Buying 2 new tires this week for my '26 roadster. The reason I am only getting two is the front end toe in was so far off when I bought it (2 months ago) that it wore the thread off the tires in no time.
Any advice on replacing the tires, checking the wire spokes and rims while I have the tires off, or anything else I need to know?
Pay the extra and buy US made Firestones or Good Years. Don't encourage them to make more of the cheap crap.
Allan from down under.
Use the service book to set your alignment. You can check it with a carpenter's square, a tape measure, and a plumb line (a nut tied to a string) and a helper to hold one end of the tape.
The only issue with wire rims besides deformation from damages in the past is usually rust. If they have been outside in a wet climate with tires on they tend to rust thin where the tire bead is tight and keeps it damp after rain. Wirewheel loose rust off and inspect all around the inside of the rim. If no holes it's usually OK. Loose rust inside the rolled bead can be hard to fight - but loose stuff can't be all that bad, I'm using Counteract, small glass beads inside the tube that balances it perfectly if there's enough inside (4 oz recommended per tube for wire wheels) http://www.snydersantiqueauto.com/5582
Only trouble is getting it inside, I had to drill the valve stems with a 4 mm drill to get it inside, still took about 15 minutes knocking on the side of the stem per tube.
I've changed tires myself on wire rims with yard long tire irons, no problems besides the risk for scratching the paint. I used a couple of tires as a bed for the wheel I was working on to save the hubcap, worked on the inside of the rim so the paint scratches won't be too obvious.
Ok, there are other issues with wire wheel front hubs and the lug holes in the wheel.. If the hubs and wheels have been used on a hay wagon with constant overload and neglect over the years they tend to crack and get generally worn out. check everything carefully when the wheel is off. Cracks from the lug holes in the wheel can be welded, but weld repairs in the cast steel (?) hub has to be done by someone who really knows his stuff.. New hubs and wheels are available from the vendors, but good non cracked used ones are usually available for half the price of the new ones (or less)
Thanks for the advice. I will do due diligence in checking the rims and following the advice given. I have bought Lester tires. They are made in PA from what I understand, although I couldn't find any reviews of them. Any thoughts on these tires?