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Pinto tires?
« on: January 12, 2012, 10:25:34 AM »
Ok, I know this is a pretty common topic, and I did some searching and couldn't come up with anything. I put brand new tires on my 1973 Pinto wagon when I bought it back in '04. I have not driven it very much, but have finally worn out the tires. The tires were 185/80-13, and were a perfect fit. Now I find that that size is no longer available, but neither is anything close. I would like to keep the 13" tire size, because I have the optional Appliance aluminum slotted wheels, otherwise I would probably just go with 14" chrome smoothies from Summit Racing. What are you guys using for stock replacement tires on your Pintos? Thanks, Jerry.

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Re: Pinto tires?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2012, 11:49:32 AM »
two years ago I got some 205 60 13 Cooper Cobras. They were discontinued , but the warehouse still had some. Also at the time Pep Boys had the same size white letter 13s. Check with them to see if they are still avalable.
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Re: Pinto tires?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2012, 09:03:35 PM »
New information. I just looked at my spare, which I believe to be original, and it is an A70-13 RWL Goodyear Polyglas. After doing some research, I found that many Pinto models came with this size stock. According to the conversion charts, this size is equal to a modern 175/70-13. I found a dealer that has plenty of these, as well as 185/70-13s, which should be just slightly larger in diameter than the 175/70. These tires are wider and not as big in diameter as the 185//80-13s I currently have, but they are the closet thing I can find that are not trailer tires. Unfortunately they are available only in blackwall, I have narrow whitewalls, and would prefer those, or RWL, but the only place I can find those is from Coker Tire, and I don't want to take out a second mortgage. This car is a daily driver. So does anyone see any problems (other than cosmetic) in using the 185/70-13 tires? Thanks a lot, Jerry.

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Re: Pinto tires?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2012, 10:12:22 PM »
Discount tire still stocks 13" tires as of 6 months ago.
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Re: Pinto tires?
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2012, 10:32:54 PM »
The 185/70-13 tires I found were at a local Firestone dealer. They were Firestone's economy brand, Primewell, and were $50 apiece. I also found the same size tires at Discount Tire, but they are Falkens, at $70 apiece. My problem is that I wanted 185/80-13 tires, like I currently have, but they no longer make those except for trailers.

If you are going to switch rims, I recommend going to a 14" rim. Many places, including Summit Racing, have quite a few styles with the Pinto 4 lug bolt pattern. I would have also gone to 14" rims, but I have the rare Appliance aluminum slotted wheels on my Pinto, and want to keep them on the car. Reproductions of these rims are available in 14" size, for only $270 apiece. I was just wanting some inexpensive tires for what is used as a local transportation car. The 185/80-13s were also cheap tires, Mohave brand from Discount Tire. I would have bought 2-3 sets and stored them in black plastic bags had I known they were not going to be available anymore.