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    Does anyone have any experience on how the spare tire is installed in a 1950 Land Cruiser? I have the jack inserted in the top and bottom brackets, and the jack base wedged in at the bottom of the tire as my manual suggests. I have the original (I think) J-hook with washer and nut, though for the life of me, I can't seem to get it inserted into one of the lug holes in the spare wheel because of the sharp upwards angle from the hook mount near the bottom. My J-hook threads are stripped, most likely from the original owner trying to thread it through the lug hole at this same sharp angle. It seems like the J-hook needs more of a 90 degree bend in it somewhere to allow for a more direct insert through the wheel lug hole. Any advice appreciated. (Photos attached).
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  • #2
    Can you feed the J-hook into the lug hole before lowering the tire all the way into the well?
    RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.


    10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
    4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
    5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon

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    • #3
      Originally posted by RadioRoy View Post
      Can you feed the J-hook into the lug hole before lowering the tire all the way into the well?
      I have a 50 ' Commander and believe it is just about impossible to put the bolt thru the lug nut hole.


      There is THIS however : 1948-52 Studebaker Spare Tire Retaining Bolt Assembly
      I keep looking at this but have the following system in place.

      Basically the original bolt held the wheel at the center bore flange. I threaded down a wing nut onto the "J-bolt" followed by a custom bent fender washer and another wing nut. With everything 'loose' I sandwiched the wheel between the first wing nut and the washer, then tighten by hand. This 'clamps' the wheel between the nut and washers, again at the wheel bore flange. The reason for the bent fender washer is to change the angle where the washers clasp the flange.
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      DT Holder - Bakersfield CA, USA
      1950 Commander ("Resto-Mod" in progress)

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      • #4
        Maybe it was easier with the original skinny tires?
        RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.


        10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
        4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
        5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon

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        • #5
          The Center Wheel Hole "Hooking Clip" is missing from the "J" Bolt.
          The J Bolt does not go through a Wheel Lug Hole.
          Last edited by StudeRich; 01-24-2023, 02:52 PM.
          StudeRich
          Second Generation Stude Driver,
          Proud '54 Starliner Owner
          SDC Member Since 1967

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          • #6
            I agree with StudeRich.... you need that barrel piece with the tab on it as shown in the ebay item. either need to fabricate one or buy the one on ebay.

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            • #7
              might be a tad quieter if you slid (fabbed) a rubber washer over your custom washer ...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jackb View Post
                might be a tad quieter if you slid (fabbed) a rubber washer over your custom washer ...
                I like that idea.
                DT Holder - Bakersfield CA, USA
                1950 Commander ("Resto-Mod" in progress)

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                • #9
                  As always, excellent comments and advice. The hooking clip part doesn't show up in any of my service manuals, so I never realized it was missing. I'll try the eBay option and see what shakes out. Thanks to all.

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                  • #10
                    Complete J hook

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                    • #11
                      Plate 21-27 in the body parts catalogue shows the correct way to install the spare tire bolt, starting with model 8G and 16A. Would these models also use the same retainer plate that goes over the centre opening of the spare wheel on the 6G and 7G cars with the spare wheel bolted flat on the trunk floor? On these models, the bolt goes through a hole at the centre of the plate, and screws into the trunk floor. If the plate is used on 8G/16A and newer cars. the plate probably goes over the end of the bolt, then a nut placed on the bolt tightens the plate to the wheel.
                      Bill Jarvis

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                      • StudeRich
                        StudeRich commented
                        Editing a comment
                        Post # 9 and 10 mention and show the Correct installation for those Models per the Body Parts Catalog.
                        Last edited by StudeRich; 01-26-2023, 05:59 PM.

                    • #12
                      I received the eBay complete J-hook spare tire assembly part, and it's exactly what the doctor ordered. I was clearly missing the hook portion of the J-hook assembly, and it clamps firmly to the edge of the rim to anchor the spare firmly. Thanks for all the tips and advice. Click image for larger version

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                      • #13
                        GOOD! I like it, when Something actually Works, and correctly!
                        You are Welcome.
                        StudeRich
                        Second Generation Stude Driver,
                        Proud '54 Starliner Owner
                        SDC Member Since 1967

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