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58 Cj5 Spare Wheel Mount Needs Some Help

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by Mark T., Aug 28, 2020.

  1. Aug 28, 2020
    Mark T.

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    I've got a spare wheel mount that has been pushed, hammered or other wise bent away from the bolt holes it protrudes through. I have been able to pull it back through a little bit but not enough to be useful.

    Any ideas on how to "bend" the bracket back out without removing it from the wheel well without destroying the sheet metal in the process?
     
  2. Aug 29, 2020
    homersdog

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    timgr

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    The usual accident involves running the spare into an object like a tree or lamppost on the passenger side. Yeah, I'd think you could use the bracket to your advantage and pull on it to try and straighten the fender. The backside of the fender is reinforced to support the tire and wheel. The fender steel will have some memory of its original shape and will tend to go back to its original form. Pull in the reverse direction of the impact. If it's the bracket that's bent, scrap it and get an aftermarket replacement.
     
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    Mark T.

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    Yes the original Bracket and support brace. I think I am going ot try what Tim suggested and try to pull it slowly to see if it can regain some of it's shape. It is not in horrible condition and maybe I am just expecting perfection sometimes. This might not be one of those times if it is too much.
     
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