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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#16 Post by James Davies » Mon Mar 15, 2021 1:33 pm

Mark, wheel color is body color on almost every pre-A. Some exceptions on the earliest 4-digit splits and on some of the mid-1954 to early 1955 cars, which had 2-tone wheels. And of course Speedsters.

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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#17 Post by Mark Todorovich » Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:47 am

These are my Heidenaus mounted. It took about 10 days to get . Mototire USA got them and included mounting. The correct tubes were expensive (25 each). He didn’t have a wide five adapter for balancing machine ,but said if anyone else ordered he would get one.
Reid Vann balanced.
It will probably be another month before I am driving, I found a519 that we are going through which delayed everything a little.
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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#18 Post by Mark Todorovich » Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:04 pm

The tires are all mounted and look great. I took them out to the shop that has the car. They fit perfectly in the left rear fender. Next step is how they drive , next month maybe.
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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#19 Post by paul vantol » Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:15 am

Can anyone tell me a source to purchase tubes with the requisite TR15 valve stems?
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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#20 Post by Mark Todorovich » Sat Apr 24, 2021 6:38 pm

Try Mototire USA , he told me he had them on order when I picked up my tires
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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#21 Post by Jules Dielen » Sat Apr 24, 2021 11:15 pm

Amazon is easy. Most are now made in china :(
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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#22 Post by Reginald Mullinax » Sat Oct 16, 2021 10:19 pm

I have an April 52 wheel that I used paint thinner to remove the primer to better read the stampings and a color appeared that seems to match the gray steering wheel color.
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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#23 Post by James Davies » Sun Oct 17, 2021 10:35 pm

The grey is probably Modergrau, a common exterior color 1952 to 1953.

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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#24 Post by Max Minshull » Tue Mar 15, 2022 1:31 pm

Are tubes required for radials like the Auburn / Michelin 5.50x16?
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1951 356 Pre-A Split Window Coupe #11260 - Maroon/Grey
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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#25 Post by Curtis Batchelder » Mon May 02, 2022 4:12 pm

"Are tubes required for radials like the Auburn / Michelin 5.50x16?"

For the Michelin 5.50 x 16 - Yes

The Southerrn CA (Longbeach) Michelin Dealer specified / sold me 5.75-16 JC.WBR Tubes with TR13 valve stems.

Others have said TR-15 are required but these mounted up just fine.

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