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Maxthe222

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"Restoring" A Space-Saver
« on: February 06, 2020, 06:15:40 AM »
So I still have the "OrIGiNaL" space saver spare for my '79 WS6 T/A. The owner asked me three times if I was sure that I wanted the space saver spare over a set of 4 15x7 snowflakes. (shoot me) I (for whatever reason) thought it would be a smart idea to keep the original space saver becuz it was "original". So that tyre had sat in the snow for two decades before I got the car, and now has sat in the yard in the australian weather for another 3 years.

It's reaalllllllly bad.



But, im bored, and can't really do anything to my cars at the moment as they're either they've got something that I can't do or on the other side of the specturm have nothing wrong with them. So the wheel itself is very rusted, but aside from the outer rim which has flaked off, the rest is fine. Nothing a good sandblasting or quick acid dip and some rough sanding to smoothe it out couldn't clean up. Tyre is cracked to kingdom come but I mean who's going to use it anyway right? I was thinking maybe I could get a guy to just fabricate the lip around the edge since it's just a flat, curved surface, and who's gunna know lol? However, can the tyre even come off without breaking it? I'd take it to a tyre shop to take off and on. And more importantly...

Is this even off my car? Apparently the WS6 cars had bigger space saver spares as the regular 14" wheels did not fit ontop of the rear disc brakes in the back.... This one does say like F 78 or something like that, but definetly says 78 on it, which makes me think it is the 14" standard tyre.

It's that or buy another one from the states.


Also, while i'm here, the jack is in a similar state. The jack is very heavily rusted as well. Is there any way to disasemble the jack? Or even just get the blue piece that moves up and down the shaft off the shaft? I tried getting it off, couldn't see any easy way of doing it. People seem to be asking money for them now and no point in throwing stuff away that can be fixed right? I've seen them for sale for $200+ down here, and after all, some stuff to get it back to bare metal and repaint is like $30. Just need to know how to take it apart lol!
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highway star

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Re: "Restoring" A Space-Saver
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2020, 09:34:06 AM »
I put a "regular" tire on my space saver wheel. Forget what size but I'll look if you need the sizes.

Maxthe222

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Re: "Restoring" A Space-Saver
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2020, 02:23:14 PM »
Like a non-inflateable goofy looking one? That fit on there?
1979 T/A Y84 WS6
1979 F/A W72 WS6
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highway star

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Re: "Restoring" A Space-Saver
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2020, 05:02:56 PM »
Naw, it's an inflatable tire, I'll take a look at it this evening and see what size etc.

highway star

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Re: "Restoring" A Space-Saver
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2020, 08:14:00 PM »
Steel belted radial size P185/70R14.

Maxthe222

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Re: "Restoring" A Space-Saver
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2020, 08:47:52 PM »
Was this the original space saver wheel you put a different tyre on? Could you show pics as i'm not too sure what that tyre would look like on there
1979 T/A Y84 WS6
1979 F/A W72 WS6
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Wallington

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Re: "Restoring" A Space-Saver
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2020, 09:16:23 PM »
It's just a 14" steel rim. But you still need a 15" steel rim and that's not gonna turn up in this country. Just add a 5th mag wheel to match car and a suitable jack if planning on a trip further than NRMA will follow you.

« Last Edit: February 14, 2020, 06:23:03 PM by Wallington »

firebirdparts

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Re: "Restoring" A Space-Saver
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2020, 08:31:13 AM »
So the real question with the rim in that condition is "can you remove that tire and then remount it."  My opinion is no.  I realize it'll fit, I just don't think you can pull it off.

So given that, you can either restore the back of it cosmetically (it mounts face down) or give up on it.  That's what I think.  no harm in taking it to a tire store and just asking them if their machine will remove it and reinstall it.
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Re: "Restoring" A Space-Saver
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2020, 11:02:18 AM »
I believe GM supplied the same space saver with virtually their entire line of cars.  I wonder how difficult it is to find a replacement.  Of course I’d only use it for show and would never rely on one for a true spare.  Like Wellington said if you’re going on a long trip throw s full size spate in the trunk
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Re: "Restoring" A Space-Saver
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