Posted by js305 on February 02, 2013 at 07:01:22 from (220.127.116.11):
In Reply to: Tire prices posted by Mad Farmer on February 01, 2013 at 21:49:34:
Talking about tires, have you all noticed that tires don't last like they used to? I'm talking about passenger and truck tires. In years past I have had old cars or pickups with ten year old tires that were still serviceable. I don't mean to say I would go on a trip, but around town they would get by if they still had some tread left. Now, if a tire is over five or six years old and is on something that's not driven daily it likely will not hold air. There seems to be a time limit on the life now as well as the tread life. Different compounds resulting from cost vs regulations and other factors I'm sure.
A friend of mine was at a garage sale and bought a set of "take offs" from a guy who had purchased a new GMC pickup in the mid 80's and didn't like the tires/wheels so he took the originals off and stored them in his barn, covered up with a tarp, off the ground, etc. They looked great, they were NOS you might say. Well, he tried to use them and blew all four out within a month. Shame...
I recently bought an 8N that wasn't running for $1000. It had tires that were put on it new in 2002 and had not been run much since then. The little spikes of rubber were still sticking out of the ribs. Tractor tires don't age as bad it seems. I figured I had that much in trade if I couldn't get the tractor running. The front tires had a few little weather cracks but seem to be fine as well. The previous owner told me the steering was "seized". I flushed the steering box with new oil and it works OK. A tuneup and some TLC and I now have a good running tractor.
My point in telling the story is that in this case I bought tires and got a tractor in the deal.
This post was edited by js305 at 07:02:47 02/02/13.
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