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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by DirtyDave, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. seb fontana
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    seb fontana
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    Maybe you in the perfect world/life with great accomplishment....I guess I'm not here in the center of CT, where it snows!...No record, no HRM article. no VW tires [didn't like them anyways] and no shiny paint..No height, no added rear weight but 10% set back, Glass tilt nose and bars that give me more traction than my little engine could handle...Lets drive our cars to Beaner's house for lunch [I haven't told him yet!]...
     
  2. Not sure where the "No VW Tires" thing comes from. Many of the cars that I hung around used VW, or other little Furrin car front radials. Pretty common really
     
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  3. Larry T
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    Around here, if your car was REAL NICE it better be REAL QUICK.
    Or you had to have REAL THICK skin. :D

    But there were a lot of nice, fast racecars that showed up.
     
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  4. manicmachanic
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    That's exactly what I mean. Most cars sat level or maybe an inch or two lower in front at rest. Sure, jacked a few inches all around. But with 5.60 15's or smaller on the front and 30 to 32 inch 15 or 16 on the back they just gave the illusion the front was 10 feet in the air. Most '30's and 40's car already sit high. Also most cars pre '66 cars didn't have straight tube axles. Most guys couldn't afford them. 2 to 4 inch drop stockers.
     
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  5. seb fontana
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    Had to read the posts twice but forgot/forget got mixed in reference to VW tires...Lot of classes liked the VW tires around here..Even a few Crosley axle/wheels/tires got thrown into the mix!
     
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  6. manicmachanic
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    In "Killmyjoi" most guys were running VW front tires. 5.50 X 15,s. And smaller if they could be found.
     
  7. Larry T
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    I'm pretty sure the standard sizes around here were 5.60 X 15 and ,if that was a little to skinny, 6.00 X 15.

    Also, seems like the radials that folks ran were 155 or 165s, but that's off the top of my head so take it for what it's worth.
     
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  8. manicmachanic
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    Yeah, you're right.
     
  9. My Anglia had 145's !!!!
     
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  10. manicmachanic
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    OH NO! Radials with bias ply. The shame.
     
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  11. D.N.D.
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    I had those small front runners but they were not radials in 62'
     
  12. D.N.D.
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    This is a neat thread guys, hate to see it flame out !!!!!!!!!!
     
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  13. 2Loose
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    Yeah, let's keep this thread alive!
    I don't really have anything to add, my new Tremec TKO600 gear box is holding up just fine in my '55, and as I fairly regularly run hard on windy back roads, I keep the better rubber on all four wheels, although for the "car club" runs on Sundays, I will occasionally put the dot slicks on the back and the skinnies on the front, for the "look", but the difference in handling between those and the other ones is substantial, and safety is my main concern in my day to day driving in this car. I love the car, I love the original patina "rat rod" look I've kept, I love the daily driver concept of good front brakes and good suspension, even if it is a solid front axle/leaf spring setup, I've done other things that make it handle quite well in the twisties! It gathers a lot of attention everywhere I drive it. Anyone want to go for a ride?
    Aloha,
    Willy
     
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  14. D.N.D.
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    Where did all the Gasser guys go to !!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  15. Drove mine today toward a swap meet and show in MD.
    Then this happened.
    Tire Issue.jpg

    CANT have tires come apart at 60 MPH with less than 800 miles on them!!
    Firestone 5.60-15 Bias
    Look great but not safe.
     
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  16. seb fontana
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    Scary for sure but at least stayed aired up! From Coker?
     
  17. Believe I got them from Jegs bur Coker made? Firestone 5.60-15

    Last 5 of DOT are 22915 (Aug 17 2015) a week before I ordered them so they were not old
     
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  18. D.N.D.
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    Good thing that happened at 60 and not 120 in the lights, pretty grim selling junk tires like that

    Least you came out Ok Dave

    You would think that they would have a better quality control program going on

    DND
     
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  19. not sure why rubber would chunk like that but I am DONE with cool bias tires!
     
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  20. Don,

    You aint kidding. Next week is nostalgia race at local track. That could have been at 100 mph and a complete failure!
     
  21. seb fontana
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    Don't kid yourself that its just bias ply tires that are coming apart..Two guys I know have had problems with radials, not sure but both may have been BF goodrich tires..In both cases the tires were checked before a trip, both deemed ok and then the side walls [I beleive] just let go..
     
  22. Katuna
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    Happens with radials too. Many years ago had a relatively low mile T/A puke off a 4x8" hunk of rubber out of the middle of the tire. Rest of the tire looked like new.

    Yours is definitely an attention getter given its a strip car too.


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  23. D.N.D.
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    I guess the tire makers paid more attention to their stuff back in my day as we never had problems like today, we were very lucky

    Ran my fronts for 4 yrs and the same with the 10 x 16 hundred slicks that came off of Ivo's fueler after 5 runs

    DND
     
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  24. 2Loose
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    Back in the bizz daze, always ran goodyear on the company stock,
    had a decent contract with the local gy dealer.
    Still using them, never had a problem....
    Willy
     
  25. Coker has reached out to me to get the tire for examination. They are 100% behind the product and resolution. This may have been a rare one off failure but it has me questioning a number of things including why don't I carry a spare and jack?!
     
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  26. D.N.D.
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    Dave I was thinking maybe a set of hi-speed tires for the strip so you know you are safe, then the Firestones for on the road

    DND
     
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  27. WillyB
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    Let us know what Coker does.. was this tire 'made in USA'?
    You can get up over 90 in the 1/8th!
     
  28. Coker has been great. They are examining the tire after they covered the return cost.
     
  29. CGkidd
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    Haven't been around for awhile life and a new job are keeping me busy. Hope to start wrenching on the Studebaker soon.

    Sent from my SM-G900V using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  30. WillyB
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    Any Coker news? I'm sure a lot of us want to know.........
     
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