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Hot Rods What where street/strip cars in the 60's running for rubber???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by DirtyThirty, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. DirtyThirty
    Joined: Mar 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,396

    from nowhere...

    Hey all, just bored and looking for a different look for my Ranchero....I just built a motor for it, and it should be a nice, stout little thing, and make o.k. power, with a fair idle, and lots of low-end. Mild, but, it is a small-cube motor, and it should lope a bit with the cam I have chosen. I have decided to dress it like an early 289, and, since it is more likely as a late 60's mill, and the car is not scheduled for paint/body anytime soon, do to other projects taking priority, I think it will present better as a hot rod for now in it's current condition, than a mild custom, as it was originally going in the direction of...I'm a mechanic, not a body guy, so, I really have no business in a custom anyway! I've decided I'd better start playing to my strengths...) At any rate, If I do this, I'm removing the 3" blocks from the rear, and I will be wrapping some blackwalls on my chrome steel wheels. My question is: What tires look right for the time period, and will fit in the rear wheel house, without cutting it????
    It strikes me that the Wide-oval, or the Pro-Trac tire might be a bit late ( 70's???) but, I like the profile of the Pro-trac....What about M/T Indy's??? What else was going on then, and are they reproduced?
    Thanks for any insight...
    Any thoughts would be appreciated!
  2. I ran 9" Cassler " cheaters " on the street, at Great Lakes Dragway I'd run Milford ( I think that's the correct name ) slicks. 1957 Chevy 210 2 door Hdtp. 348 w/ 3 Rochesters and a Muncie 4 speed. Perfection gear 4:11 rear end, ran pretty consistent mid 12s at 103 - 108 MPH. Hooked up pretty good for back then ( 1964-1965. I doubt those tires are around anywhere anymore.
  3. FEDER
    Joined: Jan 5, 2003
    Posts: 1,269


    Talk to Cody at Hurst tires. Family owned and great people. Fed
  4. hellerods
    Joined: Jul 25, 2008
    Posts: 165


    in 1969 I ran GT Qualifiers (Dunlop) white letters on the street and just lowered the tire presure (18-20 lbs) and they hooked very hard for a mild street car (69' Firebird TA)

  5. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,728


    Firestone 500's and Casler Cheaters.
  6. bobkatrods
    Joined: Sep 22, 2008
    Posts: 689

    from aledo tx

    Casler cheaters hands down
  7. 32v
    Joined: May 20, 2007
    Posts: 952

    from v.i.

    cody at hurst tires will fix you up

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  8. shoprat
    Joined: Dec 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,109

    Member Emeritus
    from Orange, CA

    Be careful what you buy. Hardly any room for tires under there. I cut mine yrs ago.
  9. DirtyThirty
    Joined: Mar 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,396

    from nowhere...

    I like the Supercushion fronts...good looking tire, and the recap Casler-type....I've been a little leery about the radial casing/recap thing though. Hmmm...we'll see...lots of $$$ for those supercushion fronts. Ouch...
    So folks were still using hard compounds/pie crusts in the lowly street car/hot rod dept. in the mid to late 60's, eh???
    Thanks for the replies!
  10. buckd
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 335


    I built and drove a 55 Chevy street gasser In 64 and ran Casler 9" cheaters. I think Hurst makes the closest thing to that nowadays. But I'll tell you those tires could put quite a bit of horsepower to the ground, they had a great compound!
  11. TomWar
    Joined: Jun 11, 2006
    Posts: 727


    Wide oval's were available in the mid 60's.
    Just Sayin.
  12. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    i had US Royal Masters on my 55 BA post/389 in 1963 and put on a pair of Atlas Bucrons for drag nights out by the dam. Also had a pair of M&H slicks for my 26 bucket/301/pg
  13. Bucksnort
    Joined: Dec 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,302


    Eliminator tires-red line- is what a bunch of us ran in the northeast.
  14. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,667

    Larry T

    A couple of the fast street guys around here ran Thompson cheater slicks with the crossed flag tread pattern.
    Larry T
  15. CraigR
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
    Posts: 375

    from California

    "....I've been a little leery about the radial casing/recap thing though. "

    Don't be - I drove the hell out of a set of Cody's recaps. I was concerned at first, but after beating them up for a while, no worries. I wore 'em out and had a lot of fun doing it. I went to a different look (see avatar).
    Next 60's streetrace inspired car I do will have a set. Post pics!
  16. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    On my cars in the early sixties ran Atlas Bucron tires both for street and strip.
  17. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 11,407


    Drag slicks ..... I ran M&H slicks on my '57 Chevy in '70 :)
  18. Normbc9
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,122


    I bought another set of wheels and had Thompson cross bar slicks mounted on those. I'd throw them in the truck and take them to the strip. When I weighed (it was a cubic inches/power/weight formula in those days) I' open it up throw them out and weigh in. In the pits I changed out the tires. I had a foot type air pump with a decent tire pressure gauge too. That was in 1958,59 and 60.
  19. Torkwrench
    Joined: Jan 28, 2005
    Posts: 2,521


    Something like these. Just put a pair of Hurst cheaters on the back of my 55. Just ignore the front tires, though. :D:D:D

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  20. Steves32
    Joined: Aug 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,280

    from So Cal

    Cheater slicks on back, VW tires on front
  21. I was running M&H street n strip tires on my 55, but this was very early 70's........


    or you can go with the tried and true J 60 or L 60 street tires.

  22. DirtyThirty
    Joined: Mar 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,396

    from nowhere...

    Thanks guys! The pics help, too....this is the look/feel I'm going for, but, it seems like it's hard to find many options for a front and not too easy to settle on a treaded tire for the rear that I like, either. Kind of caught btwn. era's, and streetability, and load capability, too.

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