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From their website:

https://www.universaltire.com/lester-tires/lester-bias-ply-tires/700-15-lester-4-inch-whitewall.html

 

and

 

https://www.universaltire.com/bf-goodrich/bf-goodrich-bias-ply-tires/710-15-bf-goodrich-3-7-8-whitewall-tire.html

 

In viewing the catalog, I had not noticed all of the specs that are on the website. It is interesting to see how much larger the 700-15 Lester tires are than the 710-15 BF Goodrich tires are. 

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49 minutes ago, MCHinson said:

. It is interesting to see how much larger the 700-15 Lester tires are than the 710-15 BF Goodrich tires are. 

 

Yes, and all else equal, you have a lot more tire in the Lester. Significant, VERY significant spec is the 6 ply Lester with a much higher load bearing at 36 psi over the 4 ply Goodrich at 32 psi. Both appear to have rather good steer tread, but you have the option of taking the Lester up to 40 psi for some relatively easy steering without that feeling of "being up on your toes", or taking any structural risk. I run my 36 psi Lesters at 40 up front, 36 rear. Lots of guys are doing that. I guess, the prices being just about equal, the question is : what else is equal, and what is not. Please let us know your thought process as you ponder your decision.     -     Carl 

 

P.S. Now Matthew, sometimes I wonder if the descriptions of some of my youthful "road antics" might make you cringe, since you would have been on the writing side of the ticket book which at times I was unable to evade. I know you have seen some gruesome results of jackasses driving beyond their skill level. It may ring hollow, but I swear I did not do that. I sure would have banged one if I had. Never did. I am old now, and pretty much keep to the slow lane. Just keep the eye out for and pull over cars I would be holding up. Pretty much.    -   CC 

 

 

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17 hours ago, MCHinson said:

I am in the market for a set of new tires for my 1937 Buick Century. The car would have originally been equipped with 700x15 bias ply tires.

 

Included with a Hemmings Motor News that arrived today, is a Univeral Tires catalog. It lists Lester tires in 700x15 so I think they are back in production.

 

The catalog also lists BF Goodrich tires in 710x15, but not 700x15. The Lester tires and BF Goodrich tires also appear to be the only  Bias Ply tires in the catalog that are listed as made in the USA. The whitewall width for the Lester tires is 4". The whitewall width for the BF Goodrich is 3 7/8". My current Firestone tires have 3 1/2" whitewalls. The Lester and BF Goodrich are similarly priced. I now have a decision to make. I really prefer the idea of USA production which will keep me from buying another set of the Firestone reproduction tires.  

Yes, the BF Goodrich are available in 7:00 x 15 (they fit 1941 Cadillacs among a ton of other cars). 

 

The BF Goodrich nice tire too - I have bought many sets now.  

 

I usually go with Jegs for free shipping and if applicable discounts https://www.jegs.com/i/Coker-Tire/257/58800/10002/-1.    

 

Or Coker:  https://www.cokertire.com/tires/700-15-bf-goodrich-4-1-8-whitewall-tire.html

 

And, if you want a smaller whitewall then they have 7:10 alternatives (but not what I would call a 1940's tread pattern):

https://www.cokertire.com/tires/710-15-bf-goodrich-3-whitewall-tire.html

https://www.cokertire.com/tires/710-15-bf-goodrich-2-1-2-whitewall-tire.html

https://www.cokertire.com/tires/710-15-bf-goodrich-3-7-8-whitewall-tire.html

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45 minutes ago, John_Mereness said:

Yes, the BF Goodrich are available in 7:00 x 15 (they fit 1941 Cadillacs among a ton of other cars). 

 

The BF Goodrich nice tire too - I have bought many sets now.  

 

I usually go with Jegs for free shipping and if applicable discounts https://www.jegs.com/i/Coker-Tire/257/58800/10002/-1.    

 

Or Coker:  https://www.cokertire.com/tires/700-15-bf-goodrich-4-1-8-whitewall-tire.html

 

And, if you want a smaller whitewall then they have 7:10 alternatives (but not what I would call a 1940's tread pattern):

https://www.cokertire.com/tires/710-15-bf-goodrich-3-whitewall-tire.html

https://www.cokertire.com/tires/710-15-bf-goodrich-2-1-2-whitewall-tire.html

https://www.cokertire.com/tires/710-15-bf-goodrich-3-7-8-whitewall-tire.html

 

You can drive yourself crazy trying to compare tires before buying them. Interestingly enough the 700x15 BF Goodrich with a 4 1/8 inch whitewall (SKU 58800) you listed from the Coker website does not appear in the Universal catalog where I found the other ones that are listed as made in the USA. It is also listed as a Tube Type tire while the ones in the printed catalog are listed as Tubeless. The 710x15 BF Goodrich with 3 7/8 inch whitewall (SKU 58400) is listed on the Jeggs, Universal and Coker websites. Oddly enough the recommended wheel width for that same tire is listed as 5.5" -7" inches on the Jeggs website and 5"-5.5" on both the Universal and Coker websites. I suspect that is a typo on the Jeggs site.  Luckily, I prefer the 3 7/8 whitewall width over the 4 1/8 whitewall width and I also prefer the tubeless tire. Now I just have to decide if I want the BF Goodrich or the Lester tires. I am leaning towards the BF Goodrich, which I can order through Jeggs to save the shipping cost. 

 

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1 minute ago, MCHinson said:

 

You can drive yourself crazy trying to compare tires before buying them. Interestingly enough the 700x15 BF Goodrich with a 4 1/8 inch whitewall (SKU 58800) you listed from the Coker website does not appear in the Universal catalog where I found the other ones that are listed as made in the USA. It is also listed as a Tube Type tire while the ones in the printed catalog are listed as Tubeless. The 710x15 BF Goodrich with 3 7/8 inch whitewall (SKU 58400) is listed on the Jeggs, Universal and Coker websites. Oddly enough the recommended wheel width for that same tire is listed as 5.5" -7" inches on the Jeggs website and 5"-5.5" on both the Universal and Coker websites. I suspect that is a typo on the Jeggs site.  Luckily, I prefer the 3 7/8 whitewall width over the 4 1/8 whitewall width and I also prefer the tubeless tire. Now I just have to decide if I want the BF Goodrich or the Lester tires. I am leaning towards the BF Goodrich, which I can order through Jeggs to save the shipping cost. 

 

I do this perhaps every other week with various friends or via something we are selling via significantcars.com. 

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