Got Herman ready for the first drive in a long time today. Got about fifty yards down the road and though I had a flat. I knew the tire had pressure so I returned to investigate and found this.

I want to stay with radials. What tires are you guys running and how well do you like them?

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Comment by Jason Edge on August 6, 2014 at 6:24pm

I definitely understand about the cost!  That's one reason I have put off replacing mine with newer ones.

I'm keeping my eye out for two things regarding tires as mine are about 8 years old as I recall:

ONE..I want 1.25 " white wall  not 1". I am confident almost all were 1.25" having seen several spares and scanning and studying the original literature and even test video:

 TWO: Open up the first page of Hemmings (or any recent month and many other magazines) and you see the American Classic Radial with the whitewall look. If this is a high quality tire it might be the best of both worlds but have not seen much feedback on them. If they are high quality and start being produced in a 1" or 1.25" whitewall (SEE #1), I WILL BE VERY INTERESTED.

See scan from Hemmings below:

Comment by Jimmy Davis on August 6, 2014 at 3:01pm
I love the look of the bias ply. The added height makes it look much better. My problem right now is the added cost of the reproductions.
Comment by Jason Edge on August 5, 2014 at 1:38pm

I enjoy the ride and ride height of the original bias ply.  All of my suspension is tight as a tick and drives perfectly. A loose, worn out front end with loose ball joints, tie rods, tie struts, idler & pitman arms, steering column to steering gear coupler (rag joint); sagging coil springs, and worn out shocks will all cause a car to exaggerate the tendency of a bias ply to track.  I heard someone say once that "... many people don't spend the money to rebuild the suspension and let the tires coverup its flaws.", and have to agree 100%

 I drove my 64 CDV with bias ply before and after addressing the front end and it truly was like night and day. I've been driving my CDV to work this week and also noted some of the "low riders" scraping a rather bad hump coming out of the lower parking deck where I park at work and am sure if I were 1/2" lower I would be scraping the bottom.

I love the road hugging characteristics of the radials and understand what they offer, but a 63 or 64 with tight suspension and good bias ply can be driven anywhere with one finger. 

If you do a lot of road hugging performance driving wide, low fat radials would probably be the way to go.  For a "restored look" riding up at  the factory height on bias ply with 1 to 1.25" whitewall's is as good as it gets. I just love to go to a car show and park next to someone with radials and my wheels and tires with the correct pie crust look (seen above) garners all the attention.

Just to add, I am not anti-radials whatsoever and if I ever get into a another 63 or 64 I'll probably do a mild custom and run some radials. I am for getting the truth out there that these old cars will drive fine with the original style bias ply, if steering and suspension is in good order.

Comment by David Thomas on August 5, 2014 at 8:51am

My little handy dandy ruler says 5/8". LOL... excuse the dust on them, I live 3 miles down a gravel road, it's a chore to keep them black and white!

Comment by Jimmy Davis on August 4, 2014 at 11:10pm
David, what is the ww width on those?
Comment by Jimmy Davis on August 4, 2014 at 11:07pm
Thanks guys.
Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on August 2, 2014 at 11:51pm
I have found that the same size tire 225/75/15 ,can have a half inch difference in the tires hight ,from brand to brand
I really love what my radials did for the ride of my 64 convert
Comment by David Thomas on August 2, 2014 at 9:17pm

I've been running the Hankook Optimo tires on my 63 for several years. They do pretty good, ride smooth and quiet. These are 225/75/15, the next set I plan to see if 235/75/15 will clear the rear skirts enough. Pushing the 225's through two lane highway curves taxes them a little. Many years back, I tried some Goodyear Regatta 235's and they hit the skirts at times. Even the 225 Goodyears were wider than these hankooks.


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