Dave Gelinas (XP-300)

I JUST LOVE THE PICTURE OF THIS BUICK...........

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18 minutes ago, avgwarhawk said:

WestwoodRalphs-50s.jpg

 

 

Look at all dem black walls!

 

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3 hours ago, MrEarl said:

 

 

Look at all dem black walls!

 

 

Excuse my ignorance, but were black walls weird to people back then like white walls are today?

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2 hours ago, First Born said:

Where are all the men?

 

  Ben

 

Working, or at the country club with the "other" ladies.

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1 hour ago, Beemon said:

 

Excuse my ignorance, but were black walls weird to people back then like white walls are today?

 

I'd say no.  I think back then many economy tires were black sided. 

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2 hours ago, Beemon said:

 

Excuse my ignorance, but were black walls weird to people back then like white walls are today?

 

 I sold and installed tires in the early '50s. Probably 80% were black. White was about $2.00 more. Equal to about $16.00 today.

 

  Ben

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I anyways thought white walls were the normal. You learn something new every day! 

 

$16 per tire? If only that were still the case. 

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7 hours ago, Beemon said:

 

 

$16 per tire? If only that were still the case. 

 

 The $2.00 I referenced was the DIFFERENCE for WW over black. Best of my memory. The $16.00 is what that $2.00 would equal today, based on what I was earning then versus today's wages,   My 60 cents per hour, versus $8.00 min wage now. All approximate, of course. AND those tires then were only good for 12 ,000 to 15,000 miles. I do like today much better.

 

  I did buy a set of four Seiberling 100 tires in about 1954. Payed $25.00 per tire. WW included.  That figures out to ABOUT 35 hours of wages at 70 cents per hour. PER TIRE!

 

  Did I say I like today MUCH better?!

 

  Ben

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When I started driving my 58's in 1970 both black wall and white wall tires were common but the whitewalls were mostly thin line. In fact most guys I knew who had 55, 6, 7 Chevs would deliberately mount the white wall on the inside, especially if they had the baby moon caps instead of full disk. 

I know this is later than the era that started this discussion but just pointing out the changing trends. Me, I like white wall tires, thin line, double line or wide.

 

Here is a picture when I bought the Special in 1972 sporting her double thin line whites (bias ply by the way) :).

58 Special - Day of purchase @ Ken McKenzie's 1972.jpg

 

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How many of you installed "Port o walls" just to get the look of a white side wall.  I remember a friend of mine installing a set that gave the look of a narrow white side wall.  

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When you are broke the car wore blackwalls:  the cheapest line of Goodyear and even then looked for 'blems' or 'factory seconds'; but never recaps (my father had bad memories from the WWII time with recaps).  An uncle had a used car lot and I once had some whitewalls applied by a traveling workman that buffed the sidewalls and applied some white paint(?) that lasted the limited life of the tire.  I will not have blackwalls again.

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