Side-mounted tires really dress-up a car. They are
good looking and very functional -- they allow you to carry TWO spare
On the left side is a photo of a restored assembly, and on the right side is an
(Click on pictures to enlarge them.)
The inside bracket is really quite simple. Just an
"L" bracket. I've seen at least four different
kinds. The one on the right is really "fancy" with bends
and strengthening folds.
This is a 1931 tire clamp.
Note that it tapers towards the hole.
Finally, here are the canvas pads that are inside the wheel well
and stop the tire from rattling around. There are four of them - two
at top and two at bottom. The only significant item is that they are
mounted vertical, probably to allow water to flow past them. They
are each attached by two split rivets.
Note regarding sidemount-tire
"Tee" handles. The correct 1931 sidemount
"Tee" handle is open at the top. (The threads go all the way
through the handle.) A lot of people are using the closed top
"Tee" handle on their 1931's, even though the correct one is the
open type. This situation is partially caused by some Suppliers who
have them listed in their catalog as "the closed type is for the
closed cars, and the open type is for the open cars". That is
totally incorrect. All 1932's used the closed type, and all 1931's
used the open type. (f)
Locks: Thanks to Doug Zeno, here is a copy of the
original mounting instructions.