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Old 10-03-2017, 05:50 PM
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I have a chance of buying some Bias Belted Coker Firestone Wide White Wall at a heck of a price. Yes I would prefer radials, but the price is outstanding. The only issue is that they are 14 x 7.50, instead of the suggested 14 x 8.00. Any thoughts?
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Old 10-03-2017, 07:23 PM
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If you don't mind seeing a lot of the wheel wells then the 7.50 X 14 tires will look just fine. The bigger issue is how much are you going to drive the car. Driving with bias ply tires certainly takes some getting used to compared to radials. The smaller size is going to make it even more challenging. I normally save my wide white wall bias tires for shows and put on an inexpensive set of radials for normal driving.

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Jopizz that sounds like the way to do it.
Can you recommend any cheap 14" radials?
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:41 PM
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You might want a whole new set of rims and tires just for every day use. Used rims and tires can be had for next to nothing at junk yards.
It would be a whole lot less trouble to swap out rims with tires already on, then changing out tires on the 14" rims.

If you go this route be careful of the rim design. I have 15" rims right now and the lug nuts do not go all the way on to the wheel studs. There is a raised portion on the rims that make the studs too short.
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14" radial tires are common and plentiful, everywhere. Shop the tire stores.

I totally agree with John in that bias ply tires are downright dangerous. They weren't so bad when everyone else had them too but that's not the case any more.

It's the same story with drum brakes, seat belts and many improvements that ALL modern cars have today. The other guy has no idea how much more room your classic car needs.

Bias ply tires squirm terribly which makes them wear out much faster but more importantly, they don't hold the road as well, especially around bends and while braking.

When these classic cars were new, we were very lucky to get 20,000 miles from a set of even the best tires because radials were not around yet. I will never go back to bias ply tires or drum brakes. - Dave
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Steven you have been given very sound advice on your tire purchase. Definitely radials on these old gals
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Old 10-11-2017, 01:17 PM
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I have a chance of buying some Bias Belted Coker Firestone Wide White Wall at a heck of a price. Yes I would prefer radials, but the price is outstanding. The only issue is that they are 14 x 7.50, instead of the suggested 14 x 8.00. Any thoughts?
Well, thinking it's a difference of about .6 inches. If you can live with that slightly over 1/2 inch difference. The idea of a different set for highway and road trips is the best solution in my opinion. The bias-ply wide whites cannot be outdone when you are looking at original. I'd guess you'll take a hit at the shows for the size difference.
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Jopizz that sounds like the way to do it.
Can you recommend any cheap 14" radials?
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I got these for around $200 for the set.


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An option is Cooper. The trendsetter has a narrow whitewall & is avai in 215-75-14 which is very close.
I have em on mine (mine are 225-75-14 - No longer avai in that size.
But they are smooth, quiet & wear well. They have a good warranty also.

$140 ea (aprox)
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I also use 225/75/14, but mine are Cokers 2 1/2" Whitewalls.
They look good for the size of the car, & I get a good ride.

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