I want to know if any currently made Model T tires are made in the USA. There have been all kinds of claims on here about this. Some say there are tires made in the U.S., whereas others maintain that all the tires are made in a factory in Viet Nam.
My suspicion is that they are all made in Viet Nam and stamped with different "period correct" manufacturers, "Firestone", "Riverside", etc. with the appropriate tread pattern and then sold by the U.S. vendors.
My experience: I bought a set of 4 "Firestones" from Lang's, and when they arrived, the were wrapped with tape that said "Made in Viet Nam".
I don't think they were even remotely connected to Firestone.
Nevertheless, I would like to know if there are any tires being made here. (I don't want to pay $660 ea. for Dunlop tires made in the UK!)
Thanks for any info.
No clincher tires are made in the USA.
And for that.. only two major American-owned tire manufacturers exist: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Each of them has multiple manufacturing plants in the U.S., the last "American owned" tire companies!
Sorry Dan, Cooper Tire is now foreign owned according to my mechanic
I bought my 21" Firestone's through Summit Racing and they are marked Made in the USA. I researched this and apparently they are produced in a plant in Pennsylvania.
21" tires are not clincher tires. Jon bought clincher tires that were marked "Made in Vietnam" and he is asking if there are any tires like that manufactured here in the USA. The answer is still no.
There are some clincher tires being made in India and great Britain. Those are your only choices other than Vietnam for clincher tires.
Yes, my tires are 30x3.5" clinchers. I should have mentioned that. They are on my '14 runabout.
So far the only problem is that they bleed brown gooey stuff. The tires are labeled "Gum Dipped" what ever that means. My tendency is to clean it off, but Steve Lang tells me that it should be left on the tire as it helps to prevent cracking.
Your mechanic may just have heard latest news, and you got misinformed, Cooper is USA owned!
Cooper is buying majority interest in a China tire company. Cooper is indeed USA owned, on the NY stock exchange, symbol CTB.
FINDLAY, Ohio, Jan. 6, 2016 – Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB), a global tire design, manufacturing and marketing company, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a majority of China-based Qingdao Ge Rui Da Rubber Co., Ltd. (GRT). Cooper will own 65 percent of the entity, which will be renamed Cooper Qingdao Tire Co., Ltd. (CQT), for approximately 600 million RMB or $93 million USD including the acquisition and initial investments in the operation. The transaction is expected to close during the first half of 2016 pending certain permits and approvals by the Chinese government.
About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper and its subsidiaries also sell medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper’s headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations within its family of companies located in more than one dozen countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.
The question is: Does Cooper make 30x3.5 clincher tires in the USA?
I don't think so.
Yes, I realize that 21" tires aren't clinchers. I was simply answering the question that didn't specify what type.
I am currently trying to make a Model T clincher tire purchase decision.
Royce recommended I contact Neal Tuckett in the UK about obtaining a set of the quality $660 bespoke Dunlop Chevron clinchers. Neal replied the factory that made these tires has been shut down and the molds for the tires have gone missing.
Ron the Coilman
While no clincher tires are now USA made and apparently differ only in brand, not in quality, it would make sense to me to use whichever ones meeting my aesthetic wishes are sold at the lowest price. With Firestone NON SKID retailing at $264 and Wards Riverside at $151, a car I intend to drive a lot of miles will get the Wards.
Jon, I believe the new clinchers are exact reproductions in appearance if not in manufacture. The "Gum Dipped" on your tires is a feature of the original tires (don't ask me what it means). This old ad shows it on balloon tires, but it was also used on clinchers.
Bought 4 21" Excelsior tires 4 years ago. Didn't know anything about them,but was told by the vendor " they are the best tire made in India". Always would prefer to buy American, but am pleased with these, they were cheaper & after about 5000 miles show hardly any wear. They are hard to mount even for a 21" as they are a very stiff beefy tire.
Ron, what I have seen in products from India. They try to make quality and often succeed. In China, they try not to make quality and often succeed.
I bought the firestone in 19s last year and they say made in the usa from cokers in Chattanooga,tn for my model A but they $870+. I need advice. I am going with whatever you guys best suggestion is for cheap tires for my 26 wire wheels. Cant waste a bunch of money.The car isn't on the road but I need tires. The wheels were just fresh back from the paint shop. I also need it rolling for storage reasons.
For your '26 with 21" wire wheels, the best value is a set of Lucas 4.40-4.50 x 21 @ $99 each.
I wonder if these are actually made in Europe?
I think Gum Dipped just means they are made out of Bubble Gum?
Let your imagination think this through:
1927 Newspaper ad..
There are no clincher tires made in the USA. There will not be any because according to Coker they cannot pass DOT regulations for safety. Makes sense.
Constantine - The Lucas 21" tyres are indeed made in Europe. Not sure why anyone would not be happy with Firestone 21" that are made in USA. If you balance them with balancing beads - Langs or Snyders - you can get upwards of 12000miles on a tyre.