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Correct Space Saver Spare Tire

Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Wed May 05, 2010 9:50 pm

When you go to car shows, cruise nights, Firebird events,etc...you will see all kinds of spare tire configurations in the trunks of 1967 - 1969 Firebirds.

For my convertible, I have a full size F70-14 FirestoneFiberglass Belted Blackwall tire in the trunk as a spare tire. While the tire is period correct, the full size tire was not used in my car according to the build sheet. From what I have been told and what I have seen, some of the Firebirds were supposed to have the space saver spare tires and air cannisters. I have seen all kinds of these space saver tires used in first gen Firebirds and most of the owners says that they have the correct OEM spares. Does anyone know the correct part number for space saver tires, air cannisters, etc...?


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Re: Correct Space Saver Spare Tire

Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Sat May 08, 2010 1:21 pm

More information of these Space Saver Spares:

Sometimes there is a large printed number on the tread on large block letters?

Some space saver tires have numbers and letters such as L7CU.

The space saver bottles that I have seen were painted GM blue or bright red.
I have seen blue bottles with second generation cars. I have seen red bottles with first generation cars.

However, someone told me that GM used some red bottles with early second generation cars.

There are Firestone and BF Goodrich bottles that I have also seen.

If you look on the bottle, there should be a designated tire size F70-15 with a GM label and a number such as 486586.

The number should correspond to the tire size, application and model.

You can purchase correct bottle reproduction labels on the internet.

Prices on eBay range from $75 and up.

Prices for correct scissor jack, tire iron, clamp, rim, space saver, correct label, in excellent condition go as high as $300 or more.

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