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Old 12-24-2010, 05:19 PM   #1
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Wide whites for the vintage look

Looking at today's photo, those "wide whites" look cool on that vintage trailer. Where do you suppose a body could find a pair of 205-75-14s?
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Old 12-24-2010, 06:57 PM   #2
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Try Coker Tire in Chattanooga, Tennessee (www.cokertrire.com). They are the place to go for vintage tires. The produce and stock white white radials.

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remember when they had portawalls that you put on with a black wall tire that made them white wall tires. i wonder if they still make them. i had some back in the 60s.

they still make them, find them on the net.
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:32 PM   #4
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Coker Tires has a line of wide white walls but these are all automotive tires. They are rated about 1530# at 35 psi which may be Ok for your Bambi. I don't know a source for white wall trailer tires.
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:39 PM   #5
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A friend had a set of five made for his SOB. He used Diamond Back Tires
and had them do whitewalls on a set of trailer tires - I think Maxxis but not sure, it could be the other ones by BFG.

Anyway, ask Diamondback

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Old 12-25-2010, 12:39 AM   #6
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Hi, it's been a while, but I bought some wide whites for my Galaxie. The ones I bought are bias ply. They look good but they are not evenly round and were nearly impossible to correctly balance them. Hopefully they are made better now. For me it wasn't a big deal because I seldom ever drive the car anymore. Other than the balance and out of roundness of these tires I haven't had any other problems or flats with them.
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Old 12-25-2010, 10:29 AM   #7
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That is a beautiful Galaxie. My favorite year, a 1959, the year I was born.

As for Porta walls; Lucas Automotive in California
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Gorgeous car.

Quite a few folks I know have purchased wide white radials for their cars, just the one for his trailer. The folks with the radials report that they are excellent although I have read on various websites where Coker has had a few issues with their tires, but I'm not sure what. Worth checking on line though.

As for the trailer tires, Diamondback used another manufacturers made for trailer tires and put the white wall on them. I do not know how this is done, but it sure looks great and zero issues with them. The only difference between them and any other trailer tire is the white walls. He painted the rims the same color as his vintage tow vehicle (52 BelAir) and put baby moons on it and although the trailer is almost new it looks vintage.

Robertsun - more pics of that Galaxie would be fun to look at. And maybe some history? Perhaps on the vintage tow vehicle thread so we don't hijack this one?

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Old 12-25-2010, 06:30 PM   #9
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There is a guy in Iceland who makes a whitewall rubber tire paint. By reports, it has worked well for others. A lot cheaper than Cokers. Did not work well on my Hi Run tires but the guy who makes it sent me a refund. It did not work too good on my tires because my tires leached out a lot of oils. There is a forums thread somewhere, but you could probably find it in a search.

In retrospect, unless I just wanted a show stream I would not consider whitewalls. They get scuffed up more than the tow vehicle tires and keeping them clean limits where I would want to go camping.

For keeping them white though, try Blechewhite.
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