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Maybe this is like the "wrong quarter glass" thing...

I had a flat Friday night - first one in the B. I pulled into a parking lot and proceeded to pull out the spare, etc.

I got the car jacked up, the wheel off, but the spare wouldn't fit! It's a 15" steel wheel that hits the caliper!

I am the second owner of this car. The first owner put only 635 miles on it, and I seriously doubt he had any reason to swap out the spare.

Is this undersized spare thing something others have encountered? Any guidance on where / how to get a correct Bullitt spare?

BTW - this happened just as a storm was moving through and thanks to a girlfriend, a cell phone, and an extra set of Bullitt wheels with tires at home, this wasn't the worst roadside experience ever. I could have been, though.
 

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Hard to find used and expensive new. Check salvage yards for a crunched Cobra. Should be a 17" Temp with it. That's the best bet.
 

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I'm mainly interested to know:

1) Does the B get a special 17" spare ? (apparently so)
2) Has anyone else has gotten the wrong spare in their B?


I searched and couldn't find any posts about cars with the wrong spare in them.
 

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Makes me think about checking out mine! What is the space/diameter from side to side on the inner part of the wheel that the caliper was coming into contact with the wheel?
 

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Used mine and it fit fine although it looked kinda funny on the back...315 on one side and the space saver on the other. very wierd looking and very wierd handling.
 

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I'm poking around on the 'net, but I could use some references to salvage yards in the Dallas area. Big D is a big city and opening up the yellow pages is a bit overwhelming.

Who might have Bullitts, Mach 1s, or Cobras in that area?

The ones for sale on ebay are either too expensive (my opinion) or in bad shape.
 

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I'm poking around on the 'net, but I could use some references to salvage yards in the Dallas area. Big D is a big city and opening up the yellow pages is a bit overwhelming.

Who might have Bullitts, Mach 1s, or Cobras in that area?

The ones for sale on ebay are either too expensive (my opinion) or in bad shape.
HMMMM....I never did find decent spare donuts for our two Escorts in the DFW area J/Ys. I was in OKC for work, and decided to check around. Well the first yard I went to had two like new. Maybe they were new! My guess would be to call the yards and see what they have, and if they are Ford specialized. They may not have it, but could get one for you. Got some quarter windows for my sons car in Fort Worth at All American on the north side. And some brake and other parts for our Explorer, and a ZX2 transmission from a yard in Denton. Just call. It takes some time, and patience but I usually find what I want.
 

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Cobra spare too big?

I got a Cobra spare, now. I aired it up and put it in the trunk. It fits the well like a glove. Problem is, now the "floor mat" doesn't sit down flush with the rest of the trunk like it did with the wrong spare. It sits up about 1/2" too high, now.

Is everyone else's trunk like this? Should the jack or lug wrench be loaded differently so that the floor is flat, again?



Also, I want to encourage every Bullitt owner to check their spare. Make sure it's on a 17" rim, or you're in for a rude awakening should you get a flat. Plus, check the air regularly, too. That's about as bad as finding your spare won't even fit. My spare was way low on air, and the Cobra spare I just got had no air in it at all.
 

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SNAFU said:
I got a Cobra spare, now. I aired it up and put it in the trunk. It fits the well like a glove. Problem is, now the "floor mat" doesn't sit down flush with the rest of the trunk like it did with the wrong spare. It sits up about 1/2" too high, now.

Is everyone else's trunk like this? Should the jack or lug wrench be loaded differently so that the floor is flat, again?

Also, I want to encourage every Bullitt owner to check their spare. Make sure it's on a 17" rim, or you're in for a rude awakening should you get a flat. Plus, check the air regularly, too. That's about as bad as finding your spare won't even fit. My spare was way low on air, and the Cobra spare I just got had no air in it at all.
Good to hear you found a spare. Regarding the spare fitment/size, I'll check it out and report back. This is a good heads-up...THANKS! :)
 

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I used my spare several years ago, no problems. As far as it fitting back in the well smoothly, I think there are certain things that just don't go back right once they've been disturbed.
 

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Spare is 17", Goodyear T155/70R. The fitment is pretty tight regarding height in the well but it is flush. You might want to experiment with the jack fitment under the spare.
 

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SNAFU said:
I Also, I want to encourage every Bullitt owner to check their spare. Make sure it's on a 17" rim, or you're in for a rude awakening should you get a flat. Plus, check the air regularly, too. That's about as bad as finding your spare won't even fit. My spare was way low on air, and the Cobra spare I just got had no air in it at all.
Just checked mine thanks, It's a full size brand new 17 x 8 mind you I knew that because I wanted a full size spare
 
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