One set of white tires

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Monday, December 17, 2012 - 05:44 pm:

For those who have been wanting some smoothie white clinchers, Lang's has a set on ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/221167620609?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m142 3.l2649


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By roy palmer on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 12:23 am:

Wonder who won these??


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 02:42 am:

WOW!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Wolf on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 07:15 am:

$1815.00+$76.00 shipping. WOW


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 08:57 am:

I thought they might go higher than that, since several folks are now wanting some badly. I bought a set of gray Firestones from Coker for my Coupelet, right after I first learned they were being discontinued. The price was almost as much as these. Mine are still in their wrappers; I hope they're good ones! :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Neil Kaminar on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 09:20 am:

Has anybody tried using whitewall paint to make black tires white?

Neil


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Erich Bruckner, Vancouver, WA on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 10:47 am:

Neil, I wondered about that idea after seeing a photo some time ago (don't have it) of an early T with white tires with black tread.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Nebraska on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 11:34 am:

Mike,

Are yours at your shop? Ahhhh, never mind...:-)


Merry Christmas,

Rob


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Wolf on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 11:39 am:

Erich;
I had a set of Firestone all whites with the regular tread.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve McClelland on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 11:55 am:

That's over $460 per tire..... After posting pictures of my car in a couple other threads I now know why I've got several emails with folks wanting my tires. I even told one fellow to send me a new set of black Firestone nonskid and we would trade that would have been a mistake looks like I would need 2 sets instead of one to come out on the deal huh...WOW !


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve McClelland on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 11:58 am:

I'm glad he backed out....


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 12:04 pm:

Have heard ones will be available in the near future.......made in India........hopefully better quality.........


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 12:04 pm:

White ones that is......


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By roy palmer on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 12:05 pm:

If you consider that these whites may have been the only new pair of whites for sale in the world, then its not a bad price.

As was mentioned, the new gray ones are over 1400,plus tax and shipping also....

Did you peak inside the wrapper of your grays Mike? Do the wrappers act to preserve the tires?

Wonder if a forum member bought these whites..


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ricks - Surf City on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 12:11 pm:

Haven't I read here the white tires last about 300 miles? That's $7 per mile. You can charter a Learjet for $1/mile.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 12:16 pm:

Well that is not true Ralph. I have about 3000 on the ribbed Universal white tires on my '12. I think they will go another 2500.

The smooth whites are probably good for 2000 miles.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By roy palmer on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 12:33 pm:

Expensive but it just isnt cheap if you want to do a "correct" restoration which I imagine this guy must be doing...

If Royce is correct and they only last 2000 miles, that probably makes them the most expensive tires in the world...If you wish to replace them every two thousand miles and you drive the car on those tires, that is....


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gary Schreiber- Aiken, SC on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 02:57 pm:

Another great pic Royce. Thank you. I have the one with you changing a tire and your dad on the running board "watching" you, saved as a favorite.

Merry Christmas


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Derek Kiefer - Mantorville, MN on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 03:02 pm:

"If Royce is correct and they only last 2000 miles, that probably makes them the most expensive tires in the world...If you wish to replace them every two thousand miles and you drive the car on those tires, that is...."

Nah... I know guys who only get about 20 miles on a $600 set of Hoosier race tires. ;)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Gould on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 03:36 pm:

I had a set of all white smoothies on my 10. They didn't last 1000 miles. You could see fabric all around on the fronts when I changed them. Should have changed them sooner, actually.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Egan on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 05:28 pm:

I have been told personally by the owner of one of the major antique tire suppliers that white tires are coming back very soon


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ricks - Surf City on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 06:47 pm:

"The smooth whites are probably good for 2000 miles."

Looks like your probably is about as good as what I wrote, Royce. I should have stated, "Smoothies."

1,000 miles or less still makes them more expensive than chartering a Fearjet.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By roy palmer on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 09:21 pm:

Geez, you guys are really making the buyer of these white tires feel good about his purchase...


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve McClelland on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 10:25 pm:

A close friend of mine gave me such a deal on mine if I get 250 miles on them I can't complain.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Neil Kaminar on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 10:40 pm:

Everyone is thinking as drivers. Perhaps the expensive white tires are going on a car that will sit in a museum and not get more than 10 miles per year.

Neil


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Robbie Price on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 11:03 pm:

I personally don't like the white or the black smoothies. I want tread on my tires.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Greg sarky K on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 11:37 pm:

Okay, I won the auction for these tires. The final price, tax and shipping was 1975.00

I just hope the tires are jet white and perfect. They are for the 1912 Torpedo I am currently restoring. I am doing a show quality car. That said , I will have two sets of wheels for the car. One with black tires for driving and the other set of wheels with these white tires for show.

I really like the looks of the whites, they are the original type tire used and Iím not that convinced someone will actually start producing them again. If they do, all the better. I will need two other sets for two other cars..

My dad was a stickler for originality and this was the only original element of the car that dad did not leave me. I have tried to make the car as close to an original representation as possible. In fact I still think of the cars as dadís cars not mine and that dad might be watching my efforts with a critical eye. . I had a very talented and great dad who was consumed with this hobby for 70 of his 85 years so I have tried to do my best to do the best restoration possible.

In short, I knew I had to have the tires and this was the first opportunity for me to acquire them.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Dare - Just a little South West . on Monday, December 24, 2012 - 11:52 pm:

I have only one more wrapped brand new white rear, them l'm out to blacks too !


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Erich Bruckner, Vancouver, WA on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 01:01 am:

What I was trying to say above was the tires I saw were standard black, as indicted by the black tread (where the color wore off), but were merely colored/painted? white by some method. Looked pretty good for the most part and appeared to be white tires.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 03:20 am:

Greg s K,
Congratulations! Tires like that are tough to come by anymore. I, too, hope they start making good tires again, including all white in a variety of tread types. How else can poor folk like me continue to buy good second hand tires for cheap?
I saw those on eBad before they were mentioned here and was following them out of curiosity. I am gladdened that they are going onto a good and special car.
Drive carefully, and have a very Merry Christmas! W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 11:29 am:

Greg -- Congratulations on getting those tires. I don't think that was a bad price, all things considered. I'm sure your Dad would be pleased.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Andy Clary on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 12:04 pm:

Whites weren't cheap when they were readily available. Glad they will be put to good use.

Andy


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By roy palmer on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 04:21 pm:

Yes,good to know they will be put to use on what should be a great car..Good luck with the restoration !


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kerry van Ekeren (Australia) on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 05:53 pm:

A 2008 lang's catalog, listed then at $259.50ea.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 06:58 pm:

Kerry -- They went up a bunch in the past couple of years. The last price I saw on them before they became unavailable at any price was $340. I can buy fat Michelins for my M-3 for half that.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 06:59 pm:

p.s. -- And the Michelins will last 50,000 miles, not 2,000.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By roy palmer on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 07:03 pm:

THe last advertised price,still on the site but only a limited of number of gray sets available. No whites.

http://www.cokertire.com/30x3-5-firestone-smooth-all-white.html


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Warwick Landy on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 11:54 pm:

I saw a sample from one of our Australian suppliers of an all white 'non skid' tread pattern available early 2013! Unfortunately no smoothies or straight sided universals. I have just changed the white universals to black non skids. The mileage on the whites was poor. They semmed to be a bit soft?? Watch your suppliers in the new year to see when they come ito stock.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Willie Rathbone on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 02:06 pm:

Stupid question, dont they still sell Firestone smooth white tires ?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By roy palmer on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 04:33 pm:

No Firestone no longer makes these smooth white tires..That is why this tire sale generated much interest. This was a rare , new and unused set..


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