Recently I was working on a flat tire and found a leak in the side wall. It was just a pin hole leak, I decided to put a tube in it. So I broke the bead and pull one side off the rim and put the tube in then proceeded to put the tire back on the rim. At this point I noticed that the rubber around the bead was dry rotted but all in all the tire still looked good. When I went to put the tire back on the rim I could not get it much past 1/2 back on. I tried putting a heater in the area, of course tire lube and even dish washing soap. My son, retired army ranger that has continued his physical fitness, came over and he couldn't get it any further. All in all we spent 3 days trying to get that tire back on.
We finally decided to let my son take it to work (he works for the county road dept managing inmates) where they tried to get it to go on. They finally ended up using diesel fuel and a blow torch to get it on. According to my son they blow it back on, he said they do it with the some of the bigger tires. I have never heard of doing this and wonder if any of you had?