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  • #31
    I was told that the spare was original but I guess it could have been a replacement tire. The car had 39,000 on it when I bought it form the second owner. I stand corrected.
    Gary Sanders
    Nixa, MO


    • #32
      I chose to go with the 3 1/4" for my '55 President State Sedan.

      Since five new wide white walls were a little out of reach at the time I decided to order one for the spare from Coker. I decided for originality sake that it would be a bias-belted Firestone. There was a print online of three gentlemen standing next to an early model '55 President State Sedan. I figured the wide white walls in that picture should be pretty original. I can not tell the actual width of the white walls but they came pretty close to the ground.

      Post 16 shows a 2 3/4 inch white wall Firestone. I decided to go with the 3 1/4 inch white wall. The narrower one comes out past the lettering and the wider one goes out a little closer to the pie crust. Studegary prefers the narrower one and it looks good. Maybe subconsciously I was figuring that since the car has a gaudy amount of chrome I might as well go with a gaudy amount of white on the tires.

      Charlie D.
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      • #33
        Ohmygosh! They put the Whitewall clear OVER the Rub Rail that is normally Black, it protects the Whitewall on the next/later version narrower Wide Whitewalls like in Post #16. Yep, that's WIDE!
        Second Generation Stude Driver,
        Proud '54 Starliner Owner


        • #34
          For the sake of comparison, my ‘51 with Diamondbacks (Toyo brand tires), 225/75R15 with 3” whitewall mounted on 6” wide wheels. A little larger than what most run on a Stude but I like a little more rubber to fill up the wheel wells.

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