My 1957 Chevy Panel was missing its spare tire holder hardware. I really wasn't happy carrying it around in the cargo compartment, and surely didn't want to drive around without it either. That narrowed my choices down to hanging it off the back door or in its original location under the cargo floor up behind the bumper.

Not wanting to end up with my panel looking like a four-wheeler with the spare hanging off the back left me with its original location as my only option. But, at my age, with neither the inclination nor the ability to grovel around in the gravel messing with the original hardware, I decided to work up a more modern approach than the original setup. After a bit of thought I decided that the later-model pickups crank-down spare design would work perfectly for my situation.

I decided on a 1999 Chevy Tahoe winder and one for $20 on a local classifieds website. I liked this one because it was a simple mount. This upgrade will work well on trucks without rear-mounted fuel tanks as well as panels and Suburbans. The crank-up type affords the opportunity to carry a larger tire and wheel than the factory mechanism and it's easier to use than the original setup. So, let's get crankin'.