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Old 05-10-2016, 08:22 PM   #41
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Winchester Repeating Arms Company have their headquarters and corporate offices in the U.S. They are 'An American Company'. "Selling the finest American products."

However, much (if not most) of their fire arms products are made in Japan.

So it is with this understanding of how wording is phrased that leads me to continue looking for specific and definitive - concrete evidence - that today's 'rubber' inner-tubes are actually MADE IN AMERICA - As in the old days, when AKRON, OHIO meant GoodYear Rubber, etc.

There is of course the MADE IN AMERICA label that has fine print indicating that the material was from XYZ & EBM, with components from EYC, assembled in ERT - all under the umbrella of 'Corporate Offices' in the USA.

"Based in", and "manufacturer" leaves room for some strong doubt as to exactly WHERE the inner-tubes are actually made. So I still wonder where the manufacturing plant is located that makes Bratton's/Snyder's inner-tubes.
true with most things labeled "made in the usa". FYI Springfield armory pistols are made in the Philippines....some of the best pistols out there.

anyways speaking of innertubes: I have 5 20" AA truck ones with the 90*bent brass valve stem - is there anyway to straighten them back out to a 45* or put another S bend in them to straighten them up?
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Old 05-11-2016, 01:06 AM   #42
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Bridgestone Americas Tube Business (BATB), a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, is based in Russellville, Arkansas. Since 1964, BATB has been committed to manufacturing quality synthetic and natural rubber inner tubes for both on and off the highway usage. We offer the most comprehensive product line in the industry ranging from Forestry tubes to Lawn and Garden tubes. In addition to inner tubes, BATB produces bladder stock for other Bridgestone plants to use in the production of tires. Today, BATB is the only inner tube manufacturer in the U.S. and Canada.

Here is their catalog;

http://firestonetubes.com/uploads/catalog_2011.pdf (I don't see anything 4.5")
and I always thought that Bridgestone is a Japanese company. I guess you learn something every day.
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Firestone is Japanese.
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Old 05-11-2016, 03:54 AM   #44
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"I recently bought a tube from my local Model A parts supplier and specifically asked for a Brattons tube. The plastic wrapper was marked "made in China" and the tube had tiny Chinese lettering on."

How do you know it was Bratton's spec made tube?
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:33 AM   #45
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Why are you all getting so hung up on where things are made?
Germany has some of the most stringent standards in the world with the TÜV. I don't think the problem lies with where these tubes were made, but maybe what material they were made from. If they are made from Nitrile they could be suffering from ozone damage. Over a relatively short period of time the ozone in the air will deteriorate the nitrile causing it to split. Remember in the old days the side walls of tires used to crack and split? ....Ozone!
To get around this problem the rubber has antiozonants added before it is vulcanised. There are other treatments as well to prevent damage from ozone.
You need to find a reputable supplier that can give you the material specifications and trust that not everything made outside the USA is crap.


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I just disassembled my tires/wheels in preparation for new tires that are on their way. When I took the tubes out, there was a plastic grommet around the base of the stem where it goes thru the wheel. I would like to put new ones in when I put the new tires on, but I don't see them in any of the vendor catalogs.

Anyone know what they are called and where I can get them?

Oh, BTW, the tubes I took out of the "old" tires say right on them: Made is USA. (Tires were Firestones made in New Zealand.) Replacing the tires only because of extreme weather cracks, still had lots of tread. They were 25+ years old, just not many miles.
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Are you talking about these? I carry about 30 of these in my parts drawer for projects.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-Tire-Inne...#ht_883wt_1160
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Are you talking about these? I carry about 30 of these in my parts drawer for projects.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-Tire-Inne...#ht_883wt_1160
That looks exactly like what were in my rims. Thanks!
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:20 PM   #49
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Winchester Repeating Arms Company have their headquarters and corporate offices in the U.S. They are 'An American Company'. "Selling the finest American products."

However, much (if not most) of their fire arms products are made in Japan.

So it is with this understanding of how wording is phrased that leads me to continue looking for specific and definitive - concrete evidence - that today's 'rubber' inner-tubes are actually MADE IN AMERICA - As in the old days, when AKRON, OHIO meant GoodYear Rubber, etc.

There is of course the MADE IN AMERICA label that has fine print indicating that the material was from XYZ & EBM, with components from EYC, assembled in ERT - all under the umbrella of 'Corporate Offices' in the USA.

"Based in", and "manufacturer" leaves room for some strong doubt as to exactly WHERE the inner-tubes are actually made. So I still wonder where the manufacturing plant is located that makes Bratton's/Snyder's inner-tubes.
This seems to be endemic. The editor of a so-called "prestigious" classic car magazine describes the Ford GT40 as the best American sports car ever. When challenged, he stated that although it was designed and built in the UK by a company completely outside the Ford Motor Company because it used a Ford engine and wore the blue oval and was paid for by Ford, it was a Ford. I guess this is another case of the golden rule - he who pays the gold rules!
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I picked up my new Coker 19" Radial tires today. On the way to pick them up, the powder coater called and said that my wheels were ready. An the little grommets (post # 44-47) came in yesterday.

Looks like I will have a busy day tomorrow!
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Sound like a good day ahead. Have fun Carl.
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