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Portawalls
Posted by: Mel ()
Date: January 01, 2011 05:33PM

Has anyone had experience with fake 13"whitewalls (PORTAWALLS) are they a waste of time and $$ or?? I've always considered them a joke but maybe?eye rolling smileythanks MELsmiling smiley



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/01/2011 05:39PM by Mel.

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Re: Portawalls
Posted by: rnch ()
Date: January 01, 2011 05:41PM

i recall my father having a set of these on his at the time 3 year old '64 monza...

dad didn't know it until i went to him, sick at heart and fearing for my backside skin, thinking that i had scrubbed the white walls so strongly with a brillo pad that i had separated the tire layers!

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Re: Portawalls
Posted by: Johnniespeed ()
Date: January 01, 2011 07:54PM

The ten inch versions that people use on Isetta's, have a problem staying in place. The forums talk about them shifting and not laying flat. The situation may be completely different with 13 inch.
Hopefully someone here has tried them and will chime in.
John

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Re: Portawalls
Posted by: ccvair ()
Date: January 01, 2011 08:04PM

couldent you glue them down with tire patch glue?

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Re: Portawalls
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: January 01, 2011 08:10PM


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Re: Portawalls
Posted by: jerry thomas ()
Date: January 01, 2011 08:44PM

I used then in the "day" when blackwalls were cheaper, or sometimes free for good used ones, I remember they were tricky to get on right, sometimes when the bead popped up they would get out of place. Once on though they seemed to be ok. (I had a 50 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe coupe that took 7.60x15 tires. Our neighbor down the road had big Buick's and he would often pass his "used" tires to me for the Chrysler)

Diane & Jerry Thomas
Greenwich, NY (Albany/Saratoga area)
64 Monza convertible
66 Corsa Turbo convert

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Re: Portawalls
Posted by: VegasVair ()
Date: January 01, 2011 08:48PM

In the distant past lots of old geezers (err... not me) had Portawalls on their cars.
Two things I remember (err... I was told).
If you have a habit of running into curbs you can tear the Portawall.
At higher speeds Portawalls expand and rub a shiny ring on the tire
just outside their static diameter.

Portawalls were popular in the days when most tires had innertubes.
Does having a Portawall under the tire bead cause air loss in tubeless tires?

65 Corsa 140/4 A/C convert.
CORSA+Vegas Vairs

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Re: Portawalls
Posted by: vairchet ()
Date: January 01, 2011 09:25PM

Vairdeb had set of those ugly things when she first bought her '61 Monza sedan. The guys at Discount Tire wanted to know if I wanted to keep them when I bought new tires. "Absolutely not", I said.

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Re: Portawalls
Posted by: Fast Eddie ()
Date: January 01, 2011 11:15PM

Waaay back in ’56, I thought I’d surprise my dad by putting a set of Portawalls from Pep Boys on his car. He was surprised alright…when he left to go to work the next morning, all four tires were flat! Another reason I grew up thinking my first name was "Dammit"

Bowie,MD

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Re: Portawalls
Posted by: rnch ()
Date: January 01, 2011 11:24PM

i had a set of the 3 inch J. C. Whitney supplied porta walls on my '53 studebaker, made my el-sheapo black wall tires "period correct" looking..., never caused any balance or sealing problems.

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Re: Portawalls
Posted by: corvairtherapy ()
Date: January 02, 2011 07:23PM

Check here for the best and great instructions.

[www.portawalls.com]

Dave.. .

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Re: Portawalls
Posted by: lowandslow ()
Date: January 02, 2011 11:34PM

Yeah, I had a set on my '51 Ford when I married my wife in '61. Never had a problem with them. No problem with the wife, either.

Patrick McGhee
1963 SortaSpyder convertible
Weatherford, Texas

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Re: Portawalls
Posted by: kirk ()
Date: January 03, 2011 12:47AM



1960 Corvair 700
1963 Monza
1973 VW Thing
1964 Beetle




Click picture to see more of that car

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Re: Portawalls
Posted by: stitch ()
Date: January 03, 2011 03:14AM

Maaaaaan Kirk, That is FUGLY!! Was she prettier at inception?

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Re: Portawalls
Posted by: Gregory_Miller ()
Date: January 03, 2011 10:46PM

I thought the exact same word, Stitch...then I scrolled down to your post.

Greg Miller
Eugene, Oregon

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