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10-16-2006, 12:13 AM
What modern equlivent tire can I use on my '50 Champion? Do I have to use the "640-15" and if so where may I find a good quality tire. Thanks, Tom LaMartina

Tom LaMartina

10-16-2006, 12:37 AM
Coker tire, Tom. Not cheap, but correct.
The closest thing in a newfangled radial would be a 195-75X15 Radial's actually will make your car nicer driving than the old bias ply donuts.:D

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

10-16-2006, 04:21 AM
Just got me a set of the sugested tires from Coker at Charlotte Auto Fest on Sept 17, 2006 item # 568750 qty=4 @ $152.00 ea. total $608.00 with tax of 50.56 to bring it to $658.56. P195/75R15-Coker 2 1/4" WW Ummm! just noticed the tax thingie. Looks like they have an address of Coker Tire Company (to get N.C. Tax or is that Federal Tax?
PO box 17089
Charlotte, N.C. 28227

Wonder why they did that? From their web site it says,

Coker Tire’s worldwide headquarters is located at 1317 Chestnut Street in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. Walk-in customers are welcome and will-call orders can be picked up with phone-ahead arrangements.

From I-24 east, take Highway 27 north to Main Street exit 1. Left on Main two blocks to Chestnut. Left on Chestnut 1 block. From I-75, take I-24 west and follow above directions.

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday and 8 a.m to noon on Saturday. Local phone 423-265-6368.

Coker Tire California, located at 5468 East Lamona in Fresno, California is our full-service store with service to the western United States. Our Fresno operation allows us to deliver tires in a timely manner to our west coast customers.

From I-99 north or south, take Clovis Ave. north exit. Travel 8.6 miles, then turn Left on East Lamona. Coker Tire will be on the left.

Hours: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (PST) Monday through Friday. Local phone number is 559-453-3278.

Don Dodson

10-16-2006, 03:41 PM
Many states now collect state sales tax from vendors at flea markets in their state. If you don't live in a state that the vendor has a business presence in, you could avoid the state sales tax by having the tires shipped to you, but then you would have to pay shipping.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

John Kirchhoff
10-16-2006, 04:24 PM
If you go with the 195X75, be reminded that your speedometer is going to show 60 mph when you're actually going 55 (compared to the 6.40 tire) and you'll probably increase the engine speed by approximately 200 rpm at 60 mph. Oh, your odometer will read optomistically also. There may be speedometer pinion gears that would correct the speedo and odometer but won't change the rpm increase. If you have overdrive, that alone would probably make it a bit more responsive. It's pretty much impossible to find ordinary radial auto tires with a 100% aspect ratio any more. To get a comparable tire height with the 6.40, you'll need to go to something like a 215X75 which may be too wide for your fenders as well as your stock rims.