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    My car has some ancient Mickey Thompson Indy Profiles on it right now.

    I really like the way they look, but they need to be replaced this winter.

    I'm on the fence as to just sticking with the bias-ply Indy Profiles, or join the 21st century and get some drag radials like the ET Streets.

    Would it be silly to have new-tech radials on an old-tech '58 ?

    Just fishing for opinions.
    Most guys at the car shows say to "go radial".
    http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...ryNumber=33517

  • #2
    What´s "bias-ply" ?
    sigpic..."Lil darling Ruth"
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    • #3
      I wouldn't run a bias ply unles I was showing for a concurs judging. The handling, ride, and stopping ar almost night and day. Go with the radials they are light years safer.
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      Jim

      protourbird

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      • #4
        Greg, First up, your car is very cool looking with the big tires out back! Like others have said radials are the way to go today, you will notice the difference. I know that either in Summit racing or Jegs they have radial street/drag tires. Check them out online. Good luck, and how about some more pictures of the car, love to see that 460 monster under the hood!
        sigpic1960 Gold Bird, original owner since new. tbirdregistry #3158

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        • #5
          You know, now that you mention it, I took very few pictures of the car last summer. At least no decent ones anyways.

          I'll be more prepared for photo opportunities next summer.

          The car is up on jack stands in the garage right now...

          1. New tires ($$$$. Ouch.).
          2. fix or replace radiator (slow leak).
          3. new rubber bushings in the rear leaf springs (cheap).
          4. new weatherstripping, etc, everywhere around the side windows (they rattle something fierce. this job scares me...).
          5. proper coolant catch can to replace the Miller High Life tall boy that is my current catch can.
          6. Gauge panel where the junk stereo was (volts, oil psi, water temp).
          7. do a better job of glueing down and fitting the carpeting.
          8. Fix the emergency brake so it is operational.

          But FIRST: FIND A MONEY TREE...
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          • #6
            Greg my two (2) cents on this subject. Definitely radials for rideability and handling. I would call / text several tire manufacturers and give them the specs on what you have now?? You never know they may have just what you are looking for.
            Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
            Thunderbird Registry
            58HT #33317
            60 HT (Sold )

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            • #7
              bias-ply or radials?

              Hi Anders,

              Here is what wikipedia has to say about radial vs bias ply tires.

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radial_tire

              Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
              '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
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              • #8
                Originally posted by protourbird View Post
                I wouldn't run a bias ply unles I was showing for a concurs judging. The handling, ride, and stopping ar almost night and day. Go with the radials they are light years safer.
                Hi Greg, I agree 100% on this one!


                Originally posted by Dakota Boy View Post
                I'm on the fence as to just sticking with the bias-ply Indy Profiles, or join the 21st century and get some drag radials like the ET Streets.
                Would it be silly to have new-tech radials on an old-tech '58 ?
                You're not sillier as most people with old cars I know over here, if you go that way.........

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                • #9
                  radials

                  Hey Buddy,
                  take it from me I JUST SWITCHED FROM BIAS TO RADIALS AND I COULDN'T BELIEVE THE DIFFEERENCE. sorry for shouting,but I am excited over the handling and ride of the new tires,it's almost like driving my 2009.

                  almost!

                  sal
                  Sal III

                  60 T BD

                  Thunderbird Registry # 33126 - VTCI # 11138- CTCI #02521

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                  • #10
                    Mickey Thompson makes their "ET Street" tires in a radial version.... Very very close in tread width and diameter as my old Indy Profiles. I think this is what I'll be going with then:




                    Fatties on the back, narrower ones up front...

                    I found out last weekend that my car definitely has a Detroit Locker in the rear end. That explains that racheting noise that freaked me out when I first got the car.... It also has ladder bars, making the whole rear end pretty stout. Some shorty headers and some cylinder head porting should get me around 450 HP pretty easily.
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                    • #11
                      Radials !!!!

                      BP's are 40 yr old technology. Stage coaches would have had BP's if theyd have been around another 10 yrs.
                      John Byers
                      1960 Convertible (Orig owner)
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