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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bradlee T, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. I am looking at replacing the whitewalls on my 55 Ford, were they this expensive back in the good old days or is it a supply and demand thing? These little boogers are pricey! :eek:
     
  2. The37Kid
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    If we could drill, oil prices would be lower and so would tire prices.
     
  3. I got lots of used oil in the garage. They should make tires from that.
     
  4. rld14
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    They were more money back in the day.

    http://www.oldcarmanualproject.com/.../1957 Goodyear Passenger Price List/index.htm

    The cheapest 6.70-15 Whitewall on there lists for $23.95, the really high end ones are $75 each! Now, not sure if anyone paid list... but $23.95 in 1957 is about $190-200 today.

    Coker's cheapest 6.70-15 Whitewall today is $161 for a Coker Classic, less if you're an Alliance member.

    I run the same size your 55 should, 6.70-15 Firestone White walls on my 54 Ford and I think I paid in the 160s each with my alliance discount, maybe low 170s.
     

  5. JakeBreak
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    Since I'm pretty new I apologize if this has been kicked around before and is tried out and found fruitless but, maybe they could cut a deal if you got a few people in your area (like a car club or something) to place a bulk order. I know your pain, everything seems pretty expensive. I'm not as experienced as most you guys but even I remember when fixing up old cars was a working man's game.
     
  6. Mike Rotch
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    from Easley SC

  7. rld14
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    Thats about what the rubber for my Lincoln cost, but then again it uses 9.50-14s and those puppies are HUGE.

    What size ya running? Did ya ask Coker about Alliance Discount?
     
  8. rld14
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    Join the HAMB Alliance. Costs $40 or $50. You'll save more than that on your first order and you'll support this board, which has taught me more about cars in a year than I learned in the previous 36.
     
  9. SquireDon
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  10. That is my plan. Step 1 done (joining the Alliance) now on to step 2 (supporting a site sponsor). I was more curious of the price over time from old timers that know. It looks like white walls have always been pretty pricey regardless of era.
     
  11. Cruiser
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    In WWW you get what you pay for, mine will run me $210. ea. plus taxes from Coker and that's picking them up in Fresno, Ca.
     
  12. rld14
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    I have the Firestones from them and I really like them. They have, IMO, the best looks as well.

    They are bias plies so they do follow the road a bit but they are fine in the rain and they seem to be wearing well. No problems cruising at 65-70 on the turnpike.

    Oh and tires are pretty cheap these days IMO. I mean, how much are cheap modern tires in a comparable size? $75 each?

    You weren't buying any new tire back in the 50s for $9-10 each. Not for a normal sized car anyhow.
     
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  13. rld14
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    Oof. Thems gonna be pricey. For a COE wouldn't you really need truck tires? Don't know if those even come in www.
     
  14. rld14
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    Anyone in their right mind would want it to look like that! I like!
     

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