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Copy of Firestone Town & Country Tire in 7.00-15

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by maurywhurt, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. Dec 30, 2009
    maurywhurt

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    In case anyone's interested, a tire is available in size 7.00-15 that's very similar to the old Firestone Town & Country, which was in turn similar to the Goodyear Suburbanite (both of which were available as OEM tires on CJ5s of various vintages). They're made by Nanco, a.k.a. Nanking Tire. Here's a link to one source for them:

    VW & Off Road Parts/Accessories | MooreParts.com

    This shows a comparison of the 1965 Firestone Town & Country (left) vs. the 1965 Goodyear Suburbanite (middle) vs. the 2009 Nanco All Terrain (right):

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    Here's a close-up comparison, in the same order as above, of the tread patterns of each tire:

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  2. Dec 30, 2009
    Patrick

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    I've run Nanco tires before (on trailers) and they were fine..
    That being said, by the time you pay shipping, $146.70 a piece is a whole lot of money for a small, cheap, bias ply tire....
     
  3. Dec 30, 2009
    oldtime

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    In my neck of the woods a few local tire dealers can get the Nanco tires.
    They look a lot like the original Firestone Town n Country.

    There is also a tire by Deestone.
    They look a lot like the original Goodyear High Miler Xtra grip's.

    But be aware that the 8 ply ratings are really too stiff for a jeep.

    Only two Jeep wheels were ever intended for use with the 8 ply tires.
    The rare HD 5 x 16" Kelsey Hayes and the extremely rare 6 x 16" Kelsey
    Hayes wheels.

    I once had a standard 2A with 8 ply Goodyear Hi Miler Extra Grips.
    7.50 x 16" the toughest old bias tire ever made.

    When I dismounted the tires those rusty old standard rims got crushed.
    I ended up putting those tires on a John Deere backhoe.
     
  4. Jan 6, 2010
    jayhawkclint

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    BrenGun

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    Thanks for the link. I like 'em. Good idea for the Mistress.
     
  6. Jan 9, 2011
    maurywhurt

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    I just realized that a couple of tires available today in 7.00-15 are both reasonably close fascimilies to the Goodyear Hi Miler Xtra Grip mentioned above. They are the Akuret Traker Plus and the STA Super Traxion. The Xtra Grip is shown at left, the Akuret is center, and the STA is at right:

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    Unfortunately, in the 700-15 size, the Akuret is a 10-ply, but the STA Super Traxion (by Universal Tire - see link two posts above) is a 6-ply.
     
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  7. Jan 10, 2011
    Philip-TX

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    Nuther one. http://www.wallacewade.com/index.htm

    Not the best website, you can dig around it, probably best to call 'em.

    They had pretty good prices when I inquired about NDT's..
     
  8. Jan 10, 2011
    Rondog

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    I need a hero to find me some of these, but they're not even made anymore. CO-OP Grip Spurs or original Buckshot Mudders. These tires just say "Colorado trails & snow" to me. 16" x as skinny as possible.

    WANT!!!

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    wheelie

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    STA's are on my truck. Look very period correct. And as far as those original Buckshots go, I'm with ya'. Great tire.
     
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    wheelie

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    Not sure if you can see 'em or not. Kinda far away.
     
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  11. Jan 10, 2011
    mdmeltdown

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    Funny, My dad bought the first set of Grip spurs in Louisiana and took the Jeep to Colorado in 1971. He said everyone up there was asking him where he got them.

    The original buckshots have the same tread pattern, but the Co-ops have much deeper treads. Matter of fact, the original grip spurs are on my original wheels laying in the backyard. Last place I saw them was at our co-op in probably 1999. My dad swears by them
     
  12. Jan 11, 2011
    jflots

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    Sweeeeeeeeet.
     
  13. Jan 11, 2011
    SIDSCJ

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    Finally junked my Grip Spurs after 40+ years. One split thru the center of the tread, three other still held air. Steer tires were worn to 1/4 tread, rears still had 1/2" depth. Sold the original Buckshots I had this summer too. PR78-15's. Way too big to plow with, spin spin spin. Now I just need to find a decent replacement for this spring...................I do know a guy, not toooo far away....hmmmmmmmm
     
  14. Mar 26, 2011
    alpha&omega

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    I bought a set of 5 Co-op grip spurs 7.00 x 15 for a restoration project on a 71 CJ5, from the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative. I think they retail around $125.00 each. The tire is currently made by Universal and for several years they have been produced in Mexico, It is my understanding as well that the molds (original grip spur molds) were pulled and they are suppose to be producing the tire at a facility in the states soon. They are available in the 16's as well. The picture above is very simular except the two center bars are not broken on the Co-op brand, that break would seem to help with the hydroplaneing issue that I understand the old tire had on rain slick roads at high speeds. Do not have mine mounted yet to evaulate.
     
  15. Mar 26, 2011
    nwedgar

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    Couldn't find it on their website. Do you have any contact information...and pics?
     
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    SIDSCJ

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    I called Tenn Farmer Coop, NLA. Universal tire doesn't list them either. Told hold your breath, you'll turn all blue..................................................
     
  17. Mar 26, 2011
    pete72

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    I'll throw this one into the mix. I just got a set of these: Yokohama Y742S in 7.00 x 15. They're a little more knobby than the Suburbanite or the Town and Country but less than the Grip Spurs. I got them from a local Discount Tire shop so no added shipping. Can't tell you how they drive because I'm pulling the gas tank but I like the way they look.

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  18. Mar 26, 2011
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  20. Mar 27, 2011
    mdmeltdown

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    Funny I just came across this thread again. I drove my jeep down to the deer camp yesterday and we were all standing around talking jeeps and mud and mud tires and one guy said...."yea, the best mud grip you can buy is a Grip Spur. I just bought a set to go on the back of my VW last year." That caught my attention. He said one of the co-op's here in LA still sells them, but you have to order them.
     

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