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Old 11-26-2007, 07:41 PM   #1
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Hi - I'm thinking about purchasing 4 new tires for my Dad for his 1962 corvette. He's mentioned to me that he needs new tires.

So my question is - what was the whitewall size on a stock 1962 corvette? I'd like to get a tire as close to that as possible.

The tires currently on his car are 225/75R15 BF Goodrich Lifesavers and they have a whitewall that is appromiately 1.3". I checked with BF Goodrich and they no longer make these tires. I inquired about a replacement tire and they referred me to Coker Tire company.

I checked online at Coker Tire and they offer a 1" whitewall for the 205/75R15 (stock size) and a 1.6" whitewall for the 225/75R15. I think the 1.6" whitewall is too much.

I spoke with my local tire shop and they can get Cooper Trendsetters and they have ~3/4" whitewall. They can get it in either size (225 or 205).

Are there any other brands out there that you recommend to get that 'close-to-stock' look? Your help would be appreciated.

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The whitewalls were from 7/8" to 1 1/16", five tire brands were available for 62, US Royal, BF Goodrich, Firestone, Goodyear & General. These tires are still available.
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I went with 215-75R15 3/4" wide white radials made by DiamondBack tires of SC and they not only fit and look great but greatly improved the handling and ride characteristics. (no more wandering/darting) Used to have the original 6.50X15 nylons wide white.
This upgrade was one of the best I made on our car.


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I went with 215-75R15 3/4" wide white radials made by DiamondBack tires of SC and they not only fit and look great but greatly improved the handling and ride characteristics. (no more wandering/darting) Used to have the original 6.50X15 nylons wide white.
This upgrade was one of the best I made on our car.


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I went with 215-75R15 3/4" wide white radials made by DiamondBack tires of SC and they not only fit and look great but greatly improved the handling and ride characteristics. (no more wandering/darting) Used to have the original 6.50X15 nylons wide white.
This upgrade was one of the best I made on our car.


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Fred


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Both Vettes have factory tires on Dayton wheels. The sizes are 670-15`s. Never measured the whitewall. But they are definately not 7/8`s more like 1 1/3 and thats on both Vettes.

Personally I dont like WW`s. I now use 215X65RX15`s blackwalls
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