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09-09-2017, 02:10 PM
Are 225/75r14 radials recommended as replacement tires for a '62 convertible. 1" wide whitewall?

Scott Sims

09-09-2017, 02:21 PM
Either 215/75/14 or 225/75/14 will work just fine. The 225/75/14 are probably the closest in size to the original 800x14 belted tires.


09-09-2017, 03:24 PM
Thanks, John! Love your convertible. Rarely see those anymore.

I called Diamondback tires and the representative confirmed that 225/75r/14 tires are what he would recommend, too. The price each made me consider lesser priced tires.:eek: That was why I asked about the width of the whitewall. I think Diamondbacks are 1.2" wide.

09-09-2017, 04:13 PM
1962 Thunderbirds had 1" whitewalls. Thanks for the compliment on the car. I sold it a few years ago. Just one of many that are long gone. Only the pictures remain.


Dan Leavens
09-09-2017, 09:24 PM
Definitely 225/75/14 1" white walls work perfect on a 62. They also works perfect on the 60 as well. Radials of course:)

bird 60
09-09-2017, 09:32 PM
I agree with the 1" whitewalls for the Bullet Birds, but 2 1/2" for the Square Birds.:D

Chris.....From OZ.

09-09-2017, 10:15 PM
Thanks, All. My daughter found a 1962 Thunderbird convertible that had been sitting in a garage for ten years. It needs a new fuel tank, sending unit, brake booster, tires. Runs nice, nice body and chrome, above average interior. All power, no AC for $2500.

09-09-2017, 10:57 PM
Congratulations. It sounds like you stole it.


09-09-2017, 11:46 PM
Hi Scott! I agree with John. That sounds like it is an excellent find! You can find the new gas tanks and sending unit through Rock Auto, and use the 5% discount in the Advertisments Forum for them. You may want to see about putting a dual MC and power booster on it. Perhaps even adding front disc brakes to it for even better braking. If she wants to add aftermarket AC to it, that will run $1,449 from Classic Auto Air Perfect Fit system. They make complete AC systems especially for the '55-'66 Tbirds.


Take a look at the Install & More Info link and the T-Bird 62 link for additional information.

It might be something that she might want to check into. Classic Auto Air is in your own backyard. I know their techs very well from helping other Forum members get AC on their Tbirds. If she decides to go that route, please let me know and I can help.

09-10-2017, 02:00 AM
Hi. That's a great find.


Above is a tire size conversion chart. There are many floating around.

There are the Milestar MS775 and Hankook Optimo H724 tires available in whitewall 14".

A while back we found the Tiger Paw AWP in whitewall but those were for a 15" rim. They may carry a 14"in your size.

Good Luck. Any photographs ? Before/After ?

09-10-2017, 02:02 AM
Oh, Here they are:



09-10-2017, 10:13 AM
Scott ~ ss396t6 has been posting in the BulletBird Forum regarding the 1962 Bulletbird that his daughter has bought. Here is what he has had to say about it and some pix of it.

"My daughter said it was a dark maroon metallic with a cream interior. All power, no AC. Lots of maintenance and repair records plus original owner's manual. Her mechanic got it started and she said she was amazed how quietly it ran. I am ordering new tires, fuel tank, sending unit, brake booster, etc. The engine and transmission were rebuilt in the late '90s and parked in 2007 for ten years. The engine bay needs cleaned up a lot and the carb is being rebuilt."

The color seems to be X 1470 Maroon Metallic, Sales Name Heritage Burgundy (also a Lincoln color) with a cream interior.

Here are some pix of it.

Dan Leavens
09-10-2017, 10:40 AM
Very nice colour combo. Good stuff:D

09-10-2017, 12:24 PM
Ray Clark posted photos of the car somewhere on this site. Are the soft tops difficult to install? The top appears to be in driver quality shape but the plastic window has yellowed.

Joe Johnston
09-10-2017, 12:34 PM
I have a 63 Sport Roadster and one of the best things to have on hand is the Convertible Top Manual. Buy it, Download it or whatever, but read it several times, make the jumpers, label the relays and switches to get familiar with everything. The system is overwhelming at first, but only one thing happens at a time. Whether you work on it yourself or have a mechanic do the work, the manuals are absolutely essential. The lack of use is a big source of trouble on a convertible but a bigger one is having someone trying to fix something without directions.

Should your hyd system need restoration, use ATF or quality hyd fluid. I think ATF was started to be used in 62, but some older cars used brake fluid which has absorbed water and caused corrosion over the years.

Ask questions, but the best help is in the manual

Nice car and enjoy! J

09-10-2017, 01:01 PM
I agree with Joe. You can download all the 1962 Manuals for free here:


09-10-2017, 01:02 PM
Scott, I decided to move everything up into the Bulletbird Forum and combine it. So now you will find your original posts, plus the pix you sent and other comments all up here. John ~ jopizz just gave you links to the free manuals to download! The electrical schematics can also be found in the Technical Resource Library under Wiring Diagrams, as I recall..

09-10-2017, 01:08 PM

That's in terrific shape.

Of course, more free advice: Aerospace 303 on the top after a Ph neutral scrub. The yellowing plastic may come off with a polishing compound but easily replaced at upholstery shop.

The 303 has kept a previous convertible top and curtains looking new for 15 years. This top never saw a garage or protection from the elements. The thread and zipper cloth gave up first but Tenara thread is nearly indestructable if re-sewing.

Can't say it enough. 303. Great for your new sidewalls, too.

That car looks great !

09-11-2017, 06:10 PM
Thanks! I sent your information to my daughter.

09-11-2017, 06:16 PM
Who would have a correct fuel tank and sending unit that is a direct fit without retrofitting? Seems there's as many on eBay as there are sellers with a wide range of prices. I will need straps, hooks, etc.


09-11-2017, 06:19 PM
I agree with Joe. You can download all the 1962 Manuals for free here:


Wow! Sweet. Thank you, sir.