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#1 kope49

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 06:02 AM

There are numerous threads on wide whitewalls and classic tires on here. My question is more specific directed at others who bought Diamondbacks.  I am likely going with 215-75-15 tires for my 50 Wayfarer but am not sure which makes more sense the Diamondback II or the AS4.  I see one is made by Hancock the other by Toyo but those of you that have bought what brand did you choose and why? I suppose Randy can give me the merits of both but maybe someone who is running one or the other can tell me how satisfied they are with their choice. $1100 for tires is a lot of money to some of us. :)

 

In other news my rebuilt 230 is being dropped into the car this week. It will be nice this year to be able to go touring without feeling I was working for the mosquito control district.



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 08:47 AM

my first car was a 1950 dodge meadowbrook, a hand me down in the family. $19.95 earl schieb paint job. I still love the fake woodgrain dash and the square gauges.huge backseat that was a bonus at the drive-in.the wide whites will look great, but they are overpriced in my opinion. however,there are only a few companies that sell them, so you have to pay to play.my car would have to be restored to justify the expense, so I went with a standard whitewall, about $400.i wish I had the wide whites. good luck with your choice. capt den

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 10:29 AM

I'm in the same situation. I have BF Goodrich Silver Town bias from Coker on my '52 wayfarer. I want to put radials from Diamond Back on mine, but I am holding off as long as I can to see what people have to say about the Auburn Deluxe they are supposed to have soon. From pictures it looks like bias, but is a true radial. No reviews yet that I can find. If not the Auburn I will probably go with the AS4 just for lower price. Mine will probably dry rot before wearing out from use. I think Hankook and Toyo both have decent reputations.

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PS You can see a picture of the Auburn on page 22 of the on line catalog.



#4 Ricky Luke

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 09:23 PM

I haven't used the diamond backs, but I've used Toyos and hancooks on my modern cars - I'd go with the Toyo's.. had them on a 1983 BMW 528 and could push it hard around a race track. The Hancooks on another car went lumpy.

 

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:28 AM

DK,

If I were you I'd loose my fixation of the fattest Diamond white wall thing and go to Coker Tire. Their Firestone 6.70x15 Bias Ply is a 3 1/4" wide white and sells for $188. That's four tires for under $800. I have used Coker tires on every one of the 12 restorations I have done with no problems. There are no bumps at 75 mph either and I have received my share of trophies with them on these cars.
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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:02 AM

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#7 kope49

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 03:59 PM

DK,

If I were you I'd loose my fixation of the fattest Diamond white wall thing and go to Coker Tire. Their Firestone 6.70x15 Bias Ply is a 3 1/4" wide white and sells for $188. That's four tires for under $800. I have used Coker tires on every one of the 12 restorations I have done with no problems. There are no bumps at 75 mph either and I have received my share of trophies with them on these cars.

Bob I had a 53 DeSoto that I put the Coker bias ply tires on and while they were better than what I took off I have gotten spoiled with years of radials and like the way they track and handle corners better than bias ply.  I hear the other people on here who think the price of these wide whites is ridiculous unless you have money to burn or a show car.  I have neither but managed to stash away enough money from a part time job to pay for re-chroming my back bumper(badly needed) and new tires.  I guess the silliest part of it is these cars didn't have whites at all when they were new.  My Wayfarer sedan was the cheapest Dodge you could buy in 1950 and I'm not even sure you could order whites.  I just like the look.

 

The person i bought my car from put 235-70-15 narrow whitewall tires on it and they are so wide the rear fenders rub around corners. They have a lot of tread but I don't like the 70 profile or extra wide tires on my stock car.



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:35 PM

I currently have 6.70 x 15 ww bias plys on my 47 P15....from Coker. I think they are Firestones (havent looked at them for a while). They have been a good set of tires. I ran some used radials for a while a few years ago...and indeed they handled better. Actually compensated for some play in the steering. Would like to replace the current bias with radials next time...just hate to pay those high prices. So we shall see. The worst thing I found with radials was--harder to turn when stopped or going very slow....like parking.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 10:48 AM

Coker carries wide white radials starting at around $200.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:00 AM

http://www.lucasclassictires.com/

 

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