[DML] Reproduction tires needed! Re: Front Tires still needed
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[DML] Reproduction tires needed! Re: Front Tires still needed

Thanks Tom and Dan for the advice!  I recently had a few "old timers"
around here in Norman tell me their experiences with the steel belting
flying apart while driving down the highway on one of his classic
cars.  Luckily, he was able to control the car and stop without
causing any damage to it.
I didn't realize how quickly rubber tires deteriorated.  Yes, I
definitely need new front tires, that's why I've been looking for a
pair to match the rear, but it seems from your postings, my rear tires
at age 10+ years are too old as well.  
I drive the car once a week about 20 miles just to keep her running
good. Most of the car is still factory original so, I don't drive it
very far. I'm aware of all the updates it needs, but I want to just do
a little at a time. 

So, now I'll just give up on the vintage tire search and get new
replacements. I don't want to have a blow out on the Interstate.  
I know one New Years resolution I'll be acting on.  


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Dan" <djdanwilson@xxxx> wrote:
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Cliff Wallace" <thereddog@xxxx> wrote:
> >
> > I'm having a hard time finding a set of front tires for
> > my  Delorean.  Looking for Goodyear Eagle ST (P195/60/14).  These have
> > been discontinued for about 10 years.
> > I've also called local Goodyear centers in here in Oklahoma even for a
> > decent used set, but nothing. Tire Rack and all of those other online
> > stores don't have it either.
> I believe tire retailers rotate stock after about 90 days. If it does
> not sell off the shelf in that time, it's returned to the
> manufacturers, wholesalers, whoever. No retailer is going to have
> tires that were discontinued a decade ago still available in their
> inventory. Not by a long shot.
> > I still have the original NCT's on the front.
> > They have plenty of tread, but are warped. 
> If you drive the car, why are you still riding on them? Unless you
> trailer the car, take them off. You're playing with fire.
> > I think the only way I'll find a set is
> > in someone's garage or a place that bought them from Goodyear when
> > they consolidated them. 
> > I'd like to get a matching set for all four since my rear tires are
> > the Eagle ST's.  They only have about 3-4K miles on them.  I can still
> > see the colored marks on the tread.   
> > I like them not only because they are raised white letter tires, but
> > it's the same brand used on the Delorean in Back to the Future.
> That's cute, and neat for shows, but very bad for driving. Again, if
> you trailer the car to and from shows, okay. Then look for the tires
> you seek on eBay. Just don't drive on them. This is serious.
> If you drive the car, put a new set of tires on it A.S.A.P. The BF
> Goodrich Radial T/As or the Dunlop GT Qualifiers (made by Goodyear)
> are very good tires. If you drive the car, but still want the old
> Goodyears for show, you're going to have to get another set of wheels
> just for the Goodyears, and you're going to have to swap them out at
> shows. Expensive, impractical and a hassle, but SAFE. If you think
> that through you're going to realize it's far from worth the cost and
> effort. If you're at a DeLorean show with DeLorean owners, then maybe
> you will see some amount of appreciation for the Goodyears, but if
> it's any other car show, trust me, NOBODY is going to notice or care
> at all.
> > I've called Coker and Goodyear, but neither can help with it. Coker
> > doesn't have the license from Goodyear to remanufacture them. It just
> > figures, you can get tires for a car built in 1910, but not 1981.
> You're correct, Coker does not reproduce vintage Goodyear tires.
> Universal Vintage Tire does. http://www.universaltire.com/ That's who
> Coker told me to call, so I did. Turns out they only reproduce the old
> bias ply Goodyears. They told me they have never reproduced any steel
> belted radial Goodyears. I asked them if they had any plans to, and
> they told me not at this point in time, and whether that ever happens
> is up to Goodyear.
> -------------------------
> With matching sets of performance tires quickly becoming less and less
> available to fit our cars, and the fact we are hitting the 25 year
> "vintage", "classic" or whatever you want to call it milestone,
> perhaps it's time for the DeLorean community to come together an make
> a concerted effort to inspire Goodyear to allow Universal to reproduce
> the original NCTs for our cars by showing them there is a market and
> interest. We were not the only '80s cars that came with NCTs from the
> factory. I know some Ferraris did as well, and there must be others.
> If I could get new reproduction NCTs, I'd buy a set for sure. I feel
> that's something we should all start thinking about.
> Dan W.
> VIN 16192
> AZ-D

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