Is there anything wrong with the $65 Lucas tires for those of us on a budget?
Anyone have specific experience with them?
BTW, My wheels are wood, demountables, 4.4/4.5x21.
I would say go for them.You can upgrade later if you see the need.But what I read sometimes tends to make me think the cost doesnt allways mean better quality or longer lasting.They are all made overseas nowadays unless something changed recently
I talked to Lucas today.......if you want to avoid an 8.5% increase in price effective next monday.....better act quick! Up to Friday morning, they will still take orders at today's price.
Good luck and I have no connection with Lucas, just passing on what was told to me.
I'll give them a call and see if I can place an order and pay for them, then pick up in a few weeks.
They are about 50 miles from me. Even at $3.25 a gallon, I'm sure I can save over having them shipped.
Wow, I think I'll call them tomorrow also. I hope the patterns are like the ones in the picture, as they match the ones on my car.
I was just wondering how safe my spare tire is. It's an old Riverside that's hard as a rock. I think I'll order a couple & hang that old hard one up on the wall.
Springfield is over 6 hours from me, so local pickup isn't an option.
My coupe spare is a Firestone tire I bought used but nearly new in 1960. Its mate I discarded about three years ago but the carcass was still live.
Before you buy a Lucas- call Universal directly, their 4.50 x 21 tires are $65 as well.
James, The Lucas tires are 4.40/4.50x21 which are correct good looking Model T tires. The Universal tires are 4.50/4.75x21 which do fit a Model T, but really are much wider looking than they should be. I've had a couple customers buy the over-sized 4.50/4.75x21's and they have been happy with them, but the tires just have too wide of a look on a Model T.
"too wide" as in too tall or a wider tread pattern?
I can't imagine more rubber on the road would be a bad thing other than for appearances sake.
i bought 4 tires and tubes over 2 years ago. no problems what so ever with the tires. a valve stem came off one tube. i call Lucas, they were very nice, no questions sent me a new tube no charge
While talking to Lucas, I asked about problems with cracking which is a concern to all of us. Was told that they did have a cracking problem approx. 4 yrs. ago. They said the rubber compounds were changed to add greater UV protection. Was told Lucas has not had cracking problems sence changes in the rubber compounds were made.
I specifically asked about the Wards Riverside, 30 x 3 and 30 x 3-1/2 clincher tires. The price before Jan. 1 is $120.00 ea. This is the lowest priced tire in that size which Lucas has at this time. This is what I was told....don't kill the messenger.
Okay...1 last question.
Wood wheels, demountable rims.
Flaps or no flaps?
>I'm leaning toward flaps to protect the tire while I'm installing it. This will be my first attempt at putting on tires since I was 15 and swapping out the ones on my Schwinn.
Tubes, rubber or metal stem?
>I noticed some places have rubber for wood, metal for wire and some have metal available for both?
I'll be buying 3, 2 for the front wheels and 1 for a spare. The rear tires are in good shape.
My Universals got mounted on the T today and look just fine. There is some tread that extends to the edge of the tire, as opposed to the old smooth edge- but I don't see what the "fatness" of these tires is about. They are good tires and have a nice contact surface with the road. If someone is used to the 30 x3's then these would indeed look wider- but they are nice. $65 is s good deal in my humble opinion.
Happy New Year!
Here are the Universals for $65.