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Old 10-05-2020, 07:51 PM   #1
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AS luck would have it, I have two Model A's needing tires at the same time. That's ( 8) 19 inch tires, 8 tubes, and 8 rim liners. That's about $1700.00 as I figure it, without figuring tax and shipping. Would probably end up being over $2000.00. One car has Goodyear. The other Firestone. Question is: Has anyone used Universal or Lucas tires? I can get these for about half the price of Goodyear or Firestone. They are going on cars that don't get driven 1000 miles a year. Any good or bad experiences with either of these less expensive tires? Thank you.
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Old 10-05-2020, 09:01 PM   #2
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I have one Model A with Universals and one with European Classics. Both about $110 each they ride and drive well. No problems. Both available with free shipping. Your tubes and liners may be fine to re-use.
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Old 10-05-2020, 09:27 PM   #3
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CORRECTION: I just read your original posting more carefully.
Under 1000 miles per year?
Just shop price.

Tubes and liners? Look at your old tubes- if they are not cracked or splitting, re-use.
Most of my past tube failures were from being a cheapskate and running the rubber valves. The base of the valve was where they cracked.
Since I switched to original style metal valves, no more failure there.
Some older tubes are better quality than today's Chinese crap-ola.

Rim liners? I use Gorilla Tape.

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Old 10-05-2020, 09:33 PM   #4
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I have numerous antique cars all with GY and Firestone’s and the GoodYears have never let me down. Appearance and performance are great. But yes they are costly. Wayne
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Old 10-06-2020, 07:40 AM   #5
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There's a post going on now about European Classic Tires...............109$ ea w FREE shipping.
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Old 10-06-2020, 09:01 AM   #6
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There's a post going on now about European Classic Tires...............109$ ea w FREE shipping.
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This is your answer. Instead of your projected $2000 dollars itís less than $900 including shipping. A dream come true for you!
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Old 10-06-2020, 09:26 AM   #7
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Bought universals tires years ago for my 31 model a , they are just ok. Made in Vietnam and some guys will not buy them, did not know this until after I got them...
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Old 10-06-2020, 10:35 AM   #8
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Bought universals tires years ago for my 31 model a , they are just ok. Made in Vietnam and some guys will not buy them, did not know this until after I got them...
Had a similar experience with the Lucas $100 tires also made in Nam. The issue is many of the budget tires have nylon cord that can exhibit flat spots after prolonged sitting.Like others have posted, I've found that this requires some driving to heat them up and avoid a bumpy ride. Go with Polyester cord if possible.
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Old 10-06-2020, 10:46 AM   #9
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Had a similar experience with the Lucas $100 tires also made in Nam. The issue is many of the budget tires have nylon cord that can exhibit flat spots after prolonged sitting.Like others have posted, I've found that this requires some driving to heat them up and avoid a bumpy ride. Go with Polyester cord if possible.
Really? I have Lucas tires and I have never noticed that. How long do they have to sit before the exhibit flat spots?
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Old 10-06-2020, 10:53 AM   #10
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Good morning...I also have Lucas Tires that I bought at Arizona Model A for like $99.00 each. They are from Vietnam...they ride just fine and after 7 years and 9,000 miles I don't have any complaints...These tires were within my budget, most of the other tires were not...Ernie in Arizona
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Is it still correct that Bratton's is the only ones that carry good tubes?

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Old 10-06-2020, 11:37 AM   #12
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I've had good results with the zig zag tread tires like Allstate , Garfield and others . These tires don't seem to ever wear out and I've never noticed a problem with flat spots . I've owned model A's for sixty years and counting .
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Old 10-06-2020, 04:02 PM   #13
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Thank you Guy for all the responses. I need to make a decision soon...Nick
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Old 10-06-2020, 04:17 PM   #14
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Really? I have Lucas tires and I have never noticed that. How long do they have to sit before the exhibit flat spots?
I've been following this thread to see others' experiences. If the car sits for a week or 2, the tires retain a flat spot with only about 500 miles on them at 35 psi. When pushing the car forward a few inches, the car rolls back to the flat spots. It takes a few minutes driving for the flat spots and thumping to dissipate. Otherwise, they ride fine, look great and fit in the fender wells with 30 to 32psi.
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Old 10-07-2020, 05:54 PM   #15
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AS luck would have it, I have two Model A's needing tires at the same time. That's ( 8) 19 inch tires, 8 tubes, and 8 rim liners. That's about $1700.00 as I figure it, without figuring tax and shipping. Would probably end up being over $2000.00. One car has Goodyear. The other Firestone. Question is: Has anyone used Universal or Lucas tires? I can get these for about half the price of Goodyear or Firestone. They are going on cars that don't get driven 1000 miles a year. Any good or bad experiences with either of these less expensive tires? Thank you.
I put Lucas on mine with new tubes and liners. I thought they looked very nice. Will probably dry rot as I donít drive it much. About 100.00 each plus tubes/liners
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Old 10-08-2020, 01:31 PM   #16
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My understanding is that the Bratton's tubes are good quality. I have no direct experience, however. I have Excelsior radials on my 30 and some old Garfields on my 28, fwiw.
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Is it still correct that Bratton's is the only ones that carry good tubes?

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Old 10-10-2020, 06:32 AM   #18
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I was told that Snyder’s carry exactly the same tubes!
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I was told that Bert’s carry exactly the same tubes!


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I've had good results with the zig zag tread tires like Allstate , Garfield and others . These tires don't seem to ever wear out and I've never noticed a problem with flat spots . I've owned model A's for sixty years and counting .




Mine are about 40 yrs old and won't wear out. I'm not buying new ones until they do so I think I'll wear out before they do.
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