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Re: To Spare or not to Spare

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Subject: Re: To Spare or not to Spare
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 12:40:52 -0700
Hmmmm... I did this once on a longish trip and got away with it. My next 
trip someone drove a screw through a tire when it was parked on the 
street overnight. Sunday morning, small town, 400 miles from home, 
nearest open place to even buy a tire, much less fix one was 45 miles. As 
it was there was only 15lbs in the spare so had to go slow until I found 
an open service station.

Make sure your convoy buddies also have bolt-ons (or whatever you have), 
and better ask them if they're pulling the same stunt, or you'll all feel 
pretty stupid ("I thought YOU had a spare" "No, I assumed YOU had the 
spare"). Some people have found space-saver spares that fit. Not an 
option for wires.

Actually, this is probably a reasonable risk for steel wheel cars. When's 
the last time you had a flat in your Honda, or your truck (for example)? 
But tubed tires in wire wheels have so many ways to screw up, and are so 
much more difficult to deal with for the average gas station mechanic ("I 
don't think that'll fit on my machine..."), that I can't see risking it. 
But I have been considering that specialty luggage in the Moss catalog 
that straps down onto the boot lid without requiring a luggage rack, as a 
way of dealing with the stowage situation. had this to say:

>Hey All:
>             Fishing for opinions. I plan to start running to some events 
>without a spare. I try to travel in a convoy when convenient too. Hopefully 
>they have one. As I have a new girlfriend, she likes to bring things that 
>make her look good, And I do like how she does it too. I already carry a 
>compressor with me, a patch kit, Fix-aFlat, among a full tool box, a cell 
>phone & AAA Card. I find I have less and less room for the tire which 
>occupies most of the trunk. In eight years of driving my B's, I have never 
>had a flat. Till tomorrow - that is as things go, Because I have brought the 
>subject up. 
>              So, does anyone else brave the blacktop in this manner too?
>Safety Faster
>Jim Brucato
>1980  MGB V8 Conversion,,,,, dreaming of a good season
>1964  MGB ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, sleeping,,, dreaming of new sheet metal


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
Runs great, 
looks particularly bad since some SUV clown backed into it.
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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