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Old 11-03-2019, 06:16 PM   #1
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Default DId Model "A"s Come With a Spare Tire?

I've seen a photo of new cars being transported and they only had a rim on the spare tire carrier. Was a spare tire something the dealer sold to the new car purchaser?
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Old 11-03-2019, 06:33 PM   #2
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I've seen a photo of new cars being transported and they only had a rim on the spare tire carrier. Was a spare tire something the dealer sold to the new car purchaser?
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:03 PM   #3
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Wouldn't it have been better to have a spare tire and no wheel?
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:06 PM   #4
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Wouldn't it have been better to have a spare tire and no wheel?

Probably...seems like it would have been more useful.


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Old 11-03-2019, 08:23 PM   #5
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I believe my friends 1927 Buick just came with the tire. It's like a Tudor, but I'm not sure what it's called.

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Old 11-03-2019, 09:22 PM   #6
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If they provide the wheel they are betting the dealer can sell the tire! When you keep the initial price low it works in the advertisements.
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:34 PM   #7
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Yep, even in the 70's, the new Chevy pickups only came with a bare wheel, and I installed the tire as part of the dealer prep.
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Old 11-04-2019, 08:29 AM   #8
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1966 IH came with spare rim, no tire. MANY early trucks I've seen had rim under truck and no tire ever added.
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Old 11-04-2019, 11:24 AM   #9
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Hello the rim came as standard equipment but the tire is an option,usually an up charge at the dealer. I also think the bumbers and brackets were also added cost but were put on at the factory.Chances of Model A s having 5 matching tires were slim . I think it’s covered in Model A Ford judging rules.
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Old 11-04-2019, 11:58 AM   #10
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My dad bought a new '32 Model B std. coupe, it came with a wheel, no tire. If he had bought a tire from the dealer it would have put the cost of the B to over $500, so he bought one from a Firestone dealer.
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Old 11-04-2019, 04:17 PM   #11
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Imagine what that B would be worth today with or without the tire??
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Old 11-04-2019, 05:09 PM   #12
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Hello the rim came as standard equipment but the tire is an option,usually an up charge at the dealer. I also think the bumbers and brackets were also added cost but were put on at the factory.Chances of Model A s having 5 matching tires were slim . I think itís covered in Model A Ford judging rules.

Not sure, but I think bumpers and spare tire(s) were pretty much "mandatory options". I suppose if a customer insisted on not having them, the dealer would delete them to save the sale. But I'd guess most buyers didn't object to having them included.
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I've seen an invoice and don't remember if Bumpers were listed as an accessory. Maybe someone knows the answer. I believe they were part of the original purchase price.

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I think the earliest pre-production photos/ads showed the cars without bumpers but as actually released, the bumpers were in fact installed.


Didn't they actually refer to rear bumpers as "fender guards"?
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Don't know about fender guards but fenders are often referred to as 'mud guards'.
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No rear bumper on my 29ccpu.
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No rear bumper on my 29ccpu.

Yeah, pickups did not come with bumpers - wouldn't do much good anyway as the box sticks out farther than the bumper would.
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