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Re: [Shop-talk] Tire size/capability question

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Tire size/capability question
From: Jim Franklin <>
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2018 22:37:54 -0400
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The only downside I can think of is that the new tires might hit the fenders, 
either immediately or while turning the steering wheel. Still, someone buying 
this should expect issues like this and just needs to be told.


> On Oct 8, 2018, at 4:02 PM, Peter Murray <> wrote:
> In cleaning out the garage/shop of my recently-deceased father-in-law, i ran 
> across two pairs of P215/70/R15 tires. They're bagged and unmounted, and 
> appear to be in similar and reasonable shape (about 50% tread remaining).
> He also had a 1969 Ford F100 pickup that has been sitting for a while. The 
> tires are pretty beat and one will not hold air. They're 235/75/R15. I got it 
> running while I was out there last week, but with the one rear flat, it was 
> tough to evaluate it much. Electrically it appeared solid. I drove it about 
> 100 feet, so the clutch, first and reverse all worked fine.
> I realize they're not quite the same size, but I wonder if I couldn't replace 
> the tires currently on the truck with the four unmounted tires. I realize 
> they're slightly different in width and circumference, but they're pretty 
> doggone close. This isn't going to be used as a hauler. More likely my 
> mother-in-law will sell it (sigh), and I figure that having four decent and 
> inflated tires gives a better negotiating position than requiring a buyer to 
> tow his purchase away...
> Aside from aesthetics and (slightly) incorrect speedo/odometer, what Bad 
> things could potentially come from putting these tires on the truck?
> Yes, i would probably try to keep it, were it not 2000 miles away (its in 
> western Colorado, I'm in northern Virginia) and my 3 young children and my 
> self-employment keeping me busy enough.
> Thanks for all your sage wisdom!
> -Peter
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