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Tyres in Aus
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I am at the stage where I need replace the 30+ year old rubber on the Arrow, (19 inch wheels). Longstones, although highly recommended, cost more to ship to Western Australia than the purchase price! Can anyone in Australia recommend a more local source of good tyres.
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(05-01-2019, 01:15 AM)Mark Dymond Wrote: I am at the stage where I need replace the 30+ year old rubber on the Arrow, (19 inch wheels). Longstones, although highly recommended, cost more to ship to Western Australia than the purchase price! Can anyone in Australia recommend a more local source of good tyres.

Avon Sidecar 3.50 x 19 Tyres are usually the easiest to find locally (flat tread) - check local tyre importers or the WA A 7 Club re stocks in Aust. Don't quote me but should be available for around A$1000 for 5 tyres c/w tubes and rust bands.
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can't find a Longstone supplier in Australia but there are suppliers of 400x19 tyres [Only registered and activated users can see the links Click here to register]
they stock 3.50 x 19 as well [Only registered and activated users can see the links Click here to register]
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(05-01-2019, 06:42 PM)Michael D Wrote: [Only registered and activated users can see the links Click here to register]
they stock 3.50 x 19 as well [Only registered and activated users can see the links Click here to register]
Fairly sure there's a Longstone agent here in Melbourne and if correct I think it's run by an ex-Kiwi I know, so will chase up and advise if yes or no re Longstone.   Cheers,  Bill in Oz.
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(11-01-2019, 12:01 AM)Bill Sheehan Wrote: [Only registered and activated users can see the links Click here to register]
they stock 3.50 x 19 as well [Only registered and activated users can see the links Click here to register]
Fairly sure there's a Longstone agent here in Melbourne and if correct I think it's run by an ex-Kiwi I know, so will chase up and advise if yes or no re Longstone.   Cheers,  Bill in Oz.
You may try to find these: [Only registered and activated users can see the links Click here to register] They are around $150 ea. here (US). I found them looking at this one [Only registered and activated users can see the links Click here to register] as a possible fit for my Ruby with 16" Export wheels. On an unrelated note, what size tire was supplied on export Ruby's ? I find 5's that look too big and 3 1/2's that look too small. Mike

Oops, I just followed the link above to the Heidenau's.
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"On an unrelated note, what size tire was supplied on export Ruby's ? I find 5's that look too big and 3 1/2's that look too small"

Mike,
According to my 1948 Dunlop Catalogue covering cars built between 1934 and 1947, the tyres on the A7 16" Export wheels were 4.75 x 16. Longstone Tyres here in the UK can supply a Firestone 450/475 x 16" at £168 + VAT
Spec is:
Type: Crossply
Rim Diameter: 16" (406mm)
Actual Width: 4.7" (121mm)
Overall Diameter Inflated: 26.18" (665mm)
Weight of Tyre: 5.8 kgs
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(11-01-2019, 12:57 AM)Jeff Taylor Wrote: "On an unrelated note, what size tire was supplied on export Ruby's ? I find 5's that look too big and 3 1/2's that look too small"

Mike,
According to my 1948 Dunlop Catalogue covering cars built between 1934 and 1947, the tyres on the A7 16" Export wheels were 4.75 x 16. Longstone Tyres here in the UK can supply a Firestone 450/475 x 16" at £168 + VAT
Spec is:
Type: Crossply
Rim Diameter: 16" (406mm)
Actual Width: 4.7" (121mm)
Overall Diameter Inflated: 26.18" (665mm)
Weight of Tyre: 5.8 kgs
Jeff, thank you ! Wow, almost $900 ! that's like 3 sets of tires for my wife's car. Going to be a hard sell. Especially when one adds postage. I think I'm still looking around. Smile Mike
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(11-01-2019, 01:10 AM)FrogPond Wrote:
(11-01-2019, 12:57 AM)Jeff Taylor Wrote: Mike,
According to my 1948 Dunlop Catalogue covering cars built between 1934 and 1947, the tyres on the A7 16" Export wheels were 4.75 x 16. Longstone Tyres here in the UK can supply a Firestone 450/475 x 16" at £168 + VAT
Spec is:
Type: Crossply
Rim Diameter: 16" (406mm)
Actual Width: 4.7" (121mm)
Overall Diameter Inflated: 26.18" (665mm)
Weight of Tyre: 5.8 kgs
Jeff, thank you ! Wow, almost $900 ! that's like 3 sets of tires for my wife's car. Going to be a hard sell. Especially when one adds postage. I think I'm still looking around. Smile Mike

Goodness-  not sure what your wife drives- a set of four good quality tubeless tyres for the VW Tiguan will cost A$1,000 in Australia,  the same price as 5 Avon Sidecar 3.50 19's with tubes for my Seven.

Cheers, Tony P.
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(05-01-2019, 01:15 AM)Mark Dymond Wrote: I am at the stage where I need replace the 30+ year old rubber on the Arrow, (19 inch wheels). Longstones, although highly recommended, cost more to ship to Western Australia than the purchase price! Can anyone in Australia recommend a more local source of good tyres.

If you email Longstone I'm sure that they'd tell you if there's source in Australia, 

Charles
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#10
Thanks all, Ive emailed Longstone regrading options and Ill compare to the price of the Avons locally - cheapest wins.
I assume the sensible next step is to measure the runout on the rims. I'm thinking I could measure this by mounting each wheel to a rear hub with the car on axle stands.

What sort of runout is considered acceptable, hints relating to technique from the wise and experienced appreciated .
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