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.
BC 1960 Chevy C10 driver 235 T5 3.73 dana 44 1949 GMC 250 project in waiting 1960 C60 pasture art G.M dealer tech since 1980 & counting (down!)
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!
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!
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.
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.
28 Years of Daily Driving. With a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, SM420 4-speed, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
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, 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.
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1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear 1970 340 Duster 1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain) 1951 Farmall Super A