I dont have a model T but i have another old car that I like to use. I want to do a cross country type drive in it and I want to have tire chains for it. It has 700-20 tires. does anyone who actually drives old cars know about tire chains for this type of size? I am wondering if there is a modern option or if I need to find antique tire chains in the proper size.
I'm pretty sure no one is making chains for those tires. 20 inch tires are being made for modern cars, but they are typically 2-3 times as wide as I suspect the tires you are referring to.
I can't recall ever seeing antique tire chains for sale, at a swap meet or otherwise. Most people, except the T snowmobile aficionados park their cars in the winter.
Mind if I ask what kind of car you are planning to use for your cross country adventure?
its a 1930 lincoln. I am going to take it to wyoming back to where it used to work as a fleet vehicle on a ranch.
If you're driving in real snow, this will work. I wouldn't try it with highway driving where you're mostly on pavement.
I am curious, Linus. Where abouts in Wyoming?
Hmmm... A camping trip, perhaps?
I modified a "modern" set of chains for mine. I had three singles. One donor was used to cut and add some length and cross pieces to the other two. I use black rubber straps to take up the tension.
If it is an open car, make sure you have a good set of side curtains.
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Hi Linus, which Lincoln are you taking? Or maybe I should ask how many you still have. I know that you were trying to sell one of them a few months back. Did it sell?
700X20 tires were used on medium weight trucks at least into the '60s. I would think tire chains may still be available for that size. Otherwise, it is not difficult to modify from modern standard type chains. I did that for a couple of my cars.
I've seen chains available for my T and might buy a set, but Im concerned about the chains damaging my wood wheels. If I buy a set I would want to use them.
The chains in Keith's pictures don't appear to be touching any wood.
I figured something would go thru the wheel, between the spokes, to hold the chains. Guess not. There is a set, or maybe a partial set on Ebay now. Only seven pieces are shown. I would expect an even number. Eight ?
While we traveled the dirt roads of Texas and Louisiana, my Grandparents and my Dad always carried an old lariat rope when traveling. We seldom saw any snow, but mud was something you expected and lived with pretty much year around. Nothing fancy, we just looped them through the spokes, tying off the end was an adventure. These ropes lasted surprisingly well, and living on a Ranch, we always had a supply of old ones.
My car was owned by Charles Moore who started the CM ranch in Dubois. Its still in operation as a dude ranch. I thought it would be fun to bring the car back.
I did sell my sedan so I only have the 30 sport touring now, which is the one I want to take on this trip. It needs new pistons and an overdrive first, so I wont be going anytime soon!
ill be pulling the gilkie trailer too.
Linus - that is one unspeakably beautiful car!!! I'm in awe.
I agree with Grady - I'd use rope. Should coil up easily somewhere and is multi-purpose. I run chains on the back of my plow doodlebug and they take a toll on the rubber. I think the rope would be more forgiving and equally effective.