[Healeys] Tires, redux

Oudesluys coudesluijs at chello.nl
Fri Nov 3 05:19:25 MDT 2017

Very strange.
So the original tyre size590/15 (cross ply) is not preferred and will 
lead to a points reduction? These X-plies are still available new.
Also any proper fitting radial tyre with the same diameter should be 
accepted although points can arguably be deducted as none of the cars 
were originally fitted with radial tyres except for the later series 
where they would at least have been an option if not original fitment.
It is however a good idea to impose a limit for the date of manufacture 
because of safety.
Because it is not always easy or practical to get (fake?) Cinturato's or 
XZX's, thread pattern or brand should not have an influence. In most 
cases these sizes would have a more or less classic looking thread 
pattern anyway.
Kees Oudesluijs

Op 2-11-2017 om 22:24 schreef editorgary at aol.com:
> We're updating the Inspection Policies and Restoration Guidelines for 
> the Austin-Healey Concours Registry and are considering changing the 
> policies regarding tires to indicate that currently available 
> 165/80R15s are the preferred size and style of tires, with no 
> consideration of brand. We are also becoming stricter about insisting 
> that cars presented for inspection must have five tires of matching 
> size and brand that are all less than 10 years old. We've found that 
> the preferred tires are readily available from Tire Rack, Coker Tire 
> and other sources in that size, as Pirelli Cinturatos, Michelin XZX, 
> and several generic brands (such as Classic), all of which are safe 
> for long-distance touring and highway cruising.
> I thought I would ask if people with concerns about restorations to 
> vintage appearance have any questions or suggestions to offer?
> G.
> /Gary Anderson/
> Los Altos, California
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