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Default 1966 Mustang convertible spare tire hold down bracket location help

Hey everyone,

Years ago when I did the sheetmetal work on my '66, I had to replace both trunk floors above the frame rails, as the frame rails were rotted and replaced. In the process, the bracket that the spare tire hook attaches to was removed and while I could get close to the correct spot, I am wondering if someone could please help and tell me where is should be?

I know it is on the Right side, but how far from the drop down to the fuel tank, and how far to the tail light panel, etc?

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Maybe this will help. Note the position relative to the edge of the floor, and the round hole in the center.

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That's exactly what I'm looking for, thanks!
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I have a 65 FB but it should be the same for your 66 vert. Keep the bracket 1/4" from the edge and 10 1/4" from the tail light panel. As a double check, use duct tape to secure the bracket to the trunk floor. Then put the hook in and place your spare tire in the trunk and see if everything lines up. That's what worked for me.
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Thanks for the measurements. I will try the duct tape trick.

Both my floors were shot and I replaced them, and chiseled off the bracket with an air chisel. After cleaning up the bracket and priming it today, I was just not in the mood to mess with it as I have been wrestling with bumper brackets, guards, etc the past two days.

Now I just need to decide if I should drill holes in the bracket to spot weld or weld on the edges. The car is far from factory, just another little choice to make.

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Personally, I would drill the holes and spot weld. Grind them down if you wish or just leave them. I think it's probably quicker and looks much cleaner. My $.02. Good Luck!
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