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Old 07-22-2018, 07:44 PM   #1
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Default 16” Big and Little Tire Sizes For 35/36 Fords

I am looking to see if anyone is running a set of 16” big and little tires on 35/36 Fords. My car running a stock rear end and a stock axle that was dropped 4”. Any pictures would be helpful. I was thinking to use radial 550X16’s for the front and either 650X16’s or 700X16’s for the rear.

Here is a picture of my car currently with the dropped axle and on a set of 600X16 tires.



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Old 07-22-2018, 08:03 PM   #2
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I did 6.5s up front and 7's out back. 5.5s seems to small for me but I'm also using a standard front axle so I don't worry about turning. Seemed to fill out the rear wheel well. I have a 2" drop axle with a shortened track width (for wheel to fender clearance) from another project, but haven't wanted to install.



5.5 white walls are only in 1-2" (back when I ordered). If you are going 3-4" WWs. Better if they match.


All the pictures are not there anymore but... https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42056


6s and 6.5s in the rear.

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A set of 7s out back would be nice on your car.

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Old 07-23-2018, 11:40 AM   #3
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I've got 6.00s on the front and 6.50s on the back of my '35 truck, with a 1" drop spring on the front. I'll find some pics, but I like how it sits. Just enough of a rake.
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Old 07-23-2018, 02:20 PM   #4
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Bursonaw.…...Here is a pic of HEARD's little '36 3-w. It has a 4"-drop front axle, with 5.50 R 16 Stahl Radials (on 4"-wide Ford wheels FRONT), and 7.50 R 16 Stahls (on 4-1/2" wide Ford wheels REAR). DD


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Old 07-23-2018, 03:44 PM   #5
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Bursonaw.…...Here is a pic of HEARD's little '36 3-w. It has a 4"-drop front axle, with 5.50 R 16 Stahl Radials (on 4"-wide Ford wheels FRONT), and 7.50 R 16 Stahls (on 4-1/2" wide Ford wheels REAR). DD




Looks great, thanks!


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Old 07-28-2018, 02:47 PM   #6
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Here’s a couple photos of my current ‘36 project with bigs (700x16) and littles (550x16). Here are the details:

Front:
Original 36 front axle dropped 4” by Joe Casto
Posie reversed eye front spring
Standard shackles
5.50 x 16 Coker Firestone

Rear:
Original banjo rear axle
Posie reversed eye ‘37-‘40 reversed eye spring with leaves 1 & 3 removed (counting from the top)
Standard shackles
7.00 x 16 Coker Firestone

All riding on original ‘36 wide five rims.
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Old 07-29-2018, 06:56 PM   #7
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Here’s a couple photos of my current ‘36 project with bigs (700x16) and littles (550x16). Here are the details:



Front:

Original 36 front axle dropped 4” by Joe Casto

Posie reversed eye front spring

Standard shackles

5.50 x 16 Coker Firestone



Rear:

Original banjo rear axle

Posie reversed eye ‘37-‘40 reversed eye spring with leaves 1 & 3 removed (counting from the top)

Standard shackles

7.00 x 16 Coker Firestone



All riding on original ‘36 wide five rims.


Thanks for the pictures and notes.



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Old 07-30-2018, 06:38 AM   #8
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Some previous posts on Big & Little Tires....

https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...=Big%2Flittles

https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...=Big%2Flittles

https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...=Big%2Flittles
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Old 08-03-2018, 11:10 PM   #9
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7.00's of the rear, stock reversed eye spring, sans 3 leave's
5.50's on the front, with reversed eye stock spring, sans 2 leave's
Firestone's all the way around!
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Old 08-04-2018, 11:52 AM   #10
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7.00's of the rear, stock reversed eye spring, sans 3 leave's
5.50's on the front, with reversed eye stock spring, sans 2 leave's
Firestone's all the way around!
THAT is one cool looking '36 Coupe I love it!
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Old 08-04-2018, 04:05 PM   #11
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Post #9.....is the front axle dropped ? If so how much. Mech/hyd brakes ?? Using tubes ?
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:22 PM   #12
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7.00's of the rear, stock reversed eye spring, sans 3 leave's
5.50's on the front, with reversed eye stock spring, sans 2 leave's
Firestone's all the way around!

Your car is one of the reasons I changed the wheels, tires, and stance on my 5 Window!



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Old 08-07-2018, 07:18 AM   #13
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my friend Andy's 35, at the Gilmore Museum
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Old 08-07-2018, 09:29 AM   #14
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my friend Andy's 35, at the Gilmore Museum
That is nice! I love the stance!
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Old 08-02-2019, 11:08 PM   #15
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Here’s an update on my original post. I went with 700 x 16’s for the rear and 550 x 16’s for the front. The tires Diamondback Auburn deluxe radial tires. Running a 4” dropped front axle with stock springs front and back. I’m still contemplating reverse eye springs.




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Old 08-02-2019, 11:18 PM   #16
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I like the tan '36 a lot better than the red '35. It is possible to get a car too low.
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Old 08-03-2019, 10:24 AM   #17
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My ’34 roadster had a front spring with reversed eyes when I bought it. I saw that these eyes had been hitting the axle as there were marks/dents on the axle ends. I replaced the spring with a conventional one, problem solved.
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Long long ago, when I was young, we lifted the front and dropped the rear to give it that " taking off " look. Anybody else old enough to remember those days?
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Are you talking the "tail-dragger" look? We did the same in the sixties, but that was to emulate Gassers, Super Stocks and Factory Expermentals. We called it the "weight-transfer" look.
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Old 08-03-2019, 02:27 PM   #20
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My ’34 roadster had a front spring with reversed eyes when I bought it. I saw that these eyes had been hitting the axle as there were marks/dents on the axle ends. I replaced the spring with a conventional one, problem solved.
Sounds like the spring was built or purchased too long. Reversed eyes or original configuration shouldn't make any difference related to the eyes contacting the axle. That should be controlled by the spring length and proper shackles.
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