Well, it is time to replace 3 of Rusty's 21" tires. Last time I went with the Lucas and Universal nylons as the price was low and they were readily available.
I haven't shopped for any 21" tires, but I would also talk to Universal, Wallace Wade, and Lucas Classic Tire.
You can get FIRESTONE (Coker) tires from Summit Racing with delivery and no sales tax for around $160 each.
Most 21" tires are made in the USA - Lucas does have an import 21" that is less expensive.
I guess that being ignorant sometimes is a good thing. I bought my T with four brand new 21" Firestones on it, but the right rear wheel had a 2 1/2" wobble. I took it off and discovered that whoever replaced the tires bent the sh-t out of the rim with a spreader. When I bought a new rim from Lang's and took things apart (I had a spare wheel which I rebuilt) there was no flap inside. This caused me to take each of the other four wheels (including the spare) apart. The only wheel that had a flap was the spare. The point of all of this is that I did it all with only two big screwdrivers once the rim was off the wheel . I may be missing something, but I don't see what the big deal is in changing a 21" tire.
21s a breeze compared to clinchers.
When I put new shoes on Barney, I went down to Sac Vintage Ford and bought them right there, no shipping (I was in Sacramento for something else at the time, so 'free trip'. But, you do need to call ahead and make certain they have them in stock! I bought the Wards repros. Went on fine (but they are 30 x 3-1/2 tires)
The 21" are used on Model As too, so they are much more common and you should be able to get a good price.
BTW, that tire IS BALD! Why only 3 out of the 4 being bad???
David, you rode on 3 which look like that and a fourth almost like that... surprise!
I see Sac Vintage has a parking lot sale tomorrow. I guess I will be calling them.
Yes I was shocked at how difficult the mounting went last time... did distort the rims. That is a major reason I don't want nylon tires again. When I had a 1929 Buick with much larger truck balloon tires they were easy-peazy to mount. I figured T tires would be a snap... WRONG!
OK, I'll blame my lack of observation on the chocolate-zucchini brownies!!!
Somehow I don't think the make of the cord will make much of a difference, as unlike clincher tires, the bead on smooth side tires does not stretch.
But, what do I know??
No luck with Vintage Ford. Not only do they not have any 21" tires on the warehouse sale, they don't even have any in the store. They sell parts for T's and A's!
I guess I'm still shopping. TH
Sounds about right. I really don't like shopping there, that's just my opinion of their "quality" of products. When I bought my tires for Barney, I took all they had in stock! (four!) I think I just lucked out, and it took them some time to find the pair that was "in the stock area" the other two were out on their "candy store display". The malt they sold me was good though. . . . (yes, they have a period diner in their store. IMHO, their market target is Baby Boomer hot rodders & Yuppies.