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Old 03-05-2019, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default Tire changers, do you use the DIY units?

I need to change the 19" tires on my 31. I am not sure if I trust the locals to do it without scratches.

Has anyone used this from HF? Or would I just be better to take it to a garage?

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Old 03-05-2019, 05:18 PM   #2
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I have one and use it sometimes, but mounting tires on finished wheels is just as easy or more so using the garbage bag technique. The HF unit is likely to scratch the wheel, and mounting by hand is easy by hand. Another drawback is having the HF unit permanently taking up precious shop floor space. Mine was a gift.
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Old 03-05-2019, 05:32 PM   #3
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You are much better off doing it yourself. Find someone in a local club that has done it before. Put your general location in your profile and someone may volunteer or at least loan you tools. The last thing to do is to take it to a local garage staffed by high school kids using a machine that can badly damage the rim.

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Old 03-05-2019, 07:24 PM   #4
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Any shop that sells/installs aftermarket custom wheels should be able to do it.
Call Tire Rack and ask for the names of several shops in your area that buys their wheels.
Some of these shops can be pricey.


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Old 03-05-2019, 08:01 PM   #5
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Default Re: Tire changers, do you use the DIY units?

The tyres on a Model A are large diameter, small profile bias ply tyres, all features that make them easy to change. It's so easy to change them that I can see no reason to buy more junk just to take up space in my workshop. So easy, in fact that if the tyre is warm, you might even be able to put it on with nothing more than your hands - NO TOOLS at all. If it is cold, you will need a couple of levers to get it off and a rubber mallet to put it on. Easy to do without marking the rims.
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:07 PM   #6
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Change the tires yourself. Use either soap or talc powder and use your feet to roll the tire bead on the rim. Give it a try, you will find how simple it it is to do as long at you are doing it @70+ degrees temp. I usually do it on the lawn
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:10 PM   #7
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Yes, piece of cake, did it several times, first one took half hour, second, third and fourth about twenty minutes each.
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:02 PM   #8
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Years ago one of our club members did a demonstration for easily mounting a tire on a rim. This method works in reverse for removing a tire from a rim.
To mount the tire:
1. Place the rim on a piece of carpet, or a mounting platform see attached photo
2. Cover the rim with a black plastic garbage bag keeping the bag double thickness
3. Place the tire on the rim and work the inner bead over the rim, this can be done by hand without tools for tires that are not rock hard
4. After the inner bead is on the rim remove the plastic garbage bag
5. Place the inner tube in the tire
6. Place the plastic bag between the rim and the outer bead
7. Hand work the outer bead onto the rim, if needed you can stand on the tire and work it on to the rim.
I hope this come across clearly
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:41 PM   #9
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My son has one of those HF tire changers. You don't need one for a Model A and I am sure it WILL scratch your rim. Follow 160B's directions with a garbage bag. If you have never worked on one find a club member who has. Change them on a warm day, best if you set them in the sun for awhile, cold temps makes the rubber hard. Once you do it you will never consider taking them to have it done, just think about those who came before us changing then on the side of the road. I also lay them on a piece of old carpet to protect the paint on the down side.
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Old 03-06-2019, 12:41 AM   #10
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Default Re: Tire changers, do you use the DIY units?

Not hard to do manually. My 29 has 21 inch wheels. Like has been said, it is harder to take the tire off than put it on. I did need a tire iron to remove them. Putting one on did not involve any tools other than my hands and in one case standing on it and walking it around the rim. It's a lot like an over-grown bicycle tire.
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Old 03-06-2019, 01:39 AM   #11
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The attached article shows how I do it.


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Old 03-06-2019, 08:23 AM   #12
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All of these Barners are giving you the straight story. I was afraid that I would mar the rims with tire irons, so I made some out of hardwood. I use Murphy's Oil Soap as a lubricant and I do them on my basement floor so the temperature is no problem. Give it a try.
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Old 03-06-2019, 09:28 AM   #13
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Default Re: Tire changers, do you use the DIY units?

Like everybody here has said - do it yourself, just not that hard particularly after you do the first one. For me, somehow, the hard part isn't getting the tire on the rim as much as working the tube into it. Another secret is to use lots of silicone spray, the tires practically seat themselves.
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Old 03-06-2019, 09:58 AM   #14
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Years ago one of our club members did a demonstration for easily mounting a tire on a rim. This method works in reverse for removing a tire from a rim.
To mount the tire:
1. Place the rim on a piece of carpet, or a mounting platform see attached photo
2. Cover the rim with a black plastic garbage bag keeping the bag double thickness
3. Place the tire on the rim and work the inner bead over the rim, this can be done by hand without tools for tires that are not rock hard
4. After the inner bead is on the rim remove the plastic garbage bag
5. Place the inner tube in the tire
6. Place the plastic bag between the rim and the outer bead
7. Hand work the outer bead onto the rim, if needed you can stand on the tire and work it on to the rim.
I hope this come across clearly
Also.

Don't cut the tube by getting it between the rim and the tire iron.
Don't pinch the tube between the tire and the rim.
Inflate the tube and then let the air out to get it properly positioned, then refill it.

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Old 03-06-2019, 10:35 AM   #15
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I use the spare tire mount, talcum pouter, with plastic bag.
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Old 03-06-2019, 10:39 AM   #16
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OK guys, you convinced me to do it myself. I will let you know how it goes.
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Old 03-06-2019, 05:09 PM   #17
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Ooops, I should have mentioned this earlier. These 6 tires are going to be Cokers new Radial Whitewall. They are finally shipping.

So this tire change will be harder than biased.
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Old 03-06-2019, 09:08 PM   #18
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Default Re: Tire changers, do you use the DIY units?

For dismounting tires, I have a bead breaker (made for motorcycle tires) that helps in getting things started. I work them off the wheel with a couple of tire irons I bought from Snyder's.

For mounting, I built one of the little platforms such as pictured in post #8 and also in Tom Endy's article mentioned in post #11. I've used various methods of getting it back on including walking it on, plastic bag, and using tire irons. I've done both Radials and bias ply (all 19") and don't think either one is more difficult than the other. It really depends on the age of the tire, the newer, the easier. The last really old one I took off, I had to cut it off.
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Cut some pieces of plastic milk jug to use between the tire irons and the rim. Will protect it from chipping.
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:01 AM   #20
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I was watching a video recently about a couple of guys that went out, in recent times in 4wds, looking for the remains of the "Kookaburra" a plane which disappeared here in 1929.

They had to go about 30 k's thru the Tanami Desert (fairly open country, but can be deadly as it all looks the same).
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanami...6.1_Tanami.png

If I remember the figures right, they got 240 punctures going there, and 290 going back.

One of those tyre thingy's might have come in handy...
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