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PostSubject: Tires   Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:10 pm

I'm starting to tire shop so I will have new rubber on the road come good weather. Anyone have a suggestion where to look? Bias vs. radial? White wall vs black or red line? How about what came on it originally for size? I have a '59 Star Chief 4dr. sedan.
I am headed to Carlisle at the end of April. May be able to find something there and save some $.

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PostSubject: Re: Tires   Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:10 am

Pending on what you're looking for you have several options. The original bias tire size is 800-14. The approximate equivalent in radial is 215/75R14.

I would stongly recommend getting radial tires. The last longer, wear better, have a better ride, and don't get flat spots from storage.

You can get a traditional looking white/wide whitewall tire from Coker Tire or Diamondback Tires. The cokers cost a bit more but the diamondbacks are very similar in style and quality for a bit less money. Both companies also carry redlines

Black walls can be found just about anywhere since it's standard now a days.

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PostSubject: Re: Tires   Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:43 pm

Radial would be the obvious choice I suppose for a "driver". Coker seems pretty pricey.

I want a white wall but what would the original white wall width be? 1"?, 2 1/2"?
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PostSubject: Re: Tires   Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:47 pm

I'd go with the 2 1/2" personally. That's what I'll go to once I wear out my current tires. Right now is just the standard 3/4" I think.

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PostSubject: Re: Tires   Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:49 pm

I didn't want to pay that much for white walls so I paid $80 a tire for 215/65? I think BFG Radial TAs. I think they look great on old cars.


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PostSubject: Tires   Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:04 pm

wydtrac.....The original tires were 800/14 UniRoyals. The optional whitewalls were 2and 1/4". Cokers bias tires are also 2 and 1/4", and their radials are 2 and3/8". I have the radials on mine and you can't tell the difference. 1/8" is not noticeable......John
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PostSubject: Re: Tires   Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:30 am

I have the cookers (cooker classic) radials - 215/75R14 - they are exelent. The car came with a narrow white wall - it was ok, but i ordered new tires along with the car, since i did not know the condition of the old tires. The old ones turned out to be OK, but one was trashed by a fork on a forklift when the car was taken out of the shippingcontainer.
The new ones arrived on a later container. To make a long story short i am very pleased with these tires, and it looks fantastic. They give a exelent ride, and i have tested them to 120 mph with no problems. I did not get around to lifting the car, so it was stored on the tires all winter, and this has left no visible or detectable flat spots.


I don't know the price in U.S., but i'm pretty sure that its alot less than i pay Suspect - after all they have to travel a long way, and someone have to make money on the way, but around here they were roughly 200$ each (i just paid around 135 $ each for michelin energy tires for my volvo (195/65/15 - most common size around here), so compared to this it's realy not bad for a highly specialized product.

My only regret : they are hell to clean - anyone have some good adwise on how to do it. I've tryed different cemicals and cleaners, but not really found the answear. scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Tires   Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:05 am

Scotch brite pads (The green ones). Brings them right back to white everytime. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Tires   Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:24 pm

Thanks for the tip - if it's that easy i feel really stupid, considering all the different stuff i tried. I'll try it out soon (weather is crappy here now).
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PostSubject: Re: Tires   Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:52 pm

I stumbled across it a couple years ago. I had tried, bleach, tire cleaners, etc and they never got bright white. Saw the pad on the shelf and figured "what the hell." Just about lost it when I realized it was something so easy.

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PostSubject: Re: Tires   Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:45 am

I just got some scotchpads - found out we stock them at work. I am going home in a few hours, and then it's time to try it. I tried different bleaches, hydrocarbon solvents and the whole lot. It seems that some of the dirt would dissolve, but the solvent evaporated befor you could wipe it all off.
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PostSubject: Re: Tires   Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:28 pm

Did it work!?

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PostSubject: Re: Tires   Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:01 pm

Thanks alot !.

I must say that it works amazing - especially along with a little bleach. They are now truly wide whites - instead of white greys... cheers

This is definatly good advise.

I only got around to try it yesterday, and it exeded even my best expectations.

Now, there is only one regret regarding this - when you take a spin to enjoy your work, the centrifugal force sends the dirty water from the edge of the rim, drawing black lines on your nice white stripes - i guess you cant have everything Wink .
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