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50's sports car/Indy style tall tires; where to find?

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  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: Chico, CA
50's sports car/Indy style tall tires; where to find?
Posted by Wick Humble on Thursday, March 15, 2018 8:01 PM

Back in the day, I thought 50's sports car/Indy style tall tires were pretty hokey; when I made models (c.1960-4) the new wider tires and rims were just coming in and I guess I 'canned all the ones I had.  So, time (and I) change; where can I find some?  For one, I'm 'restoring' my Strombecker Scarab (ex-slot car) to be more authentic, and while I did save the lovely Halibrands -- never used -- I spurned the kit tires, which I think were natural rubber.  More: I find I need some of the tall Firestone Super Sports type skins for other resto builds.  What I've found on the web, thus far, look too short and too much like a modern profile despite how they are advertised; disappointing.  Also, though I'd like to resin copy some of the Hali's, I've never done that; any sources for 'olde school' kidney-bean mags with some depth?  Thanks very much; trying to get my old stash build or restored before I'm too superannuated -- one's skills might get better with experience, but age takes it's toll on the fingers!  Wick  (built first model in 1954)

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, March 16, 2018 8:17 AM

Have you tried Indycals? They have indy tires to cover 50s to early 70s.

Good, accurate, period sports car tires seem to be hard to find. I keep an eye out for them but most of what I find (which isn't much) are unsuitable in some way. There are some Japanese kits of vintage sports cars that have nice tires. Some of the makers of high end multi-media kits do some nice tires, and some may sell them seperately.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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    September, 2011
Posted by Arthur Anderson on Friday, March 16, 2018 4:07 PM

Bainford

Have you tried Indycals? They have indy tires to cover 50s to early 70s.

Good, accurate, period sports car tires seem to be hard to find. I keep an eye out for them but most of what I find (which isn't much) are unsuitable in some way. There are some Japanese kits of vintage sports cars that have nice tires. Some of the makers of high end multi-media kits do some nice tires, and some may sell them seperately.

 

 

For starters, seeing as the Strombecker Scarab is the 1958-vintage front-engined car, the only US tire company making racing tires for sports/Indianapolis--you name it, was Firestone.  I have, somplace in my stash, a late 50's Firestone racing tire catalog, which does show road-racing tires.  Those were based on their street tire carcass, with a tread design made for both right and left-hand turns at speed, and had a fairly wide bias-ply casing.  With that in mind, I'd at least try the AMT tires that were done for their 1963 Indy Lotus and their 1963 Indy-winning Agajanian-Willard Battery Indy roadster kit.  The front tires are both narrower and a smaller outside diameter  (7:00-15) with a tread pattern that is fairly close to what Firestone was making in the late 50's for sports car racing.  If this tire is a bit too wide for the Strombecker wheel, simply add a bit to the inside of the rims.  If the AMT tire is too tight a fit, put those tires in some boiling water for a bit, after which they should stretch (while hot) to fit Strombecker's wheels.

 

Art

  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: Chico, CA
Posted by Wick Humble on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 1:11 PM

Sounds good, I'll try.  I was hoping, oc, that some aftermarket sharpie had created some for sale!

I had some Monogram and Aurora kits that had real rubber tires in a tall, skinny profile (1:24, natch, which is good for this useage) but none about.

Thanks all!

Wick

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