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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 07, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Correct tires for a 69 ss big block

What are the correct tires for a 69 ss big block? It's a Sept 69 convt car 4 speed car.
Goodyear f70-14 wide tread or
Goodyear f70-14 polyglass?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 07, 04:48 PM
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Re: Correct tires for a 69 ss big block

Chevrolet used a number of different RWL tires for the 1969 Camaro SS; all F70 x 14:

Firestone, Uniroyal Tiger Paw, Goodyear Wide Tread GT [2 styles are known], also red stripe and white stripe were optional.

Academic since the only tire available today that is close is the Goodyear Wide Tread. There is disagreement about the Goodyear Polyglas; no 1969 Camaro is known to have been built with them but I believe the possibility exists.

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Re: Correct tires for a 69 ss big block

I have two sets that I run on my X22 SS depending on how far I am driving.

First set are Firestone redlines, F70X14 which are correct for the car. Since these tires are bias-ply I only use them for the big judged shows or short distances.

Second set are BFG redlines, P215R70/14 which are real close in size to the F70's. I really like these tires as the ride is great and they handle. Just got back from a 500 mile round trip and they performed great.

Both sets are on 14X7 ralley wheels which is the correct size wheel for the SS.

Both sets came from Cokers.

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Re: Correct tires for a 69 ss big block

Yeah, 'P's are great but they weren't invented in 69. Came out shortly there-after. Not sure of the date. Old age, you know.

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Re: Correct tires for a 69 ss big block

I think the radial tire came out in 1970 or around that time but definitely was not offered by GM for 1969 Camaros. I did not make my point very clear, I run with the bias ply for the judged shows and the radials for when the tire type does not matter. Sorry for any confusion.

I found the following on the web:

Michelin first introduced steel-belted radial tires in Europe in 1948. Radial tires are so named because the ply cords radiate at a 90 degree angle from the bead cord, and the casing is strengthened by a belt of steel fabric that runs around the circumference of the tire. In radial tire design the ply cords are made of nylon, rayon, or polyester.

In 1966, Michelin struck a deal with Sears to manufacture radial tires for sale under the Allstate label and within four years Sears was selling one million units per year. In the mid-1960s, B.F. Goodrich embraced radial technology as a means to win market share from its larger rivals, and the company introduced the first American-made radial in the mid-1960s and supported the launch with the Radial Age advertising campaign in 1968.

The August 1968 Consumer Reports awarded its top two spots to radials and documented the new technology's longer life, increased safety, handling and economy relative to even top-of-the-line bias-ply tires.

The advantages of radial tires include longer tread life, better steering characteristics, and less rolling resistance, which increases gas mileage. On the other hand, radials have a harder riding quality, and technologically are more complex than bias-ply tires, so they cost more to produce.

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Re: Correct tires for a 69 ss big block

Would the goodyear wide tread tires that Kelsey tire sells be the right tire that would be correct for a 69 ss in a judged show? If not, Who sells the correct tire?
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Re: Correct tires for a 69 ss big block

Kelsey is the only place that makes Goodyears. As far as correct, I dont know, but I think there is one wide tread that they sell that is close or accepted.

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