Just picked up a spacesaver tire and inflator bottle for my '68. I checked the Assembly Istruction Mnual however I cannot find were the inflator bottle is suppose to mount. Any help is appreciated, Thanks. Picture would be great.
Just a note:
The inflator in the picture is not my original. It is GM part number 486506, a replacement for the original. I had a flat about 1972/3 and bought the replacement about that time at a GM dealer. Also, I believe a black cardboard cover once was over the red half of the container. Many years of stuff in the trunk did it in.
The picture depicts the factory mounting arrangement. If anyone knows a source for the 68 factory bottle, I'd love to get one.
Refrence RPO N365 in the Factory Assembly Manual. The '69 AIM shows it just slightly different from Jim's ragtop bird. The base is turned 90 degs and the air canister is below the center (below the bolt, Jims is above it.) of the wheel so it is away from the rim. I don't know if the '68 is exactly the same but there is a note for the '69 that says the canister only touches the base...
Interesting note... The camaro ragtop (at least the '69) doesn't mount the tire where the coupe does, the pic of Jims shows his ragtop bird has it mounted in the same place as the coupe. Jim did all birds come with space savers? a full size spare mounted where yours is would get in the way of the top when it's down...
Good comments Dennis. I probably turned the base and bottle around the first time I filled the trunk. Lots of stuff has been crammed in there over the years and the space is slightly more usable with the bottle forward. I have noticed the 68 brochures show it the way you say but there are no 68 Firebird Assembly Manuals available. The base on mine is factory original paint. The rim I matched closely and repainted.
I believe, all 68 Birds came standard with the Space-Saver but an option could order the conventional spare. I saw a convertible with the conventional and it was mounted in the bottom of the trunk. With the top down and that spare, the trunk was pretty full.
Maybe I need to hold back my comments more. As I spend more time reading this site and studying the Camaro, I'm finding many more differences between Camaros and Firebirds than I expected. It's not just orange vs blue engines.
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