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PostPosted: February 15, 2016, 6:07 pm 
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It is a pain Jack. Takes a very big lathe, alloy testing for welding, and heat treat among other tools.
Steel is much easier to deal with.

The 225-45-17 is fairly cheap now at $70 from the tire rack, but a 225-60-15 and 225-50-16 would be close and a bit cheaper.

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PostPosted: February 15, 2016, 11:00 pm 
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Interesting ideas. I have to say, the vintage tires only look right to me when the front end is a solid axle too, not a modern a-arm setup.

I think for now I'm good with the looks of the modern tire size. That may change as I go on.

In other news, I'm finishing up the sale of my suv, and the funds are earmarked for this project. Once I get the lighting and the rewiring done in the garage, I'll be set to start acquiring the drivetrain!


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I found some gauges that I think look amazing:

[url]shop.classicinstruments.com/an01shc-3[/url]

In fact most of their gauges are amazing. Need to start saving though....


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If you are looking for the classic tall tire, what about Excelsiors from Coker tire? They are tall, skinning copies of a 30s design, but on a radial cardus. I think they are available in 16, at 18 inch diameters. Speedway carries them too, I think.

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No reason you couldn't look at some motorcycle tires either.

As far as vintage tires go, I've always liked Avons, a hot rod friend of mine is using Lucas tires on his 54 bel air.

I actually have a set of 26x15x15's avon vintage wet racing slicks in my basement brand new, waiting for their day to shine.

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No reason you couldn't look at some motorcycle tires either.

As far as vintage tires go, I've always liked Avons, a hot rod friend of mine is using Lucas tires on his 54 bel air.

I actually have a set of 26x15x15's avon vintage wet racing slicks in my basement brand new, waiting for their day to shine.


The trouble with motorcycle tyres is their lack of sidewall strength. Then bike leans into corners, and uses a round profile for the footprint. I car uses a flat footprint and so needs more sidewall strength.
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Limeykid wrote:

The trouble with motorcycle tyres is their lack of sidewall strength. Then bike leans into corners, and uses a round profile for the footprint. I car uses a flat footprint and so needs more sidewall strength.
Cheers,
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late to the party but...

actually that's backwards. Motorcycle tire sidewalls are generally quite a lot stiffer than automotive sidewalls, because the motorcycle tire must be limited in side to side movement of the rim with respect to the tread, so that steering and stability don't suffer. a weak sidewall will allow too much movement between the tread and wheel before the motorcycle reacts to steering and cornering inputs and responses.

As someone who has changed both, by hand, over the course of 4 decades, trust me, I'm an expert.

Another common misconception is that motorcycle tires are generally softer than car tires, but again, the reverse is true. motorcycle tires have much higher tread loading than cars (as they're contact patch is usually less that 50% of an equivalent car tire for a given tire size) and the compounds have to be relatively harder to get any acceptable life out of the tread...

...which, for bikes, is usually about 25% of an equivalent car tire.

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