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Looking at new tires for my 66 gt. I already have a set of dual red band for show, but these are not very good for the occasional drive. (way too skinny for the power on hand) What could I use that would be correct for this car? I don't want to just buy a set of tires to put on it. What would be at least "period correct"?
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Something like a 6.95X14, but you allready have them! Seriously, there weren't any wide tires for that period. Firestone didn't come out with the Wide Oval unit the 67's. I grew up in the sixties and there wasn't much choice at that time and you're not going to find a period correct tire that will give any traction! What you have is about the best that was avalible at the time, they were the "hot tire" then.

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I know the cost might be prohibitive, but why don't you try a nice set of street radials on a different set of rims. It wouldn't be too expensive if you have standard rims and hub caps. My old '67 came with the original type tires, they looked good, but I had to change them to something more modern. You would be amazed at the difference modern tires make on the street.

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I have BFG's that are p235 60 r14 on 14x7 Styled Steel Wheels. These tires definately do not have the 60's look, but that wasn't what I was going for. If you want the 60's look try some 205 or 215 white wall radials on your (assumed) 14x5 Styled Steel Wheels, they'll look close to period. I have to honest I kind of miss my white walls.

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The BFG's work fine in the wheels wells, there is a little (very minor) rub when I turn the wheels all the way to one side, but haven't had any damage. I like the white letter BFG's, but I think they are a little wide for the car. I simply miss the more classic look of the white walls, but don't plan on going back any time soon. Take a look here at my car to see what the BFG's look like. Remember I have the custom 14x7 Styled Steel Wheels.

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Thanks for the compliment. You should have no problem finding tires to fit your original rims, try something in the range of 205 or 215 75 or 70 14's. The best thing to do is go to a dealer and see what they have that will fit a 14x5 rim and is about the same height as the original type 6.95x14 tires. As Huskinhano said you won't find any "period" tires any wider than the red lines you have, but there is plenty of modern rubber out there that will fit and look almost "period" if that is what you want.

Good luck and don't let any tire guys scratch the paint on your Styled Steels with an air gun, make them put the lugs on by hand and point out the paint on the Wheels beforehand.

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