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Im considering not installing the spare tire in my gt.... this would allow alot more storage space in the back of the GT. i have driven over a million miles in the last 30 years and only had one flat tire..
what do you guys think?? check out my restored trunk area in the membes section.... it looks awesome!!!

The last item i have to restore in the back is the snap down flap... i was thinking about trashing it and making one out of a piece of 1/4" plywood and covering it like the items below it then mounting it on a piano hinge... check out the pic and let me know what ya think

Joe Van Wagnen
71 2.4L GT
 

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I removed the platform where the spare would normally rest. The woofer actually has a three cubic foot sealed enclosure behind it. I do like your hinge idea. Maybe mount a doughnut tire? You have to be careful as that area is exposed to the outside, and may bring in exhaust gasses. I also put in some batting to help keep the interior noise to a minimum.
 

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your speakers look good!!! i dont want to give up the area behind it though.... im going to skip the spare and make a nice holder for the jack & tools.... at least i can take the flat off and haul it somewhere to get a new one.... im going to redo the hat shelf and make a nice hinged wood cover with small straps that will hook on the coathanger hooks to keep the door up.. ill post a pic when i get it done
 

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Not a GT, but I don't run a spare on my truck anymore...the original spare wheel won't clear my disc brakes on front, and the tire (if you could call it that...it was semi-round, hard, delaminating, etc) was narrower and taller than any of my tires. (245/60 front, 275/60 rear...a good 1-2" difference, and the spare was taller than my rears!)

I've never had a flat on the road. Not with two sets of Radial T/As or my current set of Yokohama Avid S/Ts *knock on wood*
 
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