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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-13-2019, 10:18 PM
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Posted By GB SISSON
Re: 215 85 16s

This tonner I brought home from Twisp in Eastern Washington about 5 years ago has a set of recapped 7.50x17 michelin radials on the front. Two years ago I bought an unused set of the same tire on...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-12-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,118
Posted By GB SISSON
Re: 215 85 16s

That's about when I first learned about radials. They seemed to start as a foreign car thing but in '69 I was working for a rich guy that put radials on his station wagon. More surprising to me was...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-09-2019, 11:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,118
Posted By GB SISSON
Re: 215 85 16s

Didn't spoil my party one bit. Everything about these old rigs is way beyond the safety standards of today. Metal dash with knobs that stick out... Gas tanks at your knees or under the seat,...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-08-2019, 08:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,118
Posted By GB SISSON
Re: 215 85 16s

Is that tread width or section width? That's great to get some inside scoop about what that 'aspect ratio' is about.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-08-2019, 02:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,118
Posted By GB SISSON
Re: 215 85 16s

There's nothing like having a bunch of 5 on 5 1/2 " early ford rims around the place. The newer ones with 'outie' hub cab nubs just look wrong.....
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-07-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,118
Posted By GB SISSON
Re: 215 85 16s

The width is probably very similar on thje 215s and the 205s. The 215s are an 85 series, and the lower the aspect ratio, the shorter and wider the tire. Right down to those 22" things that are...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,118
Posted By GB SISSON
Re: 215 85 16s

Thanks! Looks like a good way to go. Here's a shot of my 'truck' with the 215s mounted up. I like the way they fill up the wheel wells, and with 30 psi they steer a bit harder when stopped, but the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-29-2019, 10:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,118
Posted By GB SISSON
Re: 215 85 16s

Ran on 35 psi. Still a bit stiff. Gonna do the next run on 30. But.... I gotta say it stays so straight ahead between the ditches, running nice and true. I don't have any way to balance these, but...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-29-2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,118
Posted By GB SISSON
Re: 215 85 16s

Yes Mark... 10 ply rating, but I dont think they really have ten plies (plys?). Radials always have that flexible sidewall. I don't know how wide my rims are but they mostly came from jailbar half...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-26-2019, 08:53 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,118
Posted By GB SISSON
Re: 215 85 16s

I'm going tubeless... You? Got the other two mounted after work tonight. Now all four bolted up. Supposed to be ok weather tomorrow and I'm playing hookey, so will file a report after the test-drive.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-25-2019, 11:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,118
Posted By GB SISSON
215 85 16s

OK, this size tire came stock on dually pickups for many years. Maybe some still do, but I think the newest stuff is 17-18". Anyway your average 28 year old refinery worker making 70 grand a year...
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