Posted on December 17, 2008
With my ’56 hopefully out of the paint shop next week, I have been searching for some 3″ wide white walls to add to the Chief. Its going to have a matte hot-rod black base paint job with red scallops down the sides. I decided to keep all the chrome trim on, which is not typical for hot/rat rod type cars, but I love all the chrome on there and can’t imagine her without it. I think its going to turn out great!
Anyway, its got some radial 225/75 R15’s on there right now with the small 1/2″ white stripe. I want this thing to look like a classic cruiser, so I have been checking around for some bigger whites, and I wanted bias ply tires so it looks original. I found a couple sets on Craigslist, one guy up in the Bay Area, and another up in Oregon. The guy in Norcal had a brand new, never mounted set of 3″ white walls, BFGoodrich Silvertown 820-15’s. He offered to sell them to me for $465 shipped. I almost went on that deal, but decided to check on the set in Oregon first. They are re-treaded Firestone Bias Ply 820-15’s. Never been mounted since they were retreaded. This guy offered to ship them to me for $225 out the door. I ended up going with this deal, they looked decent in the pics, and I don’t drive the car all that often, so I don’t care if they are slightly used. Apparently it is quite common to re-tread bias ply tires, but you can’t do it on radials.
I know they will fit my stock 15″ wheels that are still on the car, but I posted up on the HAMB
and have had some responses that people think they may be a little big, and will rub when turning. Apparently the car originally had 710-15’s, so these 820’s are about 2″ taller than the stock ones. Since the car isn’t lowered (yet), I’m pretty sure they will fit in there, the wheel wells are huge. I just hope there isn’t any problems with rubbing. We’ll see, and regardless, for the price I got these bad boys, I’m sure I could throw them back up on CL and sell them if they won’t fit. A new set of these tires run $930, so this is a hell of a deal.
More pictures and updates when I have em!