: 5th wheel?



pharaoh2653
04-30-07, 11:32 PM
hi guys this has been buggin me for hours. what do you call the wheel that hangs on the back of the trunk? i dont know how to explain it but it looks like the spares they have on the back of jeeps, but on classic cars with the huge white walls and spoked rim. also what do you think about putting this on a 96 fleetwood.

thanks

90Brougham350
04-30-07, 11:42 PM
It's called a continental kit. E&G sells them, I believe. Also, ebay usually has a few. They look awesome!

pharaoh2653
05-01-07, 12:41 AM
thanks i have to have one

My_favorite_Brougham
05-01-07, 01:40 AM
Does the tire actually go in there, or is it just for looks? Also, wouldn't it get in the way of the trunk?

jayoldschool
05-01-07, 09:00 AM
Here's a place that sells them:

http://www.continentalkit.com/

lochenjons
05-01-07, 09:24 AM
Does the tire actually go in there, or is it just for looks? Also, wouldn't it get in the way of the trunk?

i've always wanted to know that!

3rd
05-01-07, 10:31 AM
WOW, I always thought the car had to come with a 5th wheel when it was manufactured, I got to get one for my 70 deville, anyone know what the price range is lookin like?

jayoldschool
05-01-07, 11:11 AM
Does the tire actually go in there, or is it just for looks? Also, wouldn't it get in the way of the trunk?

Just for looks. It swivels down so you can get in the trunk.

mrjoker
05-01-07, 08:03 PM
heres a pic of mine
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y66/jokerlp13/IMG_0445.jpg

Red_October_7000
05-01-07, 11:40 PM
Does the tire actually go in there, or is it just for looks? Also, wouldn't it get in the way of the trunk?

Actually it depends on the kit and the car. I've seen them both ways. The functional ones are of course better because they give you trunk room or an extra spare tire (it IS possible to need one!), but strictly cosmetic ones usually look nice. Find a picture of your car sporting one to see if you like it.

Benzilla
05-02-07, 01:53 AM
I've seen tons of 1993-1996 Fleets with conti. kits, but they sell two different size wheels, can't remember why. Your car should just need the universal kit, Devilles and stuff got custom fit ones.

ReagansRollsRoyce
05-02-07, 10:00 AM
The ones that are the real tire have a history of being stolen, I believe (understandable why, it's right there), so park in a safe place.

3rd
05-02-07, 10:21 AM
Here's the one they told me would fit mine, but I dont know if I like it, do yall think this is the only one that would fit or do you think theres a different model that only supports the tire and not all the space around it

90Brougham350
05-02-07, 01:56 PM
15" long, that's huge! As if a 70 DeVille wasn't long enough already.....

v90hamm77
05-02-07, 02:35 PM
That thing is ugly as hell!!!!!!!!!!!

jayoldschool
05-02-07, 04:03 PM
That's horrible. I would suggest the one that leaves the bumper in the stock location.

Benzilla
05-02-07, 04:04 PM
It looks like one of those exam tables with the slide out footrest!

3rd
05-02-07, 04:26 PM
15" long, that's huge! As if a 70 DeVille wasn't long enough already.....

Extactly what I was thinkin, this would make my car 21' long....




That's horrible. I would suggest the one that leaves the bumper in the stock location.

I wish I could find one, this would be like drivin around with a park bench bolted to the back of the car

z06bigbird
05-02-07, 09:28 PM
Very popular in 50s and 60s. Chrysler Imperial and Plymouth Fury had one (fake) on the trunk of its cars. Great looking. Lots of Ford and Chevy owners bought the kits and installed them.

Many drivers also installed chrome side exhaust pipes that went from under the front fenders to just ahead of the rear wheels. Most were dummies. Some were active (no mufflers). Quick way to get a ticket for no mufflers.

My_favorite_Brougham
05-06-07, 02:26 AM
I actually prefer to see the decoration on either side of the font of car. But those are usually on the old streched Eldos. I wonder... Are there any stretched Brougham's? I know they're long enough, but longer is cooler, especially a longer hood - not a limo. I think an extra foot or two of hood on a Brougham would be interesting with dual spares in front.

Red_October_7000
05-06-07, 05:03 AM
I have seen a very similar car to what you propose, it was a Lincoln Versailles with about 20" added to the front. There is extra storage between the motor and the passenger compartment.

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachments/rwd-19xx-1985-deville-fleetwood-1985/24266d1161141378-1976-cadillac-lincoln-hump-style-trunk-0d_40.jpg

I considered taking the "special" pieces off a 1984 Opera Coupe (stretched front end, Conti Kit) but that car turned out to be more trouble than it was worth (what was a free car turned into $500 and no title, last owner dead, no keys, never driven in 12 years, current owner noncompliant and clearly looking for a patsy to stick it with and pocked $500 in exchange for getting it off his hands); with the idea of applying them to a 1982 Fleetwood Series 75 I have my eye on. The Opera Coupe is gone (who knows where, good luck to whoever has it, in MA such a car is for all intents and purposes impossible to put back on the road), and getting a job is slow and inheritance is slower comming so I haven't laid hands on the Series 75 just yet, but think for a minute, such a car would be HUGE!.