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Old 03-30-2024, 11:46 AM
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Default Firestone steel radial 500 Corvette tires 1973 -77

How much interest is there in these tires for show and display cars These are the tires that were recalled back in the seventies.
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How much interest is there in these tires for show and display cars These are the tires that were recalled back in the seventies.
To the right person, there is interest. The problem being they have been known to let go without air pressure in them much less with. That will make a mess of a fender or a tire carrier
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I think NJSTEVE? had one of those Firestone 500's go out on him.
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Surprised they haven't started reproducing these.
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Didn't the Trans Am use the same tires ? GR70 x 15
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I know they used them on 1978 Z28's, not sure about 1977's or 1979's.
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I had five of them replaced free on a 74 Corvette I bought used. Firestone didn't care that I wasn't the original purchaser, they just wanted to get them off the road.

Must have been in late 80 or 81. Corvette was a used car I was redoing. I heard on the TV about the recall, and that it was ending in a few days. I had the Corvette at a body shop in the middle of a repaint, so I went over there driving my 76 Monte Carlo and swapped tires and rims from one car to the other. As I recall, they wanted to see proof that I owned the car the tires were on (the Monte Carlo), but other than that, it was no problem.

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I was working at Firestone during the early part of the recall; from personal experience these tires were dangerous. I saw way too many blowouts and tread separation, terrifying stuff.
As part of the recall, Firestone pulled them off the road and the serial numbers had to be cut out of every tire. Personally, I wouldn't use original 500 tires on my cars.
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my 73 corvette had them on it when i bought it from the original owner back in 78. they almost immediately failed. i remember driving down the road and all of a sudden it felt like the car was wobbling back and forth. i bought a set of the goodyear polysteel radials a friend took off of his new 78 t/a and put them on it.
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I bought a new 1973 Corvette and had a couple tires go bad on me both times the belts started to separate and there was a bulge in the tread. I had to pull into rest area and put the spare tire on i remember having to let the air out of the tire so it would fit into the spare tire holder. Driving at highway speed the tire started a thumping noise
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