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Clipper tire size
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Bill Heptig
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I have a '56 Clipper Custom Coupe, and the tires need replacing. The current tires are Goodyear Custom Super Cushion and I think there radials, they were on the car when purchased in 16. The size codes make no sense based on the modern system.
What size tires are any owners of similar cars using today?

DOT code PJHL 6DHR what would this indicate?

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Posted on: 5/13 13:51
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Re: Clipper tire size
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Bill, that’s the tire identification information it’s there to identify a particular batch of tire . . . as in recall. Here’s a link to more info.

DOT Tire Identification Number (TIN) | Tirebuyer.com


The size of the tire is likely on the sidewall 180 degrees opposite this ‘secrete code’. As the regulations have changed over the years I bet there are tires in our garages that have a very minimal amount of marking on the sidewall.
Here’s a link showing all of the information that will be found on a modern tire

What do the markings on my tires mean? (leithacura.com)

If it is a radial there will be an ’R’ is the sizing code. Before the regulations mandated a character for the construction details the manufactures were so proud of the tire being a radial that you’ll see that spelled-out in large letters. Over the years tire sizes were stated in inches, such as 8.00 X 15. Then, in the mid 60’s letter designations showed-up, so you might run into an L X 15 tire. Then the metric system was adopted.

Posted on: 5/13 16:38
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The original size was 7.60 X 15 so just go to DiamondBack or other tire shop and buy that size or, if radials, they have charts. Note, however, that few radials or even non-radial modern tires will translate directly as tire ratios have changed. Using DiamondBack is probably your best bet of getting the proper fit as they make radials in vintage sizes and with the proper tread appearance.

Posted on: 5/13 20:59
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Bill Heptig
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All I see opposite is the name of the Model of tire, I was planning on using Duiamond backs so thanks for the sizing info. Could the sizing be on the inside of the tire?

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Posted on: 5/13 23:03
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Bill, while visiting Diamondback take a good look at their Auburn Deluxe tires. They are tubeless radials but are made in the old sizes and design. I have a set on my non-Packard in blackwall style and most pleased with the look and performance.

Posted on: 5/14 10:17
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Just for visual reference, the tires I just picked up are Diamondback Auburn Premium 3 3/8" extra wide whites. These are 225/75-15, so would be the same size as your car.

-Kevin

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Posted on: 5/20 20:56
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Car is in the shop now, i decided that these would be my choice as well, thanks for your responses to the question...

Posted on: 5/21 11:23
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These are the tires I used on my '54 Clipper, they are radials that are made to look exactly like a ply-bias tire. Skinny tread, pie crust edge. The height ratio is perfect and skinny tread really helps with the low speed turning with no power steering.

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Posted on: 6/1 11:40
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Well Picked up the '56 with the Diaomd backs, the car does not have power steering, but feels like it does now. These tires just make is much easier to handle, great product highly recommended

Posted on: 7/20 11:39
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