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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 10, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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spare for a 67 Camaro (can you point me to one)?

Picked up a 67 Camaro RS couple months ago, and love it. But I've been driving around without a spare, and I know that'll bite me at some point

Can anyone help point me to the best place to pick up a spare? (I've been hitting local junk yards and tire places, but have come up empty so far here on the east coast of Florida.)

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What type of brakes?
You can really just pick up any 14" rim with Chevy (5 on 4 3/4") bolt pattern that will clear you brake type and mount @ 205/70R-14 tire for a spare. Should fit both front and rear in an emergency ...
Look for a rim with "JJ" code for profile and it should clear most any near-stock brake set-up

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Excellent! Drum brakes all around. The second people hear "1967 Camaro", I get the "ooh!" for the car, and the "ahhh... no" for the tire/rim. Most recent junk yard chat I had was "we don't have one, but we should have something that will fit close..." Ah, no. lol.

Any suggestions on places where I could buy one outright? (And def looking for the "any wheel in a pinch" approach - my back tires def a tad bigger than the front <grin>)
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paul, remember if you have different size tires from the front and the back that if you have a flat in the rear to make sure that the spare tires are the same size or else you can chew up the rear end. you may have to change two tires if you have a flat to keep the rear end the same diameter.

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... Any suggestions on places where I could buy one outright? (And def looking for the "any wheel in a pinch" approach - my back tires def a tad bigger than the front <grin>)

I have no idea where you live (other than 'Florida') so no recommendations.
But nearly any late 1960's~1980s GM or Chevy mid-sized vehicle used compatible rim size ...
The junk/wrecking yard should have a Hollander Interchange book to give you a range of donors - give them part numbers 3871919 or 9791450 as a starting reference, should give you a few chioces from their yard.

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Brandan: Quick check - between my jeep and my wife's car as context, quick question - with my jeep, I've got the full size spare (and all 4 tires same size), with the mini, while all the tires are the same size, the donut spare (just to get down the road) I don't think is same diameter. Since I'm mainly going to have the spare for the "get the few miles to someplace that can fix the tire", any short term issues? Back tires are "fatter" but not sure if they're taller, so I'm going to go do some measuring. Mainly just looking to get a tire in the trunk so I don't get stuck on the side of the road somewhere (but not planning to ride on it long).
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No short term issues in running an "Emergency Spare" for a few miles (or even a day or so) at reduced speeds until you can have the flat repaired.
The problems arrise with different tires sizes turning the differencial 'spider' gears at different rates for long periods - these gears ride in bushings and cups, rather than the roller/ball type bearings the axles and other components made to rotate do. Loading the spider gears for a prolonged period of time or at higher speeds/loads will damage them and their support system.
I've seen spider bearing cups worn to thin slivers by continuous running with odd non-matching rear tires.
Same goes for front drive cars (like a Mini) and their trans/axles ...

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Paul, I have an old Jeep Cherokee with 31 inch tires all the way around. the donut spare is significantly smaller. If I get a flat in the front I just use the donut spare, no problem but not for long term. If the flat is in the rear I will move one of the larger tires to the rear and put the donut spare in the front to get me home. I have a small extra jack under the rear seat to jack up the side of the jeep if I have to change two tires on one flat.

hope it helps, john explained it better in his post.... it is one of those things that you don't think about until it happens and burns up the rear.
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