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Old 01-26-2011, 10:48 AM   #1
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Default Clothesline snow tires

Forgot I had these pictures. It was snowing pretty good as you can see so decided to try the clothes line trick. I think I'd use nylon if I had to do it over. The cotton rope worked OK for about 5 miles but was almost worn through in spots when I got back home.
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:59 AM   #2
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when i lived in snow , i used a sprint car tire groover & made a set of snow tires out of 2 spares . they worked great ............. steve
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:51 PM   #3
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Is the line a continuous wrap or separately tied loops...can't quite tell from the pictures.
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:00 PM   #4
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There usually continuous but they dont last long. LOL ken ct.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:28 PM   #5
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I have used polypropylene rope, the kind used for boating purposes. I get it for free, because the yachty types will readily replace a line that has a slight amount of chafing. Check the trash bins at a yacht club or commercial fishing moorage. As the rope wears, it gets increasingly furry, which grips ice and snow even better.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:30 PM   #6
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The reason clothesline worked so well back in the day was there weren't any paved roads, at least down in the Ozarks where we lived. Dirt isn't nearly as hard on the rope as Asphalt or Concrete.

THEN CAME SNOW TIRES..!
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:58 PM   #7
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Dacron polyester would be the most chafe resistant rope.
Its kind of expensive but if you know any racing sailors, we retire it much earlier than a snow chain would be bothered by.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:07 AM   #8
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I got my Model A stuck out in a summer fallow field, in the spring, when I was 14 years old. When I walked home some for help from dad, he handed me two old lariet ropes that were hanging up in the barn, and told me to get myself out. He did tell me how to do it, but I still had to walk back and use the old trick. That was a long time ago. Still have that particular car.

Kids today miss out on so much of just plain life. Damned computers, etc.

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Old 01-28-2011, 09:29 AM   #9
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"Kids today miss out on so much of just plain life. Damned computers, etc. "

I'd have to agree. When's the last time you say a kid making a motorbike, or messing with a go-kart or out tinkering with an old car!
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:32 AM   #10
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Neat. I am going to try that!
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:50 PM   #11
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Interesting idea. I assume it would also work in a pinch with a modern car with spoked aluminum rims. Another reason to carry a bit of rope in the car winter emergency kit.

Fortunately I at least have one kid that rebuilt a motorbike and both of them are interested in our Model A and quite willing to at least take it apart.
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