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cleandan

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What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« on: May 13, 2022, 11:30:24 AM »
I am wondering what was the tire to have in 1971/1972.
I am talking street legal tires here, not racing tires.

You have your car set up and ready to go for saturday night racing and you installed what tires?


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Re: What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2022, 12:41:57 PM »
I used Doral wide ovals.
They were a great combo for street and stop light drags.
I also used BF Goodrich TA radials and some Goodyears.
A lot of it depended on how much money I had at the time I installed them.
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Re: What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2022, 02:20:04 PM »
In that day, performance tires where rated with letters and then the aspect ratio. Such as G70-15.

In SoCal, for cheater tires, a lot of guy's used walnut embedded snow tires (still made), made with walnut infused soft rubber. DOT was created in '67 and by '71/'72, race tires weren't policed. I ran Stock Car tires, on 10" wheels, on the back of my K-code  Mustang and never got stopped.

There were still recaps back then and I vaguely remember 2 groove "Cheaters" but, not sure of the date.
Frank

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Re: What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2022, 03:05:06 PM »
Goodyear Polyglass GT G-60-15, G-70-15, pumped up to 45 psi.  BF Goodrich L-60-15, or N-50-15.  This was for strip duty where you had to use a street tire with track prep.  I have a NOS pair of BF Goodrich N-50-15s on 10" rims that I can't get anyone to dismount due to the age and DOT numbers on the side of the tires.  Still have the blue soap on the white letters, but no dice on dismounting them.  Insurance liabilities they claim due to old age.   Joe-JDC
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Re: What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2022, 07:25:57 PM »
I can see why a shop wouldn't want to mount them, but they won't dismount them? That doesn't make much sense. There's no air in them when you dismount them so whats the risk? Too bad you aren't closer, I'd dismount or remount them for you. I've mounted some pretty old and rotted tires without any trouble for rollers or whatever. That's they the tire machine has a LONG air hose, if it's really iffy I just hide around the corner when I hit the air.

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Re: What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2022, 08:54:44 PM »
Not sure when they came out but I remember Pro Tracs on my Mustang as early as 75 when my dad had it.
I was 9 then but I geuss thats when I started to get into dirt bikes that got me into cars eventually.
But when I got the car it had the Pro Tracs. These were regular street tires.

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Re: What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2022, 10:43:11 PM »
Back somewhat before your designated time window, but Atlas Bucron tires were the designated items for a while. :)

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Re: What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2022, 07:19:55 AM »
Back somewhat before your designated time window, but Atlas Bucron tires were the designated items for a while. :)

KS


Yes!  They left a nice little pile of rubber dust on the pavement.  I think Casler cheater slicks were a thing then too.
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Re: What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2022, 08:13:39 AM »
I'm with CammerFe on this one.The Standard station up the street from us sold alot of those tire's to the hi-po guys..........Tom

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Re: What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2022, 11:12:23 AM »
I recall, '59-'60up era, that when Standard Oil first released the Atlas Bucron Tire it was a "super" premium tire and came with a 50K mile warranty covering "tread wear". Don't misunderstand, they were expensive, very expensive, but they had better dry traction on acceleration than anything previously available. The Standard Oil Dealers soon discovered that some customers returned for tread wear warranty after, as little as, one week's service time. As I recall, the "free race tire" warranty only lasted approximately six months before it was discontinued.

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Re: What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2022, 04:41:21 PM »
                                                                                                                                                                On my 66 fairlane in -  1967 the front hot look were 6.50-15 ATLAS POLYCRON with 4 or 4.5 x 15 Cragar             s/s rim rear tires used the cheapest /largest/ softest/biggest/recap I could buy -seems my center oiler 2x4++   was hard on rear tires -a few rear 9 inch gears-and a few 3rd gear parts in my toploader too---I still   have a the pair of the front tires and rims!!! --  still think crager s/s are the best look for 66/67 failane! What I miss most is sunoco pump dialing 190 up to 260 AT.35$ A GAL!!!!   damn - feeling older                         than dirt now- late 50s - 5gal for a buck to get the friends car and girls to the drive-in for a view of the movie from the back seat

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Re: What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2022, 09:08:51 PM »
I had BF Goodrich L60s on my 66 Galaxie in 1975. When I wore those out I moved up to Firestone Super Sport N50s. Good times. :)

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Re: What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2022, 02:16:59 AM »
Nothing like Smoking a brand new set of BF Goodrich Belted T/As

Around May 1978 in Redmond WA. Sorry about the condition of the picture...

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Re: What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2022, 09:42:57 AM »
No reason to be sorry about that. I which I would have taken more pictures when I was younger.

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Re: What was the tire to have in 1971/1972?
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2022, 10:19:43 AM »
When i was 14-15, 77-78 we built dunebuggys. The tire sourse was the dumpster
behind the tireshops. So the choice was a few years old, lets say 72 isch.
Those i remember among the wide tires is Firestone wideoval, Goodyear Pollyglas
Pos-a-traction torque twister, Kelly Supercharger.



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