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Member spacespace
Joined: November 12, 2006
Location: Australia
Posted: November 12, 2006 at 8:32 PM / IP Logged  

Hey all - ive got my car stripped out and im doing a complete custom install. She is a 1986 ford LTD (australia) Me and my mate have been playing around with ideas for the boot. I have a 15 inch sub, 2 amps and a compasitor. The HUGE issue we are having is with all that damn space, the spare tyre eats it all up! I want a very sexy fiberglass install, but I still want my spare tyre accessable for emergencies. Has anyone ever overcome this issue, or have any ideas? The biggest issue with the tyre is that it need to lay down on almost a 90 degree angle to drop it into its tyre well, thats almost half the width of the boot! We thought making a shelf in the middle of the boot where we can slide the tyre in and build the stsyem around it. Here are a few pics of the parts layed out in different ways for a prespective:

]spare tire issue in boot of an 86 LTD -- posted image.

spare tire issue in boot of an 86 LTD -- posted image.
spare tire issue in boot of an 86 LTD -- posted image.
spare tire issue in boot of an 86 LTD -- posted image.
spare tire issue in boot of an 86 LTD -- posted image.
spare tire issue in boot of an 86 LTD -- posted image.
spare tire issue in boot of an 86 LTD -- posted image.
I am also told that the sub needs to face towards the boot, but there is not a lot of depth in these ford boots. Maybe I need to give up and go back to the old school 'under the parcel shelf' setup?

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Copper - Posts: 206
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Posted: November 12, 2006 at 9:59 PM / IP Logged  
i think i like the split trunk approach. utilitarian and effective. lots of area to glass and carpet/paint though to make a presentation area there.
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Posted: November 12, 2006 at 10:14 PM / IP Logged  
I'm partial to the first pic. It presents the tread of the spare (often neglected, but crucial for a vehicle) and jsut get it to slide out and have the prest of the system on display. The look will depend on the rest of your design etc.
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Posted: November 13, 2006 at 10:31 AM / IP Logged  
You could also make a box out of mdf, to cover the tire and the boot, with a hidden hinge on it. Make it look nice and then pull it out if needed. Then you have the rest of the trunk to play with.
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Posted: November 13, 2006 at 5:56 PM / IP Logged  
Took me a second to figure out by "boot" you meant "trunk."
I agree with Realitycheck, that looks like one of the better options.
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Posted: November 13, 2006 at 6:02 PM / IP Logged  
i would go with the first pic, it looks the best, just make a little "cubbie hole" for the tire to just slide in, then you can eather leave it like that with the tread showing or make a little hinged cover to cover it up
spare tire issue in boot of an 86 LTD -- posted image.
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Posted: November 15, 2006 at 11:03 PM / IP Logged  
go with the first picture,if you need a full size spare,highlite it? maybe mount it on some tracks so it pulls out?are you showing off your trunk/boot?put some lights in it..find an old ford hubb cap to show off?
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Posted: November 16, 2006 at 12:21 AM / IP Logged  
I think the split trunk idea is the best. more room for both the box and tire.
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Location: Australia
Posted: November 16, 2006 at 5:56 AM / IP Logged  
another aussie on this site! Definatly go with the split trunk, to hide the spare wheel you could as stated above make an MDF box and have a cover over it so it will flow nicely with the full fibreglass setup.  I like the total layout of the third picture, good luck with it
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