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#1 hamman OFFLINE  


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Posted January 13, 2014 - 05:01 PM

And dryrot a bit on my 1972 Homelite T-16 H. I was just out looking the tractor over and saw this. I don't have the money to buy new look alike tires so I was thinking of dismounting them and installing tubes to prolong their life. Any comments or suggestions on this idea? after 42 years and having been stored inside all its life you wouldn't think they would ghet that bad. lol . All of the Homelites I have have this same problem. If I can solve it on one I probably can do it with the rest. Thanks. Roger
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Posted January 13, 2014 - 05:11 PM

If not really Flat, why fix?  Wait for the slow leak down, THEN put in the tubes. That is what I usually do. If too dry tho, they will tear when trying to get off the rim and probly rust/stuck to them also. Many times I end up getting new tires anyway. If not leaking, just SAVE UP! and put some new ones on later when actually needed!

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Posted January 13, 2014 - 05:13 PM

I absolutely would. It's a sound idea. Of course it does depend on you being able to dismount 40 year old tires without having any issues that would keep you from reusing them. I would say to just drive em till they leak, but then they are even more apt to be a problem to remount.
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Posted January 13, 2014 - 05:37 PM

As the others mentioned drive them till they leak then install tubes.

Many people seem to think tires are shot after they start leaking slowly but since the rubber was so well made back then they will last many more years with tubes in them.

Adding armor all to the tires will also protect them from the UV rays.

Edited by Bolens 1000, January 13, 2014 - 05:55 PM.

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Posted January 13, 2014 - 07:28 PM

Doc said it, armorall the living crud out of them. Or petroleum jelly.


When I peeled the original tires off my T15H, that's what I had to do, literally. They came off in strips.

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Posted January 13, 2014 - 07:37 PM

another thing you could do is block it up off the ground and take the weight off the tires when your not using it.

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Posted January 13, 2014 - 07:43 PM

I hate to throw more options at you but another consideration would be non-synthetic brake fluid. This stuff in known to be very compatible with rubber. It's what I paint on tires before painting the rims. Wipe it off after painting and the paint comes off with it.  :D

Edited by Cvans, January 13, 2014 - 07:44 PM.