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15 hours ago, PFitz said:

There's an ongoing debate about using radials on old type rims not designed for the increased side stress radials put on rims. Especially, snap ring rims and  rims that been rust pitted.

 

Some old timers may remember back in the 70's, when radials started to become popular, the recommendation was to only use them on cars with "radial tuned suspensions". But what a radial tuned suspension was, was never made clear. I don't find the ride objectionable with bias ply tires, if the suspension is in good condition and the wheels are properly balanced. If it's not, changing tire designs  will not make it better, or safer. 

 

 

Paul 

My opinion is a lock ring style wheel (1928ish to 1933) mixed to a radial tire is pure putting your life at risk - too much stress at the lock ring.  

 

As to drop center wire wheels - debatable topics + or -. (but you only have a drop center wire wheel on Olympics and 1934's. 

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1 hour ago, odat said:

Blackwalls!!!!! no question.  this is mine in Blackwalls.

31 franklin.JPG

 

Do you have the Firestone tyres on that one Dick?

 

Roger

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yes it is the Merrill coupe.. with a new engine , fuel line and all new brakes.

It has very old (20+years)lesters on it at the moment they look great and ride great but I don't trust 20 year old tires. I have Michelins on my 29 and love them . I am putting Firestones on the 32. they are not on yet but I like the looks of the tread.

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16 hours ago, odat said:

yes it is the Merrill coupe.. with a new engine , fuel line and all new brakes.

It has very old (20+years)lesters on it at the moment they look great and ride great but I don't trust 20 year old tires. I have Michelins on my 29 and love them . I am putting Firestones on the 32. they are not on yet but I like the looks of the tread.

I always enjoyed seeing Gardner and Dave at the Trek,..... and Gardner's yearly "Please adjust the carburetor".

 

Paul

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Just an observation from someone who has driven a few miles in a early 1930s  Franklin over the past several decades ( ok Paul stop laughing , it is more then a "few" miles maybe many miles) .

There was a tour 40 + years ago pout in Southampton , NY sponsored by the Long Island Old Car Club Chapter of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America ( now they call themselves the Vintage MCC of America)

and it was called "By land and by Sea". That title because a group of 20+ pre WWII cars drove down from New England taking the ferry across long island sound to Orient Point to get to Southampton to avoid a long drive west then east to get there. ANYWAY a fellow drove down in a 1931 Packard phaeton that had the Custom Classic Lee tires on it, I had my 31 Franklin there and had Lester tires on it. We both went for a ride and drove each others cars. The Lee tires - Custom Classic , were so much nosier then the Lester tires due to the tread pattern it was very very noticeable. Also the Lester tires allowed the car to steer better then the Lee tires. It was an interesting experience to be able to try the two cars out. 

One of the more interesting events was when Don Meyer of NJ blew the back of the headlight off his brass era Locomobile because he turned the gas that powered the lamp up full and then threw in a lit match to get the lamp to light. Ka Boom. It happened after dark to so was a pretty spectacular show , enough to rival the 4th of July celebration and display in any town.

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