<VV> Tire shelf life

Jay Maechtlen jaysplace at laserpubs.com
Mon Jan 27 01:01:15 EST 2020

How'd we survive?
Dumb luck!
(not everyone did...)

Re old crusty tires - when I got the Toy on the road with its '87 3.8 
Buick motor, I took it to a local autocross.
The tires had tread, but were random used tires I'd bought to get it on 
the road.
It slithered all over the track like a greased something...

The next time I took it out, it had fairly fresh tires on it - and it 
stuck pretty well.
Really a night-and-day transformation.

On 1/26/2020 10:09 AM, Tom Berg via VirtualVairs wrote:
>   Right -- good ol' "polyglass" tires! Rolling pieces of rubber junk! Talk about danger! How did we ever reach old age?
> And another thing! Mercury: we used to break thermometers just to get our fingers on the stuff and watch our skin turn bleachy white. Nowadays they shut down a building if some mercury is spilled so it can be decontaminated by men in protective suits.
> And I once had a Mercury, a '69 Cougar convert, 390 with a 4-speed. It was toxic. In fact, I was driving it when one of my near-new polyglass tires blew out while I was passing a lesser car. How'd I survive that? I was tough, like everyone of my generation! These kids today...
> --Tom in Ohio
>      On Saturday, January 25, 2020, 11:00:25 AM EST, jlstuk at juno.com <jlstuk at juno.com> wrote:
>   Tom, My 65 Vette sat in the garage for 18 years while I took  my time rebuilding the front and rear suspensions. I finally got it back on the road. The front tires were 32 years old and the rears 39 ( all BFG radials). I put about 200 miles on them at speeds under 50 before I replaced them.
> Remember when we were a kids 50 years ago and tires would blow out all the time and we never were too concerned about it.  Jim

Jay Maechtlen
'61 2-dr modified w/fiberglass skin,
transverse 3.8 Buick V6 TH440T4 trans

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