel but the clamp still does not completely hold the dowel and the tire spare tire falls out of place. Any suggestion on how to fix this?
What size spare do you have. A modern tire is likely to be too "fat". The too large size spare can be an issue. Either carry a full size spare in the trunk or a small size temporary use spare. If you use the spare in the "conny" it is easy to mar the paint and finish around the kit.
 
paul5456

paul5456

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Dec 12, 2020
Thunderbird Year
1956
In my 56 I use an older bias ply tire (not inflated) just to keep the continental kit together. I usually do not carry a spare but I do have a a mini spare that I can use on a longer trip. I would hate to have to count on the spare in the continental kit - what a pain to take apart and put back together.
 
Rust
Joined
Sep 18, 2017
Thunderbird Year
1957
In my 56 I use an older bias ply tire (not inflated) just to keep the continental kit together. I usually do not carry a spare but I do have a a mini spare that I can use on a longer trip. I would hate to have to count on the spare in the continental kit - what a pain to take apart and put back together.
I have a question for you. I know it is very hard to change a tire on a 56, due to location, weather, skirts, and my age, but mostly getting that tire out of the Centennial kit. I want to get my real spare in the trunk, and put 'something" in the kit. I'm guessing your tire in the kit is still on a rim, and you said not inflated, but how good is that solution. Any problems? I would keep a spare in the trunk, just in case. Thanks
 
paul5456

paul5456

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Dec 12, 2020
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1956
I have a question for you. I know it is very hard to change a tire on a 56, due to location, weather, skirts, and my age, but mostly getting that tire out of the Centennial kit. I want to get my real spare in the trunk, and put 'something" in the kit. I'm guessing your tire in the kit is still on a rim, and you said not inflated, but how good is that solution. Any problems? I would keep a spare in the trunk, just in case. Thanks
Yes, the tire I have in the continental kit is on a rim. It has to be. I haven't had any problem with this set-up. Two trips to the west coast from the east coast and other fairly long trips with it this way plus a lot of local driving..
 
Ward 57

Ward 57

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Aug 14, 2019
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1957
Yes, the tire I have in the continental kit is on a rim. It has to be. I haven't had any problem with this set-up. Two trips to the west coast from the east coast and other fairly long trips with it this way plus a lot of local driving..
I guess the proper size makes a big difference. Too many people don't understand the hight/width of tire sizing.
 
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