As my '64 will be coming home soon from the body shop with her new paint job, I thought that this would be a good time to buy her a new set of tires, as the old ones are 11 years old but in excellent condition,  Our parts suppliers lists Coker, Diamond Back, Lucas, and Universal Vintage tires.  Anyone have a recommendation among the four?  Also, I've looked at my local tire shop, and they carry a P235/75R15 in a 7/8" whitewall that is made by Hanook and are inexpensive.  Is that the correct size tire and similar whitewall size to OEM?   Any thoughts would  be appreciated,

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Comment by Tony Albarella on May 2, 2013 at 1:42am

I have Cooper Trendsetters on my '63, too - have had them in use for over a year. No problems at all, they look great, are easy to maintain, and were inexpensive. Of course it's a matter of taste, but I feel the Trendsetter whitewall stripe is just the right width for a stock appearance on the '63/'64 Caddy.

Comment by John Norris on April 28, 2013 at 7:30pm

Tony and Ginny,  Thanks for all of your advice.  I greatly appreciate it!  John

 

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on April 28, 2013 at 6:46pm
235/75r/15 is the correct radial replacement size tire for the 64
Tires will lower the car by one inch , over the stock bias Ply tire
The radial tires are such a great upgrade from the stock tire technology
I love the lower look , with no bottoming out issues at all
Unless youn need you car to be only stock for your needs , the radials will make the car handle better and get better gas mileage
Lowering the center of gravity alway improves handing performance
It basic physics
I would only go with a radial myself on my 64 , and did 30years or so ago
Comment by Craig R. Cotton on April 28, 2013 at 5:09pm

The ride is great and I don't hear any tire noise on the road.

Comment by John Norris on April 28, 2013 at 4:56pm

Thanks, Craig.  That is another option that my local tire shop suggested to me, but they thought that the Hancooks were a slightly nicer tire at the same price.  Have you been happy with the Coopers?  They look very nice on your car!

Comment by Craig R. Cotton on April 28, 2013 at 4:44pm

Hi John, the OEM tires had a 1" whitewall which I could not find anywhere, the closest was a 1.6" by American Classic for about $165 each.  I ended up putting Coopers Trendsetter SE on the car, I had know problem getting them from Sears and if I can remember they were about $90 each.  I think they look fine on the car.  Craig

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