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Re: [FWDLK] tires



I'm not getting how a porta-wall could take the sidewall flexing on a radial.
 
The ones I remember in the '50's were held on at the rim and just sort of laid on the sidewall.
 
--Roger van Hoy, Washougal, WA, '55 DeSoto, '58 DeSoto, '56 Plymouth, '66 Plymouth, '41 Dodge
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Fury Jim
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2007 1:09 PM
Subject: Re: [FWDLK] tires

i have 2 sets of coker wide white radials-  havent actually driven much on them- had 2 of 4 14"s on my 58 for a summer- just about 3k... then took them off to keep the full set fresh-   however- 2 friends of mine nearly lost their cars to the coker radials- a 56 buick lost a tread on a rear tire- then a frt about 100 miles later- a 50 merc went off the road with a separating coker radial, and a similar instance happened on a 55 olds on a 3hr trip....
 
however- i do advocate the coker www 4-ply tires- i went through 4 sets already- daily driven that is- on those- you get about 20k [on the frts- the rears sometimes get destroyed in one day at certain shows...]
anyway- my 59 has passed s10 blazers in the snow- so its just the coker radials that arent up to standard-  supposedly any tire with a carcass date after 4/06 is safe- so i'm told....
 
the cheapest way out is a set of portawalls- now before everyone starts knocking them..... if you know how to install them or go to any tire shop that has at least 1 worker that made it out of high school- they work out perfect- and the new style 'walls from atlas fit very tight to the sidewall- and look just as [radially bad] as any radial whitewall- but going down the road- they look great-- just put them on all 3 daily drivers- 58 plym, 59 fury, and 61 galaxie-- not for nothing, but no radial whitewall looks right due to profile- so the points get knocked off anyway- you can use them on any size/profile tire- just be realistic with them...  some say you need to run tubes- if you have a later radial - rated rim, there is enough bead area to assure a leak free seat-  granted i have all my own equipment and take the personal care to base/clear my rims.... a hit of fresh spraybomb on a clean sanded bead seat will assure a tight seal- even with the portawalls.
 
of my 35 cars- the show-only cars either get correct piecrust wide white bias-plys, or run around the streets on DOTs or slicks...
if you drive them all the time, rain or shine- think safe over "correct"
 
 




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