The spare tire cover empty space - why?

tvmaster

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Anyone know what the empty, bottom-left cutout space is meant for? I’m sure it’s logical, which obviously isn’t how my brain works.
I’m starting to build a replacement cover, and before eliminating said space, thought I’d ask

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jimmyx

True Classic
Cover looks to be from a later car with the shoulder belt retractor mount in the cut-out location.
 

tvmaster

True Classic
Cover looks to be from a later car with the shoulder belt retractor mount in the cut-out location.
That seems logical :) just as long that it’s not there to let the mice escape after eating the insulation…
Actually, it’s never quite sat right in the space, so I think you’ve nailed it. Stitching on the vinyl matches the driver-side though…
 
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jimmyx

True Classic
That seems logical :) just as long that it’s not there to let the mice escape after eating the insulation…
Actually, it’s never quite sat right in the space, so I think you’ve nailed it. Stitching on the vinyl matches the driver said though…
Not sure if the stitching changed over the years, but I don't think so. Possible the later cars differ but someone that has one needs to confirm.
 
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