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Old 01-06-2003, 09:18 AM
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Default Wide White Wall Radials

Hi, I'm new the board.

I have a 1960 Thunderbird that I like to put on some new white wall radials. The original tire sizes for the car were 8.00 x 14 with the optional 8.50 x 14 . I currently have Remington bias ply wide whites on the car, size G78-14.

What is the correct metric size for the wide white wall radials for my car? I have heard that the steering linkage can rub against the tires if you get the wrong size.

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Old 01-06-2003, 03:39 PM
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Default RE: Wide White Wall Radials

I also previously used the Remington G78-14 tires on my 1959 Thunderbird.

I have upgraded both my 1959 and 1960 Thunderbird to Coker Classic P215/75R14 wide white wall radials. This is equivalent to the 8.00-14 and G78-14 size. No rubbing on the tires has occurred with this size. Once you switch from bias ply to radial, you will find how remarkably better the car handles. Also, the annoying tendency of bias ply tires to follow grooves in the road is eliminated.

I do not have experience with the P225/75R14 size, which is the equivalent of 8.50-14 or H78-14. The radial tires have a wider profile than bias ply tires, so you may run into problems with these. The P215/75R14 size is a great improvement over either the 8.00-14 or 8.50-14 bias ply tires as there is a much bigger contact patch with the road as the thread width is wider.

For more information on Coker radial tires see:

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Default RE: Wide White Wall Radials

Hey 60birder,

If you get new radials, I'd be interested in your old tires if they're in decent shape. My 'bird has blackwalls now and it just looks pathetic. I can't really afford new tires for it, so I've been keeping my eye out for used ones. Send me a Private Message and let me know.

I'm in Columbus, OH, where are you?
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Old 02-14-2003, 01:02 PM
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Default RE: Wide White Wall Radials

I don't know what happened to 60Birder. He only posted once.

I have also had Remington bias ply wide wall tires on my 1959 Thunderbird. I went through several sets. They are descent tires for the price. Just like any other tires they dry out after 4 or 5 years. I like the new Coker radial tires much better because of their superior handling.

If you want Remington wide white bias ply tires, I bought them a few years ago new for $75 each. Try contacting Universal Vintage Tire
1-800-233-3827 or Coker Tires Vintage Tire Hotline
1-800-251-6336 .

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