I was hoping some of you might chime in and give me some titles. I am looking to pick up some tires in a few pay checks. Does anyone know which type/rating/tag name is associated with the front tires that have a narrow foot print? They start out as wide as the rim, then taper down to an final tread that is much narrower than the rim, and somewhat elevated like a retread on a semi. Don't think I don't know that my sad descriptions don't deserve a beating; but I would rather get it here from you guys than from the tire salesman. I just want to know what to ask about when I look around for tires. My rims are simple stock steel Fords: 15 inch, 7.5s, 5 on 5.5 (fronts) and the same but 5 on 4.5 (9 inch Ford rear). Through the years, I have seen these tires before on Volkswagens (old beetles) and the bigger pickups 250 -350 on the fronts (or at least they used to have them). Basically they look like a retread on a tandem or any semi.