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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 20, 8:08 PM Thread Starter
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Recapped Tires Anyone?

It has been so long since I have purchased a recapped tire that I thought that they were no longer a thing for passenger cars. Today I saw an ad on my browser start page for Tire Recappers of Nahville. Their site lists a lot of modern tires sizes, so I suspect that the ad is current.
When was the last time you had a recapped tire on a car? For me it would be the 1970's and the car was a winter beater 1973 Plymouth Duster.

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Re: Recapped Tires Anyone?

Yep, the 70s when I was a broke kid just trying to keep the thing on the road. My regular tires were semi-decent, but the snow tires were recaps.
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Re: Recapped Tires Anyone?

Yes, it seemed like you bought recap snow tires for the winter.
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Re: Recapped Tires Anyone?

Maypops! May pop now, may pop later, may pop at any time. I know they are still a thing for trucks, but surprised that they are still available for cars, for liability reasons. You can also get a pretty cheap tire new that would have to be better.
Oh, last ones I had were in 1979 on the front of a '68 Camaro, E78-14's, with L-60's on the back.

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Re: Recapped Tires Anyone?

WILL BLOW Tire Company.

Lots of better tech could have happened in the times we all used recaps, to now, lets hope it is all a lot better.
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Re: Recapped Tires Anyone?

My last set was on a 1972 Duster in the early eighties. They were $19.95 each.... with mounting, balancing and new valve stems it was less than $100.00 for all four. That was a great price for my daily driver. Those days are gone forever.
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Re: Recapped Tires Anyone?

Snow tires 1974. 3 choices regular, or with crushed walnut shells, or super deluxe they had a couple of coil springs running around the dia. As the tread wore, the springs became little spikes.

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post #8 of 35 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 20, 12:22 AM
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Last time I bought recaps was for my '69 Nova in 1971.

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I remember recaps with saw dust in them. My Pontiacs and Chevys went up and down these hills here without any issue with them. They didn't last long though..
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Recaps & Retreads were all I could afford until my dads friend that was the head mechanic for the sheriffs dept. started giving my dad take off radials but I had to switch to 15" rims, made a 64 Tbird handle a little strange, didn't seem to matter on a 66 comet conv. though
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Ah, recraps. Yeah I remember my dad buying them a lot. Then we had a blowout with the core tire disintegrating and leaving the new tread band intact. That was no good.
And I remember getting "Sawdust Snow Tire Recaps" on our 1972 Dodge Van. They put chunks of sawdust in the rubber when casting the tread, and it would fall out leaving holes in the tread improving ice traction.
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My 70's spare was a recap on a SS wheel.
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This reminded me of a recap coming apart on our only work/DD truck, I still remember the look on my dads face LOL, if the cords weren't showing they were fine, and I remember my dad putting tubes in some not so good looking tires and if I did a burn out in front of him " BOY YOU BETTER HAVE PLENTY OF $$$ FOR TIRES!!!" LOL, $15-$20 recaps were cheap I figured
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Re: Recapped Tires Anyone?

I remember my dad always buying recaps for his taxi cabs years ago but I thought they were a thing of the past now days.

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