Has anyone had any experience yet with the Hartford tubes that Bob is selling. They look real good in the pictures. I wonder though about those brass valve stems.
I used a Hartford tube in one of my new Riversides, but it's only been a couple of weeks so I can't tell you how they last. So far it's holding air. Being Mister Thrifty, I bought the rubber stem version and installed my own metal stems. If the ones Bob is selling are like the other current metal stem tubes, the stems are ½" like a Schrader 725.
Several weeks ago I installed four metal stemmed "Hartford" tubes in clincher tires an so far they are holding air pressure.
That was after installing Coker tubes that came in the plastic bags (no longer sold) and marked "Made in E.E.E.C." that all failed to hold air pressure for more than a few days. Needless to say $@#%*.
Keep us posted guys. We need to be able to buy good quality tubes! If those Hartford tubes do turn out to be good, wouldn't it be nice if we could buy them with no stem, so we could put our own valves in them.
I suspect the rubber stem doesn't add much to the price of a tube. I have no problem with cutting it off and tossing it. But I do keep the valve core.
Do you have a posting of a video on the "re-stemming" procedure that you use? I may end up doing that too on my older Stynoski cars that don't want to hold air.
No video yet, just some stills.
Cut off the stem. There may be a little brass tube inside. It pulls out easily.
Smooth the stub. It doesn't hurt to leave a little.
I slather some contact cement on top of the flange as a sealant, spread the hole, and shove in the stem.
Ready for the outside hardware.
Use an original bridge washer, not a new one.
Tighten down the nut and you're ready to use the tube. Get it tight, but not so tight that you cut through the rubber.
If you're using dust covers correct for a Model T, Schrader 777 or 888 is the stem you want. I'm using the brass reproduction dust covers, which are larger, so my runabout has the larger Schrader 725 stems.
Here you go John.
The larger valve stems use the same dust cap. It's the rim nut that is different.
Several years ago when I went to look at the touring car that I finally bought I had ask the owner if I could road test it. I had ask the owner if it was ready to go. He said yes, I never kicked the tires nor saw the low tire on the left rear. Coming back from a short ride I detected a flat it had spun off the rubber stem. I then repaired the tube the same way Steve showed and it works!!
I have since kept a stock of new tubes in 30x3,30x3.5 and 21" all bought from universal near Hershey. The 30's are all brass stemmed as I had no other selected used brass. Hope I am not in trouble when I need to use a tube I have in stock in the future!
If you use balancing beads you want to install them before installing the metal valve stem; it's soooooo much easier with that relatively large hole!