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Re: How old are my Tires? Are they safe?
Kevin13Shaw #1413751 Sun Jun 13 2021 07:09 PM
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My boss bought a new 1977 K20 when I was 16., had Firestone directional mud treadI 7.50 - 16 from the factory. I was making a parts run (120 mile r.t,),. L. Front sidewall blew ascoss them hood of oncoming car on narrow, busy 2 lane. A
Gets ones attention.


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1960 Chevy C10 driver 235 T5 3.73 dana 44
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Re: How old are my Tires? Are they safe?
Kevin13Shaw #1413796 Mon Jun 14 2021 02:02 AM
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There was an article in Old Cars Weekly back sometime ago where the editor told or a tire exploding in his trunk, or maybe it was someone else's. It had never been on the ground so I suppose, (no not assume) but suppose the hot temps in the trunk did it in. It looked nasty for sure!


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Re: How old are my Tires? Are they safe?
Kevin13Shaw #1413821 Mon Jun 14 2021 07:26 AM
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Check the sidewalls on the 50-year-old bias-plies on my '34 Ford pickup (below). Solid steering column, metal dash, no bumpers, no seat belts - the adrenaline rush when running 85 mph in rush hour traffic is something money can't buy!

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1951 Chevy Panel Truck
Re: How old are my Tires? Are they safe?
Kevin13Shaw #1413986 Tue Jun 15 2021 04:04 PM
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After thinking about how i'm not ready to die yet, and really like the truck in the current shape that it is in. So, I drove (my car) to the tire store and ordered some replacement cooper discoverer tires. Pmetric not the LT series, and will have them installed on June 17th.

Better safe, than dead or sorry.


1954 Chevy 3100
Re: How old are my Tires? Are they safe?
Kevin13Shaw #1416537 Sat Jul 10 2021 03:51 PM
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I was a bit skeptical about replacing old tires with good tread considering myself frugal but practical. Then when we had temperature at 115-116 degrees for several days this happened to the spare on my trailer.
The trailer doesn't get used much. I did replace the tires on it and use one of the take-offs as a spare. It had plenty of tread and thought it would be fine as a spare. The trailer sits in the shade at least 1/2
the day and most of the tire is shielded by the trailer in the afternoon. I don't know exactly how old the tire is but it is probably a teenager. Made a believer out of me. Should be attached pictures but not sure I did that right.

Chuck

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Re: How old are my Tires? Are they safe?
Kevin13Shaw #1416650 Sun Jul 11 2021 11:01 PM
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That is how radial tires usually fail!

Ed


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Re: How old are my Tires? Are they safe?
Kevin13Shaw #1416675 Mon Jul 12 2021 01:58 AM
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Same here- Here's a shot of a radial tire on one of the dump trucks at work, somewhat older, that just blew while the truck was parked in the lot. Naturally, it had to be the inside one ...

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Re: How old are my Tires? Are they safe?
Kevin13Shaw #1416681 Mon Jul 12 2021 03:49 AM
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Yes, replace the tires as soon as possible and do not do what I do under any circumstances. Yes, replace them!


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Re: How old are my Tires? Are they safe?
Kevin13Shaw #1416748 Mon Jul 12 2021 07:39 PM
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This whole conversation really has me on the fence. I put new tires on my 54 3100 in January of 2016. They are bias white walls and cost $900 for the set of 4. I probably have less that 500 miles on them and I don't take it on the interstate. Original driveline and it does not like interstate speeds. I hate the thought of spending $1,000 on 4 new tires when I haven't wore out the ones on it but I get the safety concern with old tires. A lot to think about.


Dave from Northern Kentucky
My 54 3100
Re: How old are my Tires? Are they safe?
Kevin13Shaw #1416827 Tue Jul 13 2021 01:34 PM
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Dave, this is just me and I have been accused of being a bit too risk tolerate. After a BAD experience with a blowout on the front of my dually at 70 mph I will not have old radials on our vehicles.

Bias ply tires are a totally different animal. I personally wouldn't be afraid to drive 10 year old (and beyond) quality bias ply tires that look good and have have been out of the sun on secondary roads. Your 5 year old tires would be good to go at my place.

Good Luck,

RonR

Last edited by moparguy; Tue Jul 13 2021 01:55 PM.

1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
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