The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by alohadogg, Feb 23, 2011.
Dog whiz targets.
Actually I did. And didn't give a crap about them back then either.
Today when I see a car with whitewalls I cringe and think how much better it would look with blackwalled tires.
Back in the time you are referring to,having real whitewalls did not always mean that you had the $, it often meant you wanted to look like you did.
You know the type, wanting to look like something they were not while almost living in a cardboard box.
I think Porta-Walls is right. I actually had a set on my high school shoebox that looked good. I deflated the tire, mounted the rim bead good and glued them with a strong ass glue to the tire. No one could tell they were fake, but man did I stay a long way from curbs!
around here I've heard em called spats before.
Porta walls had a tendency to wear around the outer circumference...looked like bit fingernails.
There was a period of time when whitewalls were common but not fashionable in hot rod/custom circles. Folks would mount the tires so that the whites were on the inside.
Up here in the northwest we called them Pecker flaps
Plus you could switch them from 1 used tire to the next. This was back when ww on pickups were even cool. I just am old enough to remember.
why cover up blackwall with anything that looks like poo
for a traditional site I am amazed that they are not more well liked. Alot of people ran them on the inside of a white wall tire to balance the look on open fendered cars, check your old books.
I admit that they are the reason I dislike all white wall/white letter tires.
Porta-walls, ............... we called them 'falsies'.
Yeah thats about it. You may not have had two cents to rub together but WWs created the impression. Funny, today I was at a friends garage and he has a 55 Olds in for some work. It has blackwalls and I thought it looked crappy. The other thought was the poor guy can't afford WWs. : - ()
Seems it is like everything else we do with our cars. It's a matter of personal choice and taste. I have always preferred the look of a nice clean blackwall tire, and having a sidewall that is proportioned properly and fills the wheelwell (if the car has fenders) is important too.
I hate the thin rubber band look that the kids (tuners ) seem to love these days.
I always felt that whitewalls distract one's eye from the look of the wheels, or even sometimes the paint or lines of the car itself.
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