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Gasser front Tires

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by trey2618, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. trey2618
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 23

    from Cisco

    Been working on my 55 Chevrolet 150 , 2 door sedan, has pickup front axle and 3x5 tubing front frame rails, blown small block, I have no idea about weights right now.
    I just picked up some Ansen slots for all 4 corners and need front tires.
    Needing opinion, Coker has 5.60x15 ProTracs . Firestone or US royal . all rated at 970 lbs and all basically 25.8 tall.
    I want to drive it on cruise nights and such and run nostalgia drags.

    What is a good tire, must be bias for the look and my choice blackwall
  2. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,478


    I have a set of those Pro-Tracs on my Comet and I'm very happy with them.

  3. ImageUploadedByTJJ1352066205.371382.jpg

    I'm running 165r15 cheapies on mine. Been on there all year. I've driven all over plenty of hi way miles with no problem. Mine is stock bodied and framed so, yours should be a little lighter.

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  4. Just noticed you said biased ply. So mine are out.

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  5. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,952

    from Michigan

    Nice Comet!!!...:D:D
  6. Jimbo17
    Joined: Aug 19, 2008
    Posts: 3,865


    Love the car and also the sign !!!!!!!!!!

    Old signs simply make a statement and the artwork that it took to create them was great.

  7. rocketsled59
    Joined: Mar 14, 2010
    Posts: 769


    Check out towel city tire. They have front runners and slicks. Very reasonable.
  8. jratz1966
    Joined: Nov 11, 2009
    Posts: 104


    I had a set of 560 pro-tracs on a 56 gasser with a 396 bb in it never had any problem.
  9. rat nasty
    Joined: Jul 22, 2007
    Posts: 684

    rat nasty

    no problems 165r15 radials for me...but the cokers/pro tracs would be fine!
  10. trey2618
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 23

    from Cisco

    I have ran several sets of 165r15 on my camaro's and chevelle's even on a couple of c-10 pickups with good luck,
    this project I want to stick with bias for the look.

    I apprecite the opinions, I have never owned any Pro-Tracs so didn't know if good product.
  11. towithome
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 42

    from oregun

    I've got the pro-trac p215/75s on my van, very happy with the ride and feel. They're 27.8" tall and fit a 6in wheel just fine.
  12. Why does it have to be a bias-ply to be correct?

    Even Jim Oddy ran radials on the front of his Austin way back in the day.

    Put some 165R15's on it and call it a day.

  13. SmokinBill
    Joined: Sep 18, 2009
    Posts: 787


    Hurst Racing Tires Have front super cushions that are radial core recaps with bias-ply cap. Don't know why it works but i've had them for 9k miles and plenty of track days and still holding, The rears are Hurst aswell, Piecrust on radial core
  14. rocketsled59
    Joined: Mar 14, 2010
    Posts: 769


    What he said...I said...he said..........
    I've got t/c pie crust cheaters on my olds. I'm liking them. They're also a recap on radial casing. that chevyII is sweet
  15. kurts49plym
    Joined: Nov 2, 2007
    Posts: 386

    from IL

    I really like those 215 pro tracs, but man they want hundreds of dollars each for them.
  16. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,794

    Hamtown Al
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    Speedway has the hurst tires for $150 ea for slicks if I'm reading correctly.
  17. landseaandair
    Joined: Feb 23, 2009
    Posts: 4,475

    from phoenix

    I suppose it depends on how big a stickler you are and what your definition of "correct" is. Many early to mid 60s drag cars were seen sporting pricey european Michelin X tires on the front, still available from Coker but too short for most peoples tastes. Most or all of these guys were back to bias tires by the late 60s when the aluminum slots were all the rage. The average '55 would have sat a bit higher by then with a 5.60 15 being pretty common and it wasn't till the late 70s that we really started getting familiar with a steel belted tire here in the states.

    Here's the michelin Michelin X (1949-67)
  18. mrrich
    Joined: Jul 22, 2008
    Posts: 189

    from seattle

    These are 560 15's I got from Coker Tire on the Americans. The other set are swap meet tires, same dimension.

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  19. Willy_P
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 762


    These are the pretty common ones I chose to run...
    American Racing Torque Thrust D Rear 7", front 4.5"
    Rear BFG T/A radial P235/60rx15
    Fronts are Coker pro-trac bias 5.60x15's

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  20. abone1930
    Joined: Jan 16, 2006
    Posts: 1,322


    Who makes a tire like the old pirellis in front the gassers ran all the time ? Like the 33 Malco gasser. What size were those?
  21. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,734

    Larry T

    Nankang 145R-15 with the sidewalls cleaned up (and they needed it).


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  22. rocketsled59
    Joined: Mar 14, 2010
    Posts: 769


    I made a reply earlier about towel city frontrunners based on the reasonable price. However,My buddy recently got the front runners from towel city. While I love their slicks I must say. The front runners are ugly bad. My buddy hates his. Loves his slicks though. They look too wide in the tread and a very squared off shoulder. Flat and boxey looking. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Just mine and his .02 worth
  23. gas4blood
    Joined: Nov 19, 2005
    Posts: 787

    from Kansas

    I was running 165r15 no names on my '47 Chevy coupe. No problem for two years, then one blew out on a cloverleaf 100 miles from home. I was always questioning skinnies on front on a full size car. Nice look, but perhaps not for me any more.
  24. gjp1
    Joined: Jan 12, 2013
    Posts: 27

    from Conroe, TX

    Looking for an old used pair of front skinny tires 15", will be used for display only. Let me know what you have, thanks.

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