I finally tracked down a wheel to use for the spare tire that matched my other wheels. I picked it up from the powdercoater last week and today I decided to take it to the tire shop and get the spare tire mounted. No problems there. But when I went to put the tire back on the mount this happened:
The tire is sitting on the body of the car and the lugs are barely sticking out of the holes. It seems that the correct wheels have a different offset than the one I was using before.
So now we have a project on our hands. I unbolted the spare tire carrier from the tailgate. There are a lot of holes going on here. The carrier only uses 4 so I am not sure what the others are for.
The carrier was bolted to the tailgate with these bolts. Each bolt had a stack of washers on it to space the carrier out from the tailgate. I am pretty sure that this carrier is NOT actually for this car. That would explain the extra holes and the stacks of washers. I am not sure what I can do about it now though.
Plan A is to run with the stack-of-washer plan. This is my test using about 1″ worth of washers on two of the nuts.. With this configuration the tire fit perfectly. But I don’t like the washers. Time for a hardware store run to see if I can find something better..
This is what I found. 1 1/2″ spacers. That is about 3/8″ too long so I had to cut them down.
That looks OK. If it was warmer I would paint the carrier but it is 30 degrees out and this is covered by the spare.
This is the inside view. By the way I am by myself today and it got real old wedging a wrench on each bolt then diving into the back of the car to turn the nut. Anyway the bolts on the bottom are a little too short. It is OK for now but i will have to pick up some longer bolts.
And the tire is clearing the car body. I used three washers on the bolts to adjust the clearances.
Now that all the wheels are done it is time for some hubcaps. I have four decent caps for the wheels and one pristine NOS hubcap that I will put on the spare for now.
Not bad. This will work. I have another hubcap with the center cut-out. I may eventually fit a light in the hole and use the spare tire as a third brake light. I can decide later. Next I have to get rid of the spare set of Jeep wheels.