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Old 05-31-2009, 09:02 AM   #1
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Common tire size for 50's vintage rigs

Hey all,

With my new axle one, and wheels on order, I need to contemplate tire sizes for the Flying Cloud. The trailer arrived with 15" wheels, but had two different sized light truck tires on them.

I had thought about using the same sized Goodyear Marathoner tires that I have on my 75 Ambassador, but they look very large, and I don't want a tire that it too big.

Can anyone post info about tire sizes they use on their 1950's era trailers?

Thanks,

Steve
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Old 05-31-2009, 09:22 AM   #2
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Steve,

After measuring and calculating and scratching my head, I went with the 225/75 Marathons on our 1955 (it had 7.00 X 15's). They fit well, I was worried about clearance but have a couple inches all around. Wally evidently didn't want to use up interior space by have a excessively large wheelwell. I ordered ours from Tire Rack a couple years ago, best price then, where are you getting yours from? I have to get one for a spare.

Hope this helps,

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The early 1950's Airstreams used 700-15 tires on 15" Mercury car wheels. No tire or wheel specs are listed in the 1952-53 Airstream catalog, but the 1954 Airstreams used 700-15 6 ply tires on 15" diameter wheels. Hope this old data helps a bit. I used old Michelin 700-15 radial tires on my 1951 Clipper. Being tall and narrow they fit well, but that size is becoming harder to find anymore.
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Fred,

What are the closest tires to the 700-15? Can the marathoner be used as a good substitute?

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The closest radial tire size to the bias ply 7.00 x 15" is the ST 225R 75 x 15" load range D.
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Fred, What are the closest tires to the 700-15? Can the marathoner be used as a good substitute? Steve
Hi Steve:

Unfortunately, I'm very much stuck in the past and use old measurements, weights and tools. My kitchen utensils read teaspoons, cups and and quarts, not litres. My bathroom scale still reads in (ever increasing) pounds (the spring must be aging ), not kilos. All my wrenches and sockets are SAE standard; not a metric wrench or socket in sight. So, I don't know the answer to your question. I located and bought some new 600-16 tires (made in India) for my '48 Wee Wind, so didn't have to worry about converting old tire sizes to new metric-based cross-sectional sizes. I don't have any experience with that, so someone better at bridging the past to the present will have to answer your question.
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What are the closest tires to the 700-15? Can the marathoner be used as a good substitute?

Steve

I am also using the same one from last 4 yrs.
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