I brought my wood wheels to Stutzman's to be redone, and would like to replace the tires when they come back. The old ones were not really worn at all, but the white walls are quite yellow. I have 30x3 in front and 30 x 3.5 out back.
My first choice would be all white tires, but after reading a lot of threads here, and talking to the vendors, everyone says they yellow pretty quickly.
So if the correct white tires are out, I was thinking a set of non skid tread tires simply because a tread pattern made out of words is kinda cool.
Then I started reading that all the new tires are coming from a factory in Vietnam, and people are not happy with the quality.
I would rather spend a little more on quality, if it is available. Any advice? Should I just put the hard 20 year old tires back on?
Joe, if you just want the white walls to be white, get some Ranger Tire paint! It's specially formulated for tires and works really well. It'll make those yellowed walls look brand spanking new.
Can't help but I be interested in use tires
I used the tire paint Seth talking about with decent results not as whitewalls but a lettering highlights
Hey Joe.. Good Luck with the restoration! I also used Stutzmans and they did a beautiful job on the wheels. I ended up having two sets of Firestone all-white "non-skids" turn an awful coffee brown on me so I decided to get the Firestone all black "non-skid" tires and I am very happy with the black look and the tires. The quality is fine and the car really looks sharp.
To me bright white tires on an early brass era car look great esp if it's a lighter color. To me the black or gray tires look good on cars like above. There is a point where white or big white walled tires draw your eyes to them not the car. The car above; are your eyes drawn to the car, tires or whole package, I see the car first. OP
gary, sent you pm and email. You may have those spindles cor cost of shipping.
Now I really like the look of striaght rib lester tires in grey on early cars.
Joe, as far as quality goes, from what I've read the only place the tires come from is Vietnam anyway, so you just have to go with the flow. I looked at the non-skids and quickly decided the "cool lettering" wasn't worth all the extra cold cash!! Just sayin'
Does anyone have a pic of the Grey tires on an early T?
I have only seen a few Ts with the gray tires on them. But quite a few other smaller early cars. I like the look of the gray tires. Don't have any pictures handy however.
Just my silly opinion.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Ward's Riverside are what I bought and I love them!
Joe, last I knew grey tires were unavailable.