Are these really helpful when changing clincher tires on my '14? And what would be a fair price?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Original-Wheel-Tire-Bead-Breaking-Tool-Very-Goo d-Used/192474456782?fits=Make%3AFord%7CModel%3AModel+T&hash=item2cd05f22ce:g:fOA AAOSw2LZangXi&vxp=mtr
I have a similar one and I find it useful. I use it more for old tire removal than new tire installation.
Three long tire irons from Harbor Freight ($19.50) work for me.
It sure is. -I use mine all the time.
I have a crippled spine, so anything that multiplies my leverage without straining anything is a big help. -For peeling a tire off a rim, this tool really does the job. -You should also go to your local hardware store and pick up a pair of jumbo-sized C-clamps. -They are also great tire-tools.
Martynn Vowell had one and used it on Derrick Pangs Runabout with very ancient tires on it. Helped very much at those hard, stiff tires of the rims for tube replacement. squeezed the tires together for easier removal.
Thanks, all. But, any idea what a fair price might be?
They're fairly rare, except at places like Hershey. -I think I paid something like $75 for mine. -If it winds up costing more than that, well... it's still the kind of thing you'll only buy once.
I have one too, I like it for breaking the beads
C-clamps work or check Harbor Freight for bead breaker tool. For the HF type the wheel or rim would have to be off the car.
Mark, Thanks and I went to your link, but, I was looking for something to take on tours, just in case.
Thanks all. You helped me make a decision.
It's called a Marquette Tire Tool manufactured in St. Paul, U.S.A. - I have an original sales brochure for it - I haven't mastered the process, yet !
Here's a couple ads for it.
Thanks, Steve. Are they hard to use? Any harder than without the tool?
They are clearly made to mount & de-mount the tire on the car - de-mounting is pretty straight forward - I haven't had the opportunity (Lord have mercy!) to repair a flat on the '14 Touring to try it !
A lot also depends on how hard the rubber is. Most of this these type of tools (my OP) were made for tires that were a lot less stiff then later tires. Might work fine for fresh tires, maybe not so well for aged ones. (referencing the vintage tool shown)