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Good News 13" Tires!!
Posted by: Ray Chappell ()
Date: August 01, 2010 05:38PM

Just got email today!

Hi Guys!
I work for a large tire distributor here in Louisville. I talked to
our Firestone rep when he was in the other day and asked him to see if
he could find out what the situation was on the P185/80R13 Firestone
FR380 tires that no longer seem to be available. He checked and says
that the molds have not been destroyed and that they currently have
5,800 tires in this size on factory backorder. The tires are built in
Costa Rica. He said that there is no scheduled production date for
this size at this time (5,800 tires is a relatively small amount) and
he feels it could be several months at least before they are
scheduled. Nevertheless, this does offer us some hope for those who
need 13 inch tires. I will let the list know if and when these tires
are scheduled to be produced again.
Ken Maxwell
Louisville, KY

67 Monza Sedan
65 Corsa Coupe

Ray Chappell
Marysville, WA.

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Re: Good News 13" Tires!!
Posted by: wagbear ()
Date: August 01, 2010 06:39PM

Same tire Sears was selling for 56 bucks each on their last sale at Sears recently???

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Re: Good News 13" Tires!!
Posted by: upnorth1 ()
Date: August 01, 2010 06:51PM


So how do we let Firestone know we appreciate their willingness to make a run of these tires?


Chaplain Bob
135 miles from Canada

1961 Loadside 95hp. 30 over bored and stroked. 145 block, 165 heads 4 speed
1966 Corsa clone 140 4 speed, 30 over.
1966 4 door 110 pg soon to return to factory 140 PG

DON'T mess with Old Men, we didn't get old by being, STUPID!!!

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Re: Good News 13" Tires!!
Posted by: 64Vair ()
Date: August 02, 2010 09:05PM

According to the Firestone dealer that I got my 4 from, I may have purchased the last 4 in Washington state. They had 3 and had to get #4 from another shop somewhere in the state. Took 2 days to find the fourth tire and 4 days to get it.

I had tried Sears, who was advertising them cheap, but they had to order them and couldn't tell me when they would be in.

Ended up being $363 mounted and balanced. Kinda high, but better than the 30 year old rotting hulks on the rims at the time.

1964 Monza
1963 Spyder Coupe
Bellingham, WA

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Re: Good News 13" Tires!!
Posted by: corvairjack ()
Date: August 12, 2010 11:42AM

Maxis 185/80/13 white stripe available in So Cal.
Can supply local dealer info if interested.

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Re: Good News 13" Tires!!
Posted by: cecilw ()
Date: August 12, 2010 03:51PM

Guardsman III (P185/80R13 90S) were on the original 4 wheels. I needed a spare and purchased a "Kingstar Radial" (P185/80R13 90S) at Les Schwab Tires. I was surprised how close the tread patterns matched! The Kingstar likely is off-shore knock off, but as a spare it will work fine.

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Re: Good News 13" Tires!!
Posted by: MrChips ()
Date: August 13, 2010 09:37AM

I waited 3 1/2 weeks before finally hitting 'used tire king'... $25 Mounted and balanced for two tires (I have a spare, now!)

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