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Time for some new tyres
Posted by: dolomitefan ()
Date: January 22, 2018 01:52AM

I've always had an odd tyre, sorry tire on the GB which is a 185/70 14. The other 3 are 195 75 14's. I was looking for a tire to match but thought I should check the date of the other 3.

Annoyingly the date was stamped on the inside edge not the outside but they read 404 indicating they are really rather old so looks like I'll be replacing all of them. The spare is actually a cross ply so legally can't be used with a radial over here so that will have to be replaced too.

I see that the 2 sizes discussed are a 195 75 14 or a 205 70 14. The 205's are actually a bit cheaper but should I be concerned about fouling the arches on tight turns? I know the width is not much different but I'd hate to spend $400+ on tires and them be the wrong size.

I think in either case I'll go for white banded tyres like I have currently, they look nice and period.

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Mark Gibson, Staffordshire, England

1961 Corvair Greenbrier
1980 Triumph Dolomite Sprint
2015 BMW 1 Series

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Re: Time for some new tyres
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: January 22, 2018 04:13PM

Hey Mark,
Not an answer to your question, but just a side-note.
DO NOT worry about using words like "tyres". thumbs up
Yes, it looks funny to us, but I like to see that sort of thing.
It helps us to remember that you are not just right down the street.
I really liked the "fouling the arches on tight turns."
It is a more descriptive wording than when we simply say, "yeah, she rubs the wheel well a bit."
Yes, we all speak English, but we do not speak the same language.winking smiley

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
'66 Monza Coupe - 4spd, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - PG, 140 Daily driver beater

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Re: Time for some new tyres
Posted by: dolomitefan ()
Date: January 23, 2018 12:54AM

Thanks. I have to say everyone involved in this hobby seems very friendly and helpful. I'd go so far as saying you're a nicer bunch than the Triumph lot I'm involved with!

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Mark Gibson, Staffordshire, England

1961 Corvair Greenbrier
1980 Triumph Dolomite Sprint
2015 BMW 1 Series

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Re: Time for some new tyres
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: January 23, 2018 01:54AM

I don't have any experience with the trucks so no input on the size but I agree with you if they're getting some age on them it's best to get some new rubber, I had some stored in my shop that were 10 years old or so and one blew up just sitting there in the dark.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: Time for some new tyres
Posted by: David Malcolm ()
Date: January 23, 2018 06:19AM

Don't have an FC myeself but found this recent thread that has some info that should be of use.
[corvaircenter.com]
(Can't manage to insert it as a link but a cut and paste should do it. Used to the odd phrase or two, my wife is from the south of England)

David Malcolm
1969 Monza PG Coupe
NJ near the Meadowlands

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Re: Time for some new tyres
Posted by: Melb-Mike ()
Date: January 23, 2018 07:59AM

Hello Mark. I took off my stock 14" wheels on the 64 Greenbrier and put 17X7 American Racing chrome wheels. I installed Bridgestone 205-50 R17 radial tires on those wheels. It greatly improved the ride (and looks) and it eliminated the "follow the groove" tendency of the old tires. The American Racing chrome wheels are cheap at around $750 shipped (made in China of course).

Remember that with Chinese made wheels, do not exceed 120 MPH 😜

64 Greenbrier
64 Spyder (needs restoration)
65 Corsa 140, restored
66 Corsa turbo, restoring now
66 Corsa 140 "RR" code coupe fully restored
67 Pontiac GTO restored
69 Corvette 427 convertible restored
2004 Caterham R400 (Lotus super7)my race car
2015 Porsche Panamera S
2015 Corvette Z06
1965 AC Cobra (Factory Five)

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Re: Time for some new tyres
Posted by: dolomitefan ()
Date: January 23, 2018 08:15AM

I have seen some really nice wheels, they were described as a Supreme mag which I think is a generic style rather than a brand. The ones I saw on the thread here were 14" [corvaircenter.com]

I'm going to go with the standard and original steel wheel for now but I might be interested in some of these Supreme wheels if someone can suggest who supplies them in an appropriate size and backspacing.

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Mark Gibson, Staffordshire, England

1961 Corvair Greenbrier
1980 Triumph Dolomite Sprint
2015 BMW 1 Series

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Re: Time for some new tyres
Posted by: roger65180 ()
Date: January 23, 2018 03:04PM

I am running 205/75/ 14" on my rampside stock wheels and the truck has been lowered by cutting the springs front and back with no tire rubbingsmileys with beer

Roger R
Madison Wi
62 ct pg turbo
65intercooled 180 4sp,autocrosser
62 Rampy

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Re: Time for some new tyres
Posted by: vairsUPnorth ()
Date: January 23, 2018 07:57PM

Hello Mark,
You may want to consider some of the commercial van tires to fit your Greenbrier that should be available in the UK. The Continental Vanco and Nokian cLine van tires in 185R14 are very similar to the OEM 7.00-14 installed from the factory. Tim Schwartz from NJ has found that the 195R14 Vanco [if you can find it] to be an almost exact match.

I am currently running 215/60R15 tires on 15X6" wheels on our Greenbrier.

Dale Dewald
Hancock, MI

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Re: Time for some new tyres
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: January 23, 2018 08:06PM

Mark - Since you are in Europe (Almost, England) You may have access to some sizes available there, but not here. A true 185-14 (Not a 70/75/60 etc.) might work. I think there were some older Mercedes sedans that used that size. That should fit fine on an FC. Anybody else know the European sizes? You might have to buy them soon before Brexit kicks in.

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