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New Tires and Alignment

Tom Bryant

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Nov 9, 2000
Edgerton, Ohio, United States
1959 black 270hp (9/2/69) 1981 Beige L81(10/20/80)
Got the '81 out for the first time this year. We haven't been driving it much since the tires were way too old. The tread was 70% and there was only minor cracking along the beads. Once off they looked like new inside. Still smooth and shiny after about 20 years but it was the 20 years that I was worried about. So I took it to my guy to have a set of Redial T/As mounted, 2 plane balanced and a 4 wheel alignment. There was only a slight toe out adjustment needed on the front and the rear was still right on from the last time back when the Goodyears were mounted. She drives straight and smooth and is safe for the interstate again.

The Eagle STs are the old tires and the T/As are the new. There isn't much selection in 225/70/15 anymore. The T/As look closest to original.



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Bob, my preferred technician, used to work at the Chevy dealer my wife worked at in Butler IN before GM pulled all those franchises. We followed him down to Stykemain Chevrolet in Paulding OH. He is the best. The dealership is a pleasure to work with too. They don't try to up-sell you with all those snake oil treatments, flushes and crap that most dealers try to do. We get our drivers serviced there too.

Never mind just the tires!
The WHOLE GODDANGED CAR looks pretty good to me! :thumb
Andy :w
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Thanks. It lives indoors in a climate controlled garage most of the time. It has 53000 miles and has never had any body or paint work needed. It will get driven a little this summer now that it has safe tires on it.

The Radial TAs are a perfect replacement for 70-90 vintage Vette. I think they are a better tire than the OEMs.
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Without a doubt. The original Polyglas GT rode smoother being a fiberglas belted tire but I expect the T/As to handle better.

Looks very nice, Tom. :)

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Thanks Mac.

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