I have a set of 30 by 3 1/2 Fisk Windsors that say "Made in America". I doubt they are pre 1940 as they will still bend and flex OK> They WON"T stretch to mount though. Were these ever reproduced and when? Any info will help Thanks
...."from the 1910s-30s"
...." in receivership from 1931 to 1933"
....."acquired by United States Rubber (later Uniroyal) in 1940"
....."Fisk brand was revived by Discount Tire in 1996"
I knew of Fisk tires as a boy. The logo was a little boy in a nightgown with a candle in his left hand and a tire over his right shoulder. The slogan was "Time to Retire".
A tire store on the northwest corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway had a big statue of the Fisk boy.
OK But did anyone ever reproduce them. I can't believe that the tire I have are 80 years old.
Fisk brand tires were made in the 50's as I best remember. Tires made prior to WW2 were natural rubber and would be as hard as a rock almost. I have one of these Fisk tires. Most tires made after the war and prior to the advent of radials were made of synthetic rubber which has much better weather resistance. I have a Firestone 21 inch tire I bought used in 1960. It is still pliable and uncracked. My best guess is your tires were made after the war.
I don't know how late Fisk continued making clincher tires, but I have a "Hood Arrow" tire that is nice and pliable. As near as I have been able to find out, they were last made in the early '30s.
I have a few other really old tires that are as pliable as a piece of chalk.
Tom, presumably your Fisk tyres have shrunk over the years. Without wire in the beads like ordinary tyres, this can happen. There is a way to stretch them. I had to do this with some older Olympic brand tyres which were made in Australia.
I used an almost bald 185 x 75 x 14" on a modern rim and deflated it. Then I levered the 30 x 3.5 onto the centre of the deflated tyre and re-inflated it. This will stretch the BE tyre gently. I left it in place for a week or so, in the sun, before removing it for fitting. Once I had to repeat the process on another slightly larger tyre to get more stretch. You may have to use a different rim and tyre combination for the stretch, but the process will work, and you eliminate the risk of damaging the bead when levering on a stubborn tyre.
It is worthwhile persevering with the old tyres, as they are usually of much better quality than those available nowdays
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
A old timer restorers trick would is to boil them ,they will get soft and pliable .