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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-20-2005, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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I am needing to buy a set of tires for my bone stock 1965 L6 mustang Convertible. It currently has a set of P205/70R14's, white letter. However, they seem a little large on the car. Considering this is a base stock L6, it would like to restore it to the original look using a set of white wall's. What size tire would ressemble the look of the original tires?


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-21-2005, 12:17 AM
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Its just a guess, as I have never been a "stock" fan, but I would say 185x75 would be close. Hope that gives you a start.

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I'm going thru the same thing- what tire size was like original. With a V8, my 66 originaly came with the old designaton 6.95X14, which translates to roughly 185/75X14 in todays standardized sizes. However, your 65 is a 6cyl and I thought they came with 13in 4 lug wheels. Maybe someone put 14in 4 lugs on from a 66. Anyway, the 185/75X14 tire seem a bit small on the car- I don't believe they are as tall as the original series size. Corker.com has repo bias ply tires of the correct original size designation, or you can maybe look into a modern size 195/75X14 radial for a closer height deminsion. Anyone else have any suggestions? BTW- a set of 5 NOS Firestone Deluxe Champions (the original brand our cars came with, which aren't reproduced) had no takers on eBay when it went off yesterday (Item# 4527634352)- Seller had starting price of $175 ea. Maybe he's relisting...?

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According to www.cokertire.com :

6.50-13: 24.58" tall
6.95-14: 25.3" tall

A good match to the 6.95-14 would be a 185/75R14 or a 195/75R14, depending onthe manufacturer.

The 205/70R14's presently on the car are a very good height match to the OE tires at 25.4" approx.

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I have run 195/75R-14 and they look and feel fine on the car.

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Ditto on the 195/75-R14 size. That's what I run, and the speedometer was even accurate. I think it looks good too, but I don't like fat, wide tires. I was after the stock look, and think it comes pretty close. My car had smaller tires on it when I got it, but they looked like crap.


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