<VV> Tire shelf life

Hugo Miller hugo at aruncoaches.co.uk
Mon Jan 27 05:32:26 EST 2020

I think this all boils down to how you use your car. If you're doing 
long distance high speed work, then yes, you want decent tires. If 
you're just nipping down to the shops and to church and to the odd show, 
then I wouldn't worry too much about how old the tires are.

On 2020-01-27 06:01, Jay Maechtlen via VirtualVairs wrote:
> 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.
> fwiw
> Jay
> 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

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