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Re: Looking for my 77 chopped van [Re: tooldoc] #757333
February 26th 2020 7:29 pm
February 26th 2020 7:29 pm
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I think the coppers are acceptable.


When in doubt..get the sawzall out..
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Re: Looking for my 77 chopped van [Re: tooldoc] #757347
February 27th 2020 9:38 am
February 27th 2020 9:38 am
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Connecticut
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Connecticut
I have determined that saving a few bucks on tires which you will be using for quite a while is not worth it. I did not like my BF Goodrich on my van or truck (Rugged Trail). They dry rotted faster and had worse traction. Went to Coopers AT3 on the truck. Far better.


Orange 1973 Dodge Shorty B-100

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well preserve body,
but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up,
totally worn out, and proclaiming

"Wow What a Ride"

Johnny O
"O Vanners" of Connecticut! Since 1982

Re: Looking for my 77 chopped van [Re: tooldoc] #757348
February 27th 2020 11:09 am
February 27th 2020 11:09 am
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East Brady, PA
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During a long layoff from the factory I was employed at, I worked at a tire shop for about 1 1/2 years and learned a lot about tires and their construction. At the time BFG TA's were a limited production run every so many months, like only once a year, so when you buy TA's from a shop the tires may of been laying in inventory for a couple years. 10 years ago when I put TA's on my van, I called tire shops all over western PA and found one that had the size I wanted, when he brought them out to install, I ask to check the manufacture date on the tire, they were already 3 years old and had some fading from laying in the hot warehouse. At the shop I worked at, guys would bring their trucks in that had the BFG All Terrain on with half-tread left and say the vehicles would not hold the road on a wet day. Kelly tires were another noted for poor traction on wet road and snow. One thing is to keep tires properly inflated during summer and winter months. Personally, I thought the TA's looked much better on my van, but the ride and road noise they had, I didn't care for, and they were dry-rotting within 5 years. I have ran the Cooper Discoverer ATR and AT3 on all my 4x4 Tahoes and Blazers here in the mountains of PA for the last 40 years and usually get between 30,000 to 40,000 miles out of a set. Proper front-end alignment is also another thing to keep corrected, a vehicle will chew a set of tires up in no time when out of alignment. Back in the old days you could actually buy tires that were specifically summer tread, now all the tires made are all-season or all-weather tread which definitely affects the ride you will get cruising down the road.

Re: Looking for my 77 chopped van [Re: tooldoc] #757351
February 27th 2020 11:43 am
February 27th 2020 11:43 am
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Van Diego California
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Van Diego California
HIJACK ! ! this tread is about looking for a van not tires …...


SUNSHINE VANS-VAN DIEGO
ADRENALIN BY THE GALLON & CHASIN RACIN
ONE FOR THE DIRT & ONE FOR THE STREETS
'93 CHEVY G30 454 4X4 SPORTVAN EXT 146" WB
'92 CHEVY G30 454 BEAUVILLE EXT 146" WB
Re: Looking for my 77 chopped van [Re: tooldoc] #757352
February 27th 2020 11:54 am
February 27th 2020 11:54 am
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Hickory Flat, Jawga
CatFish Offline
carpal tunnel
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rofl

Re: Looking for my 77 chopped van [Re: tooldoc] #757355
February 27th 2020 5:36 pm
February 27th 2020 5:36 pm
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TN
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Not seen the chop top in several post.


When in doubt..get the sawzall out..
Re: Looking for my 77 chopped van [Re: tooldoc] #757356
February 27th 2020 5:37 pm
February 27th 2020 5:37 pm
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Sorry 😶


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