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Marlin Sportster, Cabrio, Berlinetta and Roadster builds Enthused or Confused about your vintage Marlin build? Ask away here or show off your build.

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Old 5th March 2012, 21:23
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Anyone got any simple methods for mounting the spare wheel? I haven't got the spare wheel cover and wasn't going to either so the spare wheel needs to be held on the rear tub.

I've got a spare BMW alloy that matches the rest but it's fat so the wheel centre sits about 5cm off the rear tub.

I'm currently thinking a steel plate inside the tub with long bolts coming through, another plate on the outside to hold it "in place" and then wheel nuts to hold the spare onto the body...

Anyone got any better ideas in theory or practise?

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Old 5th March 2012, 21:44
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My old Roadster had two flat square plates with a 4" spacer welded in between them. One bolted to the tub - the other had wheel studs welded to it for the wheel to bolt onto just like a hub.

I shall probably do the same for my Cabrio
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Anyone got any simple methods for mounting the spare wheel? I haven't got the spare wheel cover and wasn't going to either so the spare wheel needs to be held on the rear tub.

I've got a spare BMW alloy that matches the rest but it's fat so the wheel centre sits about 5cm off the rear tub.

I'm currently thinking a steel plate inside the tub with long bolts coming through, another plate on the outside to hold it "in place" and then wheel nuts to hold the spare onto the body...

Anyone got any better ideas in theory or practise?

Ta
Andy
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Here's what I did:

http://www.greatoldone.co.uk/blog/20...ns-wipers.html

It's neat, easy to do and cheap. Plus you can always put a locking wheel nut on to stop any potential theft.
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Old 5th March 2012, 22:16
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Cheers GOO, that does look simple and effective.

Will pull a wheel off to see what my hubs look like as I have the E36 with 5 studs but the principle should be the same.

Cheers also Mike, I was trying to avoid welding as its not a skill Ive got!

hard to believe the car was "finished" years ago and Ive only just got round to starting on the post build work!
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I just used 4 pieces of M12 studding, some wheel nuts (above and below the wheel) and some large 'repair' washers.

But I'm only using a skinny 'spacesaver' spare beneath the Marlin wheel cover.


VW Corrado space saver spare wheel by marlinpeter, on Flickr
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Old 5th March 2012, 22:22
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I was struggling to find m12 studding of the same pitch (1.5) as standard wheel nuts without paying a fortune...
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I was struggling to find m12 studding of the same pitch (1.5) as standard wheel nuts without paying a fortune...
IIRC I got mine in Wickes but you could use these...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Conversion...item4160fdd474

The price includes postage and i've used these guys for other parts and they are super quick shipping.
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I used the same principle as Jason and Mike but not quite as pretty

http://www.flickr.com/photos/3310545...in/photostream

Although once it's painted and mounted you can't tell. I used some big washers for the bolts into the tub. I think the point about being able to remove the spare wheel without access to the underside of the tub is important.
And I didn't fit it for the IVA (re-test) as it failed the radius test first time round, weirdly, as the wheels themselves passed ok ??!!
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Ah but the wheels are exempt from the radius test if they are inside the mudguards, but your spare tyre is exposed.

My spare spent the IVA test resting against their garage wall along with my tool box.

That is unless they are fitted with spinners like wot the Cobra lot insist on fitting to make their cars look authentic.

I bonded a bit of steel to the underside of the boot lid and made tapped a 10mm threard through it. I've a very long bit of studing that sticks out from the centre of the spare wheel carrier and goes through a Ford spare wheel boss (as taken from the donor car) and a big nyloc nut to hold it all down.

Sandie made me a spare wheel cover in tan coloured leather cloth. I'll post a photo later.
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Spare hub bought and delivered. Started angle grinding the excess off and managed to set fire to the bench!!!
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Spare hub bought and delivered. Started angle grinding the excess off and managed to set fire to the bench!!!
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Spare hub bought and delivered. Started angle grinding the excess off and managed to set fire to the bench!!!
- who hasn't done that
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Oh it burns, burns, burns - The Ring of Fire, The Ring of Fire!



Setting fire to your workbench is a rite of passage. I remember grinding on something that I'd doused with plusgas to get it off the donor. Imagine my surprise when it suddenly caught fire on the workbench.

I'd use a cutting wheel first to get rid of as much of the back of the hub in one lump. Then use a corse flap wheel or something to get the back flat.
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